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Boroughbridge AFC Match Reports 17/18
August to December
09/09/17 - Boroughbridge AFC 3-0 Leeds Modernians - League
After an oscillating August and three defeats on the bounce when they conceded fifteen goals 'Bridge returned to winning ways with a much needed three points against Leeds Modernians. Mike Farrell and Matty Lewis both made comfortable saves for their respective sides in the opening exchanges before the home side took the lead on thirteen minutes through the returning Paul Eagling. Chances continued to be at a premium and it was from free kicks/corners that both sides looked more threatening until 'Bridge started to usurp some control at the start of the second half. Mike Johnson, John Rimmer, twice, all went close and Eagling brought a fine save from Lewis but it was a poor clearance from the Mods 'keeper that allowed Eagling to set up Rimmer for the important second goal. Mods best spell of the game followed as Farrell twice denied Danny Claxton with excellent saves only for 'Bridge to weather the storm and consolidate their position with a deft touch from Eagling to a Johnson corner completing the scoring.
Man of Match - Paul Eagling
16/09/17 - Boroughbridge AFC 3-2 Brighouse Old Boys - League
'Bridge made it a hat-trick of victories over sides relegated from the Premier Division last season but they never make life easy for themselves. Six players were unavailable from the squad that played Leeds Mods last week aggravated at 2pm when Ekin found he was without a recognised 'keeper leaving him to play the untried Luke Phillips in goal together with a new back four. Nevertheless, it was the home side who started the brighter with Paul Eagling and Ali Bowles (twice) bringing fine saves out of George Clarke and Phillips showing his credentials by quickly closing down an opportunity for Liam McAllister. The breakthrough came on 20 minutes when Clarke was only able to palm a Jake Fletcher free kick into the path of Joel Fireman who finished with aplomb and minutes later Phillips was palming away a goal bound Regan Broadbent drive. On 35 minutes McAllister wasted a good opportunity presented to him by a poor Phillips clearance and two minutes before the break the visitors restored parity. Earlier 'Bridge had been denied an obvious looking penalty when Jack Campbell was bundled over and felt harshly treated when a seemingly innocuous tackle by Mike Johnson on Saxon Hargreaves was punished but Broadbent remained calm to slot home the resultant kick. Seven minutes into the second half 'Bridge restored their lead through Rimmer who was on hand to knock home when Clarke dropped the ball in a strong challenge and he doubled his tally on 68 minutes capitalising on an incisive through ball from Paul Eagling to drive past the advancing Clarke. Changes were made by both sides but to little effect until a total misunderstanding in defence allowed Hargreaves the simplest of tap-ins in the 91st minute.
Man of Match - John Rimmer
23/09/17 - Rothwell 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC - League
After a poor start to the season Rothwell have picked up over recent weeks with only one defeat in the last six and showed their determination on Saturday coming from behind twice to share the points. The early exchanges were fairly even before Jake Fletcher broke the deadlock in the 16th minute cutting in from the right to drive the ball past Danny Greaves. The lead did not last long with Ben Scargill restoring parity with an excellent free kick from the edge of the penalty area on 25 minutes and even though the sides went in level at the break 'Bridge were having the better of the game as John Rimmer rattled the bar and Fletcher put a good opportunity wide. Fletcher made amends on 52 minutes when he converted a Ben Ryder pass only for the home side to draw level fourteen minutes later through Jonathan Fletcher. This is how it stayed thanks to the Rothwell 'keeper who made a fine save to thwart Rimmer when he was clean through on goal five minutes from time.
