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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 15/16
August to December
15/08/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-3 Hunslet Club Reserves - League
'Bridge had the edge in a passive opening 25 minutes only for a catalogue of errors to hand the points to the visitors gift wrapped. The first clear chance of the game fell to 'Bridge when 'keeper Heitor Vieira handled a back pass on 27 minutes and from the resulting free kick Paul Scaife had his shot blocked and a minute later Alistair Hogg scuffed a Steve Kirby back pass to leave Jack O'Malley with an open goal. This was quickly followed by a George Rutherford free kick that deflected off Ben Mudd and the post to double Hunslet's advantage. From looking reasonably comfortable 'Bridge went into the break two down and nine minutes later they shot themselves in the foot again when Craig Peacock's back pass caused disarray in the defence leaving O'Malley to add their third. Chris Chapman headed over a Wayne Fisher corner from four yards out, Scott Barnes fired over after his initial shot was blocked and Chris Hasting was unlucky to see his effort hit the post and run along the line but in truth 'Bridge never recovered from their early mistakes and Hunslet were not going to relinquish what they had.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
17/08/15 - Ripon City Reserves 3-4 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
Defeats for both sides on the opening day gave this local derby an extra bit of spice and spectators could not be disappointed with an oscillating affair that saw each team have the advantage before 'Bridge sealed the points with a Jake Fletcher winner nine minutes from time. The visitors made an encouraging start with Dan Metcalfe tipping over a goal bound Fletcher effort, Jack Herron heading wide from eight yards out before taking a deserved lead in the 10th minute from a great 22 yard Fletcher volley. They failed to capitalise on their start and a defensive mix up on 25 minutes allowed Stephen Hodgson to lay in Liam Spence for the equaliser and three minutes later Hogg knocked a Spence cross into the path of Mahamadou Ceesay to give the home side the lead. Even though they failed to restore parity before the interval 'Bridge had the better of the game as Fletcher forced another good save from Metcalfe, Matthew White pushed a good chance wide and Paul Scaife rattled the bar from 25 yards out. After the break 'Bridge got back on level terms through Paul Scaife and in the 67th minute White converted at the second attempt after his initial effort had been saved. Still Ripon would not lie down and fifteen minutes from time Tom Harker's shot rebounded off Hogg to leave Hodgson the chance to square matters once more but Fletcher had the last word when he was on hand to tap home after good work from Mike Snowden.
Man of Match - Jake Fletcher & Mike Snowden
22/08/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 2-2 Robin Hood Athletic Reserves - League
A plethora of missed chances and a magnificent goalkeeping display by Marvin Green prevented a home victory and it took a last minutes equaliser from Jake Fletcher to rescue a point. Alistair Hogg was the first keeper into action saving a Jermaine Savery header to an Elliott McCauley cross but thereafter the home sider dominated. On 18 minutes Paul Scaife had his goal bound effort blocked and four minutes later he linked up with Jack Campbell who worked the ball to Steve Warburton and he reacted the quicker after his initial effort was saved to knock home the rebound. Green then parried out a Campbell cross which Josh Gardner headed wide, Campbell had an effort cleared off the line, Mike Snowden's shot was blocked, Green saved well from Scaife and five minutes from the break the 'Bridge striker was unable to find the target after he latched on to an incisive Snowden through ball. Campbell and Scaife both had efforts saved by the agile Green before 'Bridge were punished for their profligacy on 58 minute by McCauley who was on hand to slot home despite the valiant efforts of Jack Herron. The home side's response was positive only for Green to produce three quality saves in the space of two minutes to deny Warburton, twice and Gardner and against the run of play Hood went ahead in the 73rd minute through a forty yard effort from Paul Stafford that sailed over Hogg's head. Green again denied Campbell before Hogg made amends with fine saves from Phil Mitchell and McCauley and just when all seemed lost Snowden and Campbell linked up to feed Fletcher who shrugged off his defender to strike the ball cleanly into the bottom corner.
Man of Match - Jack Campbell
24/08/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 3-2 Leeds City Reserves - League
When these sides met last year 'Bridge had to recover from a two nil half time deficit to snatch a last minute point and they found themselves behind in this fixture after only four minutes as Alex Miller broke from midfield to find Mark Ferguson and his effort ballooned of Jack Herron into the top corner. 'Bridge got more into the game midway through the half with Jake Fletcher having an effort cleared off the line but defensive naivety nearly cost them on 25 minutes as Hogg saved from Miller after his initial effort hit the post. Seven minutes before the break 'Bridge deservedly restored parity through Steve Warburton who placed his effort into the bottom corner following good play between Ben Johnstone and Jake Fletcher and Fletcher was again the provider when Warburton added his second on 54 minutes. The visitors continued to play their passing game and were rewarded on 65 minutes by a fine individual effort from Sean Fitzpatrick who beat a couple of players before unleashing a beauty from 25 yards that gave Hogg no chance. Their elation was transitory however as a minute later Ben Johnstone upstaged this jinking his way by a couple of defenders before letting fly with 30 yard left foot drive that fizzed by a despairing Ben Raper in the Leeds goal. The visitors pushed hard for the equaliser and put the home side under some late pressure but some safe handling by Hogg and resolute defending helped them see it through.
