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Boroughbridge AFC Sunday Match Reports 14/15
August to December
24/08/14 - Markington 4-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Two games in, six goals scored and no points gained does not need a sage to work out where the visitors problems lie especially after taking a two nil lead. 'Bridge went in front after only six minutes when Paul Scaife chipped 'keeper Graeme Summers and on 19 minutes a back post header by Ollie Bone to a Niki Westbury corner doubled their advantage. Liam Corbett saved well from a free kick a minute later only to let an Edmore Marau drive slip through his grasp 18 minutes before the break. The interval had a negative effect for 'Bridge as the previous night's activities began to take their toll and in a ten minutes spell from 58 onwards Tom Mounds added a second followed by a Luke Morrell one-on-one with Marau then smashing home the fourth to put the home side in control. The introduction of Matty Coles and Aaron Weinhardt enlivened the visitors and on 83 minutes Fletcher reduced the deficit with a well struck half volley and they thought they had secured a point when Ollie Bone got the better of Summers a minute from time but to the considerable chagrin of the visitors and the amusement of the home side the goal was not given.
Man of Match - Stephen Coles & Ollie Bone
07/09/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 1-3 Markington - League
'Bridge's Claro League side made it a clean sweep of losses when they down to Markington at their Aldborough Road ground. They made a bright start with an early Mattie White goal and looked comfortable until Ryan Dracup levelled matters against the run of play which was the start of their demise. A Ben Mudd back pass was then pounced on by Ed Marau and when he was brought down in the area by Dave Burniston a penalty was awarded and Burniston dismissed for denying a goal scoring opportunity. The sequence of mistakes was compounded by Tony Clarke converting the penalty and for ten men 'Bridge there was no way back when Paul Atkinson knocked home the third.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
14/09/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 6-5 Harrogate Cosmos - League
After conceding eighteen goals in their four outings to date 'Bridge were looking to shore up their defence and get some points on the board but as the final score intimates it was their attacking prowess that gave them the victory. They opened the scoring from an unfamiliar source with a Richard Donohoe half volley into the top corner and on the half hour mark Donohoe provided a superb through ball for Paul Scaife to open his account. Six minutes before the break Mattie Vincent drilled in the opener for Cosmos and two minutes into the second half they drew level as Matthew Wills converted a defence splitting pass from Ben Murphy. The home side got their noses in front again when Jake Fletcher fired home and the two goal cushion was restored with an absolute screamer from Dan Smith that left James Keane grasping air. Chris Wilson then chipped Liam Corbett from 25 yards before Lewis Barlow consolidated the 'Bridge advantage slotting home a Fletcher pass. The oscillating encounter took another twist when Luke Blackstone got the fourth for the visitors only for this to be undone by a second from Scaife and just when it looked like Manager Ben Clayton could relax a catalogue of errors left Wills with an easy tap-in but 'Bridge managed to survive the last few minutes for their first victory of the season.
Man of Match - Stephen Coles
28/09/14 - Hampsthwaite United 2-5 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
'Bridge made the short trip to the Stray for their League Cup tie against second division side and unknown quantity Hampsthwaite United, which resulted in a sloppy and lethargic start from the visitors. They fell behind after 11 minutes when a hopeful ball into the 18 yard box resulted in confusion between Liam Corbett and his defenders leaving Alex Myers to nip in between them and volley the ball home from close range. Clayton and Wood hoped that this would wake their players up out of their slump, but things got worse as a long clearance wasn't dealt with by the 'Bridge defence, and Myers was able to run through and coolly loft the ball over Corbett's head. This caused a reaction from 'Bridge and they were able to start stringing a few more passes together but for all their possession they lacked that clinical pass in the final third. On 40 minutes 'Bridge managed to half the deficit when a Paul Scaife free kick was whipped to the back post where Chris Chapman was able to head home past Will Lowry and parity was achieved three minutes later from another set piece when Scaife's corner was headed against the bar by Lewis Barlow with Richard Donohoe on hand to volley the rebound into the bottom corner from 12 yards out.

