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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 14/15
August to December
26/08/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 6-0 Thirsk Falcons Reserves - League
'Bridge started life off in Division One in convincing style but with new Manager Neil Greer fully aware that there will be much sterner tests ahead than their ad hoc opponents. Nick Westbury could have opened his accounts in the first minute in a one on one situation and even though that opportunity passed him by he made the best of the other chances to come his way with a first half hat trick. He opened his account from close range in the sixteenth minute after being set up by twinkle toes Sean Corbett and doubled his tally soon afterwards with a deft header to a Steve Kirby cross. The visitors looked disjointed and with James Hollingworth orchestrating from midfield the home side took advantage and from another neat passing move Westbury got on the end of a Lewis Barlow cross to volley home his hat-trick. Falcons showed occasional glimpses of attacking play but wayward efforts from Dan George and Graham Merrie failed to trouble Jordi Halifax in the home sticks. The second half was a similar story with the home side enjoying the better of the play and Wayne Fisher made it four with a spectacular volley that gave Chris Kirby no chance. Both sides introduced their subs but little changed in the way of possession as Corbett added the fifth and Sean Stanton make an immediate impact with a slinky run and finish to complete the scoring. Falcons kept battling and arguably their best player on the night, Lee Johnson, failed to find the target late on after bursting through the home defence.
Man of Match - James Hollingworth
30/08/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-3 Harlow Hill Reserves - League
Both sides had made positive sides to their campaign with Harlow having the slight advantage as their first team fixture was cancelled whereas 'Bridge had three teams to find on the day but in the end parity was about right in this oscillating encounter. In patches there was some neat play from the home side and they came nearest to scoring with Niki Westbury hitting the post and bar with Hill 'keeper Matthew Vincent beaten but 'Bridge keeper Jordi Halifax was the busier, three times saving one-on-one situations. The half time break did the home side no favours, however, and with minutes of the restart they were caught napping leaving Sam Davy unmarked to head home a free kick. This buoyed the visitors and gave the game a bit of an edge negated by 'Bridge regaining the initiative with a Westbury strike before they went ahead with an astute 20 yard chip from James Hollingworth that left Vincent stranded. A needless challenge from Lewis Barlow allowed Luke Duncan to level matters from the spot and it was Harlow who were in the ascendency ten minutes from time with a quick counter attack resulting in Duncan adding his second. A determined 'Bridge fought back and a minute from time Fisher smashed home a free kick for his second goal of the week and a deserved share of the points.
Man of Match - Stuart Johnstone
06/09/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-4 Hampsthwaite United - League
Neil Greer experienced the vagaries of 'A' team football as team plans were scuppered by backwards, injuries and holidays leaving him in a last minute search for players and having to persuade an injured Jack Ayre to don the gloves in the absence of a recognised goalkeeper. Twice they went behind in the first half but showed great resilience to level matters before the break through Sean Corbett and Niki Westbury. A third from the visitors shortly after half time followed by the dismissal of Chris Wood (two yellows) gave Hampsthwaite the edge and the points. Scorers for the visitors were Andy Hullah (2), Adam Pawson and Stephen Trueman.
Man of Match - Stuart Johnstone
13/09/14 - AFC Hillside 4-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
It was déjà vu for Manager Neil Greer who is not having the easiest of introductions to life as a grassroots football Manager again having to cobble a side together with five new signings from the previous week. Against this backdrop it was not surprising that Hillside were the more together of the two sides but it was 'Bridge with a quick counter attack who took the lead on 18 minutes through Sean Corbett with an astute chip to defeat the advancing Chris Gray. Corbett achieved a similar outcome when he found himself in a comparable position seven minutes later only for Hillside to respond almost immediately as Paul Humphreys set up Ben Wood for their opener on 27 minutes and Wood reciprocated five minutes before the break for Humphreys to restore parity. Appeals for offside went unheeded as Humphreys made it a brace a minute into the second half and Wood looked to have put the game out of reach with his second on the hour mark. The prospect of getting something out of the game was enhanced by a Niki Westbury half volley and it took a brilliant fingertip save by Gray in the closing minutes to deny the makeshift 'Bridge side a deserved point.
