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Boroughbridge AFC Reserves Match Reports 18/19
August to December
13/08/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 3-2 Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves - League
Despite Mark Burniston making life difficult for his Manager when he was sent off in the 42nd minute 'Bridge Reserves got their campaign off to a winning start. Danny Gore was just off target with a header and then a shot in the opening ten minutes as Deighton made a positive start with 'Bridge's first opportunity coming four minutes later from a Ben Johnstone header. A foul by Steve Coles on the 15th minute mark resulted in a penalty for the visitors and Gore used his early sighters to fire home from the spot. Jake Fletcher tested Jason Lowe and John Williams brought a decent save from Dave Burniston as play swung from end to end before Jake Fletcher levelled up matters with a 'Bridge penalty. Two minutes later he added his second again from the penalty spot which also had its downside as Burniston was dismissed for alleged abusive language. This did not deter 'Bridge as the Fletchers combined for Luke to add the third and there were opportunities for more until Gore slotted home his second which gave 'Bridge a few late jitters but they managed to hang on for the points.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
18/08/18 - Howden Clough Reserves 0-4 'Bridge Reserves - League
The first half was a nervy affair full of mistakes and missed opportunities with half time giving 'Bridge the opportunity to make some adjustments which certainly paid off with a positive second half scoreline. Niki Westbury opened the scoring from a Wayne Fisher corner and Matty Coles slotted home the second after a Bradley shot rebounded to him. Bradley fired in the third following good play between Fisher and Coles with the scoring concluded by Fisher with a right footed shot that curled amazingly into the top corner. Manager Neil Greer then decided it was time for him to get in on the act and following his "sublime 30 yard chip" - his words - the referee brought the game to an end.
Man of Match - Matty Coles
08/09/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 6-4 Altofts Reserves - League
The incessant rain and superb Aldborough Road playing surface dictated the pace of this game and by the time players had come to terms with the conditions fifteen minutes had elapsed and five goals conceded. It took only three touches for the visitors to strike from the penalty spot through Adam Smith after Bill McNally had been brought down and two minutes later they doubled their advantage as McNally fired through a ruck of players for the second. Their elation was short lived as Mark Burniston volleyed home a Craig Peacock free kick, minutes later Finlay Edwards knocked in an Alex Coombes' corner with the best of the bunch coming from Jim Johnstone's stunning 30 yard drive into the bottom corner of Shaun Russell's goal. Action continue to oscillate and both 'keepers were kept busy before Altofts restored parity with a Nathan Jarvis drive nine minutes from the break. Twice the visitors went close in the early stages of the second half with Mark Burniston similarly responding for 'Bridge before they were caught out by an incisive breakaway clinically finished by Smith for his second and Altofts' fourth. As time ebbed away 'Bridge pushed hard for the equaliser which came from a Wayne Fisher corner bundled over by Ben Mudd in the 80th minute followed by a cross from Jim Johnstone finished off by Mark Burniston. The game hardly had time to settle down when Ben Johnstone was brought down in the box and Fisher put the ball into the bottom corner to finish off an entertaining contest.
Man of Match - Mark Burniston
15/09/18 - Harrogate Railway Reserves 5-1 'Bridge Reserves - Hulme Cup
A couple of enforced changes looked to have strengthened the 'Bridge Reserves side for this Hulme Cup tie but after a closely fought first half the home side took control and 'Bridge duly exited at the first round stage. James Whiteley gave Railway the early advantage and went on to double his tally with further goals from Lewis Barnard, Ashar Bhogal and Tom Warrington too much for the visitors and Jim Johnstone's late goal of little consolation.
