POSTED: February 02 2022 20:56:28. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 29th/30th Jan 2022.


Most games went ahead on Saturday morning despite the gale force winds but the best performance in the Junior Section was created in the Bolton Bury and District League by Beechy Under 15's Lightning.

*Beechy Under 10's Thunder were in action with a home game at Beech Farm where they met South Manchester Sports Club. After making a positive start Thunder took the lead through Jackson Humm who produced a great run past two opponents before adding a superb finish. Josh Kellett netted Beechy's second goal when he was on target with a far post finish following a corner. In the second half Jackson Humm via his second goal increased Thunder's lead then Man of the Match Mohammed Edris on his debut netted goal number four. After making some substitutions and a slight defensive lapse Beechy's healthy lead was reduced when South Manchester scored what proved to be their consolation goal but Thunder were quickly back on the attack and rewarded with a fifth goal through Nataniel Wojciak. Another debutant Jermaine Rose performed admirably in both defence and midfield.

*The Under 16's Storm were away to FC Bridgewater Wolves and in blustery conditions with the wind in their favour in the first half took the lead when Harry Patterson delivered a great cross and Evan Hodson-Griffiths added the vital finish for 1-0. The weather caused havoc for the players who battled on bravely and an effort from Evan Hodson-Griffiths hit the crossbar before Alfie Jones put Storm 2-0 up. Harry Patterson got on the end of another well delivered cross and gave Beechy a healthy 3-0 lead at the break. In the second half it was Storm's players who struggled against the gale force wind and FC Bridgewater scored three times to force a 3-3 drew following this Bolton Bury and District League Section C fixture. Oliver Lawton was voted Beechy's Man of the Match.

*Unbeaten so far in 2022 are Beechy Under 15's Typhoon who claimed a hard earned point at home to Horwich St Marys Vipers. With a strong gusty wind blowing down the length of the pitch this was definately going to be a game of two halves and Beechy found it difficult to play any type of constructive football in the first half. Typhoon who competed in an excellent manner unfortunately went a goal down but Beechy got back on level terms when Sonny O'Brien equalised just before half time. Despite putting loads of pressure on Horwich St Marys in the second half Typhoon couldn't turn their advantage into goals. Both teams who had appeals for a penalty waved away also a goal disallowed while a superb effort from Reece James smashed against the crossbar with the keeper beaten all ends up. A 1-1 draw was probably a fair result and every Typhoon player was a candidate for Man of the Match but the award went to Joseph Bothamley for his excellent performance in midfield.

*On their new pitch at Salford Sports Village the Under 15's Lightning players faced a tough task in their home game against Section D runaway leaders Culcheth Athletic Scorpions. With players leaving the team and key player David Oludoyi injured Beechy had a depleted squad plus after losing the toss Lightning had to defend against the howling wind. Throughout the first forty minutes Beechy couldn't get out of their own half but the back line and defence held as firm as possible against the onslaught when the visitors forced corner after corner. It was a relief to hear the half time whistle for the Beechy Boys who had limited Culcheth Athletic to just a five goal lead. Lightning's players held their heads up high as they stepped back on the pitch for the second half and playing much better kept the ball on the floor as played much higher up the pitch. The lack of a recognised striker didn't help while Culcheth had some quality defenders in their team but eventually Beechy got a fully deserved consolation goal when Cherif Badjie was fouled in the area and from the resulting spot-kick he sent the keeper the wrong way. Culcheth Athletic added another goal late in the game but the effort from all Lightning's heroes had to be admired and the two new lads Daine Mann and Man of the Match Christopher Kateera stood out.

* On a windy Saturday morning at Littleton Road the Under 14's Hurricanes kicked-off their home game with Jogabola Blues and making a confident start spent a long time camped in their opponents half. But following a rare Jogabola attack the visitors took the lead when a speculative shot moved in the wind and sailed over the keepers head into the net. The Hurricanes continued to play some positive football and following a slick move equalised after Kane Wood set-up Ethan Mangwiro who went on a solo run and fired the ball into the bottom corner of the net. The roles were reversed in the second period and it was Beechy's turn to play against the wind forcing them to defend deeper in their own half and due to a lucky second goal Jogabola Blues snatched the three points with a 2-1 victory. Hurricanes Star Player was Liam Woodward.