Man of Match - Steve Warburton
29/08/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-2 Oxenhope Recreation Reserves - League
Weakened by first team demands 'Bridge Reserves deserved to get something out of this game but were denied by two penalty decisions which left the Manager frustrated, his side pointless and even the platitudes of the Match Official as hollow. A mistake by Tony Cox gave Paul Scaife an early opportunity which he fired straight at keeper Nick Hudson whereas another error by the same player left Joe Dorking in the clear and the 16 year old, on debut, showed great composure to lob the advancing Hudson from 20 yards. The visitors came back strongly with Captain Liam Blacka volleying wide and the tricky Gareth Ritson heading a James Bailey cross against the post as 'Bridge held on to their slender advantage. An indifferent start by the hosts to the second half allowed the visitors to dominate and on 52 minutes they allowed Connor Madden to run unopposed though the middle play a one two with Ritson to slot home. On 62 minutes the first of the controversies occurred when Paul Scaife seemed to be dragged down when clear on goal but nothing was given and six minutes from time 'keeper Ben Ryder was harshly adjudged to have brought down Owen Williamson yet on this occasion a penalty was given and clinically converted by Blacka. Oxenhope held out to maintain their 100% start to the season with the main talking point for both teams was two decisions that influenced the outcome whereas it should have been about the quality and standard of the game.
Man of Match - Joe Dorking
05/09/15 - Field Reserves 7-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
It certainly was a field day for the home side as they came up against a 'Bridge side showing eight changes in their starting line up from the previous week, a situation that is all too familiar across the 'Bridge teams. The visitors fell behind in the 11th minute when an indirect free kick given away for dissent was subsequently punished by Liam Lambert firing into the bottom corner. Alistair Hogg then tipped a Kieran Suddards effort onto the bar, made a great save from Ben Baker and was then helped out by Harry Maltby clearing a Josh Mulley header off his line as Field piled on the pressure. On 41 minutes Paul Scaife, set up by some good wide play from Matt Coles, fired over the bar and on the stroke of half time a quick counter attack ended with Ben Baker heading down for Matthew Hartley to run through and score. Ryan Haswell suffering from Oz jet lag missed an easy header in her early part of the second half but thereafter 'Bridge capitulated. Lambert curled one into the top corner from distance, calamitous defending exacerbated by Hogg missing an easy save gave Jack Webster his first, who then made it a brace two minutes later from a rebound and the fourth goal in the space of 11 minutes was just a series of ricochets. 'Bridge survived the next fifteen minutes before Lambert completed his hat-trick a minute from time capitalising on a cross from Raymond Sibanda.
Man of Match - Ben Blakey
12/09/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-6 Beeston St. Anthony's Reserves - League
The visitors did not take long to open their account against an understrength home side as they revelled on the pristine looking 'Bridge surface enhanced by a heavy rain shower just before kick-off. The game was only two minutes old when 'Bridge failed to clear a Liam Robinson cross leaving Danny Walker to smash the ball into the roof of the next from 20 yards out, and he was the beneficiary of a swift counter attack finishing off a Joe Hill pass with aplomb on 18 minutes. Three minutes later Dave Smith and Paul McMullin linked down the left to set up Walker for his hat-trick and before 'Bridge had time to regroup a slip by Player-Manager Richard Donohoe let Liam Glaves in for number four. It took 'Bridge 30 minutes to create their first opportunity as Harry Maltby flicked on a Hogg clearance only for Gabriel Bradley on his full debut to round Paul Graham and hit the post. Bradley hit the top of the bar in the early part of the second half but their chances were at a premium as Beeston dominated with Smith hitting the inside of the post and Hogg defying his years, brilliantly tipping over a Walker effort. Nine minutes from time Walker struck again taking advantage of some sloppy 'Bridge play and he completed a nap hand of goals just before the end. Beeston's 100% start to the season was never in doubt as they went about their game in a very proficient manner and even a 'Bridge Reserve side at full strength would have had to be their efficient best to get anything out of the game.
