POSTED: May 12 2023 09:32:16. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 6th/7th May 2023

Beechfield United U/16's TYPHOON ended their season in the Bolton Bury & District League with a 2-1 home win over Ladybridge Eagles. This was a revenge victory for Typhoon because when the teams met seven days earlier Ladybridge won the game 5-0.

*Beechy's victory dashed their opponents hopes of an outside chance of winning the Section D title and playing on a grass pitch Typhoon without a few key players produced a magnificent backs to the wall performance. Set-up a little more defensively Beechy accepted that the Eagles would have a greater share of the ball but using the pace of Will Bentham Typhoon were always a threat on the counter-attack. Making a solid start Ladybridge forced some excellent saves from Beechy keeper Peter Ellis aided by great defending by Typhoon's back four. Following another breakaway move Beechy tok the lead through Reece James who has had a very good season but the Eagles slowly started to dominate the game and the visitors managed to find an equalising goal.

Typhoon had a chance to go ahead again before half time but unfortunately a penalty awarded for handball resulted in the ball hitting the crossbar. As the second half progressed Ladybridge who were desperate for the three points pushed more players forward but the Eagles became frustrated regarding some of the referees decisions. Beechy took advantage of the visitors leaving gaps at the back and after a few near misses went 2-1 up when Reece James provided the pass for Will Bentham who added the all important finish. More brilliant defending from Typhoon guaranteed the victory and in a superb all-round team display Luke O'Sullivan was a rock at centre half but Man of the Match was Cole Winstanley who played in an unaccustomed role in midfield.

*A brief recap of the U/10's HURRICANES away game with Winton Wanderers by Manager Ian Lee. To be honest if you look at sections of the game individually the Hurricanes performance was excellent. It's about getting through certain moments at certain times, no team has to be the better team throughout the entire game, it's about management in a few periods. During the first ten minutes the Hurricanes produced the best football they have ever played, their pattern of play plus speed and confidence was fantastic. Beechy's three main defenders were outstanding while making the pitch as wide as possible allowed the two midfield players the opportunity to create angles all over the pitch. Doing this proved that the Hurricanes are thinking positive football and playing the game on the floor as it should be. Beechy's goal was fully deserved when the hard working Myles Harris added the finish following some great link-up play with Kenny Copeland.

During the second half the Hurricanes looked a bit leg weary in the warm conditions but Beehcy weathered the storm and could easily have tasted victory at the final whistle. Goalkeeper Charlie Berry produced one absolutely outstanding save that had everyone standing in amazement regarding what they had witnessed. The Hurricanes Player of the Match was Lealand Campbell who displayed real composure plus added aggression in all the right areas, his reading of the game is something you can't really coach and on this occasion Lealand showed what an intelligent player he is. All the Beechy Boys have adapted well to new formations as the team moves forward with a more professional attitude and to play in this team you need a hard working philosophy.

*Incidents galore were a big feature during the U/7's game involving Beechy THUNDER and AFC Urmston Raptors. This entertaining mini-soccer match included an excellent Beechy performance and some rather bizarre refereeing decisions. Thunder who made a fast start were immediately awarded a penalty but Grayson Owen missed with the spot-kick then a minute later Grayson made amends when he latched onto a low cross and fired Beechy into the lead. Displaying his dribbling skills with the ball was Jude Bond who doubled Thunder's lead with an accurate and stylish finish. Beechy were awarded a second penalty and on this occasion it was George Kelly who failed to score from the spot but George quickly atoned for his error with a great goalline clearance. Another penalty this time for Urmston Raptors got the visitors back in the game and a generous decision gifted the visitors a further spot-kick which was missed. After Urmston took the lead Beechy faded slightly early in the second half but Thunder soon recovered to take control of the match and both Jude Bond and Harrison Spencer completed their hat-tricks within minutes of each other. Urmston scored again near the end but in truth this excellent performance by Thunder warranted a much wider winning margin. Harrison and Jude shared Man of the Match.

*Beechy U/8's THUNDER got back to winning ways with arguably their best performance as a team this year. Against Winton Wanderers a confident Beechy outfit were fast, compact and disciplined which was everything the boys had worked on in training with the support of coach Gary Davies. The team set-up well and sticking to their shape always had an outlet to produce a quality pass when in possession. Straight from the kick-off Thunder were on the front foot and Beechy could have been three goals up but they were thwarted by an in-form Winton goalkeeper and Winton took an undeserved lead following their only goalscoring opportunity in the first half. With his thirty sixth goal of the season Brayden Taylor got Thunder back level via a quality finish into the corner of the net then Sonny Phillips put Beechy ahead when he drilled the ball home from outside the area.

The pattern of the match was much the same after the break and Winton scored again against the run of play with a rather scrappy goal. Thunder responded and following a solo run Brayden Taylor was on target again with a finish off the post but Winton equalised this time via a well worked move. Beechy's goalkeeper Hugo Balogum came to Thunder's rescue when he produced an outstanding save after Winton had been awarded a penalty. Sonny Phillips with his second goal of the game edged Beechy back into the lead then Sonny combined with Brayden to set-up Lyle Glass who wrapped up the scoring with a brilliant finish into the corner of the net. Thunder's Man of the Match was Hugo Balogum for his determination and helping out the team by playing in his lesser preferred position.