Man of Match - Sean Corbett
20/09/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-1 Pannal Sports Reserves - Hulme Cup
(a.e.t. - 'Bridge win 7-6 on penalty shootout)
A couple of shots from distance never looked likely to trouble Liam Corbett in the home goal and it was the visiting keeper Adam Clarke who was the busier of the two as 'Bridge made the better start in this Hulme Cup tie. Clarke saved an early Niki Westbury effort and then thwarted Damian Stanton twice in the space of five minutes before the same player failed to trouble the Pannal 'keeper when well placed. It was not all one way traffic, however, and it was from set pieces that Pannal looked the more threatening of the two sides as they went in at the break all square. The second half was only twelve minute old when 'Bridge took the lead from a move started by Jimmy Hollingworth who swept by a couple of tackles and when Pannal failed to clear his cross Stuart Johnstone hit home through a crowded penalty area. Stanton then fired straight at the keeper and Barry Pryce ended a strong run with a disappointing finish but it was the visitors who were now forcing the pace and with 'Bridge looking susceptible at corners it was not surprising that it was from this source that Pannal equalised with an unmarked Richards Lamb heading home. As the game became stretched Westbury fired wide when clean through, Lamb headed another corner into the grateful arms of Corbett and the 'Bridge keeper then made a double save from Mike Tuohy to take the tie into extra time. Still the game ebbed and flowed with Pryce bulldozing his way through only to miscue his effort onto the post, Lamb hit over, Guy Rutter had his free kick saved by Corbett and Clarke made the save of the match tipping over a point blank Chris Chapman effort. Extra time personified the proximity of the two teams as both keepers saved one of the five penalties in the initial shootout and it took sixteen penalties to decide the tie with Johnstone converting his to give 'Bridge a tough looking home tie against Kirk Deighton Rangers in the next round.
Man of Match - Barry Pryce
04/10/14 - Hampsthwaite FC 11-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
A couple of shots from distance never looked likely to trouble Liam Corbett in the home goal and it was the visiting keeper Adam Clarke who was the busier of the two as 'Bridge made the better start in this Hulme Cup tie. Clarke saved an early Niki Westbury effort and then thwarted Damian Stanton twice in the space of five minutes before the same player failed to trouble the Pannal keeper when well placed. It was not all one way traffic, however, and it was from set pieces that Pannal looked the more threatening of the two sides as they went in at the break all square. The second half was only twelve minute old when 'Bridge took the lead from a move started by Jimmy Hollingworth who swept by a couple of tackles and when Pannal failed to clear his cross Stuart Johnstone hit home through a crowded penalty area. Stanton then fired straight at the keeper and Barry Pryce ended a strong run with a disappointing finish but it was the visitors who were now forcing the pace and with 'Bridge looking susceptible at corners it was not surprising that it was from this source that Pannal equalised with an unmarked Richards Lamb heading home. As the game became stretched Westbury fired wide when clean through, Lamb headed another corner into the grateful arms of Corbett and the 'Bridge 'keeper then made a double save from Mike Tuohy to take the tie into extra time. Still the game ebbed and flowed with Pryce bulldozing his way through only to miscue his effort onto the post, Lamb hit over, Guy Rutter had his free kick saved by Corbett and Clarke made the save of the match tipping over a point blank Chris Chapman effort. Extra time personified the proximity of the two teams as both 'keepers saved one of the five penalties in the initial shootout and it took sixteen penalties to decide the tie with Johnstone converting his to give 'Bridge a tough looking home tie against Kirk Deighton Rangers in the next round.
