POSTED: April 29 2022 16:55:52. By Keith Long - U/17's Thunder Secure Three Vital Points

On Saturday 23rd April 2022 in the Bolton Bury and District League a 4-1 away win over Pennington Piranahs secured Beechfield United Under 17's Thunder their fifteenth Section D win of the season.

*Thunder's title challenge reamined on course but Beechy had to recover from a goal down before they were guaranteed the vital three points. In windy conditions and on their big pitch Pennington launched an early attack and Beechy keeper Andrew Woodward had to deal with and overhit long pass by the hosts No6. As the hosts enjoyed a greater share of the ball some solid defending from Zion Agbiji and Luke Cunliffe dealt with Pennington's continued attacking threat down both wings. Thunder won a free kick after a foul on Prince Idusuyi but the ball was headed clear out of the area and at the end of another breakaway move by the hosts Andrew Woodward saved an effort on target with his right foot.

Harvey Walker forced three successive throw-in's as Beechy struggled to adapt to the pace of the game and in the 8th minute Thunder found themelves a goal down. Pennington's long ball option tested Beechy's back four and the hosts nearly added a second goal before Thunder equalised after twelve minutes when Max Chidgey capitalised on a mistake by the Pennington keeper. Brilliant defending from William Whipday, Zion Agbiji and Konstantin Hristova plus a vital save by Andrew Woodward rescued Beechy during another attacking surge from the home side. A superb move down the right wing involving William Whipday and Ishor Bajgai created a chance for Prince Idusuyi who was left unmarked at the back post.

When Thunder's Coaches made their first tactical changes Samuel Oludoyi and Ben Howard replaced Lucas madden and Konstantin Hristova. The uneven playing surface plus a gusty wind made control of the ball difficult for both teams so an entertaining game definately wasn't on the cards. Tom Cox who replaced Max Chidgey was quickly involved in the action when he linked-up with Ishor Bajgai to create a decent chance for Reiss Miller. Making another tactical change Thunder replaced William Whipday with Jack Davies who's first involvement resulted in Beechy's No21 supplying the pass that sent Prince Idusuyi on another mazy run. A similar move between Reiss Miller and Prince Idusuyi ended when the latter fired the ball wide of the target from the edge of the area.

At times Thunder were guilty of giving the ball away far too easily and Pennington went close to regaining the lead on several occasions. Harvey Walker who had replaced Dominic Lawton was soon working hard in midfield and finding a more fluent attacking rhythm Beechy had a couple of chances to add another goal before half time. Ben Howard's headed clearance was controlled by Ishor Bajgai who blasted the ball off target then Samuel Oludoyi was inches away from a goal following a pinpoint cross by Tom Cox. Thunder were better organised in the second half and during an attacking surge both Prince Idusuyi and Samuel Oludoyi wasted decent chances from inside the area.

But after fifty two minutes Beechy made the vital breakthrough when they went 2-1 up through Prince Idusuyi who added a decisive close range finish following a brilliant pass from Man of the Match Harvey Walker. Just two minutes later Thunder added goal number three after the ball was worked down the right wing and a high lofted pass by Tom Cox found Samuel Oludoyi unmarked at the back post and Beechy's No17 easily slotted the ball beyond the keeper. Both teams made a couple of substitutions and suddenly Thunder briefly lost control of the game and this boosted the hosts hopes of causing an upset against the league leaders.

Pennington enjoyed a decent period of possession and mounted several promising counter-attacks but their forwards couldn't add the finish to some half chances. In the 72nd minute Beechy's fourth goal guaranteed the victory when Dominic Lawton's through ball forced a mistake from a Pennington defender and Max Chidgey punished the error when he completed the scoring with his second goal of the game. A great pass from Ishor Bajgai sent Reiss Miller on a clear run but Beechy's No4 was in an offside position when he received the ball. Thunder had a few chances to increase their lead and in the latter stages Pennington created a few fast flowing moves but Beechy's back four remained well organised.

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