Man of Match - Dan Smith
30/09/17 - Boroughbridge AFC 4-3 Howden Clough - League
The adage "a game of two halves" was a perfect fit at Aldborough Road as the half time whistle either wrestled Clough from their lethargy, surreptitiously injected it into the home dressing room or simply Clough were as good in the second half as 'Bridge had been in the first. Ben Ryder tested Sam Mellor with a powerful drive in the early stages and Mike Snowden was just wide from the resulting corner before 'Bridge took the lead through some good play down the right hand side with John Rimmer cutting the ball back from the by-line to give Toby Hardaker an easy tap in. This was in the 13th minute and three minutes later Hardaker picked up a superb Snowden pass to chip the advancing Mellor and soon afterwards it was three as Tom Hepworth flicked on a Luke Phillips free kick for Jack Herron to slide home from close range. Mark Burniston denied Nathan Hallas at point blank range when the visitors threatened and on 31 minutes Rimmer fired home from 18 yards to finish off a strong Phil Wix run, who then failed to capitalise on a good opportunity himself. Home and hosed it would seem but the visitors had other ideas as Joe Kenzitt volleyed against the bar and Austin Broadbent was just wide as Clough fired a couple of warning shots across the 'Bridge bow. Their endeavour was rewarded on the hour mark when Dwain Clark converted from the spot after Dave Millea handled before the deficit was reduced further on 72 minutes when Andy Griffiths cut in from the left to fire home the second. Mellor tipped over a Hepworth shot and Hardaker wasted a great opportunity for his hat-trick before the tension went up another notch when Burniston brought down Hallas and Clark smacked home his second penalty in the 86th minute. Everything 'Bridge displayed in the opening half had been etched away by the visitors' tenacity and, after throwing away their four goal advantage, it was the home side who were relieved to hear the final whistle.
Man of Match - Phil Wix
07/10/17 - Wyke Wanderers 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC - League
A flurry of backwords made the trip to table topping Wyke one of hope rather than expectation but after absorbing continuous pressure in the first half 'Bridge came up with the goals after the break to avenge their opening day defeat. Wyke took advantage of the slight slope and strong breeze to put 'Bridge under the cosh with little to show for their efforts apart a raft of corners and free kicks and a Karl Fawcett effort that hit the post, whereas Jake Fletcher brought a decent save out of Joe Haley and Toby Hardaker was unlucky to see his strong run into the box end abruptly with no reward. Fawcett missed a good chance on the hour and four minutes later the visitors took the lead through a Mike Snowden header to a Joel Fireman free kick. Six minutes later Fletcher cut in from the left to strike a crisp low drive into the bottom corner. The leaders went for a more attacking formation to try and get something out of the game only for their hopes to be sunk two minutes from time when Haley came out tops in a one-on-one with Fletcher but Snowden was there to deliver the coup de grace from close range. An excellent team performance.
Man of Match - Mike Snowden
21/10/17 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-2 Rothwell FC - League
After going ahead mid-way through the second half a dubious penalty decision seven minutes later knocked the stuffing out of 'Bridge and threw the initiative the way of the visitors. The first half was a sterile affair littered with free kicks but neither Jake Fletcher nor Mike Snowden could find the target from headers and on the one occasion they did it failed to trouble Ashley Timms. In contrast Rothwell probably shaded the half in terms of possession without imposing any serious threat on the home goal. Little altered after the break until Jake Fletcher headed home a Ben Johnstone cross on 66 minutes before on 73 minutes the balance of the game changed. In cricketing vernacular no decision would have been made as there was no appeal but the controversy did not deter George Walker who duly dispatched the penalty and on 83 minutes Dany Walker was allowed to run through unopposed and slot into the bottom corner past Burniston. This was a disappointing way for 'Bridge to end their unbeaten five match run and they now face three tough away cup ties over the next four weeks which will really test their resolve.
Man of Match - Ben Ryder
28/10/17 - East End Park 2-4 Boroughbridge AFC - League Cup
When 'Bridge visited Skelton Road earlier in the season they were on the receiving end of a seven goal "MAWling" only this time they made a promising start and deserved to progress in this League Cup tie. Toby Hardaker, Shane Butlin, Phil Wix and Mikey Johnson all tested 'keeper Nwaguru Blessing before Luke Phillips had his first save to make from Adam Tunnicliffe and it was no surprise, therefore, that the visitors took the lead on 13 minutes with a great header from Hardaker to a Johnson corner. Four minutes later Wix chipped the advancing 'keeper only to see his effort bounce up against the bar but as the contest levelled out there were chances at both ends before Gareth Mitchell fired home the equaliser in the 41st minute. Sallo Dawo then fired high and wide and with the half in added time Ben Smith brought down Hardaker and Wix converted from the spot. The second half started very much like the first with Hardaker having a shot blocked and Wix again hitting the bar before they gave themselves some breathing space as Wix exploited an error by Brad Pearson to fire home from 30 yards out. Nine minutes later Johnston scored from a direct free kick, Jack Herron hit the woodwork and a minute later Dawo reduced the deficit to leave a frenetic last few minutes with Phillips saving a Luke Coates free kick in the third minute of injury time the last of the action.
