POSTED: May 12 2021 20:00:21. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 8/5/2021
Due to the Adverse Weather several games in the Junior Section were postponed. But despite continuous heavy rain the teams who did play must be praised for braving the elements.
Away to Salford United Juniors in the Blue Group Beechy Under 9's played their part in a competitive end to end contest. Even after all the overnight rain the hosts pitch was in very good nick and it was Salford United who were on top for most of the first half. James Woods and Brody Burns defended superbly while Beechy's goalkeeper Sophia Price displayed safe handling in the ball on the wet conditions.
In the second half Beechy found their attacking intent which resulted in Robert Wagner, Aiden Gradwell and Thomas Brady producing some great build-up play supported by the combative Daniel Wharton. Up front once again it was the tireless Oliver Cooper who was on target with the two goals, one from the penalty spot to ensure the game went into the final ten minutes with all to play for. Unfortunately Salford United had a little bit extra and were able to win the match.
After the Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) Division 1 away fixture with Monton Sports was called off due to a waterlogged pitch the match was switched to Beech Farm and played as 8v8 game. The Beechy boys performed admirably despite the delay and the poor conditions and Manager Ben Robinson said he thought the Hurricanes played some of their best football of the season going forward. Against a very good Monton outfit Beechy created some great chances and scored three good goals from set-pieces all via headers by Dillan Caldwell, Jamie Maher and Oliver Hall. Goalkeeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker had one of his best games and fully deserved to share the Man of the Match award with Dillan Caldwell. Defensively the Hurricanes looked very well organised with captain Owen Hogben, Jamie Maher, Dillan Caldwell and Fabio Figueiredo all doing an excellent job.
Thomas Robinson moved forward from usual full back position and did a fantastic job on the right wing. Playing 8v8 meant Beechy could only operate with one central midfielder and in that position was Oliver Hall who worked his socks off and when Oliver took a break Joshua Whitehead took over and he was praised for his work rate and creativity. Enzo Patrick didn't stop running throughout the match and had his fair share of chances to get a goal, while Henry Errington had another great game charging forward and creating chances from his well taken corner kicks. This was a well fought close game which could have gone either way but it was the Hurricanes who came out on top thanks to a 4-2 victory.
There was another game of two halves for Beechy Under 14's Typhoon who were away at Culcheth Athletic. In driving rain Typhoon started really well and playing some lovely football especially down the left wing were rewarded for their efforts. Two superb through balls from Daniel Hesketh led to goals by Reece James and Ronan Mullen which put Beechy 2-0 up in this Bolton Bury and District League Section D fixture. The oppositions only tactic was to hit long balls into Typhoon's half and hope for the best and while Beechy missed several good chances Culcheth got a goal back just before half time. The second half was very disappointing because Typhoon's midfield lost it's discipline and shape while the forwards rarely got the ball. Beechy conceded two more goals and lost a game they should have in a canter. Man of the Match was Ronan Mullen.
Back in action in the Bolton Bury and District League were the Under 15's Storm and their latest Section C game was away to Bolton Lads & Girls. On the hosts 3G Astroturf Pitch Storm flew out of the starting blocks and controlling the match made Bolton Lads work hard but Beechy were hit by a sucker punch when the hosts took the lead. As they continued to play some good football Storm missed a few good chances before Bolton Lads won a penalty and led 2-0 then Beechy had a valid claim for a penalty which wasn't given. 2-0 down at the break Storm started the second half well on top forcing their opponents to run around as they chased the ball. The third goal in this game was crucial and it was Bolton Lads who got it after a mistake but Storm responded and following a free kick Jude Bedforth made it 3-1 with a good header before the hosts scored their fourth goal. Beechy played some great soccer and according to Storm's Manager Graham Everall the best team lost and voted Man of the Match was Jude Bedforth for his goal and hard working performance. Result: Bolton Lads 4 v Beechfield United Storm 1.