POSTED: February 15 2022 16:45:28. By Keith Long
- U/17s Thunder Make It Seven Games Unbeaten
Beechfield United U/17's Thunder extended their current unbeaten run in the Bolton Bury and District League to seven games following a 7-3 home win over Whelley Alexandra.
*The in-form Beechy outfit who are chasing Section D title honours were on the attack straight from the kick-off and in the second minute Harvey Walker had a chance to open the scoring. During another first-class move Nataniel Osinski and Tom Cox exchanged passes and a curling cross by the latter was bravely headed clear by the Whelley Alexandra No6. The visitors created a couple of counter-attacks and Beechy keeper Andrew Woodward was in action dealing with overhit long balls hit deep into Thunder's half. Zion Agbiji made a well judged ball winning tackle under pressure and another piece of confident goalkeeping by Andrew Woodward denied an attempt to score by the visitors No14. When play developed down the right wing Tom Cox and Harvey Walker combined in an excellent one touch passing move which eventually won Beechy a corner.
Following another piece of quality defending Zion Agbiji delivered a inch perfect pass to Max Chidgey who after displaying superb footwork during a mazy run fired the ball at the keeper. Whelley Alexandra continued to create some lively attacking football and on two occasions went close to taking the lead via their No10 and No14. Dominic Lawton angled a pinpoint pass to Tom Cox who's jinking run won Thunder another corner then Tom forced a fine save from the visitors keeper after receiving a disguised pass from Riley Walker. Substitutes Konstantin Hristova and Jack Davies replaced Nataniel Osinski and Dominic Lawton during a period when Beechy needed to show a bit more urgency against their opponents who occupied next to bottom place in the league table.
Minutes later Prince Idusuyi and Samuel Oludoyi got their chance to shine when they replaced Max Chidgey and Riley Walker. More positive teamwork from the visitors forced some important defending from Thunder but going forward Beechy always created enough chances to get the first goal. Unmarked on the left wing Luke Cunliffe casually dinked the ball past an opponent then after creating the perfect angle saw his effort saved by the keeper then another fast counter-attack involving Samuel Oludoyi and Tom Cox forced a Wheeley Alexandra defender to concede a corner. A move between Zion Agbiji, Luke Cunliffe and Tom Cox created a chance for Reiss Miller who after timing his run into the area fired the ball just wide.
Thunder took the lead in the thirty second minute through Prince Idusuyi when the Beechy striker turned inside a visitors defender and produced an excellent low finish. Jack Davies supplied the vital pass to Tom Cox who scored the games best goal when he worked his way into the area from the right wing and hammered the ball beyond the keeper for 2-0. Max Chidgey and Dominic Lawton rejoined the action and gradually Beechy played with a much quicker tempo forcing the Whelley Alexandra keeper to make some fine reaction saves. Samuel Oludoyi, Prince Idusuyi and Jack Davies all fired shots on target before Konstantin Hristova added the third goal via a powerful close range finish to give Thunder a comfortable lead at half time.
Just two minutes into the second half Whelley Alexandra got a goal back after some slack Beechy defending gifted the visitors No8 an easy finish. Both Riley Walker and William Whipday were back on the pitch and a superb ball winning tackle by the latter set-up Samuel Oludoyi and he restored Thunder's three goal advantage. Max Chidgey, William Whipday and Prince Idusuyi linked-up superbly in a great quick passing move but the visitors won back the ball and during a counter-attack Zion Agbiji made a vital headed clearance. Whelley Alexandra's No10 missed a great chance to turn the ball into the net after a swerving cross into the area sent in low from the right wing. Twice in quick succession Ben Howard produced two excellent interceptions under pressure just before the visitors scored their second goal.
The Whelley Alexandra No11 took adavantage of poor Beechy defending when he produced a spectacular finish curling the ball over the head of Thunder's keeper and with the score now 4-3 Beechy suddenly had to deal with the unwanted pressure. But Thunder responded as they slowly got a tighter grip on the game and following Riley Walker's great piece of skill with the ball there was a chance for Nataniel Osinski who's effort was deflected for a corner. Play zoomed from end to end and Thunder went 5-3 up through Prince Idusuyi then Reiss Miller was inches away from a goal when his fine effort hit the crossbar. Beechy had survived the early scare and Dominic Lawton hammered the ball past the keeper for the sixth goal following a low accurate cross from Tom Cox.
Prince Idusuyi completed his hat-trick and the scoring when after the ball was flicked on by Reiss Miller he coolly sidefooted it over the keeper before tapping it into the empty net. Tom Cox and Dominic Lawton combined in a quick and accurate passing move and a shot on target by the latter forced a superb save from the visitors keeper. It was then the turn of Beechy keeper Andrew Woodward to display his ability when he pushed the ball to safety after a fine effort from the visitors No9. Thunder still had some defending to do and both Harvey Walker and Ben Howard blocked shots on target as Whelley Alexandra threatened to score again. Beechy went close to adding to their goals tally following more powerful attacking in the last few minutes. Man of the Match was Prince Idusuyi.