11/10/14 - Kirk Deighton Rangers Res 5-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - Intermediate Cup
'Bridge were knocked out of the Intermediate Cup at the first hurdle but have chance to avenge the defeat when they entertain Deighton in the Hulme Cup at their Aldborough Road ground this coming Saturday. Three times they held the lead and on each occasion were pegged back before two late goals from Danny Gore and Dom Locke put the home side through to the next round. Scorers for 'Bridge were Chris Chapman, Wayne Fisher and Damian Stanton with Jonathan Gobbi, Luke Trower and Joe Turley the others on target for Deighton.
Man of Match - Josh Gardner
18/10/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-5 Kirk Deighton Rangers Res - Hulme Cup
'Bridge's hopes of joining their Reserve team colleagues in the Semi-Finals of the Hulme Cup never materialised as Deighton again proved too strong on the day. There were seven changes from the side who had taken Deighton to the wire last week, including a debut appearance for 'keeper Ryan Davidson but the visitors had a three nil advantage at half time and never looked like losing their stranglehold on the game. Dom Locke grabbed himself a hat-trick and other scorers were Joe Turley and Colin McDonald with Liam Corbett on target for the home side.
Man of Match - Lewis Barlow
25/10/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-3 Kirkstall Crusaders - League
'Bridge gave a good account of themselves against promotion candidates Kirstall but could not sustain the initiative after a promising opening. The visitors took the lead with a superb strike from their centre forward and even though Wayne Fisher levelled with a well taken goal two second half strikes gave the visitors the points. The game however was littered with fouls and two sending offs on each side was a poor reflection on both sets of players.
01/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-10 Knaresborough Celtic - League Cup
The opening half of this League Cup encounter against Premier Division Knaresborough Celtic had a similar ring to their game last week but after holding their visitors to a single goal interval lead 'Bridge collapsed to their second double figure score of the season. Wayne Fisher was the scorer for 'Bridge in the first half and Liam Bannard returning after a lengthy injury lay off was the Man of Match.
Man of Match - Liam Bannard
08/11/14 - Pateley Bridge 5-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
After opening up the season with four points from the first two games 'A' team Manager Neil Greer is finding his first year a tough ask as backwords and injuries further up the food chain leave him with a changing squad week on week. He was able to welcome back Steve Warburton, Stuart Johnstone and Kyle Wall back into his side for the trip to Pateley Bridge and after a promising start and a cracking goal from Jack Campbell they wilted under the conditions and physicality of the home side. Although conceding five Deardon had a fine game in goal and saved his side from a more embarrassing defeat.
Man of Match - Lee Dearden
15/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-1 Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves - League
Pointless since their opening two fixtures and after successive defeats to their Cup nemesis Kirk Deighton, it was third time lucky for 'Bridge as they survived a few jittery moments to earn all three points. Deighton opened brightly with the pace of Dominic Locke their focal point but Stuart Johnstone and Josh Gardner proved his equal and it was the home side who took the lead on 17 minutes. 'Bridge were looking to replace Sean Stanton who was struggling with a thigh strain when Johnstone won the ball deep in his own half and his pass was flicked through by Sean Corbett with Stanton able to make his last contribution to the game by slotting in the opener past Barry Galton. Eight minutes later they doubled their advantage with a move started by Chris Chapman and after an exchange of passes between Steve Warburton and Liam Bannard the latter added the second for a comfortable looking half time lead. This changed quickly when in the opening minutes of the second half Danny Gore headed home a Locke cross and minutes later a Colin McDonald free kick was pushed onto the bar by Lee Deardon and scrambled clear. The game oscillated one way and then the other with Dearden saving well from Locke, Corbett shooting wide at the other end, Josh Gardner having his goal bound effort blocked by Gavin McCune after good work by Jack Ayre before Bannard sealed the points with his second after a through ball from Jimmy Hollingworth rebounded his way off Galton.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
22/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-3 Burley Trojans - League