Man of Match - Toby Hardaker
04/11/17 - Hunslet Club 2-2 Boroughbridge AFC - County Cup
After extra time - 'Bridge win 3-0 on penalties
Hunslet showed the Premier Division pedigree for long periods of this game but it was 'Bridge's resilience that came to the fore as they grabbed the initiative from two pivotal moments in the game to snatch victory in a penalty shootout. 'Bridge had the first corner in the sixth minute but the opening thirty minutes were dominated by the slick passing and movement of the home side. Jack Herron cleared a Karim Ibrahim shot off the line, Gareth Groves fired across the face of the goal, Ibrahim headed over, Luke Phillips saved from Groves, Nathan Owen fired wide before the home side took a deserved lead on 35 minutes when Samuel Kyermeh headed home Omri Linfoot's corner. Further efforts were blocked or cleared as Hunslet threatened to run away with the tie and it was not until ten minutes into the second half that 'Bridge had their best opportunity when Jake Fletcher was wide with a header to a Paul Eagling free kick. Mike Johnson then fired over but on 61 minutes Hunslet consolidated their position when Jordan Stafford headed in a Danny Edwards cross and 'Bridge's fate seemed confirmed when Phillips brought down Edwards in the area five minutes later. The 'keeper made amends by pushing away Groves' penalty and thwarted the same player four minutes later with another fine save before Chris Barrow saw his first serious action of the day in the 75th minute with a double save to deny Fletcher. A minute later the deficit was halved as Dan Smith got on the end of a Johnson free kick but Hunslet still looked the more likely to progress and it took a good block save from Phillips to deny Linfoot in the 88th minute. Three minutes later Joel Fireman dampened the Hunslet spirit with the equaliser and though there was still enough time left for Stafford and Groves to test the 'Bridge 'keeper that is how it remained. Fletcher, Eagling and Fireman were all on target for 'Bridge and with one miss and two saved it was 'Bridge who go into the next round and a daunting trip to Steeton.
Man of Match - Luke Phillips
11/11/17 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-0 Kippax - League
Last time 'Bridge were at home it ended in a disappointing defeat against Rothwell which looked highly unlikely on this occasion after an explosive opening. In the 3rd minute Mike Snowden won the ball in midfield to send Phil Wix on his way and his pass set up Jake Fletcher who should have found the target, at least from eight yards out, before two minutes later a delightful cross field pass from Craig Peacock found his full back partner Ben Ryder only for his run to end with a shot over the bar. Minutes later Ryder, Fletcher and Mark Burniston combined and this time Fletcher finished the move with a crisp volley into the top corner that gave 'keeper Harry Bradley no chance. The promise never materialised and Kippax had a good twenty minutes before 'Bridge finished the half the better but there was few clear cut chances from either side with both relying on shots from distance. For the second half Kippax set up with a more defensive formation looking to hit 'Bridge on the break which basically resulted in stalemate. Fletcher had a couple of shots blocked, Wix was wide from a flick and Danny Marchant and Tom Davis were both off target for the visitors with long range efforts but the game remained in the balance until the 83rd minutes when Harry Hawkins-Mitchell's snap shot found the bottom corner.
