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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.
 
 
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