'Bridge were looking to pick up from where they left off last week but with Bannard on Reserve team duty and Johnstone and Hollingworth unavailable Manager Greer gave starts to Tom Ekin, Carl Allan and the returning skipper Wayne Fisher. After a promising opening, however, and an early opportunity for Steve Warburton it was the visitors who began to assert themselves with Lee Deardon quickly off his line to deny Tom Higman and then pleased to see a 20 yard free kick fly past the post. Higman tested him again with a powerfully struck free kick but he was left totally exposed as the impressive Danny Kenna cut through the 'Bridge lines for the opener. It was not all one way traffic with a Sean Corbett indirect free kick cleared of the line by Dom Grimes, Warburton just off target and the striker squandered another opportunity from a Sean Stanton cross after some excellent build up play. This looked costly when Kenna again cut through the home defence and even though Deardon stopped his initial effort the loose ball fell to Grimes to knock home the second. Warburton quickly reduced the deficit only for Higman to restore the two goal to give his side the half time advantage. This did not last long as Tom Ekin produced a beauty to beat Charlie Munday although with the ground now shrouded in mist it was difficult to pick out individual players and yours truly needed to be told that it was Kyle Wall who slotted home the equaliser with a neat finish ten minutes from time. Overall a share of the points was about right with Fisher and Ekin negating the strengths of Kenna and Billy Storey but the real battle of the afternoon was Burley's powerful front two of Higman and McGowan against Chris Chapman and Josh Gardner with the latter showing real progression his first season at the Club.
Man of Match - Josh Garnder
29/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-1 Pannal Sports - League
When 'Bridge took to the field for this relegation encounter there was a familiar face on the sideline as they welcomed Alastair Hogg back into the fold as Assistant to Neil Greer. Both sides have had indifferent spells this season and with only five points separating them is was an important game with both in the bottom four. Steve Warburton was only just off target with a strong run and shot in the first minute but there was little to choose between the two sides as they battled for supremacy on the tacky surface. An injury to Lee Deardon looked initially worrying but the keeper was able to carry on and saved well from John Wharton whilst 'Bridge's best chances fell to Jack Campbell and Sean Corbett but nether were able to find the target. The breakthrough came on the half hour mark with a log ball out of defence latched on to by Corbett to open the scoring and reciprocated minutes later with the help of 'keeper Adam Clark who dropped Corbett's corner to leave Chapman with an easy tap in. A James Taylor header put Pannal back in the game three minutes into the second half but with the burgeoning Josh Gardner again a solid performer in defence they posed little threat and after spurning a couple of god opportunities 'Bridge sealed the points five minutes from time as Warburton ran on to a through ball from Campbell to fire low and hard into the bottom corner. These were vital points for the home team who now face a couple of difficult games on the road at league leaders Hampsthwaite followed by promotion chasing Kirstall Crusaders.
Man of Match - Josh Garnder
06/12/14 - Hampsthwaite United 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
After two excellent results further up the line 'Bridge 'A' completed an all right Saturday with a point against the present league leaders. With Lee Deardon unavailable'‘Bridge turned to the indomitable Alastair Hogg to don the gloves leaving him closer to the fray and able to bark instructions from the back rather than the side line. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly when Stuart Johnstone fired home a flick from the returning Ash Richardson to a Wayne Fisher corner but Hampsthwaite hit back as Andy Hullah took advantage of a mix up between Hogg and his defence to restore parity. The League leaders then went in front on 67 minutes from an Andy Spencer corner headed home by an unmarked Adam Pawson but 'Bridge are more resilient these days and they levelled matters six minutes from time when Steve Warburton released Jack Campbell and his cross shot was turned into his own net by Pawson with Fisher waiting to pounce.
Man of Match - Carl Allen & Jack Campbell
20/12/14 - Thirsk Falcons Reserves 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
With the recently transferred Nick Westbury and Chris Wood in a side already reinforced with first team players 'Bridge knew they were up against it when they travelled to the Flatts for this Division One encounter but they stuck to the task and it took a Ryan McHendry goal to separate the two sides. Although the loss draws 'Bridge back into the relegation zone they should take strength for their performance as they go forward into the last half of the season.
