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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
 
 
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