Man of Match - Gabriel Bradley
19/09/15 - Pannal Sports Reserves 3-4 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - Hulme Cup
After conceding thirteen goals in their last two games without response and their 'A' team recording a hat-trick of victories against Pannal Sports Reserves last season Manager Richard Donohoe was looking to restore some confidence back into his side only to find the home side a more resilient lot this time around. It was a disjointed opening from both sides with the home side having the first opportunity as poor defending allowed Craig Nelson to go free but his weak effort was easily saved by Alastair Hogg. Robbie Head then fired Pannal ahead on eleven minutes from 20 yards out after 'Bridge had several failed attempts to clear a corner, and five minutes later Wayne Fisher cleared off his own line following incisive play by Nelson and Head. Defences weren't covering themselves in glory and two minutes later Adam Clark saved from Jack Campbell only for Greg Pickles to volley home Campbell's subsequent corner. The balance quickly switched to the home side as an unstoppable 30 yard missile from Head flew into the top corner and on 22 minutes it was all square again as Luke Fletcher, Campbell and Steve Warburton combined to find the run of Gabriel Bradley who chested the ball down to beat Clarke from twelve yards out. Two minutes later some good link up play by Fisher, Campbell and Bradley resulted in the latter crossing for Ollie Bone to finish from close range as 'Bridge finished the half much better. Scott Barnes hit the post with a header in the 58th minute but there was little else on offer until the 70th minute when Bone added his second from a Campbell pull back. 'Bridge should have been home and hosed but Pannal had other ideas and on 76 minutes sub Josh Wilkinson was narrowly wide before knocking in a Head cross four minutes from time. Even then they had another scare to survive as a long Jes Wilson free kick eluded everyone leaving Hogg to push wide with the ensuing corner coming to nothing.
Man of Match - Jack Campbell
26/09/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-1 Pool AFC Reserves - League
Without any Premier League games Pool were able to strengthen the backbone of their side with Andrew Graham in defence and Harvey Atkinson to lead the attack and 'Bridge were under pressure from the start as twice they cut through their defence with Alastair Hogg saving at the feet of Atkinson and James Braithwaite then hitting the upright when played in by Ian Noble before Braithwaite's mistake allowed Scott Barnes to drive in the opener on 15 minutes. This was against the run of play and a fillip for the home side but unfortunately it did not eradicate their propensity to fundamental mistakes which kept their own defence at full stretch although five minutes before the break they produced some excellent build up play resulting in Pool scrambling away a Barnes header with Wayne Hoban beaten. The second period started with Hogg tipping a Dave Thompson 30 yards drive onto his stanchion, Atkinson missing an absolute sitter before a 58th minute corner was flicked on by Graham for Noble to stab home the equaliser. 'Bridge were creating little in terms of chances but they hung on to the end and probably count themselves fortunate that Pool had left their shooting boots at home.
Man of Match - James Bottomley
10/10/15 - Headingley AFC Reserves 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
The late arrival of the referee did not help 'Bridge's preparation and within five minutes they found themselves a goal down from a throw in that was played across the area and finished off via the post with a low drive from Kieran Brissett-Grant. They quickly recovered from the setback as Wayne Fisher shot wide, 16 year old Jim Johnstone, on full debut, fired over with a left foot drive and on 16 minutes parity was restored when Fisher latched on to an incisive Ben Blakey pass to beat 'keeper George Clark with a delicate chip. Johnstone and Gabriel Bradley had a couple of half chances as 'Bridge enjoyed a good end to the half but this all dissipated after the break. Steve Roberts nicked the ball off James Bottomley and fired wide and Mo Ouchen was off target with an easy chance on 49 minutes. Headingley continued to enjoy the better of the game and on 81 minutes Mark Burniston was adjudged to have brought down Sam Hasson with 'Bridge suffering the double penalty of his dismissal and Ouchen scoring from the spot. As 'Bridge threw caution to the wind Danny Burns broke from the half way line in the 90th minute to round Hogg and ensure their passage into the next round.
Man of Match - Ben Blakey
24/10/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-5 Brighouse Old Boys Reserves - League
'Bridge lost this game in the opening fifteen minutes and exacerbated the result by poor defending in the last few minutes of the game. Without a recognised keeper available the hosts brought Jordi Halifax back out of the cold and he was quickly in action pushing away a Dan Heavyside effort, only to be beaten from the resulting corner when Martin Newham was left with a free header. The situation got worse minutes later as Heavyside started a move on the half way line and was on hand to fire hard and low into the bottom corner once the ball was played back into him by Jordan Hadden. 'Bridge huffed and puffed without making any inroads into the visitors defence with their best chance created by some nimble footwork from Gabriel Bradley leaving Harry Maltby only inches away from getting a touch to his cross before they were gifted a goal on the stroke of half time when Ben Briggs allowed a Wayne Fisher free kick to slip through his hands. This gave the home side a second half fillip and in the opening ten minutes Scott Barnes went close and Steve Warburton rattled the bar when Bradley knocked down a Maltby cross but the promise dissipated in the 55th minute as Mitch Hirst shinned in the third. 'Bridge failed to create any clear cut chances to get back into the game and it was Halifax who was the busier of the two 'keepers. He had no chance in the 85th minute with a Vaughan Wagstaff volley, however, after 'Bridge had been out-muscled in midfield and a minute from time Rob Langley duly dispatched a penalty given away by a Connor Freeman trip.