Man of Match - Jack Campbell
10/01/15 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-3 AFC Hillside - League
A last minute equaliser from Chris Chapman gave 'Bridge a valuable point taking them to thirteen for the season along with AFC Hillside and two other Clubs and eight above bottom Club Pannal Sports. Both sides made lively starts with the runs of Jack Campbell and Steve Warburton posing an early threat and for the visitors Paul Humphreys was proving a handful for the defensive pairing of Chapman and Stuart Johnstone. Alastair Hogg made a good save from Humphreys but opportunities were few until, from a nothing situation, Mark Nursey opened the scoring for Hillside. Campbell then combined with Warburton to regain parity only for Hogg to regain the elixir of his youth as he clawed away another Humphrey effort. As the game swung to and fro Warburton grabbed his second with a neat finish from a Tom Hussell pass and that is how it stayed until the break thanks to another fine Hogg save, this time from Ben Wood. The second half started with Warburton smacking the Hillside bar and following a quick break with strike partner Campbell he forced a fingertip save out of Chris Gray but otherwise it was pretty mundane stuff for the 'keepers with the battle for supremacy taking place in midfield. The pattern of the game changed 15 minutes from time when, from a position of relative comfort, Weinhardt conceded a penalty, converted, just, by Callum Sheridan and two minutes later an innocuous Humphreys cross deceived everyone to find its way into the net. It was now time for 'Bridge to throw caution to the wind but a spate of corners were easily dealt with by the visitors and free kicks from good positions failed to give Gray much concern as the clock ticked by. The game was already in overtime when Warburton retrieved a seemingly lost and when the ball was played in from the right it found Chapman with space and time to nonchalantly knock in the equaliser.
Man of Match - Stuart Johnstone
24/01/15 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-1 Beckwithshaw Saints Reserves - League
With five of the bottom six teams all on thirteen points and already having played at least two games more than the rest of their adversaries 'Bridge knew they had to get something out of this clash with second placed Beckwithshaw Saints which looked highly unlikely after the opening 25 minutes. They should have taken the lead in the opening minute only for Phil Wix to fluff his lines when through on goal and a minute later had a stroke of luck as 'Shaw failed to take advantage of a defensive blunder. The defending, at times was shambolic, and it was no surprise when the visitors took the lead from an Eddie Plumpton free kick inside his own half and glanced home by an unmarked Chris Triggs from six yards out. Connor Holroyd missed another great chance to double their advantage and 'Bridge survived a raft of corners as the visitors dominated. A change of formation gave the home side greater defensive stability and for the last twenty minutes of the half they came more into their own with Wix, Sean Corbett and Jack Campbell all testing Dominic Taylor who also produced the save of the half clawing away a certain looking Wayne Fisher goal. After the interval openings were limited with Taylor saving well from Wix and Alastair Hogg similarly from Chris Luffman and with the next goal important for both sides no quarter was given or taken. The breakthrough for 'Bridge came in the 71st minute from a free kick, taken by Fisher, which bobbled about in the area before Campbell seized on the opportunity to volley home the equaliser. This was the catalyst needed and five minutes later good link up play from back to front involving several players ended fortuitously as an intended cross from Wix was palmed into his own net by Taylor and this was quickly followed by Tom Hepworth planting a poor goal kick back into the bottom corner. The wheels had just about turned full circle as it was 'Bridge who ended the game full of conviction and 'Shaw the less assured of the two sides.