* At home on a grass pitch for the first time this year the Under 13's Hurricanes were in action against Hough End Griffins. When this SDJFL Division 1 match kicked-off the teams had a strong wind to contend with and after enjoying lots of possession Beechy opened the scoring when Oliver Hall bundled the ball into the net following a corner. Joshua Whitehead hammered a long range free kick towards the target and thanks to a combination of the Hough End keeper and the post the ball was nudged to safety. The Hurricanes made several substitutions and after soaking up a period of pressure Beechy went close again to another goal when keeper Luca Mobey sent the ball upfield where Oliver Hall won a throw-in which was flicked on by Joshua Whitehead and JJ Lowery saw his effort go just over the crossbar. Both teams continued to battle against the atrocious conditions and an end-to-end first half ended with the Hurricanes still leading 1-0.

Surviving a couple of early Hough End attacks at the start of the second half Beechy increased their lead when Henry Errington met a high cross sent into the area and headed the ball past the keeper. From a Beechy goal kick the visitors reduced the arrears when the ball ended up going almost backwards and an Hough End striker netted from close range The conditions continued to make it incredibly difficult for the Hurricanes and allowed Hough End to nick an equaliser due to a combibnation of the wind, a bobbly pitch and slack Beechy defending. The Hurricanes survived a tough last five minutes and at the final whistle a 2-2 score line was a fair result. Man of the Match went to Thomas Robinson.

*After some excellent performances in recent weeks the Under 10's Storm were hoping to continue that trend when they welcomed South Manchester Warriors to Beech Farm on Sunday morning. Within ten minutes of the start the signs were promising as Beechy caused problems for the visitors defenders with some incisive passing, powerful running and numerous shots on target. Unfortunately the South Manchester keeper was in fine form and he made several vital saves to deny efforts from both Oliver Cooper and Robert Wagner. The first real attempt on target from South Manchester found the back of the net and the visitors grabbed the lead following a free kick from fifteen yards.

However within minutes Beechy hit back when Oliver Cooper ran onto a through ball from Aiden Gradwell and after rounding the keeper equalised courtesy of an easy finish. In the second half Beechy's exciting play was missing and South Manchester Warriors began to dominate the game and once again some poor defending following several set-pieces allowed the visitors to stretch their lead. Beechy produced a rally in the final minutes which resulted in one great effort hitting the post and the South Manchester keeper being forced to produce more great saves.

*Producing a really good display against SWinton Lions were Beechy Under 9's Hurricanes. Like all the other games the weather conditions threatened to ruin the teams attempt to create an entertaining game of football. Beechy who were two goals behind with ten minutes to go piled on the pressure before Swinton Lions managed to score a fourth goal. Kasope Alo was on target to reduce the arrears but two more goals for the Lions guaranteed the home side the victory. Hurricanes first goal was an own goal.

*The Under 9's Tornadoes faced a tough game when they met Old Trafford Juniors at Beech Farm Playing Fields. Beechy Manager Ryan Pugh had a full squad available for this fixture and the Tornadoes played some really good football throughout the contest. Maxwell Omotayo was outstanding in midfield, Sideque Eltomseneen produced some excellent defending but it was Jack Hoatson who was named Man of the Match. Jack scored both goals for the Tornadoes who were highly praised by the Old Trafford officials.

*Involved in hard fought away game with Parkwyddn Juniors the Under 8's Storm created a hard working performance and didn't deserve to lose this Salford and District Football League match that produced eleven goals. There was not much to choose between the teams and on target for Beechy were Man of the Match Barkley Pope who scored a first half hat-trick and Jack Sinclair.

*Braving the elements were the Under 7's Storm players who had an away fixture with Winton Wanderers Hornets. Due to the awful conditions Beechy made a slow start and found themselves a goal down after two minutes but a more relaxed Storm unit gradually improved as the game went on and were eventually rewarded with an equaliser. Against the run of play Winton Wanderers regained the lead but Beechy responded immediately and equalised for a second time then with the last kick of the game Storm were inches away from victory when the ball hit the post. Man of the Match was Alfie Heighway who had a great game and scored one of the goals. The other Beechy goal came via an own goal.

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