POSTED: March 17 2022 14:26:57. By Keith Long
- Thunder Make It Ten Games Unbeaten
After securing another vital three points Beechfield United Under 17's Thunder extended their unbeaten run in the Bolton Bury and District League to ten games.
*In Section D Beechy met Pennington Piranahs at Salford Sports Village and were rewarded for a solid all-round performance with a 6-1 victory. The visitors were on the attack straight from the kick-off and Zion Agbiji produced a great piece of defending when under pressure from two opponents. Thunder won a free kick after a foul on Max Chidgey and when the ball was sent into the area a lucky Pennington defender deflected it for a corner. Following a corner to the visitors Thunder defended the set-piece and created a counter-attack which resulted in a cross by Tom Cox just failing to find a couple of teammates arriving late in the area. Pennington's main strikers No8 & No9 both had chances to open the scoring as the visitors use of the long ball option came into operation.
Thunder's keeper Andrew Woodward made a vital save in the 8th minute then another piece of brave goalkeeping kept out an effort from the Pennington No11. Reiss Miller had a decent chance after an inch perfect pass by Harvey Walker then Harvey's namesake Riley Walker made a superb last ditch tackle when the visitors No8 made a solo run through the midfield area. Beechy's three other main defenders Zion Agbiji, William Whipday and Natanial Osinski continued to face Pennington's long ball tactic which at times became boring to watch from the touchline. Prince Idusuyi and Jack Davies replaced Reiss Miller and Harvey Walker when Thunder's team officials made use of the leagues roll-on-roll-off substitution rule.
The fingertips of Andrew Woodward diverted the ball to safety following a free kick as the visitors forced Beechy's back four to deal with another spell of pressure. Luke Cunliffe and Riley Walker were replaced by Samuel Oludoyi and Lucas Madden prior to Thunder taking the lead in the 29th minute when a great cross by Tom Cox set-up an headed goal for Max Chidgey. After his fine display in the opening half hour Konstantin Hristova made way for Ishor Bajgai who immediately slotted into his familar midfield role. Receiving a pass from Nataniel Osinski a trademark run by Prince Idusuyi took him past a couple of Pennington defenders but Beechy's No15 fired the ball wide of the target.
A brilliant move involving Tom Cox and Dominic Lawton carved out a chance for Samuel Oludoyi who's effort won Thunder another corner. Pennington maintained a steady flow of counter-attacks and twice in quick succession the visitors No8 was just off target with shots from outside the area. Great play from Reiss Miller opened up the Pennington defence for Prince Idusuyi to force a corner before the latter finished off a superb move between Dominic Lawton and Tom Cox to put Beechy 2-0 up in the 38th minute. A couple of excellent corners by Konstantin Hristova who was back on the pitch caused real goalmouth scrambles as Thunder went close to adding a third goal before half time.
Beechy made a bright start in the second half and Prince Idusuyi headed the ball at the keeper following a slick move between Zion Agbiji and Tom Cox. Pennington continued to work hard in all areas of the pitch but Thunder slowly stepped up a gear and a corner taken by Jack Davies was met at the back post by Samuel Oludoyi who just failed to turn the ball into the net. The Pennington keeper saved an effort from Reiss Miller with his feet then somehow he grabbed the ball on the goalline when put under pressure by Prince Idusuyi. Brilliant defending from William Whipday and a fine reflex save by Andrew Woodward kept the visitors strikers at bay until slack defending by Beechy gifted Pennington their only goal when the visitors No9 reduced the arrears via a low accurate finish.
Producing an instant response Thunder regained their two goal advantage when a sweeping move involving Ishor Bajgai and Harvey Walker set-up the opportunity for Prince Idusuyi to add a brilliant finish. The fast action continued to switch from end to end and positive defending from Zion Agbiji, William Whipday and Riley Walker denied the visitors another chance to reduced the arrears. Samuel Oludoyi and Reiss Miller were replaced by Tom Cox and Max Chidgey just before Thunder added goal number four via Dominic Lawton who produced the highlight of the match courtesy of a magnificent sidefooted finish from outside the area. Both Harvey Walker and Max Chidgey had chances to score following terrific play by Ishor Bajgai who displayed great footwork when he ghosted past a couple of opponents.
Prince Idusuyi won possession and moved the ball onto Max Chidgey who's superb low cross into the area was met by Dominic Lawton and Beechy's No6 fired home the fifth goal. Man of the Match Andrew Woodward made another fine save after an effort from Pennington's No7 but ninety percent of the play in the final fifteen minutes was in the visitors half. Ishor Bajgai was involved again when he created a chance for Max Chidgey then Riley Walker fired the ball wide after another great Beechy move. Intercepting a loose crossfield pass by the visitors No6 Tom Cox completed the scoring when he brilliantly curled the ball beyond the keeper.