Man of Match - Tom Hussell
07/02/15 - Bramham 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
After a protracted transfer saga 'Bridge were able to give a game to Ben Jones and he opened his account with the equaliser in a creditable draw at Bramham. Jack Campbell was also on target with Tom Hepworth, playing in his least favoured centre back position, outstanding at the heart of the 'Bridge defence.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth
14/02/15 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-2 Pateley Bridge - League
Another Saturday and another struggle for players but 'Bridge managed to put eleven players out on the park and in the end it was a mixture of clinical finishing and tenacious defending that saw them through. When the two sides met in November Pateley were convincing 5-1 winners and a similar result looked on the cards when Lee Tattersall smacked in the opener after a positive start from the visitors. Missing players in key areas of the pitch 'Bridge struggled to get their act together until Sean Corbett and Steve Warburton linked to set up Tom Hepworth for the equaliser and send the sides in level at the break. Early in the second half Hepworth turned provider as he combined with Carl Allan and this time it was Corbett who was the beneficiary as his smart finish gave the home side the advantage. With Ian Bush and Kevin Slinger driving them on Pateley responded positively forcing 'Bridge onto the back foot and a clumsy challenge by Manager Neil Greer on Pete Bradley resulted in parity once more as Stu Simpson fired in the penalty. Although under considerable pressure it was the home side that again took the lead when a long ball out of defence was picked up by Hepworth and his slide rule pass found Warburton who finished in style. Down but not quite out the visitors slung everything at the home side who survived despite the intense pressure to show it is goals not stats that win matches.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton & Tom Hepworth
21/02/15 - Harlow Hill Reserves 1-5 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
'Bridge were able to introduce Luke Hassall for his first game of senior football and with the first team fixture off give some additional match time to Ben Jones which proved worthwhile even though it was his strike partner Tom Hepworth who stole the show with a hat-trick. With 'keepers Lee Dearden and Alastair Hogg both injured 'Bridge were forced to use the services of utility player Wayne Fisher in goal and it was his net that was breached first in the 19th minute with a speculative effort from Nick Jarrett. Prior to that Carl Allan, Jones and Hepworth had all gone close before Hepworth found the target on 26 minutes to level matters for the visitors. 'Bridge continued to have the better of the chances as Steve Warburton, Jones and Hepworth all failed to find the target ahead of Warburton testing Ethan Slade eight minutes ahead of the break. Five minutes after the interval Hepworth fired home his second but the game remained evenly balanced until Allan brought a good save out of Slade and Stu Johnstone scrambled the ball home from the ensuing corner. Jimmy Hollingworth and Tom Hussell battled hard to set up Hepworth for his hat-trick and a subtle finish from Warburton six minutes from time completed a good all round performance.
Man of Match - Tom Hepworth
28/02/15 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-1 Dalton Athletic - League
With both sides locked in the middle of the table 'Bridge were looking to avenge their defeat earlier this year and after a tentative opening few minutes they took the lead with a goal out of nothing from Liam Bannard who picked up the ball on the left hand touch line, drifted by a couple of defenders and from 25 yards out unleashed a shot into the top corner that surprised everyone, none more so than 'keeper Chris Till. Dalton responded with a couple of corners that petered out and it was Till who was in the thick of the action saving well to a low shot from Steve Warburton and then pushing Bannard's shot away via a post. His good work was in vain however as the subsequent corner was played in deep and Luke Hassall was able to tap home from close range to open his account for the Club. A two goal advantage was a fair reflection of the first half and immediately after the break Bannard fired over from another opportunity before Toby Hardaker was unable to find the target from a Jimmy Hollingworth cross. Dalton also had their opportunities with the best of these coming from Aron Bunby in open play and a Dion Cossack free kick which were both excellent strikes and brought first-rate saves from Lee Deardon. The visitors propensity to play a high line often caught out the pace of Toby Hardaker and Steve Warburton but following a sequence of borderline decisions Hardaker timed his run to perfection to finish off in style. Dalton reduced the deficit on 76 minutes through Rhys Kirby and even though he was sent off shortly afterwards the ‘'Bridge defence were never able to relax which was reflected in the Man of Match votes where all defenders and the 'keeper were in contention along with the eventual winner Bannard.
