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19/01/08 - After Victory Over Spa Athletic
We caught up with Manager Dave Ekin after the game to reflect on a comfortable win.

"After a sticky start where I thought Spa were quite lively, we settled down and from then on it was one way traffic really. They definitely played football and didn't try to kick us to death, but we got into a three goal lead after half an hour then got a bit individual, so the last quarter hour was a bit of a waste of time. We sorted one or two things at half time, then got down to playing one-two touch football, and we took them to the cleaners really. Marcus (Philpott) missed a penalty for his hat-trick but made up for it later with a cracking finish. There could have been a few more goals for us but it was a good all round team performance. I have to say I thought Tom Smith was excellent - he's had a sticky time of late finding the net but I thought he had a really good game today."
14/08/08 - A New Season
Saturday see the Reserves enertaining Rothwell in the first game of the new season. Last Season's Alliance runners-up will be looking to go one better this year, but 'Bridge Reserves manager Dave Ekin is well aware of the threat to his side, having picked up only one point against them last season. We caught up with him after the Ouseburn friendly on Tuesday to ask for his views on the season ahead.

How do you look back on last season?
Half decent season I thought, we had an excellent start but tailed off a bit in the middle. It got a bit difficult towards the end, we seemed to run out of players a bit, but then the bonus of a Cup Final gives you a stick to beat the players with and to some extent we used that.

I think everybody who watched the team thought they played some of the best football at the Club this year.
Well you must remember that I think that a lot of the players that we have are just below first team standard, and they are fighting for their places – some of the teams we play aren’t quite up to it and it does give you the chance to play some decent football.

It’s a shame that without that little wobble we would have been there fighting for the title wouldn’t we?
Yeah, but to be fair, some of those games we should have won. For me the rot set in when we played Sherburn who had most of their first team out, but they didn’t break any rules so you just get on with it.

What about departures and arrivals?
As far as I am aware Waddo seems to have retired, we’ve not seen anything of him yet! Obviously Johhny Werrett’s gone; Mark Greenhalgh has gone, who was an unsung hero. As regards new faces, we’ve got Johhny Lowes, and I’m looking for some of the younger lads to push through. Burney is a rising star, I’ve believed that for a long time. In preseason Jog Ibbotson’s impressed me, and to be fair our Tom did alright tonight; he uses the ball well, he’s an intelligent player. But if I can hold on to such players as Stu Henry, with Dave Coffey to come back, and Simon Metcalfe (who’s due a hernia op, but if we can get him back fit), they’re big plusses for us. We’ve still got Johhny Hunt and Tom Smith to come back too. We look a bit lightweight upfront really, I’d like to have a target man somewhere.

You tried a few combinations tonight, looking to the big kick off. Where do we stand?
Well firstly we’ve got to get through Saturday, The first month is going to be difficult, as a Club, never mind the team. Until it settles and we get some players back it’ll be hard.

Are we looking to push on from last year?
Is better than 4th realistic? I’d love to win something in the West Yorkshire League, that’s the priority. We’ve got Beeston, Rothwell and Whitkirk still in there though. Beeston are an amazing side really, they can get players out of nowhere. Of the promoted teams, Field Reserves are up. I think they won the League trophy last year, so they’ll be dark horses, but I know for a fact that Field always struggle early season, they must have quite a few cricketers playing for them. Once they get going though, they go from strength to strength, they’ll be a difficult side. I’m disappointed with who they’ve relegated and kept up, more from a point of ground quality than football quality. I believe the quality of grounds in the Alliance has deteriorated a bit over the last few years. I believe they’ve relegated Altofts, which I think is a very good ground. It’s not always about wanting the best football team. If you want to entice quality players, they want to be playing on good surfaces at decent grounds.

Teams and players to watch next year?
Hard to say. Ossett impressed me when we played them away, they had some good young players, but they will probably find it hard to hold on to them with the larger catchment areas down there; they’ll want to move to bigger and better teams. If they’re any good, these young lads get snapped up. But I’m glad to see Ossett still in our division; I like going there, they’re a good bunch of lads even if the setup isn’t the best – the warm welcome more than makes up for a not so good ground.

What about the cups?
Obviously last year was a very good year in the cups for us. We’ve got a bye in the West Yorkshire Cup first round this year, and a trip to Bardsey in the County Trophy. I’d like to think we could make our mark again in the County Trophy, it’s all about getting through those first couple of rounds. If we’d done that last year, by the time we’d got a settled side we could have done something but those early season fixtures are always very tricky. It’s not so bad going to places like Bardsey, but if you get somewhere in Huddersfield or Halifax away, early season, players missing, they’re a bit of a killer. Let’s hope we can get past Bardsey and through the next round and then we’ll see.

Tip for the League?
Beeston have got to be there or thereabouts. Plus Whitkirk, who once again are a team who always seem to pick up good players from nowhere, and Rothwell who are probably our bogie team. As I said, the dark horses will be Field without a doubt. They’re a bit like us and will struggle early doors but once they get settled they’re hard to beat.

Many thanks to Slonka for his time and all the best to him and the team on what we all hope will be a great season.
14/03/09 - Hartshead Res 0-4 Boroughbridge AFC Res
What are your thoughts of the game today?
Terrible pitch, good performance by our lot, we had more trouble with the pitch than the opposition to be fair. Four really well taken goals; one of them, obviously, was a penalty, great to see Stephan Pollman get his first goal for the club and young Mark Burniston get his first goal for the second team. I’m really chuffed for them lads. Barry O’Neill and Richard Donohoe were magnificent in the middle of the park and we were really solid at the back. A good solid debut for Tom Barker as well. There were a lot of good performances but I though the team performance was excellent, it really was: worthy winners.

Who scored the goals?
The first goal was Stefan Pollman, we were one nil up at half time. Then Smudge [Jamie Smith] got a penalty just after half time when Stephan Pollman was brought down. And then Smudge scored an excellent, excellent third goal with a superb strike from 20 yards. Young [Mark] Burniston rounded off the scoring with his first goal for the second team.

Puts us in a good position in the league?
Well, we’re treading water in the league but we’re going to stay mid-table we know that; we’re safe on both fronts, we’re not going to get relegated but we’re not going to win the league. But we can decide where the title goes and we’ll continue giving our all in the games we have to come.
21/03/09 - Boroughbridge AFC Res 0-2 Beeston St. Anthony's Res
What are your impressions on what you saw?
Overall a bit disappointed with our performance, we had too many players under par today and when you play top sides everybody has to chip in. In the first half we showed them too much respect, but that is no excuse for our poor passing; no problem with commitment it’s just got to be channeled in the right direction.

What are your thoughts on their first goal?
To be honest we were in a bad position to see if the ball had crossed the line or not, but what annoyed me more was that we allowed them a free header on the stroke of half time after containing them quite well without being at our best.

What did you say to your team at half time after the goal?
Mmm, interesting question. The important thing was to get the lad’s minds back on the game. Goal or no goal they had 45 minutes remaining to put the record straight and influence the result, mistake or not we couldn’t change it but we could have a say by keeping it to football and keeping our discipline.

What’s the news on Kelvin’s injury?
It appears Kelvin has a slight tear in his cruciate ligament which will probably mean the end of the season, I just hope he has a full and speedy recovery.

Anything else to add?
As I say, no problem with commitment we just need to up our concentration levels and play more to our potential. On the plus side I though a more than useful debut for young Kevin Morris, with a little bit more composure he would have got his self a goal and his work rate and confidence for a young lad was great to see. Definitely one to watch.
 
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