Man of Match - James Bottomley
31/10/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 1-1 Wyke Wanderers Reserves - League
Saturday morning at 8.30am with sixteen players at his disposal Manager Richard Donohoe was searching for the neurofen to facilitate his selection headache, but he need not have bothered as three hours later he was contacting an injured Wayne Fisher to see if he would go on the bench to make up the numbers. Typical Saturday and so was the slow start as Shahid Hussain fired wide and on four minutes Sam Digby intercepted a Ryan Haswell pass only for the defenders blushes to be saved by Mick Stowell, who fired wide with the goal at his mercy. This did at least stir the slumbering 'Bridge and on the half hour mark Joe Haley parried out a Steve Warburton effort that Scott Barnes failed to convert, Barnes was then denied by a last ditch tackle when in the clear and Haley made amends for a poor goal kick by pushing away Luke Fletcher's shot. A couple of attempts from both sides went awry as the half ended and within four minutes of the restart Hussain's claim for a penalty following a tackle from Haswell went unheeded. Similar to the first half 'Bridge made a slow start but after ten minutes of the resumption they enjoyed a good spell with Barnes, Gabriel Bradley and Warburton all going close, but just when they looked in the ascendency they were rocked by a quick break led by Lewis Carney and Harrison Levy with Digby sweeping home the latter's telling cross from six yards despite the close attention of the home defence. Fortunately it did not take long for 'Bridge to regain parity as a ball from Connor Freeman down the left flank found Fisher and his pin point cross was headed home by Fletcher. Ten minutes to go and with all to play for Warburton and Fisher both went close but it was Halifax who saved his side in the last minute denying Hussain when in the clear.
Man of Match - Connor Freeman
07/11/15 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 4-2 Otley Town Reserves - County Trophy
With both sides in the lower echelons of the Alliance Division One this was always going to be a close encounter and so it proved with 'Bridge finally ending the visitors' resistance six minutes from time. This did not look the likely outcome as the home side again made a tenuous start through a lack of cohesion and movement resulting in poor ball distribuMon thus allowing Otley to have the better of the opening exchanges. A more clinical visiting side should have punished the errors but 'Bridge escaped unscathed and had a few chances of their own with Scott Barnes unable to get enough purchase on a Craig Peacock pass and Steve Warburton denied by Andy Doey and then volleying over a superb Mark Burniston cross. After this brief period in the ascendency 'Bridge shot themselves in the foot losing possession in their own half, conceding a sloppy corner which they failed to defend allowing Tristan Holdsworth to dribble into the box and leave Will Mullins with an easy tap in. Parity was regained on 36 minutes when Gabriel Bradley nicked the ball in midfield to release Ben Mudd down the left and his cross was passed home by Warburton from six yards. Two minutes into the second half they took the lead through Scott Barnes who picked up a Burniston flick to run through and fire into the bottom corner. Neither side could assert any control and it was Otley that came back to equalise on 61 minutes when Declan Adams intercepted a pass in his penalty area to release Holdsworth who journeyed forty yards before playing in the lively Peter Connolly to knock past Hogg. Their animation was short lived as 'Bridge struck back immediately with Fletcher and Warburton both involved before Bradley's crisp left foot drive through a melee of players restored the lead. Shortly afterwards 'Bridge reinforced the midfield but Otley still kept coming and ten minutes from time Mullins failed to capitalise on a mix up between Ryan Haswell and Steve Kirby which proved pivotal as four minutes later Fletcher stretched his long legs to guide a Ben Clayton through ball past the onrushing Doey and give his side a third round tie at Pannal Sports.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock & Ben Mudd
21/11/15 - Otley Town Reserves 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
This was not too dissimilar to their close encounter in the County Challenge Trophy a couple of weeks ago but on this occasion it was in injury time when 'Bridge sealed the victory and three valuable points. 'Bridge had the first opportunity as Clayton capitalised on a defensive error only to chip his effort over the bar but in the early stages both sides had difficulty adjusting to the poor condition of the reserve pitch with Otley enjoying the better of the exchanges leaving their visitors to rely on sporadic counter attacks. Steve Warburton scuffed his shot wide when he was put through by Luke Fletcher before Otley took a deserved lead on 34 minutes through Will Mullins who headed home a Peter Connolly cross on 34 minutes, only for Warburton to smash home the equaliser five minutes later after Fletcher and 'keeper Andy Doey clashed. As conditions deteriorarted neither side were able to grab the initiative until the 73rd minute when with the visitors still complaining about a blatant offside decision Connolly headed home an Alex Kalischer corner. Two minutes later it was the turn of Otley to remonstrate when Jack Campbell was brought down but the penalty stood which Fletcher coolly dispatched into the bottom corner. As the game vacillated from one end to the other Otley rattled the bar with Hogg well beaten, both sides had narrow escapes and with a draw looking the inevitable outcome Campbell was released down the left running fully 45 yards before cutting into the box and chipping over Doey to grab the points.
