POSTED: January 24 2022 19:29:17. By Keith Long - U/17's Thunder Go Top After 6-0 Victory

Beechfield United Under 17's Thunder took over as Bolton Bury and District League Section D leaders following a 6-0 home win over Astley Bridge Scorpions.

In the opening twenty minutes Beechy produced some dazzling attacking football and held a comfortable 5-0 lead at half time. Forcing three successive corners Thunder quickly put the visitors under pressure and Beechy took the lead in the 7th minute when a cross from Tom Cox was flicked on by Nathanial Osinski to Prince Idusuyi who hammered the ball into the corner of the net. Searching for an instant equaliser Astley Bridge created a few useful attacks but failed to unsettle Thunder's well organised defence. Both Samuel Oludoyi and Zion Agbiji made some mazy runs from deep in Beechy's half while Dominic Lawton displayed intelligent use of the ball from midfield. Astley Bridge won their first corner in the 11th minute but Beechy easily dealt with the danger and were soon back on the attack and Samuel Oludoyi carved out a chance for Harvey Walker just before Thunder went 2-0 up.

Prince Idusuyi was on target again after he controlled a superb pass from Ishor Bajgai and from inside the area added another powerful finish. After coming off the substitutes bench Reiss Miller scored twice in quick succession to give Beechy a massive four goal advantage. Reiss got the vital final touch on the ball following a corner taken by Jack Davies for 3-0 then he timed his run into the area to get on the end of a cross by Prince Idusuyi and fire home Thunder's fourth goal. Beechy keeper Andrew Woodward was briefly called into action making a couple of fairly comfortable saves when the visitors created a decent spell of counter-attacking play. But Thunder who always had the abilty to step up a gear casually took a 5-0 lead after Dominic Lawton delivered a superb long pass that found Max Chidgey on the right wing and Beechy's No9 sent the ball low into the area and the unmarked Reiss Miller completed his hat-trick.

Astley Bridge continued to display 100% committment and playing with more self belief the visitors came close to reducing the arrears. Both Zion Agbiji and Ben Howard were key figures in Beechy's defence and as usual Ighor Bajgai covered every area of the pitch in an action packed display while from the touchline Thunder Team Manager Wayne Miller made full use of the permitted leagues roll-on-roll-off substitue rule. An effort from Jack Davies flashed wide of the target then Tom Cox deserved a goal after he had easily jinked his way past two opponents. The visitors keeper twice made acrobatic saves as the second half got underway and following a corner Zion Agbiji back-heeled the ball that hit a post and was scrambled to safety by an Astley Bridge defender. William Whipday adopted a defensive role after Zion took his turn on the substitutes bench and despite numerous positional changes Thunder always maintained a tight grip on the game.

After a corner to the visitors the ball was headed out of the area towards the Astley Bridge No6 who immediately volleyed it into the side netting. Ben Howard produced another piece of top quality defending when the visitors No8 had sprinted clear chasing a defence splitting pass. As they continued to dominate possession Beechy kept creating some decent chances and on one occasion Lucas Madden forced a great save from the visitors keeper and when play switched to the other end of the pitch a fine effort by the Astley Bridge No14 hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced back into play. Beechy didn't play with a much freedom on the ball in the second half but despite a brave effort the visitors never threatened to cause an upset. Just before the final whistle great skill from Ishor Bajgai set-up Man of the Match Reiss Miller who completed the scoring with his fourth goal.

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