POSTED: June 03 2021 22:50:09. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 29/5/2021
In their Division 1 home game with AFC Monton Sports in the Salford and Districts League Beechy Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) produced a superb display but were on the wrong end of a 4-3 score line.
The Hurricanes battled non-stop and played some fabulous football but due to a couple of contentious decisions and unlucky errors lost this seven goal thriller. This was the Hurricanes last league game of the season and despite both Enzo Patrick and Oliver Nangle unavailable Beechy still had a strong line-up on view. Totally against the run of play AFC Monton took the lead via a rocket of a shot from long range and after a highly entertaining first half the visitors still held their 1-0 advantage at half time. A counter-attack resulted in AFC Monton going 2-0 up then the visitors added a third goal from the penalty-spot but the Hurricanes quickly reduced the arrears.
A long ball found Henry Errington who controlled it superbly then calmly moved into the area and drilled a shot low past the keeper. Then a brilliant goal got Beechy right back into this game when a bullet header by Dillon Caldwell gave the keeper no chance following an excellent corner taken by Alfie Rostron. Now just 3-2 down the Hurricanes inspired performance was further rewarded when they equalised thanks to the coolest player on the pitch Henry Errington who dealt with a bouncing ball and strolled through the Monton defence to make it 3-3. But completely against the run of play AFC Monton got their match winning goal after a free kick hammered at the target was misjudged by the Beechy keeper who made a brave attempt to stop the ball ending up in the back of the net. Despite ending up on the losing side all the Hurricanes players should be proud of their performance. Man of the Match was Alfie Rostron.
For the second time in seven days the Under 12's Lightning boys produced some outstanding attacking football and went 2-0 up in their Division 3 away game at Wythenshawe Celtic. Unfortunately the hot weather quickly drained the players stamina and this was combined with a pitch that looked like it hadn't had a close encounter with a mower this decade. Great link-up play from Jai Devani-White, Lucas Haslam and Aditya Jain had Celtic chasing shadows in the first twenty minutes and at half time Lightning should have been four or five goals ahead. As they dominated the second half Celtic wisely used their substitutes as Beechy's fitness level waned somewhat and the hosts were able to find enough goals to win the match 4-3. Goals for Lightning came via Jai Devani-White, Lucas Haslam plus an own goal.
Thanks to another excellent all-round performance in the Bolton Bury and District League the Under 14's Typhoon secured a second successive Section D victory. Away at Astley Bridge Wanderers on a small, sloping and uncut pitch Typhoon made fewer mistakes than their opponents were more clinical and had a bit more luck. It was difficult to pick individuals out from this great team display but Jamie Withington led the forward line well plus he scored one of Beechy's three goals and assisted in another.
Will Bentham maintained his good form with a couple of goals and he was a constant threat to the opposition while Typhoon keeper was rewarded with another clean sheet. As a unit Beechy stood up to be counted, kept their discipline and were more accurate when using the long ball option. Reece James who in this game played at centre back made some superb ball winning tackles in an outstanding Man of the Match performance. Typhoon Manager Phil Hesketh said after the game it's amazing what a bit of confidence can do and he hope's Beechy can repeat this type of display in the remaining games this season. Result: Astley Bridge 0 v Beechy Typhoon 3
Playing their final Bolton Bury and District League Section C fixture of the disrupted 2020/2021 season were Beechy Under 15's Storm. Involved in a top of the table clash with Swinton Tigers a confident Beechy outfit made a good start and Harry Patterson went close to giving Storm the lead. In a tight contest both teams worked hard to win possession and Beechy thought they had scored when Ben Delaney took a corner which was scrambled away off the line and when the ball ran onto Harry Patterson he lobbed it just wide of the target.
(HT 0-0) Swinton Tigers attacked Storm straight from the restart and created a couple of chances and in this close fought game one goal was always going to win it and Swinton Tigers got it with ten minutes to go. Attacking non-stop Beechy searched for an equalising goal which unfortunately never arrived. Storm's Man of the Match was Harrison Davies who played in a couple of positions and didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
Since March United's Under 16's Thunder had lost just two games in the North Bury Junior League and had produced some great displays in the Green Cup so a place in the semi-finals was richly deserved. But unfortunately Thunder couldn't find the winning formula against Mossley Juniors Black and suffered a 7-1 defeat and Beechy's opponents were given a helping hand by the referee and following a tough first half Thunder found themselves 4-0 down. During the tie Beechy were denied two clear-cut penalties while the match official favoured Mossley Juniors with 85% of his decisions. Prince Idusuyi scored Beechy's consolation goal.
On a great day for football Beechy Under 8's Tornadoes played Manchester Bees away in the Blue Group. Though it was the same old story and the Tornadoes lost the match the score line didn't reflect Beechy's overall performance. In an entertaining mini-soccer contest that included seventeen goals Tornadoes had plenty of chances but on numerous occasions the finishing touch was missing. Beechy were without star defender Tyler Ackernley and Kai Barker got a slight injury but the Tornadoes still finished the game 5v5 and continuing to play the correct way Beechy will soon be celebrating winning results in the Salford and Districts League. Goalscorers were Harvey Pugh (who also had a spell as goalkeeper) Alfie Morris and Alfie Charles.
The Under 9's were away to Swinton Tigers a team Beechy had beaten twice already this season so confidence was high amongst the players. But Beechy made a poor start and due to a couple of defensive mistakes Swinton Tigers raced into the lead. Producing a positive response Beechy began to create some great soccer with the impressive Aiden Gradwell in midfield and the threat of Oliver Cooper up front. Equally impressive was Beechy's resolve to keep out a confident Tigers outfit who always looked dangerous on the counter-attack with Brody Burns the pick of United's defenders.
After reducing the arrears Beechy appeared to be on course to turn this Blue Group game around but for the second Saturday running they had left their shooting boots at home. Having hit everything bar the back of the net United's luck had deserted them as they pushed hard for an equalising goal and following more counter-attacking Swinton Tigers were able to secure the victory.