Man of Match - Connor Freeman
28/11/15 - East End Park Reserves 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
After their excellent win last week and with both sides in the bottom half of the table 'Bridge were looking to consolidate, a task exacerbated by a raft of backwords, and after the promising start they fell away to a narrow defeat. Playing with the advantage of the strong wind they started well enough and in the eighth minute took the lead through Wayne Fisher who picked up a cleared corner and from 30 yards out floated the ball into the top corner of Nathan Swires goal. The home side came more into the contest midway through the half and equalised on 32 minutes from an Anthony Coates corner headed home at the far post by an unmarked Dan Walker. As half time approached Park Captain Brad Pearson surged through the middle only to then shoot wide and from a similar situation Toby Hardaker had his effort blocked by Csongor Kecehen. After the interval 'Bridge struggled to combat the conditions nevertheless the goal they conceded came from a free kick on the edge of the Park box, from where some comedic defending allowed Liam Douglas to run through and square for a Michael Ellington tap in. Ollie Bone was narrowly over as 'Bridge tried to respond but they never seriously troubled the home defence in a second half that was as disappointing as the result.
Man of Match - David Pearson
19/12/15 - Pannal Sports 5-3 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - County Trophy
played at Aldborough Road
This was a disappointing result for 'Bridge as they exited the County Trophy at the third round stage but with seven backwords from the originally posted squad exacerbated by the withdrawal of Luke Fletcher during the warm up manager Richard Donohoe's was limited in his selection options and forced to make a rare start himself. Pannal did not seem to have any such issues making a quick start to the game which was rewarded with a 3rd minute goal resulting from a 25 yard free kick by James Taylor which Alistair Hogg could only palm on to the post leaving Tim Kitchen to knock home the rebound. The visitors continued to look threatening until 'Bridge regained parity on seven minutes when Greg Pickles and Matthew White combined to set up Steve Warburton who finished unerringly and with the home side in the ascendency Scott Barnes headed wide a Steve Kirby cross. 'Bridge continued to have a slight edge until the 23rd minute when Mark Burniston's headed clearance was latched on to by Tom Carr who let fly from 25 yards to see the ball rocket through Hogg's outstretched arms into the net. There was little to choose between the teams for the rest of the half with 'Bridge kicking off the resumption in determined fashion through White who turned his marker to produce an excellent save from Simon Gill and from the resulting corner Gill was again at full stretch keeping out a Pickles volley. Chris Lamb then failed to capitalise on a long Gill clearance firing wide but from a similar situation on 54 minutes he beat the advancing Hogg and the loose ball was knocked into an empty net by Dan Stead. The visitors delight turned to ecstasy nine minutes later through a James Taylor free kick from the centre circle which nestled in the bottom corner of the net to see them seemingly home and hosed but 'Bridge had other ideas and on 67 minutes Scaife reduced the deficit from the penalty spot at the second attempt after Gill saved his initial effort. Still the game ebbed and flowed with Carr missing a good chance Hogg saving at the feet of Lamb who then missed an open goal, Pickles had an effort cleared off the line before the deficit was reduced further on 79 minutes by a low drive by Burniston from the edge of the box that managed to elude Gill's outstretched arms. Jack Herron had an effort cleared off the line, he was also just off target in a one-on-one with Gill, at the other end the ball whizzed round the 'Bridge penalty area like a ping-pong machine before Lamb had the last word two minutes into added time firing low and hard into the bottom corner to deflate an already enervated 'Bridge team.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
16/01/16 - Kirkby Malzeard Reserves 0-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - Hulme Cup
'Bridge win 5-4 on penalties
A well grassed but uneven surface made it a typical banana skin cup upset day and it took ninety minutes and ten penalties before the game was decided. It was a tentative start from both teams with Joe Windle first into action saving from Jack Campbell and even though 'Bridge were having the better of the contest passing was often frenetic and misplaced with neither side able to establish any positive control. On the half hour mark good build up play involving Ryan Haswell, Ben Mudd and Campbell ended with Josh Windle making an excellent block to deny Steve Warburton and it was 'Bridge who were then lucky to escape minutes later when a home free kick went through a raft of bodies with Tom Hickson unable to poke home. As half time approached Campbell was again denied by a brilliant save from Windle and at the other end Tadjei Levy headed wide. A dipping Warburton shot rattled the Kirkby bar early in the second half but there was little to choose between the two sides at this stage and opportunities limited until the 68th minute when Haswell cleared a Reece Windle header off the line although the player's remonstrations were so demonstrative he might have had a case for "goal line technology". Four minutes later it was 'Bridge’s turn to rue a missed chance when Mark Burniston contrived to put a Wayne Fisher cross over the bar from two yards out and minutes later he repeated the miss to a Warburton pass leaving the game to be decided by penalties. After nine successes it was Ian Carling who failed to hit the target leaving 'Bridge with a semi-final trip to FC United of Knaresborough on the 20th February.
Man of Match - James Bottomley
30/01/16 - Oxenhope Recreation Reserves 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
Oxenhope maintained their 100% League record but did not have it all their own way against a 'Bridge side struggling at the bottom end of the table and playing their first game on a 3G surface. 'Bridge had a troublesome journey leaving them with little time to prepare but strong performances from Alastair Hogg and James Bottomley saw them go in at half time all square, only to concede within five minutes of the resumption when Crag Morris pulled the ball back for Scott Nelson to score. As 'Bridge pushed to restore parity they left themselves open on the counter attack and seven minutes from time this caused their downfall when Nelson set up William Lee to secure the points.
