POSTED: April 14 2021 13:44:34. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 10th/11th April 2021

There was another busy Saturday for Beechfield United Junior Teams plus one fixture went ahead on Sunday and these games produced some mixed results.

Beechy Under 8's Tornadoes Team Manager Ryan Pugh was delighted that himself and his players were back in action in the Salford and Districts League after the lockdown. Four months is a long time without an official game of football and the Tornadoes resumed their Blue Group fixtures with a home game against Salford Storm Tornadoes. The Beechy boys created a great display and were extremely unlucky to suffer defeat after Salford Storm secured victory via the last kick of the game. Harvey Pugh started the match as the Beechy keeper and both the opposition Manager and Referee commented on how well he played. Harvey was named Man of the Match while on target for the Tornadoes were Daniel Badewa and Kai Barker who scored two goals apiece. There were plenty of tired legs at the final whistle but the players left the pitch with smiles on their faces.

The Under 10's Red Group encounter between United Storm and Old Trafford Juniors was an even game and the result could have gone either way. This competitive fixture included five goals and on target for Storm who won the contest were Timothy Badewa, Harry Wallis and Roman Sandaji. Beechy's Star Player was goalkeeper Reuben Wardle who's dynamic performance guaranteed Storm could celebrate their victory.

On Sunday at Salford Sports Village the Under 12's Lightning (9v9) went down 3-2 to a determined Manchester Maccabi Eagles. In the first twenty minutes Beechy were far the better team and took the lead as they kept their opponents pinned in their own half for long periods. Maccabi managed to hit Lightning on the counter-attack to score an equalising goal after they found a way to beat Beechy keeper Luca Mobey who had an excellent game. The second half was even more one sided but Lightning couldn't add the finish to some great chances though a second Beechy finally arrived. Maccabi found two more goals to earn all three points and Lightning were very unlucky not to grab at least a craw. Great performances all-round but special mention to Luca Mobey, Jai Devani-White and George Rowbotham in midfield plus Ethan Harris up front who scored one of the goals. Beechy's other goal came via Matty Cox.

For their local derby match with Moorside Rangers Yellows the Under 13's Storm played most of the game with ten players due to an injury to Joshua Kilfoyle. Despite the handicap Beechy showed great resilience during the seventy minutes and saw efforts hit both posts and crossbar. Sharing the best player award were Grace Belcher and Oliver Cowley, Grace for her aggression and delivering some great passes out of defence and Oliver who scored Storm's only goal for his non-stop running throughout the game.

In their Section D away game with Tiki Taka United the Under 13's Hurricanes made a lethargic start showing no real urgency within the team. Nicholas Britto-Walmsley and two goals from Kane Wood were the players on target for Beechy in a 4-3 defeat to a team who hadn't won previously this season. Hurricanes Man of the Match was goalkeeper Alfie Gridlestone because without him Beechy could have lost by a bigger score line.

Always on the front foot in their away game at Winton Wanderers were Beechy Under 13's Tornadoes and this Division 1 encounter produced goals galore. The Tornadoes went a goal up inside the opening two minutes and moving the ball quickly and with confidence found themselves 7-0 ahead at half time. Following a few positional changes by Beechy the match was slightly more competitive but the Tornadoes still dominated possession and eventually hit double figures before Winton Wanderers got a well deserved consolation goal. Beechy's goal scorers were Farrell Williams-Smith, Joel Thorndyke, Jack Duff, Finley Reeves, Ashley Tonge and Zach Newns. Tornadoes Player of the Match award was shared between Oliver Andrzejckuk and JJLowery.

Delighted to be playing competitive matches again were Beechy Under 14's Typhoon who made a trip to face De La Salle Hawks. Despite looking a little rusty and short of match fitness which included Typhoon Manager Phil Hesketh as stand-in referee Beechy never lacked both effort and endeavour. De La Salle had played the previous weekend so they had a slight advantage over Beechy and the hosts held a 2-0 lead at the break. But Typhoon heads didn't go down and the Beechy boys battled non-stop and one great effort from Igor Osarinmwain hit the crossbar while the De La Salle keeper was forced to make several good saves. Typhoon still needed a Man of the Match performance from their keeper Peter Ellis to stay in the game and rewarded for his magnificent display with Beechy's consolation goal was Ryan O'Sullivan. Both coaches were pleased with Typhoon's overall performance and commitment.

First Salford and Districts League fixture after the lockdown for the Under 14's Lightning was a home game against Astley and Tyldesley Titans. Goals from Man of the Match David Olidoy and Cody Brady were scant reward for Lightning who's own mistakes were punished by their opponents who won this Division contest.

At home to Bolton Lads and Girls Club the Under 15's Storm were slow out of the blocks and any chances created went straight at the visitors keeper. Beechy started playing some good passes through the midfield but were let down when the final pass failed to find it's intended target. The second half began with Storm piling on the pressure and using the physical approach kept Bolton Lads pinned in their own half. Just before the end Beechy's match winning goal arrived when Man of the Match Jonny Walsh lurking at the back post bundled the ball into the net. Thanks to his non-stop running throughout the game Jonny won the award for the second time in seven days. Result Beechy U/15's Storm 1 v Bolton Lads and Girls Club 0.

The Bolton Bury and District League Section D match Beechy Under 15's Tornadoes versus FC Bridgewater Wolves produced a fairly even first half with both teams having decent chances. A similar pattern developed in the second period but it was FC Bridgewater who found their goal coring touch and at the final whistle had all three points courtesy of a 4-0 victory.

For their first game in nearly four months the Under 16's Thunder were away to Middleton Athletic. Despite playing well especially in the first half of this North Bury Junior League Division 1 fixture Thunder found themselves 1-0 down at half time. Beechy's concentration level dropped briefly in the second half and Middleton took a 3-0 lead but Thunder continued to work hard and they were eventually rewarded. The breakthrough arrived when Prince Idusuyi was on target to reduce the arrears though the celebrations were short lived as Middleton scored again to win the game 4-1. This had been a great all-round effort from the Beechy lads who will obviously be looking to return to winning ways in their next match on Saturday 17th April.

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