POSTED: March 23 2022 22:41:10. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 19th/20th March 2022


There were several top-class displays by Beechfield United Junior teams this weekend in both the Bolton Bury and District League and Salford and District League.

*Beechy Under 7's Storm were at home to AFC Monton and suffered a narrow defeat despite playing well throughout the game and though Storm went a goal down they equalised when Alfie Heighway scored via a free kick. The windy conditions spoiled most of the good football from both teams and it was AFC Monton who managed to find a match winning goal. Storm's Man of the Match was Harry Heathcote-Ciare.

*An awesome all-round performance by the Under 9's Tornadoes was rewarded with a victory over Stretford Vics Albion. Jack Hoatson gave Beechy the lead then Kai Barker added Tornadoes second goal before River Beau-Langford was on target to guarantee the win. Beechy's goalkeeper Maxwell Omotayo had a brilliant game but voted Man of the Match was Daniel Badewa for his superb defensive display.

*Following an incredible few weeks the Under 9's Hurricanes came up against a very good Winton Rangers team who won the game which now means Beechy go into a three way play-off in their group in the Supplementary Competition. Following a fifteen minute delay the teams were soon battling hard to take control and after surviving some early pressure the Hurricanes went ahead with a goal from Mason McHugh-Davies. Beechy keeper Charlie Berry denied Winton time and time again and not many goalies can pull off a quadruple save from a penalty kick. The final fifteen minutes of the second half belonged to Winton who produced some really good football but the Hurricanes continued to play the way they have been coached and Beechy Manager Ian Lee is convinced that his team will become a very good side within a few years.

*The Under 10's Thunder who have moved up a level in the Salford and District League faced a tough away game against Fletcher Moss Colts. Beechy were without a couple of key players one being their goalkeeper so a difficult game was expected. Producing some very good passing moves Thunder were slightly the better team in the first half but unfortunately they couldn't find the finish to several good chances. Martin Pankov deputised as keeper during the first half which ended goalless while Theo McNulty also not a keeper took over in the second half. In a very competitive second period Fletcher Moss were awarded a very dubious penalty and the hosts took the lead via the spot-kick. Fletcher Moss scored again to earn a two goal victory but Beechy could easily have won the game. Ano Goora was voted Man of the Match.

*Earning themselves an impressive victory were Beechy Under 10's Storm who were away to Monton Sports. On a good pitch Beechy dominated the match from the onset and soon created their normal accurate passing football. The only danger was the counter-attacks from Monton but with Patrik Doherty, Brody Burns and goalkeeper Jacob Wood all playing well Beechy were solid in defence. Storm controlled the midfield through Aiden Gradwell and Daniel Wharton while both Oliver Cooper and Robert Wagner were always a threat down the wings. Oliver Cooper opened the scoring from the penalty spot when he confidently beat the Monton on his right hand side then a sweeping move resulted in Beechy taking a two goal lead thanks to an accurate finsh by Aiden Gradwell from just inside the area. The goal of the game came at the start of the second half after Oliver Cooper beat two opponents on a run down the right wing before sending a cross to the back post for Robert Wagner to tap the ball into the net. Storm had further chances which fell to the in-form Kristian Georgiev who was foiled numerous times by the Monton Sports keeper. Returning to the team was Harrison Davies and he produced an impressive defensive display but named Beechy's Best Player was Brody Burns.

*In a nail biting cup game at home against AFC Burnden Park the Under 11's Storm held a three goal lead at half time after creating some lovely football. The first goal arrived when a cross into the area found Ethan Seddon who supplied a cool finish then an own goal extended Beechy's lead before Mikeal Omotayo added the third goal. Burnden Park fought back after the break and reduced the arrears with a couple of goals but Roman Sandaji made things a little easier with a fourth goal for Beechy. The visitors scored again ten minutes before the end though Storm held firm and were rewarded with a well earned victory. Man of the Match went to Callum Norris for a strong defensive performance.

