POSTED: March 03 2022 13:28:32. By Keith Long - U/17's Thunder Maintain Their Title Challenge

In the Bolton Bury and District League Beechfield United Under 17's Thunder maintained their Section D Title Challenge with a 4-1 home win over Little Lever Vipers.

At Salford Sports Village Little Lever made a confident start to the game and Beechy defender Zion Agbiji was forced to make a well timed ball winning tackle then Thunder's keeper Andrew Woodward dealt with a shot on target from the visitors No11. As Beechy strived to find their attacking rhythm Tom Cox got into a good position to deliver a dangerous cross and a couple of minutes later Dominic Lawton and William Whipday combined in an excellent move. Little Lever looked dangerous going forward as they produced some impressive quick passing football on the artificial surface forcing Thunder's back four to soak up the early pressure. Both Prince Idusuyi and Reiss Miller had half chances to give Beechy the lead but were denied by some brave Lever defending which included a header from Reiss being cleared off the goalline.

Beechy were continually forced to work hard against their well organised opponents who almost grabbed the opening goal when in quick succession Ben Howard, Luke Cunliffe and Zion Agbiji were able to block shots on target. Using the permitted roll-on-roll-off substitute rule Thunder introduced Samuel Oludoyi, Ishor Bajgai and Max Chidgey into the action and all three players were soon involved as play moved swiftly from end to end. Little Lever continued to create more positive attacking soccer and Andrew Woodward who was kept busy displayed safe handling when dealing with a couple of free kicks curled into the area. Ben Howard's superb long diagonal pass created a half chance for Prince Idusuyi just before Little Lever took the lead in the 34th minute via a brilliant goal from the visitors No7.

Thunder who needed a quick response following the setback were back level when Ishor Bajgai and Tom Cox combined to create the chance for Prince Idusuyi who found the back of the net at the second attempt. Samuel Oludoyi and Ishor Bajgai created a swift one-two passing move and the latter sidefooted the ball then just before half time headers by Ben Howard and Prince Idusuyi were just off target. The visitors performance belied their low position in the league table and the Beechy players knew they had to step up a gear in the second half. A terrific move involving Dominic Lawton, Samuel Oludoyi and Tom Cox won Thunder their first coner after the break which forced a goalmouth scramble. Jack Davies and William Whipday were back on the pitch and quickly adapted to the pace of the game as Thunder began to move the ball with much more pace and accuracy.

A pinpoint crossfield pass from Konstantin Hristova released Zion Agbiji down the right wing who's deep cross was confidently held by the visitors keeper who was again in action dealing with a shot on target by Samuel Oludoyi. Little Lever's defence had to deal with some constant Beechy pressure as Thunder gradually dictated the pace of the game despite still needing to show more composure on the ball. An effort from Samuel Oludoyi dipped over the crossbar then Reiss Miller replaced Prince Idusuyi prior to Thunder taking a 2-1 lead on sixty seven minutes when Ishor Bajgai added an excellent low finish from outside the area following a great move involving Tom Cox and Dominic Lawton. More chances began to arrive as Beechy enjoyed a greater share of the ball when a header by Ben Howard flew over the crossbar and Jack Davies fired the ball just wide.

A great piece of defending from William Whipday broke up a Vipers counter-attack down the left wing when he calmly via a great interception ended a surging run by the visitors No10. A superb move between Ishor Bajgai, Dominic Lawton and Samuel Oludoyi opened up the visitors defence but the latter blasted the ball the wrong side of the post. Little Lever continued to show they were a hard team to beat but Beechy made the game safe with their third goal after a cross from Tom Cox resulted in Prince Idusuyi who was back on the pitch heading the ball home from almost on the goalline. Jack Davies went close to a goal following a free kick before a stunning strike from Max Chidgey completed the scoring after great play between Konstantin Hristova and Prince Idusuyi.

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