Man of Match - Alastair Hogg
13/02/16 - Horbury Town Reserves 6-1 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
'Bridge made it three away defeats on the bounce which dropped them into the bottom three and with the majority of their remaining games away they are going to have to improve their form on the road if they are to maintain their Alliance Division One status. They had weathered the early Horbury storm and were just getting a foothold in the game when leading goal scorer Mark Atkinson sidestepped Jack Herron to fire in the opener on 21 minutes, and five minutes later a mazy Darren Barnes run set up Gary Wood for the second. The home side were dominant in all areas of the park at this stage and even though Hogg saved a penalty after Greg Pickles had brought down Wood they went further ahead on 39 minutes through Neil Samardzija who volleyed past an unsighted Hogg from the edge of the box. After giving themselves some respite when Jack Herron headed home an Alex Coombes corner a minute before the break 'Bridge conceded again six minutes after the restart as Wood intercepted a Herron pass to give Atkinson an easy tap in at the back post. 'Bridge were struggling to keep a foothold in the game and things got worse on 71 minutes when Wood arrowed one into the top corner from 30 yards with the annihilation completed by Atkinson's hat-trick goal six minutes from time.
Man of Match - Jack Herron & Tom Hepworth
20/02/16 - 'Bridge Reserves 3-1 FC United of Knaresborough - Hulme Cup
On paper this Hulme Cup Semi-Final should have been a walk in the park for 'Bridge but similar to their two previous fixtures they struggled to overcome Division Two opposition. The opening few minutes looked promising with good possession and a Greg Pickles header to a Wayne Fisher corner cleared off the line by Stephen Fisher. This did not last and as United began to grow into the game it was the pace of Fisher that began to cause problems. From his crosses Luke Hill had one effort blocked by Craig Peacock and he pulled the other one wide before they took the lead on 31 minutes from a Dan Ulman penalty after Jack Herron had brought down Owen Jackson. It was 36 minutes before Bob Murray was tested in the visitors' goal turning a long range Scott Barnes drive for a corner and followed this with a comfortable save to a Mark Burniston effort to end a sub-standard opening 45 minutes for the 'home' side. 'Bridge started the second half in similar mode to the first forcing early corners, only on this occasion they were rewarded with Pickles scrambling home another Fisher corner and on 54 minutes they took the lead through Burniston who latched on to a long clearance to round Murray and pass the ball home. The FC United youngsters did not let their heads bow and kept plugging away with their best chance for parity coming eleven minutes from time when another Fisher cross took Hogg out of the equation and with Ulman steaming in Pickles was on hand to knock the ball away. As United pushed they left themselves more exposed and in injury time an astute Barnes pass picked out Jim Johnstone who kept his head to slot the ball past the advancing 'keeper. Their opponents in the final will be the winners of the Hampswthwaite United Reserves and Knaresborough Academy on a date to be decided.
Man of Match - James Bottomley
27/02/16 - Pool AFC Reserves 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
By coincidence when these two sides met earlier in the season Pool were without a first team fixture which was again the case on Saturday which enabled them to put out a strong side for this potential six pointer whereas 'Bridge had two changes enforced upon them due to the unavailability of Craig Peacock and Gabriel Bradley. The game was played on the reserve pitch which was not conducive to good football and with both sides struggling to control the ball the opening exchanges were niggly and fragmented. Dave Thompson was wide for Pool and likewise Mark Burniston for 'Bridge and it was 31 minutes before either 'keeper was seriously tested when good pressure from the visitors resulted in Mick Tosney acrobatically tipping a 25 yard Steve Warburton drive for a corner. Four minutes later, following a good break with Burniston, Warburton fired wide before 'Bridge took the lead in first half overtime through Greg Pickles who headed home a Jack Campbell corner. Eight minutes into the second half they consolidated their position with Warburton on hand to tap home from a tight angle after a Wayne Fisher free kick ricocheted off Tosney and on 62 minutes Richard Donohoe's men were home and hosed with Pickles turning in a Burniston free kick. Thompson and Harvey Atkinson both failed to find the target with good chances as 'Bridge became a bit slapdash but on 82 minutes Pickles missed the opportunity for a rare hat-trick when he headed wide a Campbell corner. After their slipshod performance of the previous week this was a much more coherent 'Bridge and they finished the game off with a mazy dribble and shot from Campbell bringing another good save from Tosney.