Man of Match - Liam Bannard
14/03/15 - Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
With his side missing five regular players, down to the bare bones and one ancient super-sub to call upon ‘'Bridge pitched up at Barr Field to face a Deighton side buoyant after their victory last week against high flying Beckwithshaw Saints Reserves. Within the opening two minutes however they nearly took the lead as Wix, returning from injury, turned his marker Steve Kirkpatrick before firing over the bar from close range. This set the pattern of the opening half pegging Deighton back as Wayne Fisher and Arron Weinhardt worked hard on the flanks to protect the back three and Jimmy Hollingworth, Liam Bannard and Sean Corbett controlling the midfield and linking up well with their forwards to keep the pressure on. Wix, Toby Hardaker, Corbett and Bannard all went close before Hardaker broke the deadlock late on the first half guiding a Fisher pass by 'keeper Rich Strike. With the advantage of the slope Deighton regrouped to a 4-3-3 system for the second half but with Luke Hassall, Chris Chapman and Stu Johnstone in imperious form 'Bridge stuck to their formation and their resolute defending allowed Fisher, Hardaker and Wix good scoring opportunies which, on another day, might have gone their way. The home side, with the benefit of a full bench, used this to their advantage and came more and more into the game restoring parity seventeen minutes from time through Will Hodson who reacted the quicker after Lee Deardon made an excellent save to a close range Danny Gore effort. As 'Bridge tired from their endeavours Deighton pushed hard for the winner but the visitors hung on for an hard earned point which was no more than they deserved after their positive first half performance.
Man of Match - Stu Johnstone
21/03/15 - Pannal Sports Reserves 0-4 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
'Bridge 'A' came into this trip to bottom of the table Pannal Sports Reserves on a run of seven matches unbeaten which has seen them climb well into the top half of the table having endured relegation fears for much of the first third of the season. Despite the positive results of late, however, there would still have been some nervousness with Neil Greer's side having won only one of their ten away games this term and wary of an upset, but any lingering doubts were quickly removed in the second minute as Phil Wix fired his side into the lead from the penalty spot following a clumsy tackle from Mike Tuohy. After the strong start 'Bridge struggled to add to their advantage battling against a gusting wind, but were still enjoying much the better of the game and the lead was two at the interval after Toby Hardaker drew Rob Murray in the Pannal goal well off his line in the 38th minute and fired home from the edge of the area on the right to add his name to the scoresheet for the third straight match. The second half would follow much the same pattern as the first with 'Bridge scoring early and late, but with the visitors now attacking with the wind brought much more in the way of chances. With both Ben Ryder on the wing and Jimmy Hollingworth in midfield impressing it was the former who found the net for the third just four minutes into the half, after excellent build-up play saw the ball make it's way out of defence and up to Ryder on the left for him to fire home from the edge of the area. Wix was the next to have an attempt but after his substitution the majority of 'Bridge's chances fell to Hardaker who on another day could have bagged himself a hat-trick or perhaps more had he been able to find the target with more regularity. The fourth goal when it finally arrived was worth the wait for the visiting supporters though as Liam Bannard found himself in space in the box along with enough time to turn and riffle across goal past an advancing defender and a diving Murray. In truth the margin of victory could have been larger for 'Bridge against a side who have picked up just one point from their nine home matches this season, but as the final whistle blew it was a case of job done with Greer's side's unbeaten run out to eight and fast approaching overtaking the nine game run put together by their Reserve team counterparts over the New Year period.