Man of Match - Craig Peacock
18/11/17 - Kirk Deighton Rangers 1-3 Boroughbridge AFC - Whitworth Cup
After the enormous success of last season Deighton made a positive start to their move into the West Yorkshire League and with an unbeaten run over ninety minutes since the 23rd September 'Bridge knew they were in for a tough encounter and so it proved. In a frenetic first half, where no quarter was asked or given, there were some hefty tackles, periods of quality but it was generally the long ball scenario that won the day. Phil Wix had a couple of opportunities but chances for both sides were negligible until the 28th minute when a shot from Joel Fireman was blocked and Wix was on hand to knock in the rebound. The lead lasted a mere eleven minutes before Rob Holiday restored parity from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Dan Smith, and there was still time for Shan Butlin to test 'keeper Jonty Smith before the break. The 'keeper was in action again eight minutes into the second half when he was rounded in a wide area by Toby Hardaker only to be rescued by defender Jack Abbott who cleared off the line but on the hour mark 'Bridge restored their lead when Hardaker was on hand to side foot home a Fireman pass. They could have increased their lead four minutes later as they broke quickly from a Deighton corner through Grant McPherson but this time Hardaker was off target which was followed by Phillips saving from Dan Slater at the other end. Deighton continued to be frustrated by the 'Bridge defence in their search for an equaliser and on 87 minutes Hardaker put the game to bed when he latched on to a Mike Snowdon pass for his second of the afternoon. The home side had a couple of late corners and Holiday fired well wide as they tried to rescue the situation but 'Bridge remained secure with a semi-final trip to Knaresborough Celtic their reward.
Man of Match - Toby Hardaker
25/11/17 - Kippax 0-5 Boroughbridge AFC - League Cup
'Bridge progressed to the last sixteen of the League Cup with a convincing margin of victory which does not reflect the contribution of the home side who played some good stuff at times but lacked a finisher. Jake Fletcher was in the thick of the early action for 'Bridge heading over a long Ben Ryder throw and then firing across goal from a John Rimmer reverse pass, before Rimmer marked his return with a goal from close range to a run and cross from Ryder in nine minutes. They continued to have the better of the exchanges with Ryder's long throw a constant threat and it was from this situation that Fletcher headed home the second on nineteen minutes and only a good save from Harry Bradley prevented Fletcher adding his third minutes later. A dangerous Kippax situation was cleared by Dave Millea and four good opportunities for Fletcher all ended either wide or high before 'Bridge added an important third a minute from the break through Jack Herron who knocked home Zac Okey's header from a Joel Fireman corner. Kippax continued to pass the ball about well after the interval with Richard Jackson heading wide and Luke Phillips saving from Josh Campey but there was no end product and on 65 minutes the move of the game ended with a left foot angled drive from Fletcher that rocketed into Bradley's net. Five minutes later Phillips was tested for the first time by sub Lewis Dalton with 'Bridge's sub Mark Burniston making it a nap hand of goals when he finished off a cross from Fletcher eleven minutes from time.
Man of Match - Toby Hardaker
02/12/17 - Steeton FC 2-1 Boroughbridge AFC - County Cup
On a tight sloping pitch 'Bridge found themselves under the cosh for most of the first half but once they found their mojo they had Steeton on the back foot and deserved to get something out of the game. It did not start well, however, as a second minute long throw was fired over by Tim Hird from close range and a minute later Steeton took the lead when Dan Smith appeared to be impeded in the box leaving the prolific Andy Briggs to fire home at the near post. The home side were buzzing and for the next twenty minutes it was backs to the wall stuff with Luke Phillips saving from Elliot Scott, Jonah Smith and Andy Holden and his defence equally busy dealing with a raft of corners and free kicks. It was 25 minutes in before Joe Mash faced his serious action as he collected a cross from Jake Fletcher and two minutes later an injury to Joel Fireman forced his early exit. Steeton continued to enjoy the better of the half but Fletcher and Shane Butlin both had bit chances for 'Bridge and just when it seemed they has survived the onslaught a cross from Smith was headed home by Briggs in added time. Steeton started the second half on the front foot with a couple of early chances only for 'Bridge to bounce straight back with a Butlin effort and an obvious shout for a penalty that went unheeded but as play swung to and fro it was the visitors who struck on sixty-three minutes. It was route one stuff but effective as a long Phillips clearance was fed by Luke Fletcher into the path of Hardaker to reduce the deficit and for the next twenty minutes or so it was ‘'ridge who were in the ascendancy. A Phillips goal kick was flicked on by Hardaker only for Mash to get the better of Jake Fletcher in a one-on- one, a minute later it was roles reversed but the 'keeper again came out on top to deny Hardaker and within minutes of this it was déjà vu to a through ball from Butlin. 'Bridge continue to battle away for the equaliser and four minutes from time came the best chance of the lot as Mike Snowden put in Hardaker who was just wide of the target. For Manager Daz Ekin it was a hard one to take as they had overcome two difficult away games in previous rounds and it was now a case of third time "unlucky".
