POSTED: May 05 2021 19:53:45. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 1/5/2021

Celebrating only their second win of the season in the Salford and Districts League were Beechfield United Under 12's Lightning (9v9)

Beechy were at home to Salford Lads Club Reds and with both teams next to each other in the Division 3 table Lightning were expecting a tough game. Playing with an attacking 3-3-2 formation Beechy put pressure on their opponents straight from the kick off and were 1-0 up within five minutes. Up front Ethan Harris and Aditya Jain made life difficult for the Lads Club defenders while the midfield trio George Rowbotham, Jai Devani-White and Matty Cox dominated possession.

Salford Lads equalised via a breakaway attack but Lightning continued to control the game and raced into a 3-1 lead at half time. A similar pattern developed in the second half as Beechy kept a tight grip on the contest and Lightning's coaches frequently rotated the players who all contributed to a 7-1 victory. Daniel Keene was inspirational on the left wing while Alfie Latham deserves a special mention for a battling performance and everything worked on in training fell into place perfectly for the Beechy boys. There was a well deserved hat-trick for George Rowbotham, two goals from Ethan Harris and a goal apiece for Daniel Keene and Idean Moghimi.

Suffering their first defeat in a very very long time were the Under 8's Storm who are currently looking for a goalkeeper. Having moved up a group Beechy will be playing teams of a higher standard and their opponents were De La Salle Reds who played some top-class soccer. Storm always struggle with early kick-offs and in this match the lack of a decent tempo and with no substitutes available Beechy faced a tough challenge. Making his debut for Storm was Raheem Olamide who played well throughout but voted Beechy's Man of the Match was Ellis Jorgensen.

The Under 9's Storm were away to Swinton Tigers in the Red Group and looking back to the previous encounter between the teams Beechy knew it would be another close game. The match began with both teams competing hard but fair for possession and chances were created at both ends of the pitch. Jacob Wood, Brody Burns and Patrik Doherty defended superbly plus they made great use of the ball which helped set-up some really good attacks. The lively Oliver Cooper, Aiden Gradwell and Robert Wagner continually kept the Swinton Tigers defence fully occupied with some great counter-attacking football. Beechy were rewarded with a couple of goals before half time which allowed them to hold the lead at the break. Harrison Church and Daniel Wharton worked hard backed up by the dependable United keeper Sophia Price as Beechy dominated the second half. The final two goals were excellent team efforts when accurate crosses were finished off from close range.

In their Red Group away game with AFC Monton Ninjas the Under 10's Storm went a goal down but Connor O'Sullivan equalised before the hosts regained the lead close to half time. Beechy didn't give up and increased the pressure and with a couple of minutes to go drew level when the ball rebounded to Nathan Kay who fired it past the keeper to earn Storm a deserved score draw. Man of the Match was Callum Norris for his solid display in Beechy's defence.

Away to second placed team Swinton Jaguars in the Division 1 table the Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) were expecting a tough sixty minutes. Beechy had to deal with a 9am kick off plus with no substitutes faced an uphill task on an uneven playing surface at Duncan Matheson Playing Fields. The Beechy boys knew they were hitting a bit of form so their confidence was high prior to kick off but it was Swinton Jaguars who made the slightly better start forcing Jamie Maher, Owen Hogben and Thomas Robinson to produce some great defending. Hurricanes goalkeeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker made several important saves before Swinton Jaguars took the lead forcing Beechy to work hard to win the ball back and in midfield both Oliver Hall and Joshua Whitehead grafted non-stop.

The hosts were soon back on the attack and Swinton's No4 was involved in a 1 on 1 with the Hurricanes keeper who bravely threw himself onto the ball but the Swinton players boot caught him in the face and drew blood but despite his injury Oliver chose to battle on and received enormous praise from his teammates and coaches. Beechy came out for the second half full of confidence and despite Swinton Jaguars remaining a threat on the counter-attack the Hurricanes had chances themselves with Alfie Rostron, Enzo Patrick and Henry Errington having attempts to get an equaliser. Eventually Beechy drew level when Henry Errington won possession and after picking the right moment superbly lobbed the ball over the keeper for a great solo goal.

Following more decent chances tiredness was starting to take it's toll within the Beechy ranks and with five substitutes available Swinton Jaguars were able to make changes and gain the advantage. The hosts took a 2-1 lead but the Hurricanes continued to display real character and stayed in the game until the Jaguars third goal guaranteed the hosts the win. After the game all the Beechy players were praised for their effort and team spirit and named Best Player was Jamie Maher who had produced a very good defensive performance.

Straight on the attack in their Section D home game with Breightmet Hawks were Beechy U14's Typhoon and Will Bentham could have scored within the opening seconds. Typhoon had chances to be three goals up but an unfortunate deflection led to an own goal which gifted Breightmet the lead. Beechy heads went down and stepping up a gear the Hawks dictated the pace of the game and adding a second goal forced Typhoon to produce some important defending. If it wasn't for the heroics of Beechy keeper Peter Ellis the match would have been all over by half time but Typhoon survived and thankfully were only 2-0 down at the break.

Following an encouraging half time talk from the Beechy coach Typhoon began the second half looking a different team and quickly put their opponents under pressure. Beechy were back in the game and with his first goal in two years Daniel Hesketh reduced the arrears then moments later a sublime pass from Daniel saw an effort by Will Bentham saved by the keeper but Igor Osarinmwain bundled the loose ball into the net for 2-2. As bad as Typhoon were for most of the first half they were excellent in the second and there was only going to be one winner. Further goals from Ronan Mullen and Daniel Hesketh which capped his Man of the Match performance was enough to seal the win and the three points.

At Salford Sports Village Beechy U/16sThunder were at home to Chadderton Park in the North Bury Junior League Green Cup and made it three wins on the trot. Taking the game to their opponents Beechy created some promising chances and opened the scoring when Reiss Miller found space on the left hand side of the area and casually slotted the ball into the net. Similar to Thunder's previous home game lots of chances were on offer but Beechy lacked the finishing touch and Chadderton who always looked dangerous especially from set-pieces were eventually rewarded with an equalising goal. But continuing to play their normal all action game Thunder put Chadderton under sustained pressure and won multiple corners and on one occasion a thunderous volley by Dominic Lawton rattled the crossbar but the visitors keeper was able to deal with the rebound.

Eventually Beechy regained the lead when a peach of a corner by Dominic Lawton was met by Prince Idusuyi who made it 2-1 with a decisive header. Still enjoying a greater share of the ball Thunder were guilty of throwing away more chances while the visitors had high hopes of winning this match as they continued to threaten from set-pieces and Chadderton got their reward when they equalised for a second time. In the final twenty minutes Beechy wasted even more gilt-edged chances until Reiss Miller got past the visitors defence had his shot on target was saved but the hit a Chadderton player and flew into the net. Leading 3-2 Thunder kept attacking and were able to secure their 4-2 victory when following an excellent delivery by Dominic Lawton the ball dropped perfectly to Samuel Oludoyi who completed the scoring with five minutes to go via a simple close range finish. This was an accomplished performance by Thunder considering they had no substitutes and voted Man of the Match was Lee Sylvester for a great debut display at centre back.

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