POSTED: January 24 2023 18:38:34 By Keith Long - 7 Goals & 3 Points For Under 18's Thunder

Following four successive defeats Beechfield United Under 18's Thunder rediscovered the winning formula thanks to a 7-1 home win over FC Snipes (21/1/2023)

*Despite a heavy overnight frost conditions were perfect for this Bolton Bury and District League Section B fixture. FC Snipes kicked-off the match and built an attack down the right wing which created a headed chance for the visitors No8. There was a fast pace to the game and Miguel Gikundino, Callum Snaith and Max Chidgey who won Beechy's first corner were involved in a few positive moves. Thunder took the lead in the 6th minute after the Snipes goalkeeper dropped the ball following an inswinging corner by Konstantin Hristova and Miguel Gikundino fired it into the roof of the net. When FC Snipes searched for an instant equaliser both Ben Howard and Taonga Muuta made well timed ball winning tackles around the penalty.

Lucas Madden showed some decisive touches on the ball in midfield while Joshua Jones displayed intelligent movement in forward positions. When the visitors forced another corner Beechy keeper Andrew Woodward dealt with the danger when he produced a strong fisted clearance. When Thunder began to dictated the pace of the game they enjoyed more possession and a couple of neat moves involving Callum, Miguel and William Whipday kept the pressure on the Snipes back four. Harry Shaw started the move that led to Beechy going 2-0 up after seventeen minutes when he moved the ball onto Lucas Madden who's quick pass was controlled by Miguel and his first time cross was met by Callum Snaith who slotted the ball low into the net for his first goal of the season.

When Thunder made their first tactical change Dominic Lawton replaced Joshua Jones and a few minutes later Beechy added goal number three. A move down the right wing resulted in Miguel Gikundino winning possession and after displaying superb footwork Miguel fired the ball past the keeper from a tight angle. During another brief attacking surge from FC Snipes solid defending from Harry, Taonga, Ben and William restricted the visitors to just a few half chances. A long accurate pass from William Whipday sent Callum Snaith on a surging run down the left wing and a cross by Thunder's Man of the Match was met by Max Chidgey who's effort just missed the target. On the half hour mark Beechy led 4-0 via a superb goal from Dominic Lawton who casually went past a Snipes defender before firing the ball beyond the keeper.

Joshua Jones returned to the action when he took over from Lucas Madden and when Thunder stepped up a gear Miguel and Callum forced fine saves from the overworked Snipes keeper. Another well delivered corner by Konstantin Hristova led to a goalmouth scramble but a Snipes defender managed to boot the ball to safety. At the end of a useful breakaway attack from the visitors their No11 who was in an offside position blasted the ball over the crossbar. In added time at the end of the first half Max Chidgey netted Beechy's fifth goal when he ran onto and inch perfect pass by Ben Howard and added a top-class finish. Retaining a similar pattern the match continued to be played in the right spirit as the second half developed.

A terrific move involving Harry Shaw, Miguel and Dominic carved out a chance for Callum Snaith who's effort was blocked by the visitors No4. Following a throw-in on the right wing William Whipday got into good position outside the area but fired the ball across and empty goalmouth. At times Beechy keeper Andrew Woodward was almost a spectator but on one occasion he had to deal with a long range strike from FC Snipes No5 who had taken up a forward role, After replacing Max Chidgey a few minutes earlier Lucas Madden supplied the cross that found the unmarked William Whipday who's half volley curled just wide of the target. Then Dominic Lawton controlled a pass from Callum Snaith and whipped the ball into the area for Joshua Jones who was inches away from diverting it into the net.

But Joshua was eventually rewarded when he punished a mistake by the Snipes keeper and Thunder led 6-0 following an excellent move between Ben Howard and Callum Snaith. The visitors continued to produce a spirited and good natured performance as they moved the ball with confidence on the artificial surface but Beechy were happy to soak up any pressure as they looked for more goals and chances were on offer on a regular basis. With a little help from the Snipes goalkeeper Thunder added goal number seven when following a swerving drive from William Whipday the visitors No1 palmed the ball into the net. A few minutes later FC Snipes got their consolation goal thanks to their No14 who's accurate low drive from the edge of the area found the bottom corner of the net.

Andrew Wodward's first time clearance was superbly controlled by Miguel Gikundino who was denied the chance of an hat-trick by an offside decision. Twice Joshua Jones went close to helping himself to another goal while at the other end of the pitch once again Ben Howard and Taonga Mututa dealt with a couple of threatening FC Snipes counter-attacks. Despite a few scrappy moments in the last eight minutes the match remained fairly entertaining and Thunder were denied further goals as they attacked non-stop.

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