Man of Match - Dan Smith
13/01/18 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-2 Rawdon Old Boys - League
Surprisingly this was a sloppy affair from both sides in the early stages with 'Bridge having the excuse of an enforced six-week break whereas the visitors came as Divisional leaders and fresh from an excellent County Cup victory over Leeds City last Saturday. The opening was littered with free kicks and a lack of cohesion from both sides with the first meaningful effort a strike from full back Tom McMillan that went narrowly wide on 21 minutes, quickly followed by Darren Nicholls heading over a free kick. 'Bridge responded with three free kicks of their own, the first headed over by Mike Snowdon, Dave Burniston heading the next wide and finally when Dan Smith got his header on target it was disallowed. Nick Hudson then pushed a Shane Butlin effort on to the post with the deadlock broken in the second minute of injury time. Toby Hardaker burst into the box where he was felled by McMillan leaving Phil Wix to step up and convert the penalty and a minute later Wix, after a great run, fed the ball to Hardaker who made it two with Dave Burniston still having time to head over before the half time whistle. Four minutes into the second half Hudson produced an excellent save to deny Rimmer which was to prove pivotal as Rawdon began to come more into the game. Nicholls missed a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit which was quickly forgotten six minutes later when Jamie Nightingale reduced the deficit with a low driven shot from a corner. The visitors were now in the ascendency but 'Bridge were coping with the pressure and a Snowdon header ten minutes from time brought another good save out of Hudson, but Rawdon kept on coming and got their reward three minutes into added time with a Chris Softley equaliser.
Man of Match - Shane Butlin
27/01/18 - Boroughbridge AFC 0-0 Featherstone Colliery - League
With Featherstone's ground unfit the game was switched to Aldborough Road where 'Bridge will feel they had the edge but on the day the roll of the dice was against them. The first twenty minutes was frenetic with John Rimmer firing a free kick into the wall and Andy Burton going nearest for the visitors with an effort that was just off target. A well-known butchers may have been closed provisionally but there were plenty of meaty tackles on show here and when Shane Butlin was brought down in the box calls for a penalty went unheeded with a similar outcome as Burton went over from a Dave Burniston challenge. All square at the break there was still no quarter given in the second half until a good fifteen minutes of pressure from 'Bridge should have gained some reward. On 57 minutes even the well critiqued VAR would have picked up a blatant handball in the penalty area and minutes later they were unlucky again following a sweeping move involving Butlin, Mike Snowden and Rimmer which ended with a Joel Fireman drive rattling the inside of the post and Ryan Smith well beaten. Scott Ellam responded for the visitors shooting straight at Luke Phillips before Toby Hardaker was denied by Smith in a one-on-one situation and two minutes later the same player saw his tight angled drive thunder against the underside of the bar and scrambled to safety. 'Bridge threw on all three subs to try and snatch the victory, but it was to no avail, as the visitors had the last shouts with a couple of free kicks safely pouched by Phillips.
Man of Match - Joel Fireman, Mike Snowden & Shane Butlin
03/02/18 - Boroughbridge AFC 0-0 Wetherby Athletic - League
On a wet miserable afternoon neither side were able to find the catalyst to breakdown two stubborn defensive units and for the second week running the home support had to endure a no goal impasse. Toby Hardaker tested Darren Hooper early doors and Liam Corbett was similarly tested by Brian Blewitt with the best chance of the half coming in the 27th minute from a superb through ball by Joel Fireman but Paul Eagling was unable to get enough power into his shot to disturb Hooper. The second half followed a similar pattern with shots from Jake Fletcher and John Rimmer fairly straightforward for Hooper and Corbett seemingly unperturbed by a Matt Lombard drive with all the goalmouth action packed into the last few minutes when Wetherby forced a succession of corners but could not find that vital breakthrough.