04/04/15 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-2 Hampsthwaite United - League
After being on the end an eleven two battering when these two sides last met in October 'Bridge were looking to redress the balance in the return fixture, and with only three players in the squad from that day Manager Neil Greer was optimistic that his side could continue their recent form. The early omens were promising as Phil Wix converted from the spot after Tom Hepworth had been brought down, Steve Warburton was just wide following good link-up play with Wayne Fisher and Liam Bannard, and the visitors somehow scrambled the ball away when Josh Latimer could not hold a strong Hepworth drive. The period of domination was disseminated in the space of six minutes when play was broken up in midfield and Sam Cross strode forward to level matters and before 'Bridge had time to recover an unmarked Marcus Durrant headed home an Alex Craggs corner. Hampsthwaite were prepared to sit deep and stifle 'Bridge in the last third which nearly cost them eight minutes before the break when Hepworth broke in the box and rounded the 'keeper only for Durrant to recover in time to thwart his goal bound effort, before on half time Wix skimmed the bar with a good drive. 'Bridge’s 3-5-2 formation continued to give them the upper hand in midfield but as the hosts probed and pushed, the pace of Reece Robinson and Andy Hall remained a source of irritation for the home defence and Lee Dearden was quick to smother a Robinson effort from a quick counter-attack. The home side continued to create the better of the chances however and twenty minutes from time some good link-up play put Hepworth clear to restore parity with a clinical finish. Ben Ryder had a thumping shot safely pouched by Latimer, Hall optimistically claimed a penalty, and chances came and went as the game became stretched but in the end it was honours even.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
11/04/15 - Burley Trojans 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Despite losing the toss and having to play into a strong wind 'Bridge had the better of the first half chances with Tom Hepworth and Toby Hardaker going close on more than one occasion and Steve Warburton pitching in with a couple for good measure. It was no all one way traffic however and with their midfield having the greater control Burley were able to orchestrate chances of their own only to be let down by poor finishing. A couple of long shots from Ben Cater and Mike Haynes respectively and two defensive errors rescued by good saves from Lee Dearden kept the scores blank at the break. With the wind at their backs 'Bridge were able to exert better control and pass the ball incisively from back to back to front creating two bit opportunities for Hepworth before he turned provider slipping in Hardaker to beat keeper Charlie Munday for the opener. Apart from the hardworking Warburton, Burley were not being pressed in midfield and it did not take them long to equalise working the ball through to Tom Higman to dispatch the ball past the outstretched Dearden. Buoyed by this the home side struck again ten minutes later with Higman finding space to rifle his second into the top corner of Dearden's net. Looking to preserve their recent sequence of results this setback served to spur 'Bridge on and there was a greater determination in their play with Barlow's switch to right midfield proving to be a decisive factor. He opened his account when the ball came to him from a poor defensive clearance to a Ben Ryder corner swivelling round with his back to goal to regain parity for his side and with 'Bridge now in the ascendency he latched on to a superb Wayne Fisher pass, pushed by the defender and with his first touch chipped the advancing Munday. Burley chased and harried for the last fifteen minutes but it was Hepworth, Hardaker and Warburton who had the better of the chances which on another day would have eased the anxiety of the final minutes.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
14/04/15 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-0 Bramham - League
Keen to maintain their good run of results 'Bridge ended their home fixtures with a narrow victory over last year's nemesis Bramham who had pipped them to the title at this stage of last season. The game had many similarities with chances at a premium and it was the visitors who had the opportunity of the opening half when Matt Fisher was off target with the goal at his mercy. The second half was likewise frenetic with flashes of good football but it the main the game was played long with Chris Chapman outstanding at the heart of the 'Bridge defence. The winning goal, described by the visitors 'like something out of a carry on film' came in the early part of the second half and, however bizarre, Toby Hardaker will take these all day long especially when the reward is three points. 'Bridge will now face a tough encounter when they travel to Kirstall for the last game of the season looking to take the unbeaten sequence to a round dozen.
Man of Match - Chris Chapman
28/04/15 - Kirkstall Crusaders 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
The outcome of the fixture was probably determined without the teams kicking a ball as 'Bridge faced a trip to the middle of Leeds for an evening kick off with a twelve man squad to face potential champions Kirstall who had the luxury of five subs to select from. The first period was nip and tuck with another solid performance from Lee Deardon helping to keep the score blank at the interval. Kirkstall began to assert more authority after the break going ahead through Ricky Radcliffe with a late Simon Bradshaw goal verifying the points leaving them needing victories from their last two games to snatch the Division One title from long time favourites Hampsthwaite United. For 'Bridge the defeat ended their 11 match unbeaten run but after a poor start to their season Manager Neil Greer and his squad can reflect on a top half finish from a position as relegation candidates at the end of December.
Man of Match - Lee Deardon
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