With the score two all at half time Clayton and Wood asked for a quick start to the second half, and this is what they got when a Steve Coles corner was headed by Luke Fletcher, only to see a defender block it on the line. Fletcher was quickest to react to the rebound, however, and smashed the ball into the roof of the net. The comeback was complete, which seemed to immediately relax the 'Bridge players and allow them to play some good passing football, with the back four of Donohoe, Danny Smith, Chapman and Iain Campbell looking strong, along with Craig Peacock screening excellently in front of them. 'Bridge were then able to bring on Matty Coles for Lewis Barlow, and it was his ball into Scaife in the 72nd minute which resulted in the goal of the game. Scaife received the ball 25 yards out, only to dribble his way round two defenders before calmly placing the ball past the advancing Lowry into the bottom corner. Mark Burniston was then brought on to add some extra pace upfront. The once talismanic striker nearly scored with his first touch, unfortunately his lack of match fitness meant the 'keeper was able to push the ball away for a corner. From the resulting corner, Scaife received the ball 25 yards out, and struck the ball across the goalkeeper for a convincing five two result and a much improved second half performance after their poor start to the game. This weekend 'Bridge are at home in a must win game against fellow strugglers Atlanta.
05/10/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 6-0 Atlanta - League
Parading their newly sponsored Reed Boardall kit certainly proved a fillip for 'Bridge in this bottom of the table clash and they matched the occasion with a consummate performance and resounding victory. The Ben Clayton/Chris Wood management team included Ben Mudd, Carl Allan and Ross Mardon, and it was a confident start by the home team who used the width of the pitch to good effect troubling the visitors back line and forcing 'keeper Sam Moore into early saves. It took 'Bridge just eight minutes to open their account resulting from a good build-up involving Paul Scaife, Luke Fletcher and Mardon who slipped in Scaife and from 20 yards his drive arrowed into Moore's, net but the 'keeper got the better of the striker two minutes later when he was played in by Chris Chapman. Atlanta chances were at a premium and it was Chapman's back pass that let in Rob Nelson but he was denied by the outstretched leg of Liam Corbett and on 33 minutes the home side consolidated their position. Jake Fletcher held the ball up well before laying it off to Scaife who sprayed a pass out to Carl Allen and his whipped cross was poked home by Mardon at the near post. Three minutes into the second half Mardon picked out Scaife with an incisive through ball leaving the 'Bridge striker to lift the ball over Moore for his second. There was an assuredness about 'Bridge's play and it was no surprise when they added a third, again from good build up play, involving Iain Campbell, Mardon and Luke Fletcher with the latter slipping in brother Jake to turn his marker and slot into the bottom corner. A convincing performance got better five minutes from time when Jake Fletcher nipped in to head home after Campbell chipped the 'keeper and Fletcher went on to complete his hat-trick with an easy tap in following a driving run and cross from Lewis Barlow. This was probably the best side 'Bridge have been able to put out this season and their performance will be better judged over the next four weeks when they play Showbiz Whites, league leaders Harrogate CSC, Markington, who have beaten them twice already, followed by Grassgreener, a Bradford Alliance side in the County Sunday Cup.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
12/10/14 - Showbiz Whites 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Despite fielding a threadbare squad a strong first half performance gave 'Bridge the platform for this victory against potential relegation rivals Showbiz Whites. They got off to an excellent start when Danny Smith headed home Paul Scaife's corner in the sixth minute and Scaife doubled the advantage with an easy tap in following a right wing drilled cross from Jake Fletcher. Michael Kulik and Kev Morris both tested 'Bridge stand in 'keeper Mark Burniston but on 36 minutes the Scaife/Fletcher combination linked up again with the former beating his defender and giving 'keeper Luke Thompson no chance with his powerful drive. Ten minutes into the second half Chris Chapman somehow engineered a Mattie Coles cross over the bar from a yard out which could have had more significance to the outcome especially when Morris drilled his shot past Burniston in the 62nd minute to give his side fresh impetus. The game certainly took on a different perspective with tackles having an extra bite and following a late challenge by Fletcher on Michael Johnson in the 80th minute mayhem broke out. Once this was sorted the game calmed down but there was still time for James McGlinchey to be sent off for a second caution three minute from time.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
26/10/14 - Markington 6-0 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - FA Sunday Cup
After two defeats to Markington already 'Bridge's laissez faire ethos was never going to be enough for a confident motivated home side and this was reflected in the final score. This Sunday 'Bridge are at home to Grassgreener from the Bradford Alliance League and will need a 100% better approach to the game if they are looking to get anything out of it.