Man of Match - Dan Smith
10/02/18 - Rawdon Old Boys 4-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
'Bridge took an early lead through a Mike Snowdon header on six minutes only for an injury to Dan Smith and a two-footed tackle on Dave Millea to set them back which together with a three goal burst from the home side left them with an uphill struggle. Liam Corbett made two good saves to deny Phil Stansfield and Craig Nicholls but was helpless to stop a Darren Nicholls header on 15 minutes. Nicholls (C) rattled the bar two minutes later with Ollie Nightingale on hand to knock in the rebound and seven minutes later Nicholls fired in number three from the edge of the box. With no subs to compensate for the injured players 'Bridge were struggling to cope but tireless performances from John Rimmer and Snowden managed to steady the ship up to the half time break. As the pitch deteriorated the second half was a more balance affair with both sides finding the conditions increasingly difficult and it became a midfield battle in the mud with goalmouth situations at a premium. Rimmer and Luke Fletcher managed to test home 'keeper Ben Morley but the only goal of the second half was a bizarre effort from Craig Nicholls in the last minute.
Man of Match - John Rimmer
17/02/18 - Brighouse Old Boys 0-3 Boroughbridge AFC - League
After dominating the early stages 'Bridge could easily have fallen behind in the 25th minute when indecision in their defence allowed Saxon Hargreaves a good chance which forced Liam Corbett into his first serious save of the game. Joel Fireman and Jake Fletcher both tested Declan Lambton in the Brighouse goal before they took the lead on 41 minutes as Franco Reina rescued a long ball from Mark Burniston to set Fletcher up with an easy tap in. 'Bridge finished the first half strongly and started the second in similar fashion adding to their lead on 55 minutes as Phil Wix converted a Burniston free kick. Fifteen minutes later Fletcher put the game to bed firing home after Lambton had initially saved his header to a Paul Eagling cross and give 'Bridge their first double of the season.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
24/02/18 - Leeds City 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League Cup
'Bridge have faced away ties in all cup competitions this season with their League Cup against Premier League leaders Leeds City arguably the toughest of them all. They got off to morale boosting start when a through ball from Phil Wix was partially cleared into the path of Mike Snowden who hit a superb half volley giving 'keeper Elvi Drizi no chance, but their optimism only lasted for four minutes as a near post Barrie Franklin header restored parity. Jake Fletcher tested Drizi shortly after this but it was Liam Corbett and the 'Bridge defence that were the busier with the 'keeper making fines saves to deny Franklin and James Burgess further success. City, however, are a good footballing side and continued to dominate the ball in the second half, although 'Bridge did match them until the home side were able to show the quality of their squad with three substitutions who changed the course of the game. On 81 minutes two were involved in the build up to their second goal which, following a period of pin ball in the penalty area, ended with Burgess firing home and after Corbett had made another fine save to deny Burgess, the other sub, Mark Ferguson, alleviated any anxieties for the home side with their third in added time.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
07/04/18 - Boroughbridge AFC 3-1 Whitkirk Wanderers - League
After a promising start 'Bridge fell behind after only eight minutes as a poor free kick allowed the visitors to break quickly and from Mick Elliot's cross Dan Sheriffe headed in the opener. In a game where no quarter was given 'Bridge struck back in the 21st minute from an innocuous through ball that Fishley and Paul Diamond made a hash of leaving Phil Wix with an easy tap in. Two minutes later a Mike Snowden header from a Shane Butlin free kick was deflected for a corner and when Wix swung the ball in Butlin managed to beat Diamond's challenge for the ball. Still, neither side could gain the advantage, and it was well into injury time in the first half when Whitkirk had a flurry of free kicks. The first two both went wide, the third was fired over by Ashley Bell and it was not until the seventh minute of injury time that Scott Donachie brought another fine save out of Liam Corbett. Charlie Austin was unlucky not to increase the lead for 'Bridge as his thunderous drive rattled the bar with Diamond well beaten but like the first half the game was fragmented and littered with free kicks breaking up the rhythm of play. John Rimmer shot wide for 'Bridge and even though the visitors were enjoying plenty of possession they were unable to beat Corbett and on 74 minutes a Dan Smith clearance was picked up by Jake Fletcher who went on to beat Diamond. Although tackles continued to be robust, the two goal cushion took a bit of the sting out of the game and appropriately the last noticeable action was left to Corbett with another fine save to thwart Fishley.
