POSTED: April 07 2021 11:31:18. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 5/4/2021
Grassroots Football made a welcome return after the Government lifted the lockdown restrictions and several Beechfield United Junior Teams were in action on Saturday 5th April 2021.
Making the headlines were Beechy Under 13's Storm who produced an amazing comeback in their Salford and Districts League Division 1 away game with Winton Wanderers. At Brookhouse Playing Fields Storm who had only ten players throughout the match took an early lead via Andrew Ackernley but somehow found themselves 6-1 down at half time. Storm's dynamic comeback began with a goal from Michael Walsh quickly followed by two more goals through Oliver Cowley and Andrew Ackernley and as they continued to play with greater self-belief Beechy were rewarded with a fifth goal when Joshua Kilfoyle finished off a fine flowing move. Despite creating more chances it looked like Storm were running out of time but Joshua Kilfoyle was on target again with a superbly struck free to make it 6-6 and complete the comeback. According to Beechy Manager Martin Belcher although the game ended a draw it felt more like a win for Storm and he gave the Man of the Match Award to the whole team.
The Under 13's Hurricanes started their Bolton Bury and District League Section C home game against North Walkden like they had never had an enforced lengthy break. The passing of the ball was fluent, there were good levels of cohesion and fitness but as the Hurricanes put pressure on their opponents at times they overplayed. But following a pass from Dylan Walker who was in his own half Kane Wood netted Beechy's opening goal and the pattern of playing the ball much quicker gradually began to produce results with Kane Wood helping himself to another four goals. Then Dylan Walker got in on the act with a couple of goals and both Coby Cleary and Nicholas Britto-Walmsley hit a brace apiece. Mikey Munden then Oliver Sheridan both scored one goal each to complete the scoring and secure the Hurricanes an emphatic victory. Not an easy choice to pick Man of the Match for Hurricanes Boss Kennedy Chirwa but eventually he gave the award to Dylan Walker.
Also in the Bolton Bury and District League the Under 15's Storm were at home in Section C to Pennington Youth but lost their first game following the lockdown 5-3. After quickly going a goal down when a cross curled into the Beechy net Storm equalised courtesy of a great finish from Jonny Walsh. Beechy missed a couple of chances before they took the lead when Josh Everall delivered a pinpoint cross and Jayden Okoli supplied a composed finish for 2-1. But Storm's celebrations were only brief because Pennington via great shot on target made it 2-2 before the teams went off for the half time break. Pennington made a blistering start to the second half scoring three goals to hold a comfortable 5-2 lead but Storm fought back and reduced the arrears with their third goal through Man of the Match Jonny Walsh.
Beechy Under 17's Tornadoes were also in action in the Bolton Bury and District League. The Tornadoes who were away to Astley and Tyldesley dominated possession in this Section C fixture but lost the game 4-0. Max O'Brien was named Man of the Match for his outstanding performance and on another day Beechy could have hit double figures.
At Beech Farm the Under 11's Tornadoes played their first (9v9) game since 24th October 2020 when they met Parkwyddn Predators. This was an evenly balanced contest after forty minutes but a little rustiness and fitness from the Tornadoes kicked in and Parkwyddn took control in the final third and secured an easy win. Stewart Kay netted a hat trick for Beechy with Oscar Mather, Reece Smith and Logan McFeely providing key assists in the build up to Stewart's goals. Stewart, Reece and Man of the Match George Wadeson worked hard in their individual team roles but with more games to follow Tornadoes just need to work on the final pass in vital areas of the pitch.
Restarting their season with a home game against Parkwyddn Predators the Under 12's Lightning (9v9) boys created a gutsy display in this Division 3 encounter. United's opponents had a couple of very good players who caused Lightning all sorts of problems but Beechy themselves did create lots of chances only to suffer due to a lack of accuracy. Throughout the game Lightning's attitude was superb with outstanding performances all over the pitch. Ethan Harris was unlucky not to score on numerous occasions while the back four of Ben Lawrie, Eesa Afzal, Matty Cox and Rafa Prerez were excellent in limiting the score line. The final result flattered Parkwyddn somewhat and for much of the first half Lightning were the better team and what stood out the most was Beechy's effort and desire to play football.