January 09 2019 13:40:45.
By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 5th January 2019
Just three Junior Section teams had a fixture on the first Saturday of 2019. The Under 13's Storm and Under 16's Tornadoes were in action in the Bolton Bury and District League while the Under 14's Thunder resumed their season in the North Bury Junior League.
Away to Swinton FC for their initial match of 2019 Beechfield United Under 13's Storm suffered their first defeat in five games. In this Section C contest Beechy started brightly but on a bumpy pitch didn't take advantage of a couple of good chances and against the run of play Swinton FC took the lead with what proved to be the only goal of the game. A similar pattern developed in the second half with the Storm totally dominating the match but the final pass hindered Beechy and that proved to be the difference between the two teams. This was a very good performance from the Beechy lads who were playing a new system and it was just that final pass that denied the Storm a victory. Man of the Match was Johnny Walsh. Final score Swinton FC 1 v Beechy Storm 0.
Kicking off the new year with a home game against Middleton Lads Blues were the Under 14's Thunder. In this Championship Division fixture Beechy really struggled in the first half and failed to adapt to the pace of the game. Thunder conceded the opening goal when a long ball over the defence was lobbed over the keeper to give the visitors the lead and for the first twenty five minutes it was one way traffic as Middleton Lads kept Beechy under pressure. But Thunder managed to grab an equaliser when Dominic Lawton's great vision saw him deliver a lovely ball for Callum Snaith who after cutting in from the left flank scored a brilliant goal. The second period began much the same as the first with Middleton Lads creating numerous chances and as Beechy defended well goalkeeper Reiss Miller made two terrific saves. With twelve minutes remaining Thunder lost their concentration and Middleton Lads grabbed the opportunity to regain the lead. Thunder continued to work hard and started to win a few battles all over the pitch and some decent play down both wings created a few scoring chances. Deep into injury time Beechy won a throw-in high up the pitch and this resulted in Thunder forcing a 2-2 draw. Patrick Walsh hurled the ball into the area that was cleared but quickly fired back and William Whipday got there before the keeper to slot the ball home to earn Thunder a share of the spoils. A joint Man of the Match was awarded to Patrick Walsh and William Whipday.
The Under 16's Tornadoes last Section B game was played on 24/11/2018 but the Beechy lads rarely looked short of match practice when they met Bolton County Rockets at Stott Lane. The Tornadoes were able to secure a 5-2 victory and following and uneventful opening twenty minutes went ahead against Bolton County courtesy of a goal by Jack Rodgers. Soon after Ademola Olusanya netted twice in quick succession and Beechy held a comfortable 3-0 lead when the referee ended the first half. Bolton County got a goal back when they launched another swift counter-attack and United's defenders were left stranded as the ball was fired into the net. The Tornadoes quickly regained control and Man of the Match Ademola Olusanya was on target again when he completed his hat trick for 4-1 and the victory was guaranteed after Jeanny Le Blance scored the fifth goal. Beechy continued to dictate the game but they somehow conceded a second goal following a free kick. United remain as Section C leaders but their lead at the top is now down to three points.