Man of Match - Ben Mudd
05/03/16 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-1 Otley Town Reserves - League
In another relegation encounter 'Bridge chose a bad day to shoot themselves in the foot by conceding a soft opening goal and then miss three gilt-edged opportunities in the second half. After their excellent victory of last week Richard Donohoe went for a similar line up apart from Craig Peacock coming in for the unavailable Jack Herron and from a bright opening Mark Burniston has a long range effort comfortably pouched by Andy Doey and a header that hit the post from a Greg Pickles free kick. Otley also rattled the post from a clever Danny McMurray free kick that left 'keeper Alastair Hogg stranded before they took the lead on 24 minutes from another free kick that 'Bridge failed to clear leaving Kallum Kirk to knock home a soft opener. In a scrappy game full of niggly fouls it was Otley who could have consolidated their position minutes before the break when a good run and cross by Tristan Holdsworth was poked just wide by Erik Prior. The second half was akin to the end of the first but after a fractious start Scott Barnes was in the thick of the action and in the space of ten minutes could have bagged himself a hat-trick. His first attempt, a spectacular overhead kick was fortuitously scrambled to safety via the post by Doey, his next to a superb Peacock cross was headed over from close range followed by another great chance to a Burniston cross that he put wide. 'School report - should have done better'. Minutes later a good run and shot from Jack Campbell was spilled by Doey and Paul Scaife managed to surpass Barnes by firing over from 4 yards out. Despite the lack of a goal it was a much better half by 'Bridge but they could have gone further behind in the last ten minutes if a penalty had been awarded for a trip on Featherstone and from the expletives resonating round the ground the Otley bench certainly had no doubt. A lucky escape for the home side which in the end made no difference as Otley not only took the points but it lifted them of the bottom of the table, a position they have held for several weeks.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
12/03/16 - Wyke Wanderers Reserves 1-5 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
At their Aldborough Road base 'Bridge have struggled of late but twice in recent weeks and both times against opposition in the relegation zone they have returned from their travels with excellent victories to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive. With only eleven players available there were no selection problems for the Manager Richard Donohoe as his team took the early initiative despite the bobbly surface. On 15 minutes Wayne Fisher started a move in his own penalty area involving Luke Fletcher, Harry Maltby and Jack Campbell who slipped in Oli Caliagli, but he fired over and two minutes later Campbell scuffed his shot from close range when Caliagli returning the compliment. Six minutes later a Fisher corner was flicked on by Jack Herron for Scott Barnes to bundle over the line only for Adam Finney to restore parity from a Lewis Carney corner on the half hour mark. A watershed moment came for 'Bridge on the stroke of half time when Declan O'Regan headed wide an excellent opportunity and they took full advantage of the let off with four second half goals. 'Bridge took the lead on 55 minutes when Alex Whitson-Smith could only parry Luke Fletcher's initial effort the ball was squeezed through to Campbell who was able to tap home from four yards and Caliagli consolidated their position seven minutes later knocking in the rebound after the 'keeper was unable to hold his first effort. The home side looked disinterested at the stage and 'Bridge took full advantage as Fletcher knocked in a Fisher cross and five minutes from time Maltby picked up a loose ball round O'Regan, sat the keeper down and rolled the ball into the opposite corner.
Man of Match - Luke Fletcher
19/03/16 - Robin Hood Athletic Reserves 3-2 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
The game looked home and hosed when third placed Hood took a three goal lead early in the second half only for 'Bridge to belie their lowly position with a sterling fightback that almost gave them the point their comeback merited. The home side went ahead through ex-'Bridge player Brian McIlear who linked up well with Simon Gould for the opener on 5 minutes and after 'Bridge had gone close with efforts from Ben Johnstone and Ross Mardon Hood added a second with Jack Fisher the beneficiary of another superb Gould cross. The visitors started the second half positively with a great run and 25 yard drive by Johnstone just clearing the bar and Jack Campbell then just wide from a long Hogg clearance, but all this looked to have been negated when a miskick by the 'keeper allowed Gould to add a third on 55 minutes. A couple of minutes later Campbell latched on to a James Bottomley through ball to slot by Scott Sanderson and their chance to reduce the arrears further dissipated when Wayne Fisher failed to convert from the spot after Campbell was brought down. Campbell then threw his side a lifeline converting at the far post after Jim Johnstone had linked play with Mardon but in the end 'Bridge left themselves with too much to do.