22/09/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 1-2 Salts Reserves - League
'Bridge lost the opportunity to draw level on points with Salts which served to reinforce the need for a recognised shot stopper. The Salts 'keeper was excellent throughout the game and kept his side in it with a one man show in the first half whereas 'Bridge had, arguably, their best defender in goal and it was his mistake that led to the winner two minutes from time. After dominating the first half 'Bridge took the lead when Steve Warburton set up Mark Burniston only for the visitors to restore parity through Andy Sadowskyj 15 minutes from time and snatch the winner when a right wing cross was palmed into the path of Oliver Hulme in the six yard box.
29/09/18 - Leeds City Reserves 4-1 'Bridge Reserves - League Trophy
After going out of their District Cup at the first hurdle it was another disappointing day for 'Bridge as their trip to take on Alliance Division One side Leeds City Reserves in the League Trophy proved equally fruitless. An Ashley Tattler hat-trick and a fourth from Jonathan Wilson was too good on the day and 'Bridge only managed to breach the City defence and 'keeper Joe Royce through a late Wayne Fisher effort.
06/10/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 3-1 Ilkley Town Reserves - League
The old cliché of a tale of two halves was certainly reflected here as 'Bridge came back from a first half deficit to take all three points. The visitors' neat, incisive passing game had 'Bridge on the back foot from the off and it only took six minutes for them to open their account as Benjie Claydon finished off a clinical through ball from Charlie Fairbank. Ilkley continued to enjoy plenty of possession and only some excellent saves from Paddy O'Neill prevented them being home and hosed by the break. This they would regret within two minutes of the restart as Ben Johnstone skipped by two defenders before picking out Mark Burniston who slotted the pass into the bottom corner of Jake Baguely's net. They then took the lead in the 79th minute when Burniston beat the 'keeper to a Joe Dorkings cross to leave Sam Jones with an easy tap in and three minutes later Jim Johnstone set up brother Ben who drifted into space to fire home number three.
13/10/18 - Rothwell Reserves 0-6 'Bridge Reserves - League
For the second week in succession 'Bridge had a full squad of players which was reflected in another positive result. A brace from Ben Johnstone together with further goals from Mark Burniston, Sam Jones, Joe Dorking and Ben Mudd proved too good for the struggling home team who had to register three players on the day.
20/10/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 7-1 Wyke Wanderers Reserves - League
'Bridge bounced back from a 7th minute setback to record their third victory on the bounce and move into fourth place. The visitors took the lead through Hoi Pin Truong who took advantage of a slide rule pass from Kane Mirfield to beat the advancing Adam O'Neill only for the lead to be cancelled out within six minutes as Jack Campbell finished in similar fashion. Matt Coles then converted from eight yards out when a miscued shot from Steve Warburton fell into his path and on 27th minutes Jim Johnstone fired home a free kick through a ruck of players after Campbell had been brought down by 'keeper Ben Shackleton. For the next 30 minutes the game went through a period of indifference with neither side able to string a series of passes and was enlivened by Shane Butlin who grabbed himself a hat-trick within 17 minutes of his introduction. On the hour mark he rose high to head home a Coles corner, followed this up with a strong run and finish, again linking with Coles, before completing his hat-trick on 75 minutes heading home a Kai Campbell cross to a short Jim Johnstone corner. Jack Campbell made it seven on 83 minutes when he beat Shackleton in a tussle for a 40-yard arrowed Dan Smith pass to stroke into an empty net.
27/10/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 3-0 Howden Clough Reserves - League
'Bridge continued their recent run of form with an efficient rather than spectacular performance as they achieved an early season double over their opponents and two clean sheets in the process. New signing Edmond Marau was keen to impress showing some good early touches and was instrumental in 'Bridge's opening two goals. The first on 22 minutes came from a short corner with Marau's cross headed home by Jack Herron and six minutes later his incisive through ball set up Mark Burniston for the second. Andy Weatherhead had a couple of glimpses of goal for the visitors but the home defence remained solid with stand in 'keeper Chris Chapman dealing comfortably with anything that came his way and producing a couple of decent saves in the second half during a brief spell of Howden pressure. 'Bridge's third goal came in the 56th minute from a Wayne Fisher penalty after Ben Johnstone was tripped in the box and in the latter stages Marau wasted a great chance to mark his debut when he drifted by three defenders only to blast his effort wide of goal from 12 yards.
