POSTED: April 05 2023 11:22:04. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 1/4/2023

Rewarded for a battling display in the Salford and Districts Junior League were Beechfield United U/14's HURRICANES who went to the top of the Division 1 table following their 3-2 home win over Wythenshawe Jaguars.

*Once again team changes had to be made when three key players were unavailable leaving the Hurricanes with just twelve squad players for the game. Beechy took the lead when the refree played advantage following a horrible tackle on Jacob Revell who thankfully wasn't injured and after winning possession Henry Errington raced forward only to be fouled in the area. Taking the resulting spot-kick himself Henry sent the keeper the wrong way as he rolled the ball into the corner of the net. At the end of a gruelling first half which included some tough tackling from both teams the Hurricanes maintained their 1-0 lead.

Wythenshawe Jaguars equalised when the visitors No11 took full advantage of some 50-50 challenges and went on a determined run before adding a close range finish. Then following a series of free kicks within shooting range another dead ball situation led to the Jaguars going 2-1 up. Producing a brilliant response the Hurricanes got back level through Henry Errington who received an excellent pass from Oliver Nangle and rifled a first time shot past the keeper. Then Man of the Match Henry repaid the compliment when he superbly set-up Oliver who showed great composure and footwork before supplying a neat finish for what proved to be Beechy's match winning goal.

*At home against Swinton Cheetahs the U/7's THUNDER got off to a fast start and scored five goals in the first quarter of the game. Both Jude Bond and Harrison Spencer grabbed two goals each and Chase Sixsmith scored the other then Man of the Match Jude Bond completed his hat-trick to put Thunder into a commanding position. In the second half Beechy got the opportunity to experiment which gave the players the opportunity to play in different positions. Swinton Cheetahs managed to reduced the arrears but Oscar Spencer better known for his goalkeeping heroics netted Beechy's seventh goal and was immediately mobbed by his teammates after he completed the victory.

*Despite a fantastic all-round display Beechy U/13's TORNADOES lost 4-3 following their Salford and Districts Junior Football League Supplementary Cup game with Wythenshawe Celtic. The Tornadoes who had home advantage scored goals by Oscar Mather (2) and Josh Beddows.

*Away to Flixton Junior Wolves the U/11's THUNDER (9v9) players were asked for a fast start but they produced the opposite. Looking slightly lethargic it wasn't a real surprise when Beechy went a goal down but Thunder bounced back and equalised through Ajab Fakeeh and though Flixton Wolves regained the lead but the game remained close as both teams battled non-stop. A superb cross from Ollie Sixsmith was met at the far post by Abelmalik Zuway who's brilliant header made it 2-2. Following a few encouraging words at half time the Beechy Boys made a positve start in the second half and Ajab Fakeeh was on target again when he put Thunder 3-2 up. Flixton Wolves responded and equalised then thanks to Thomas Brady who displayed great composure before adding a superb finish Thunder led 4-3. A fifth goal guaranteed Beechy the victory after Ajab Fakeeh completed his hat-trick and the scoring.

*Playing with a smile on their face were the U/9's TORNADOES who's non-stop running and working as a team was a joy to watch in the home game with Winton Wolverines. Goalkeeper Jayden Royle who nade several great saves was a true warrior when he carried on after a head injury while Captain Aiden Thompson, Reuben McCormick and Jayden Lowe at the back defended really well. Jayden Lowe kept a cool head in the Winton area when he went past a visitors defender before firing the ball into the roof of the net. Both Harry Myddleton and Alex McGory worked hard on the wings plus getting back to defend when needed. Harry supplied two great assists from corners and Alex showed he was able to deal with the physical side of the game. Freya Quinn who was soon involved in the action showed confidence plus skill, tackling and good passing and rewarded with two goals was Crewe Reeves who constantly caused real problems for the Winton defenders. Playing her last game for the team was Anika Wojciak who worked tirelessly off the ball and she signed off with a goal which was fully deserved.

*The U/9's STORM put on a top quality display against a skilful and speedy Salford Storm team. Starting off on the front foot Beechy quickly put the pressure on their opponents and could have been two or three goals up had they found the finish to some decent chances. Eventually Beechy took the lead when Kobe Glass was on target following a great flowing move and as they maintained a tight grip on the game Beechy limited Salford Storm to just a few goalscoring opportunites. Beechy added their second goal via Kobe Glass who made no mistake with a decisive finish from just inside the area.

Some slack defending gifted Salford Storm a lifeline when the visitors to Beech Farm Playing Fields reduced the arrears. The pattern of play was much the same in the second half as Beechy continued to produce more good football but despite being one of the divisions top scorers Beechy missed a few more chances to kill the game. Salford Storm always looked dangerous on the counter-attack but Beechy held firm and were able to celebrated a deserved victory. Man of the Match was Kobe Glass who worked so hard getting up and down the pitch.

*Making amends following last weeks defeat were Beechy U/8's THUNDER who got back to winning ways after their away game at Flixton Junior Kestrels and Beechy fielded a much changed line-up to allow game time for the previous games underused substitutes. Flixton took the lead after Thunder made slow start but Beechy were soon back level through the impressive Harley Cosgrove-Newby. It was Harley who doubled Thunder's lead with a brilliant finish on his weaker foot highlighting the work done in training. Team Captain for the day was Logan Moore who scored Beechy's third goal via a neat close range finish into the corner of the net. Goalkeeper Cody Elwell-Eyres made some fine saves as Flixton strived to get back into the game and after getting a better foothold in the contest the hosts scored three goals without reply to go ahed with about 5/6 minutes left to play.

Thunder's tactical changes paid dividends as Sonny Phillips equalised with a powerful strike from the edge of the area but Beechy weren't content to settle for a draw. After Brayden Taylor won possession in his own half he sprinted nearly the full length of the pitch before hammering the ball into the net to extend his record of scoring in fourteen games in a row and secure Thunder their vctory. Beechy's Man of the Match award went to Hugo Balogun who played out of position in defence then goalkeeper towards the end of the game.

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