Man of Match - Jack Campbell
26/03/16 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-1 Field Reserves - League
'Bridge made a decent start to the game in creating the first chance of note as Oli Cacaigli fired over a Harry Maltby cross before Field responded through Glyn Hirst who let 'Bridge off by mis-hitting a Joe Vickers cross. The rest of the half was a close affair with neither side able to get a grip of the game and a couple of long range efforts from Hirst and Connor Wignal the nearest either side came to scoring. The hosts had another escape four minutes into the second half when Chris Waters missed an easy back post header and a 35-yard drive from Wignal hit the outside of the post with Hogg well beaten. A minute later Cacaigli volleyed a Wayne Fisher cross high but overall chances were at a premium until eight minutes from the end when 'Bridge left themselves exposed and a quick break together with a jinking run and clinical finish from Jack Webster was all it needed to break the deadlock and take the three points.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
09/04/16 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 0-0 Headingley AFC Reserves - League
After pushing Horbury to the brink last week this was the polar opposite of what Manager Richard Donohoe was wanting from his team and in the end he must have been thankful to hear the final whistle. Alastair Hogg made amends for a poorly taken goal kick to deny Mohammed Madani and on 12 minutes the same player poked his effort wide following a slide rule pass from Steve Robert. Ben Johnstone came closest for the home side but their play in general was fragmented and patchy and epitomised by a 40-yard effort speculative effort from Alex Coombes that flew over the bar. The visitors, in contrast, did not look like a bottom of the table side and Madani, who was proving a tricky customer, twice went close before the interval. Half time could not come soon enough and the Manager's words which resonated through the Clubhouse had the necessary effect as his side started the better of the two sides with Ben Johnstone shooting wide and younger brother Jim chipping onto the bar with 'keeper Tony Angell beaten. Luke Fletcher then beat the 'keeper to a long Hogg clearance only to be denied by covering defenders which was as good as it got. An injury to James Bottomley caused 'Bridge to do some shuffling and thereafter it was pretty much one-way traffic with Hogg making some excellent saves, balls scrambled off the line, stoic defending from Jack Herron, missed opportunities by Madani and Will Trew but none to match those of Kieron Brissett-Grant who inexplicably wasted two glaring opportunities to take the points in the last three minutes.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
16/04/16 - Brighouse Old Boys Reserves 1-0 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
Another disappointing defeat pushed 'Bridge further into the survival mire and with sides around them picking up points a 25-point target seem a must if they are to avoid relegation. They started well enough with Jack Campbell a constant danger and it was his through ball that created a good chance for Luke Fletcher who fired wide. With the home side playing a high line the pace of Toby Hardaker also posed a threat but it was Fletcher who had the next opportunity but was again off target when put in by Jim Johnstone. The home side had a good opportunity on 28 minutes through Martin Newham and it was the 53rd minute before the next chance came with Campbell again the provider for Scott Barnes who was unable to adjust quick enough for what would have been a simple tap in. As the game entered the last third Brighouse were the side in the ascendancy and when Alastair Hogg gave away a penalty Dan Addy stepped up to dispatch into the bottom corner. With a victory ensuring their survival the home side were now prepared to sit back which could have proved their undoing as Campbell fired wide after skipping past the last defender and Jack Herron twice shot straight at 'keeper Paul Taylor when clean through to ensure Brighouse of three points and Alliance Division One football next season.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston & Ben Mudd
23/04/16 - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves 3-2 East End Park Reserves - League
With the Damoclean Sword of relegation hanging over both sides neither were brimming with 'Form Guide' confidence as 'Bridge had taken one point from a possible twelve and Park had lost four on the bounce. A scrappy start was indicative of the teams' standing and Jack Herron found himself in the right place to make a goal line clearance from the dangerous looking Miguel Cassama. It was 'Bridge, however, who took the lead on 17 minutes with a snap shot from Oli Caciagli catching out Nathan Swires following good work from Luke Fletcher, but within three minutes Tony Coates volleyed home the equaliser. The number 10s were prominent on both sides as Swires tipped over a Caciagli effort and Cassama picked the pocket of Jack Herron only for Josh White to fluff his cross from six yards out. Cassama and Caciagli continued to be at the forefront of the opportunities for their respective sides and both went close minutes before the break. Toby Hardaker was unlucky to have a goal chalked off early in the second half which was put in the memory bank when Alex Coombes unleashed a blistering 30-yard free kick into the top corner on 55 minutes. 'Bridge continued to have the slight edge and consolidated their position on 73 minutes with Hardaker latching on to a Scott Barnes pass to outpace his marker and slip by the onrushing Swires. Hardaker tried to return the compliment but Barnes chipped well over which would have alleviated the last few tension filled minutes when Mick Ellington rounded Hogg to reduce the deficit. The three points pushed 'Bridge out of the bottom three and with other results going their way a victory from their next four outings should see them safe.
Man of Match - Toby Hardaker
30/04/16 - Leeds City Reserves 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC Reserves - League
'Bridge went into this fixture knowing one win from the last three games would, in all probability, secure their Alliance League status but when two of these were against sides in the top three positions it made the task a little more onerous. One bonus was that the first team management had left them with a settled side and the decision was vindicated by a rabbit-out-of-the-hat performance that produced the victory. Leeds enjoyed good possession but squandered any early opportunities and it was Ben Raper who had to be at the top of his game to tip away a Toby Hardaker header following a good cross from Ben Mudd. Hogg was also in action tipping over a long range attempt and Jack Campbell was denied by a last ditch tackle as both defences were tested but not breached. The second half started like the first with the home side forcing Bridge to absorb the pressure but unlike the first they managed to get a breakthrough on 58 minutes when Kyle Rose headed home a corner. Within ten minutes 'Bridge had turned the game round as Hardaker latched on to a James Bottomley pass to outpace the defence and slide under Raper and minutes later Campbell got on the end of a Wayne Fisher free kick to put his side in front. Hogg saved well from Rose as the pressure intensified but 'Bridge were resolute and the tension was alleviated five minutes from time when Jack Herron was able to tap the ball into an empty net after Raper and his defender got tangled up on the edge of the box.
Man of Match - Jack Herron
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