03/11/18 - North Leeds Reserves 2-10 'Bridge Reserves - County Trophy
'Bridge took the opportunity to fill their boots when they took on Yorkshire Amateur League Division Four side North Leeds Reserves and legitimately this time get a free drink from Manager Neil Greer for reaching the "magical 10". It took them 17 minutes to open their account with a Jack Herron header breaking the deadlock and he was involved in the second along with Jim Johnstone setting up Matty Coles who finished with a strong diagonal run and shot. Steve Warburton added a third from a corner with Coles again involved as Ben Johnstone made it four. Some slack defending had allowed the visitors a couple of chances before numbers eight and six combined to reduce the deficit but this was only temporary as minutes later Wayne Fisher scored from the spot after Ben Johnstone was brought down. The Johnstone brothers joined forces for Ben to add number six and a Mark Burniston double in the space of five minutes made the "ten" figure seem inevitable. The visitors brought a bit of reality back to the game when they added their second but it did not take long for 16 year old Sam Lofthouse, on his "home" debut to confidently slotted home from the penalty spot to make it nine. At least three glaring opportunities came and went before Burniston took the matter into his own hands blasting home the tenth with three minutes to go. 'Bridge now go into the Third Round with a home tie against Alliance Division One side Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves and a much sterner test of their progress this season.
10/11/18 - Altofts Reserves 1-2 'Bridge Reserves - League
'Bridge always looked in control against a hard working home team who posed the most threat through the physical presence of Bill McNally and the guile of James Tilford but the visitors were strong in defence and with Mark Burniston, Matty Coles, Ben and Jim Johnstone proving too goad from the start they created the better of the chances. On 20 minutes Burniston had a great opportunity when he was put through one-on-one with 'keeper Shaun Russell until he was poleaxed by a hamstring pull and minutes later an astute Jim Johnstone chip over the onrushing Russell was ruled out from an earlier foul on brother Ben. Undeterred 'Bridge kept probing and Ben Mudd opened the scoring when put clear by Jim Johnstone and only a point blank save by Russell to a Chris Chapman header prevented them doubling the lead a minute before the break. A change in formation by Altofts made the second half more competitive but the crowded midfield area restricted the chances on offer until the introduction of 'keeper Paul Kirbitson's 16 year old son Matthew. He had only been on the park a few minutes when he received a pass from Matty Coles and curled his shot into the bottom corner past a despairing Russell. Game over or so it seemed until a looping James Tilford header five minutes from time revived the home team but 'Bridge were able to manage the remaining time without any further traumas.
Man of Match - Stevie Coles
17/11/18 - Sherburn White Rose Reserves 1-4 'Bridge Reserves - League
'Bridge made it seven wins on the bounce to retain their promotion credentials from their visit to a testy home side, who didn't help their cause with two dismissals. Ben Johnstone got his side off to a positive start with a free kick in the 9th minute which proved too good for Adam Batty and they increased their lead on 24 minutes as Sam Jones timed his run to perfection to latch on to an exquisite angled cross from Alex Coombes. Johnstone and Ben Mudd both missed gilt edged chances to consolidate the position before Mudd hit home the third to put his side in the driving seat. Arran McDonald did pull one back for the home side only for them to give away a penalty, converted by Matty Coles a few minutes later, and have a man sent off in the process.
