POSTED: December 24 2020 20:55:57. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 19/12/2020
The adverse weather took it's toll on what was a full Junior Section fixture list on Saturday 19th December 2020.
Following an entertaining end to end Division 1 away game with Crompton FC Blues in the North Bury Junior League Beechy Under 16's Thunder suffered a 5-3 defeat. The result could have gone either way after the teams shared a 3-3 score line with ten minutes to play but it was Crompton Blues who took advantage of the poor pitch and added two more goals to secure the victory. Prince Idusuyi (2) and Harvey Walker scored the goals for Beechy while there were notable displays for Thunder from Luke Cunliffe, Lucas Madden and Taylor O'Brien but the Man of the Match award went to Lee Sylvester who gave a superb performance at right back.
Numerous bad refereeing decisions angered both Beechfield United Under 16's Storm players and officials in their away game with Middleton Lads Black. In this North Bury Junior League Premiership Yellow Division fixture Storm who were on the wrong end of a 2-1 result didn't deserve to lose this game. A missed penalty denied Beechy the chance of a draw but United's consolation goal came from a spot-kick scored by Man of the Match Charlie Molloy.
Leading goal scorer Cody Brady was on target again when he netted the Under 14's Lightning's only goal in the away game against Astley and Tyldesley Dragons. In the Salford and Districts League Lightning who were beaten 6-1 named Jake Barrington as their Star Player.
Beechy Under 13's Tornadoes managed to get a game on following weeks of frustration and it was definitely worth the wait because thanks to a superb all-round display Beechy earned themselves a fully deserved 7-0 victory. The first ten minutes started slowly for the Tornadoes who showed hints of rustiness and nerves as their opponents Hough End Griffins created an early chance after a free kick which was confidently dealt with by Beechy keeper Freddie Wardle. From that moment the Tornadoes dominated this Salford and Districts League Division 1 fixture and were rewarded with their opening goal via Joel Thorndyke who produced a good finish from inside the area. The goal settled Beechy down and as they put more pressure on their opponents forced a mistake from an Hough End defender and Joel Thorndyke was on target again when he made it 2-0.
Farrell Williams-Smith got a genuine reward for his honest and unselfish hard work up-front throughout the game after he netted the first of his two goals when he added the Tornadoes third goal. Beechy's fourth goal came after fantastic link-up play between Joel and Farrell who delivered a pinpoint cross into the area and Jack Duff got his name on the scoresheet. Leading 4-0 at half time Beechy were soon into their stride and as they continued to dictate the pace of the game Farrell Williams-Smith ran onto a brilliant through ball before adding a fine finish for the fifth goal. Joel Thorndyke completed his hat-trick following a neat quick passing move for goal number six after he made a well timed run into the area and Man of the Match Tyler Richardson wrapped up the scoring via a close range finish at the back post. With the three points secured Beechy Manager Ryan Thorndyke rotated the players and positions and this led to a late attacking surge from Hough End Griffins but the Tornadoes remained in control and denied their opponents a consolation goal.
At the Manor Fives Centre in Kearsley United's Under 8's Tornadoes squad got the opportunity for the first time to play on an Astroturf Pitch and the Beechy boys produced a great performance. The Tornadoes won their Red Group fixture against Moorside Rangers Green mainly due to the teamwork and togetherness of the players which was a real bonus as they head into the Xmas and New Year break. Kai Barker, Harvey Pugh and Daniel Badewa got the goals.
In their first game since lockdown the Under 12's Lightning (9v9) team made a slow start in the Division 3 fixture with Barr Hill Kings and quickly found themselves 3-0 down. Under pressure throughout the first half Lightning lacked confidence as Barr Hill controlled the game. After making changes in both formation and personal Beechy were much improved after the break and looked a greater threat going forward. Barr Hill who won the match 6-1 should be in an higher Division but Lightning competed with them in the second half which was very encouraging. As usual a defeat teaches more than a win and despite the disappointment the Beechy lads learned a lot. Lightning's consolation goal was scored by Matty Cox and sharing the Man of the Match award were Edward Stanley and Aditya Jain.