POSTED: May 27 2021 21:10:59. By Keith Long - Junior Section 11/5/2021/17/5/2021/22/5/2021

As the 2020/2021 season enters the final few weeks night games are featured in the fixture list of some Beechfield United Junior Teams.

Beechy Under 16's Storm produced their best performance of the season in the North Bury Junior League when they beat Kersal FC 8-2 on Tuesday 11th May. Beechy were on top throughout this Premiership Yellow Division home game and were easy winners thanks to goals from Man of the Match Dylan Roberts (4) Adam Rothwell (2) Harry Worsley and Charlie Molloy.

Originally postponed on 1st May the Bolton Bury and District League Section D fixture between AFC Monton and Beechy Under 13's Hurricanes was rearranged for Monday 17th May. Straight from the kick-off the Hurricanes took control as they put pressure on their opponents all over the pitch and goals by Kane Wood (2) Dylan Walker, Ethan Mangwiro and Coby Cleary guaranteed Beechy the three points via a 5-1 victory. Man of the Match went to Tanatswa Chirwa for his stellar defensive display snuffing out danger plus some impressive recovery runs.

Five days later the Under 13's Hurricanes were away again when they travelled to play Pennington Predators and following a dominant display won the game 10-4. During a slow start Beechy conceded the opening goal but after the brief setback the Hurricanes gradually began to string some great passes together as they played some truly impressive football. Dylan Walker, Nicholas Britto-Walmsley and Elliot Fahy all deserve a special mention for some of the audacious passes they made and at the final whistle Hurricanes emerged victorious. Man of the Match Dylan Walker (5) Nicholas Britto-Walmsley (2) Coby Cleary (2) and Kane Wood got the goals and playing in an unfamiliar position was Juan Idicuda who did everything that was asked of him and much more.

Creating the headlines on Saturday 22nd May were United's Under 16's Thunder who booked their place in the Green Cup semi-finals after a 5-2 home win in the quarter-finals over Crompton Blues. Totally focused before kick-off the Beechy players rarely put a foot wrong during the game and in a solid all-round performance Harvey Walker opened the scoring with a fantastic strike in the 10th minute. Although Crompton had a greater share of the ball in the early stages Thunder won the midfield battle and forcing countless corners added a second goal. After taking a decent flag kick the ball rebounded back to Dominic Lawton who instead of putting it back into the area via a thunderous drive hammered the ball beyond the keeper.

Keeping the pressure on the visitors Beechy went 3-0 up when Max Chidgey found space on the left flank and after controlling a peach of a pass from Harvey Walker neatly slotted the ball into the net. The second half produced a similar pattern of play as Thunder maintained a rock solid display and they increased their lead through Max Chidgey following his great run down the right wing. Crompton Blues who had worked hard throughout the tie reduced the arrears with two goals in the 68th & 74th minute but Thunder were able to step up a gear and Max Chidgey was rewarded with a hat-trick when netted Beechy fifth goal as he completed the scoring. Max and Harvey shared the Man of the Match award.

At home to FC Bury Athletic the Under 15's Storm quickly dominated possession in this Bolton Bury and District League Section C fixture. Ben Delaney took a quick flag kick and Jude Bedforth neatly placed the ball into the corner of the net to give Beechy the lead. FC Bury Athletic were unable to get the ball off Storm who went 2-0 up when Harry Patterson went on a clear run and scored in the bottom corner then Sam Walton hit the crossbar after Beechy had been awarded a penalty.

Storm remained in control in the second half and Reuben Gill got the first of his hat-trick goals when he smashed the ball into the roof of the net for 3-0 and soon after Harry Patterson added the fourth goal tapping the ball home at the far post after the best pass in the game from Josh Everall. Storm increased their lead via Reuben Gill who produced a good turn a finish when he blasted the ball home before FC Bury Athletic managed to score a consolation goal from the penalty-spot but following another great finish from Man of the Match Reuben Gill who was only introduced into the game after half an hour made it 6-1. This was a great all-round team performance by Storm who dominated the match from start to finish. Result: Storm 6 v FC Bury Athletic 1.

There was a great performance and welcome win for Beechy Under 14's Typhoon who were at home to Moss Bank Whites. Always looking the stronger team Beechy took a while to adapt to the pace of the game before Jamie Withington opened the scoring. Then Ronan Mulled took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put Typhoon 2-0 up as Beechy started to produce some top-class soccer. Defender Milonga Mututa added a third goal for Beechy and Ronan Mullen was on target again to give Typhoon as unassailable 4-0 lead at half time.

As Moss Bank tired slightly in the second half Typhoon's football got even better and Will Bentham had a purple patch scoring the fifth goal then delivering the cross for Daniel Hesketh to hammer home goal number six. Joseph Bothamley finished off the scoring after he danced through the visitors defenced courtesy of a couple of one-two's before adding an emphatic finish past the keeper. Every Beechy player had made a vital contribution to this excellent team display ad voted Man of the Match was Sonny O'Brien who had returned to the team following his injury lay off.

For the second time in seven days the Under 14's Lightning boys met Swinton Cobras in the Salford and Districts League. Beechy won the previous Division 2 encounter between the teams but with no substitutes available and despite a good first half display Lightning struggled in the second period and suffered a 5-2 defeat. On target with the goals for Beechy were Cherif Badjie and Cody Brady.

Despite playing their best football of the season and leading 2-0 at half time Beechy Under 12's Lightning (9v9) lost 4-2 away to Barr Hill Hearts. As they totally dominated the first half Lightning controlled the midfield due to great performances from Aditya Jain, Matty Cox and Jai Devani-White. New starters in defence kept Barr Hill at bay while the forwards maintained a strong attacking flow and Beechy could have been four or five goals up at the break. Barr Hill Hearts scored a couple of lucky goals one via goalmouth scramble after Lightning's goalkeeper Luca Mobey had previously made three top-class saves. There were many positives to take from this Division 3 fixture especially Beechy's first half display. Lucas Haslam and Aditya Jain scored the goals for Lightning.

Beechy Under 9's were in action at home against Old Trafford and once again the whole team contributed to an excellent display. Dominating the first half Beechy created chance after chance after chance but unfortunately didn't have their shooting boots on in this Blue Group fixture. Thanks to a solid defence and playing out from the back through keeper Sophia Price, Jacob Wood and Patrik Doherty Beechy were able to exploit the space in midfield. Brody Burns, Daniel Wharton, Robert Wagner and the hard working Harrison Church created the scoring chances for the impressive Aiden Gradwell and Oliver Cooper. The teams went into half time sharing a level score line while the second half was a more evenly balanced contest which moved swiftly from end to end. Old Trafford's overall defending improved and the visitors had the edge when chances were on offer which meant Beechy ended up on the losing side.

The Under 8's Tornadoes met Salford United Juniors at Beech Farm and this Blue Group fixture was a game of two halves. At the start of the first half the Tornadoes took longer than normal to find their rhythm but Beechy's second half performance was just fantastic. Daniel Badewa the Tornadoes goalkeeper had a very good game while the other Beechy boys displayed total commitment as they scored several goals to reduce the arrears. Man of the Match was Alfie Morris who displayed great skill and confidence on the ball and the whole team shows real improvement week by week.

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