Man of Match - Liam Corbett
14/04/18 - Boroughbridge AFC 1-2 East End Park - League
After an eight two defeat at the hands of Featherstone Colliery in November East End Park have surged up the table with an eight match winning run and this victory against 'Bridge pushing them into the promotion spots. The game had started positively for the home side as a right wing cross was flicked on by Jake Fletcher for Phil Wix to slot the ball into the bottom corner past 'keeper Kyle Wilkinson. This was on eight minutes, but Park responded within two minutes from a penalty smartly converted by Ashley Hubbard to restore parity. Chances, thereafter were limited for both sides until the 54th minute when Aaron Kitao linked with Sam Nelson for the former to strike past Corbett to put the visitors in front. Thereafter 'Bridge huffed and puffed but were unable to find the cohesion to cut through a well organised side who jumped into third place with this victory.
Man of Match - John Rimmer & Shane Butlin
21/04/18 - Boroughbridge AFC 2-1 Altofts - League
Following successive defeats 'Bridge were looking to get back to winning ways when they entertained struggling Altofts but after taking a comfortable half time lead they were left hanging on at the end. The home side had an early set back when they lost striker Jake Fletcher through injury which was negated by goals from Phil Wix (37) and Shane Butlin (43). John Rimmer wasted a good chance when through one-on one to put the game to bed in the early part of the second half and when Altofts struck in the 68th minute the lead looked more tenuous. The visitors worked hard for the equaliser but it was 'Bridge who hung on to take all three points.
Man of Match - Joel Fireman
25/04/18 - Leeds Modernians 2-5 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Jack Campbell was prominent in the early stages of this game leading to the opening goal as his incisive pass to Phil Wix led to the opening goal from Toby Hardaker on 15 minutes and three minutes he later brought a good save out of 'keeper Matty Lewis. 'Bridge continued to have the better of the game with a one-on-one for Ben Ryder the best of the chances, but it was the home side who struck next as a cross from Daniel Jamieson was headed home by Danny Claxton. The setback served to motivate 'Bridge who started the second half positively regaining the lead on 50 minutes with a flicked header by Toby Hardaker to a Ryder free kick and a minute later three good chances went begging as the ball bobbled about in the box. On 65 minutes a long ball from Jack Herron picked out Wix whose cross was knocked home by Luke Fletcher and five minutes later Hardaker completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he had been brought down. Mods had a couple of chances but 'Bridge struck next through Mark Burniston after a one-two with Sean Corbett with Matthew Allsop completed the scoring in the 83rd minute with a second for Mods.
Man of Match - Toby Hardaker
28/04/18 - Howden Clough 1-4 Boroughbridge AFC - League
'Bridge made it a hat-trick of victories with this comprehensive looking win at Howden Clough helped by an outstanding display from stand-in keeper Paddy O'Neill. On a sticky playing surface 'Bridge were again on the front foot with Ben Ryder and Joel Fireman setting up Shane Butlin who was just off target with his header, Charlie Austin followed this with a good run and cross and on ten minutes Butlin won the ball in his own half and his through ball cut the home defence leaving Franco Reina to beat the onrushing 'keeper. Five minutes later they doubled their lead as Ben Ryder's diagonal pass picked out Austin who chipped Jack Strangeway for the second only for the home side to reduce the deficit twelve minutes later through a Martyn Thompson header. This buoyed the home side who are looking to avoid the bottom three and they enjoyed a good spell up to the break but were thwarted by some fine keeping by O'Neill. Both 'keepers made telling saves in the early part of the second half before 'Bridge struck again on 54 minutes when Austin fired through a crowd of players to restore the two goal advantage. O'Neill continued to be the busier of the two 'keepers with an outstanding double save on 74 minutes his piece de resistance, before a Chris Wood free kick fired home on 85 minutes the final blow for the home side.