*Both teams got off to a very cagey start in the U/8's STORM away game against Horwich St Marys Raptors and the scoreline remained goalless in the opening ten minutes. But after both teams made team changes within five minutes of the substitutes being on the pitch fantastic link-up play on numerous occasions between Bobby Lowe and Seth Barber resulted in Storm racing into a three goal lead. After making a few substitutions Beechy who were guilty of a slow start in the second half conceded two quick goals. With ten minutes remaining Storm created some fantastic football and when the floodgates opened Beechy were rewarded with three more goals courtesy of Bobby Lowe and Alfie Heighway. The Man of the Match award was shared by Seth Barber and Bobby Lowe.

*Despite missing two key players Beechy U/9's STORM created a fine display and controlled their away game at Parkwydden Eagles. A solid defensive performance from Harry Wharton, Harvey King and Scott Ellis-Smith allowed Storm's forward players to do their thing and Barkley Pope, Jack Sinclair and Kobe Glass were able to win the ball high up the pitch with ease. Eventually Beechy took the lead when Jack Sinclair won possession and after beating his marker fired home the games opening goal. Storm continued to push for more goals and following great work from Barkley Pope on the right wing he crossed the ball for Kobe Glass to hammer it into the net via a left footed volley. In the second half more excellent play by Barkley again down the right wing saw him send over another superb cross and Jack flicked the ball onto Kobe Glass who blasted home Storm's third goal. Not to be outdone Jack Sinclair combined in a brilliant move with Kobe and from inside the area curled the ball past the keeper for goal number four. Following more pressure Beechy increased their lead and once again Barkley was the creator when he set-up Jack Sinclair who completed his hat-trick. Then Kobe Glass grabbed his hat-trick with the sixth goal blasting the ball home after easily got past a Parkwyddn defender. There were some great performances despite some players playing out of position and this experiment probably effected Storm's chance of winning by a greater margin. Beechy relaxed their grip on the game towards the end and Parkwyddn pulled a couple of goal back one from the peanalty spot.

*Just seven players were available when the U/9's TORNADOES kicked-off their their home game with Winton Silverbacks. The visitors almost scored at the end of their first attack but the ball hit the post plus solid tackling from Jayden Lowe denied Winton an early lead. Good approach play involving Aiden Thompson, Crewe Reeves and Freya Quinn won the Tornadoes their first corner. Reuben McCormick forced a fine save from the visitors keeper then Beechy's goalie Jayden Royle was in action prior to Winton taking the lead. The Tornadoes nearly equalised when Crewe Reeves saw his effort just miss the target after a corner by Aiden but when play moved into Beechy's half Winton added their second goal prior to two more fine saves from Jayden Royle. Both Alex McGory and Freya Quinn fought hard in midfield to deny the visitors a greater share of the ball and Beechy were forced to change their goalkeeper due to an injury to Jayden Royle who was replaced by Reuben McCormick. Winton who had earlier scored a third goal faced some late pressure as the Tornadoes created several decent chances and Man of the Match Alex McGory delivered a great pass for Crewe Reeves who netted Beechy's consolation goal.

*The U/10's TORNADOES played Winton Galaxy in a 9v9 friendly as both teams prepare for the step up next season from mini-soccer. Before the game Tornadoes Manager Ryan Pugh explained the additional rules and the players quickly adapted to the different system plus the message was to go out and play good football and enjoy the occasion. Creating numerous chances Beechy dominated the first half while Winton were limited to only a few opportunities to score a goal. Daniel Badewa who led the line upfront made good use of the ball which constantly brought the Tornadoes wingers into play while Luke Bennett had a free role as the No10 which allowed him to dictate the game. Beechy opened the scoring midway through the first half via Daniel Badewa then Kai Barker was on target to give the Tornadoes a two goal cushion at half time. In the second period Beechy defended far too deep which invited Winton the chance to keep up the pressure and the hosts reduced the arrears before Kai Barker fired home the Tornadoes third goal to guarantee the victory. All the Beechy players enjoyed the game and voted Man of the Match was Daniel Badewa.

*On Sunday morning Beechy U/11's THUNDER (9v9) were away at South Manchester Sports and typically went a goal down but Beechy soon recovered and it was one-way traffic as Thunder produced arguably their best performance of the season. Some of Beechy's football at times was a joy to behold and as they dominated the match Thunder allowed their opponents to add an extra player and in this brilliant all-round display every Beechy player worked hard and fought for every ball. Goalscorers for Thunder in this emphatic victory were Samuel Sulmataj who scored four goals, Ajab Fakeeh with a hat-trick, two goals from Ollie Sixsmith and a goal apiece for Joshua Kellett and Martin Pankov.

*The 11-a Side game between the U/15's HURRICANES and Monton Sports started with Beechy on the offensive and though the pressure was applied again and again the Hurricanes didn't make the Monton keeper work hard enough. On the attack the Hurricanes lost possession and during a counter-move the ball bounced in favour of Monton who took the lead then soon after Beechy went 2-0 down and just when it appeared that the Hurricanes were heading for another defeat the opposite happened. Tanatswa Chirwa took a free kick and the Monton keeper could only parry the ball to Ethan Mangwiro who was alert and his finish reduced the arrears. Continuing to probe Beechy were rewarded with an equalising goal when Kane Wood went on a solo run and his perfect pass found Ethan Mangwiro who made it 2-2. After the break the Hurricanes produced a truly amazing performance full of organised and structured football which was only marred by an injury to Michael Walsh. A beautiful winning goal capped off this Hurricanes display thanks to a mazy run by Kane Wood who got to the by-line on the left wing and his peach of a ball was met by Ethan Mangwiro and Beechy's Man of the Match completed a superb hat-trick and the scoring. During the latter stages of this Bolton Bury and District League Section D home game Beechy were forced into rearguard action but following some excellent defending the Hurricanes were able to celebrated a fully deserved 3-2 victory.

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