24/11/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 7-1 Old Centralians Reserves - League
'Bridge continued their winning streak with a seventh league win on the bounce and a seven goal bonanza as they comprehensively beat a poor Centralians side. Neil Greer's team opened the scoring from a Matt Coles penalty after Dan Clayton's weaving run was abruptly ended in the area and added a second through Ben Mudd with a well taken finish shortly afterwards. They continued to create and miss a raft of chances before Josh Mulandi added the third from close range when set up by Clayton. Joe O'Reilly gave the home side a reminder that the game wasn't over when he rattled the 'Bridge bar with Mark Burniston well beaten and early in the second half he reduced the deficit with an astute chip from outside the area. The home side continued to dominate and Jack Herron and Wayne Fisher both missed good opportunities before a powerful Dan Smith header was partially blocked and Clayton slammed home the rebound. Alex Coombes totally deceived 'keeper Sean Pritchard with a cross-shot that looped into the top corner, a delicate Clayton chip to a Mulandi through ball made it six with the coup de grace coming from Dan Smith through a 25 yard thunderbolt that dipped and swerved on its way past the 'keeper.
01/12/18 - 'Bridge Reserves 1-6 Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves - County Trophy
'Bridge exited the County Challenge Trophy at the Third Round stage against a Whitkirk side who have only been beaten on one occasion this season and are averaging five goals per game in Alliance Division One. The opening exchanges did not a indicate the disparity between the two sides and 'Bridge more than matched the visitors taking the lead from a forceful Dan Clayton run and cross which was scrambled home by Kai Campbell. Within minutes 'Kirk had restored parity and a needless penalty shortly afterwards put them in the driving seat from which 'Bridge could not recover as the visitors continued to add four more to their impressive goal tally. Ashton Campbell with a brace, Daniel Leafe, Dominic Noteman, Joe Stuart and Glenn Wood were the visiting goal scorers.
09/02/19 - 'Bridge Reserves 7-0 Sherburn White Rose Reserves - League
On a sunny but blustery afternoon at Aldborough Road, Neil Greer's side looked to extend their excellent run of form against Sherburn White Rose Reserves. With conditions being made difficult because of the strong wind, it would be the side who adapted best to the conditions who would benefit and to their credit that is exactly what 'Bridge did. The early stages of the contest were very evenly matched, and the hosts had to be thankful to a couple of good saves by the returning Luke Philips to keep the visitors from taking the lead. When 'Bridge did mount an attack, they were met by resolute defending and some good goalkeeping from Sherburn. Mark Burniston and Eddie Murau went close for the hosts while Matty Coles was starting to control the midfield. As half time approached the feeling was a goal would prove vital to either side. A cross from Josh Mulandi was blocked and Ben Johnstone saw a chance go just wide. Then right on the stroke of half-time 'Bridge took the lead. A well-worked corner from Murau saw Russ Robshaw apply the final touch. One nil at half time and 'Bridge now looked to press on in the second half, which produced an excellent display by the hosts. Looking solid at the back' Bridge pushed forward looking for more goals to put the game to bed. They came in the form of a Ben Johnstone hat-trick and one each for Murau, Burniston and Coles. The hosts were the team that handled the conditions the better and once they had their noses in front, they were determined not to let the visitors back into the game. Defensively strong with both Robshaw and Herron excellent at the heart of the 'Bridge defence which allowed the team to play some good passing football and in-turn created chances which were duly taken.

At half time no-one would have predicted a seven nil score-line, but that is exactly what happened. Greer was able to introduce substitutions to freshen up the team as the half wore on and all three fitted in well to the general play. The win keeps 'Bridge at the top of the table and the scoreline was certainly good for the goal difference. However, there can be no room for complacency as next up in Salts Reserves away, who sit second in the Alliance Division Two. 'Bridge still have some other tough games with matches against other sides vying for promotion, so while Greer and his charges can celebrate the victory the push for promotion is still very much the focus in the forthcoming weeks, with absolutely no opposition being taken for granted.

An excellent team performance with Robshaw and Herron quality at the back and Philips making some good saves in the early stages. On this occasion, for his well taken hat-trick, Ben Johnstone gets the nod for the Man of the Match.
Man of Match - Ben Johnstone
 
 
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