Man of Match - Paddy O'Neill
01/05/18 - Knaresborough Town Reserves 1-2 Boroughbridge AFC - Whitworth Cup
Although Knaresborough have moved to a higher stand of football over recent years the intense rivalry between these two protagonists still remains and was evident when their Reserves met 'Bridge in the Whitworth Cup Final. The opening exchanges were tight with a couple of shots from distance failing to trouble either 'keeper until the seventeenth minute when a strong break and cross by Toby Hardaker found Phil Wix who set up John Rimmer for the opener. A half chance to Hardaker was saved by Jordan Myers and in a half when defences dominated a couple of Graham Whitehead free kicks failed to beat the 'Bridge wall. Town upped the pressure in the second half but Liam Corbett held on comfortably to crosses that came his way only to be beaten on 64 minutes when 'Bridge gave the ball away in midfield and Paul Atkinson latched on to Connor Thompson superb diagonal ball to slide past the onrushing Corbett. ’Bridge responded with a shot from the ubiquitous Mike Snowden and going into the last ten minutes should have gone ahead through Luke Fletcher who headed a Rimmer corner wide, but two minutes later that opportunity was forgotten when Dave Burniston headed home a Ben Ryder free kick to take the Whitworth Cup.
Man of Match - Mike Snowden
05/05/18 - Oxenhope Recreation 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC - League
This was typical end of season for 'Bridge with an eighty mile round trip to Oxenhope and with several absentees due to the Bank Holiday weekend unsurprisingly it was the home side who started the better with Dan Moriarty and Lee Reilly a constant threat. On the fifteen minute mark Reilly set up Tom Marshall, but he was denied by a fine save from Liam Corbett only for the 'keeper to be beaten minutes later after an apparent back pass was teed up by Moriaty for Scott Nelson to pierce the 'Bridge wall. The home side continued to dominate with Reilly at the heart of their attacks forcing Corbett into another fine save before rattling the post with another effort before 'Bridge's best opportunity, coming from a John Rimmer free kick tipped over by Stuart Devlin. Reilly continued to cause havoc rattling the post for a second time and was denied by Corbett's legs with another effort only for the theme of the game to change on the hour when 'keeper Devlin reacted to Shane Butlin's challenge leaving referee Jason Payne no option but to dismiss the 'keeper. John Rimmer duly dispatched the penalty and it was 'Bridge's turn to dominate taking full advantage of the extra man but unable to get that vital breakthrough and on eighty minutes a long ball out of defence found an unmarked Marshall who duly dispatched it past Corbett. Recreation's stand-in 'keeper then denied Butlin in a one-on-one situation which was to prove pivotal when minutes later Danny Driver drove home the third.
Man of Match - Dave Millea
09/05/18 - Featherstone Colliery 2-4 Boroughbridge AFC - League
Despite the 40-mile journey 'Bridge got off to a good start with John Rimmer testing Ryan Smith in the opening five minutes before three minutes later Rimmer and Charlie Austin combined setting up Phil Wix to chip Smith for the opener. A breakaway attack involving Jack Campbell and Mark Burniston was cleared a minute later followed by a swift interchange between Wix and Rimmer ending with Wix firing over the bar. After all the good work 'Bridge were undone by a long throw from Scott Ellam which evaded everyone leaving Richard Blackett to equalise and from a similar situation on 20 minutes Kyle Pearson headed wide. The pace of the visitors continued to cause problems for the home side and they were lucky to get away with no more than a caution for a bad challenge on Rimmer who then had the satisfaction of being involved in the second goal as he linked with Jack Campbell from whose cross Wix headed home the second. A couple of free kicks either side of half time were comfortably dealt with by Liam Corbett but he had no chance with an Andy Burton drive on 54 minutes following good work from Pearson. 'Bridge, especially Campbell and Rimmer, continued to be on the end of some robust challenges but they continued to look the more likely winners and on 74 minutes a quality finish from Rimmer put them ahead again. This brought an immediate response with Blackett heading against the bar only for 'Bridge to go up to the other end two minutes later and Austin secured the points with a 25 yards drive that proved too good for Smith.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
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