*On Sunday at Salford Sports Village the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) made it four successives wins in the Supplementary Cup. In Group C the Tornadoes continued their good run of form with a 6-0 away victory over Manchester Maccabi Tigers. Finn Browne received the Man of the Match award following his brilliant display while on target for Beechy with the goals were Stewart Kay (Hat-Trick) Josh Beddows (2) and Oscar Mather.

*After travelling several miles for their Supplementary Cup game the Under 13's Hurricanes opponents were Kingsway Athletic. Following an early period of end to end action Kingsway took the lead when a long ball found the hosts lone striker who powered forward and hit an unstoppable shot for the opening goal. After a better spell of possession for the Hurricanes a similar move resulted in Kingsway going 2-0 up but Beechy managed to reduce the arrears. A long throw-in from Thomas Robinson found Owen Hogben who easily beat his marker and released Henry Errington and after feinting to shoot Henry sent the keeper the wrong way before rolling the ball into the net. Kingsway were awarded a penalty in the second half which was disputed by the Hurricanes players but the refree didn't change his decision and the hosts star striker was confident of completing his hat-trick with the spot-kick but Beechy keeper Luca Mobey had other ideas and diving to his right produced a brilliant save. Though Beechy had dominated the second half they just couldn't find an equaliser their performance deserved. Man of the Match was Henry Errington.

*At home to North Walkden Falcons the Under 14's Storm lost 5-2 following their latest Section E fixture in the Bolton Bury and District League. Josh Rotherham and Rian Haines scored the goals for Beechy who's Man of the Match award went to James Cadwaladr and though Storm had their chances to get something from the game they just couldn't convert them and North Walkden ran out worthy winnners in the end.

* Getting back to winning ways were Beechy Under 15's Typhoon who met Winton Yellows for the second time in seven days. Reece James opened the scoring direct from a corner and although Typhoon looked the better team they were vunerable to long balls over the top for the pacey Winton strikers to run onto. The visitors equalised from one of those moves but Will Bentham restored Beechy's lead then Sam Henderson hammered home Typhoon's third goal after some dazzling footwork from Jamie Withington. The Beechy boys thought they had done enough at this stage and became sloppy for the rest of the first half. Typhoon conceded a second goal when failing to push out to play offside then Beechy almost gifted Winton another goal but the visitors wasted a free kick. The second half produced a similar pattern and though there no more goals Jamie Withington went close when he forced a great save from the Winton keeper. At the other end of the pitch it needed some excellent defending by recent new signing Liam Peers and a good save from Peter Ellis plus a goalline clearance by Ryan O'Sullivan to protect Typhoon's lead. Following a committed performance in the centre of the defence Milonga Mututa was awarded the Man of the Match accolade.

*Playing away at FC Bury Athletic the Under 16's Storm were faced with blustery conditions and in this Bolton Bury and District League Section C fixture Beechy started really well. Storm had chances before Evan Hodson-Griffiths scored a great goal to give Beechy the lead when he smashed the ball into the top corner of the net. Beechy kept their opponents pinned in the own half and an effort by Evan hit the post before Alfie Jones scrambled the ball home to put Storm 2-0 up. In the second half FC Bury Athletic had a good ten minute spell during which they scored twice to make it 2-2 before Man of the Match Alfie Jones was on target again with what proved to be Beechy's match winning goal. The hosts were awarded a penalty but from the spot-kick a FC Bury Athletic player hit the post with the last kick of the match. Storm had dominated the game for sixty minutes but unlike the previous match they got the right result.

*The sign of a great team in when they manage to win games when they have to grind out a winning result and this definately applied to Beechy Under 16's Tornadoes who were away to Radcliffe Town. Rewarded with a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Bradley Oliver (2) and Sam Kearns Beechy remained as leaders of Section D in the Bolton Bury and District League. Tornadoes Man of the Match was goalkeeper Lewis Wallis who had a great game and made one excellent save which guaranteed Beechy the win.

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