POSTED: May 06 2023 08:51:24. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 29/4/2023

Victory for Beechfield United U/7's THUNDER who reached 100 goals scored in their Salford and Districts League fixture on Saturday 29th April 2023.

*Beechy were away to Parkwyddn Predators and won this mini-soccer game following a superb all-round team performance. Harrison Spencer gave Thunder an early lead when he broke through the Parkwyddn defence and produced a fine finsh into the corner of the net. Then Man of the Match George Kelly increased Beechy's lead after he latched onto a pass from Jude Bond and fired the ball home with his weaker foot. Parkwyddn pulled a goal back before half time but Thunder continued to dominate the match in the second half and went further ahead through Harrison Spencer who completed his hat-trick to take his seasons tally to an incredible 40 goals. Jude Bond scored the best goal of the game after he superbly best three Parkwyddn players then Jude was involved in Beechy's final goal after his corner resulted in the ball deflecting off a Parkwyddn defenders and into the net. Thunder who have been a joy to watch recently hit another milestone taking their proud goals scored tally to over one hundred.

*In their home game with Salford Storm Cyclones the U/8's THUNDER let slip a three goal lead and at the final whistle shared ten goals. Making a slow start Beechy found themselves a goal down after thirty seconds and before Thunder had time to recover they conceded a second goal. But the Beechy Boys finally got their act together a following a few weeks without a goal Man of the Match Brayden Taylor was on target when he reduced the arrears. Sonny Phillips netted Thunder's equaliser via a tremendous drive into the top corner of the net and Sonny doubled his tally with a well worked team goal as Beechy got a tighter grip on the game. As the match looked to be swinging in Thunder's favour Lyle Glass netted Beechy's fourth goal then Brayden Taylor fired home goal number five. But during the last four minutes Salford Storm controlled the game and scored three goals without reply to force a draw.

*Beechy U/9's STORM met Salford Storm Lightning at Beech Farm and starting the game on the front foot took the lead with a terrific goal. Max Schofield's accurate pass found Barkley Pope who went past his marker and delivered a great cross for Jack Sinclair to finish off the move with a superb header. After the goal Beechy created but missed a few chances before Salford Storm drew level via a goal described as a worldie. Once again the finishing touch was absent as Beechy pushed hard to regain the lead but it was Salford Storm who scored again with only their second shot on target. Making a slow start in the second half Beechy were punished when they conceded a third goal but the boys dug deep and were rewarded thanks to a top-class finish from Kobe Glass. Working hard in search of an equaliser Beechy fell further behind following a breakawy attack from the visitors. But during the last ten minutes it was one-way traffic and Beechy who put some heavy pressure on their opponents reduced the deficit to one goal when Kobe Glass set-up Jack Sinclair who produced a great finish to complete the scoring. Beechy's Man of the Match award was shared between Max Schofield and Harry Wharton.

*On a warm Saturday morning at Beech Farm Playing Fields Beechy U/11's THUNDER (9v9) were in action against Fletcher Moss Colts. Straight from the kick-off both teams battled hard to gain control of this Blue Group game and it was Fletcher Moss who opened the scoring after Beechy had lost the ball in their own half of the pitch. There were chances for both teams before Fletcher Moss went 2-0 up following a corner then during a valid fightback Ajab Fakeeh who skilfully beat three opponents reduced the arrers. Thunder equalised just before the break when the ball was cleared to the edge of the area and after a great strike by Ano Goora the ball looped over the visitors keeper. The match continued to be closely fought in the second half and Fletcher Moss managed to convert two of their chances which eventually earned them a 4-2 victory. Special mentions to Ollie Sixsmith who had a good game in defence, Ajab Fakeeh who looked unplayable and Theo McNulty who's endeavour in midfield often goes unnoticed.

*With a strong squad available the U/14's HURRICANES faced a tricky away game against Kingsway Athletic. Before kick-off Beechy sat proudly at the top of the Division 1 table with their opponents in second place just one point behind. Early in the game Kingsway had the ball in the net but the referee disallowed the goal though no foul looked to have been committed on a Beechy player. Creating another promising attack the Hurricanes went close to going a goal up when Oliver Nangle forced a good save from the Kingsway keeper and from the rebound Oliver fired the ball just over the crossbar. Then from a free kick Alfie Rostron was desperately unlucky when from thirty yards he beat the keeper but the ball cannoned off the crossbar. The match continued to flow rapidy from end to end and though both teams created numerous chances it remained 0-0 at the break. After making a bright start in the second half Kingsway Athletic were soon on the attack and Beechy's goalkeeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker was called into action but Oliver couldn't stop the hosts from taking the lead. The Hurricanes went 2-0 down from a corner after the ball hit a Beechy defenders foot and flew into the net. The referee waved away the Hurricanes appeal for offside against the Kingsway winger who added the hosts third goal after he raced clear and scored with his second attempt. The scoreline wasn't a true reflection on the game because Beechy had the better chances in the second half and this defeat ended the Hurricanes four match unbeaten run.

*The U/16's TYPHOON produced a low-key performance in their Bolton Bury and District League Section D away game at Ladybridge Eagles. Beechy who were outplayed at times were a goal down and still in the game as half time approached thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Peter Ellis but Typhoon conceded a second goal in injury time. Despite a brave attempt to find a way back into the game Beechy ran out of ideas and eventually lost the match 5-0. Defender Milonga Mututa was named Typhoon's Man of the Match.

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