02/11/14 - 'Bridge Sunday 7-1 Grass Greener United - County Sunday Cup
After an indifferent display last week a night off the booze proved to be the perfect antidote for 'Bridge as they swept aside their Bradford Sunday Alliance League opponents. The visitors forced a couple of early corners but it was the home side who struck first as Carl Allan and Paul Scaife combined to set up Jake Fletcher who smacked in the opener from 12 yards, and on 17 minutes he got his second with a superb volley with Scaife again the provider. An excellent last ditch tackle by Dan Smith prevented a close range Rob Coulter strike as the visitors tried to respond before 'Bridge got their third from a break deep in their own half from Ben Mudd, and when Scaife scuffed the cross Lewis Dean had the misfortune of heading the ball into his own net. Scaife, who was prominent in most of the home attacks, was denied his name on the scoresheet when clear on goal by the advancing Duane Forrester but was involved again on 39 minutes, this time setting up Wayne Fisher to calmly take the ball round the 'keeper to slot home for a four nil interval lead. Four minutes into the second half Scaife was on hand to knock home number five after Forrester failed to hold a Fletcher drive but it was the visitors who were now showing the greater initiative as the 'Bridge malaise began to set in much to the aggravation of co-Manager Ben Clayton. Lee Mathers and Coulter both went close before an unnecessary free kick given away on the edge was struck sweetly by Jamie Smail into the top corner before minutes later Corbett saved well from Mark Regan. 'Bridge responded with a late flurry as Scaife rattled the post, Fletcher converted from the spot after he had been brought down and Scaife completed the scoring four minutes from time when Forrester palmed out an Iain Campbell drive into his path. The reward for the victory is a trip to Birkenshaw who presently have a 100% record in the Premier Division of the Heavy Woollen Sunday League.
09/11/14 - Sherwood 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
It was backs to the wall time as 'Bridge, led by the returning Ben Clayton, defended stoically to keep out their more experienced opponents and it took 55 minutes for Sherwood to break them down with the opening goal from Mike Morris. 'Bridge did not wilt and drew level through Matt Coles who coolly slotted a through ball from Scaife past the advancing Matt Butler but they were unable to keep out the marauding home side and it was Morris who secured the points from short range nine minutes from time.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton
30/11/14 - Boroughbridge AFC Sunday 8-3 Harrogate Cosmos - League Cup
'Bridge looked to have this League Cup tie home and hosed at the break only for a couple of quick goals to set the amber lights flashing before the advantage was expeditiously restored. A Paul Scaife half volley and a Wayne Fisher effort that slipped through the 'keeper's arms gave the home side an early fillip and their lead was consolidated a minute before the break when a Jake Fletcher header from a Scaife comer was flicked in by Chris Chapman. Strikes from Shane Hand and Blaine Hobson, early in the second half, put the Cosmos back into the game but they were brought back down to earth within five minutes as Luke Fletcher fired home the fourth and a Jake Fletcher deflected header restored the three goal cushion. The visitors again reduced the deficit but two more from Jake Fletcher to give him his hat trick and a rare Craig Peacock goal gave 'Bridge a comfortable victory which should give the side confidence for their difficult County Sunday Cup game at Birkenshaw.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher
14/12/14 - Harrogate Cosmos 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
Despite a few enforced changes and on the back of a positive, even if losing, performance in the County Sunday 'Bridge's Management team had every right to expect to get something out of this game against bottom Club Cosmos but they were let down by another hackneyed Sunday morning performance. They went behind to an Irvine Machama goal on 13 minutes which was soon cancelled out by Paul Scaife stroking a Ben Clayton through ball past 'keeper James Keane, only to allow Machama to grab his brace seven minutes later and that is how it stayed up to the break. There was little improvement from the visitors in the second half and it was the home side who scored again through Shane Hand on the hour to narrow the gap to two points between themselves and 'Bridge at the bottom of the table.
Man of Match - Ben Clayton & Stephen Coles
21/12/14 - Wetherby Athletic 8-3 Boroughbridge AFC Sunday - League
This was the usual Sunday morning mayhem for Joint-Manager Chris Wood as he had less than half the side available who played in the recent County Sunday Cup fixture and was forced to make three emergency signings on the day. The opening twenty minutes showed little of what was to come but then a burst of four goals in a 15 minutes spell put the home side in the driving seat and a late goal from Paul Scaife was scant consolation. The second half showed little improvement unless you are grasping at straws and you can point to a two goal as opposed to a three goal margin and throw into the equation three own goals and 'Bridge come out on top in the goal scoring charts six to five. Unfortunately this is another Christmas Tale from 'Bridge and the side have to face the reality that Wetherby have stuck sixteen goals past them in two games.
Man of Match - Matt White
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