POSTED: November 11 2021 22:42:52. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 6th/7th November 2021
*There was another busy Saturday Morning in the Junior Section with the star team performance produced by Beechy Under 8's Storm.
*Away to Flixton Junior Phoenix the Under 8's Storm created a top-class display and were rewarded with a fully deserved victory. Storm's Player of the Match was Freya Quinn who also scored one of the goals. Also on target were for Beechy in this Salford and Districts League fixture were Jack Sinclair, Kobe Glass and Barkley Pope.
*Beechfield United Under 9's Hurricanes welcomed Manchester Bees to Beech Farm Playing Fields for their first November home game. Finn Lee and Mason McHugh-Davies set the tone as Beechy attempted to open up the Bees defence but the visitors responded with some swift counter-attacking down both flanks. Most of these attacks were dealt with by Lewis Adams who was outstanding as he made several great tackles and interceptions. The Hurricanes Player of the Month Goalkeeper Charlie Berry was also on top form making some top-class saves while displaying a fearless attitude. Myles Harris famous for his Messi esq runs plus great skill with the ball was on this occasion closed down by the Bees defence.
Beechy made a couple of substitutions when both Ethan Croker and Raheem Raji replaced Finn Lee and Myles Harris. Manchester Bees continued to counter-attack with real pace and were eventually rewarded with the opening goal just before half time. Kicking-off the second half the Hurricanes displayed a greater desire to succeed and Kasope Alo's lightning pace almost earned himself a couple of goals. The Bees were non-stop on the attack but Lewis Adams continued to showcase his defending prowess alongside the very impressive Kenny Copeland. After Beechy had conceded a second goal their team coaches made a few tactical changes that resulted in Jenson Smyth and Myles Harris taking over from Ethan Croker and Kasope Alo plus Theo Davies who adopted a defensive role. Special mentions go to Lewis Adams and Charlie Berry.
*Beechy Under 10's Storm had a Sunday fixture when they travelled to play South Manchester Warriors. Following an impressive all-round display Beechy won this Challenge Cup tie which produced eight goals. Oliver Cooper scored four goals including a stunning free kick and Robert Wagner was on target with Storm's other goal. Beechy were minus their regular goalkeeper so both Thomas Brady and Kristian Georgiev who shared the Man of the Match Award volunteered to play one half each and did the team proud.
*In their away game at AFC Monton Sports the Under 10's Thunder made a slow start and found themselves trailing early in the contest. Martin Pankov took his turn as goalkeeper and made some good saves plus he saved a penalty in the first half while and at the start of the second half the players switched positions. Leon Heathcote-Clare took over the keeper role and Thunder were more involved though they needed to put more pressure on their opponents. Jackson Humm made some great runs and had efforts saved by the Monton keeper but he was eventually rewarded when he scored Beechy's consolation goal via a great volley. Ollie Sixsmith was again strong in defence and earned himself Man of the Match.
*Back in Division 2 action in the Salford and Districts League were Beechy Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) who met Swinton Panthers at Beech Farm. Thanks to a solid all-round performance the Tornadoes controlled the game and secured an 8-2 victory. Man of the Match was Oscar Mather for a very disciplined display at right back and goalscorers for Beechy were Stewart Kay and Martin Cholakov who netted four goals apiece.
*The Under 13's Hurricanes were at home to FC Strikerz Blues and lost this Bolton Bury and District League Section A fixture 2-0. Both teams, coaches, family members and the match official observed a minutes silence regarding our war heroes past and present. After dealing with some early pressure from the Hurricanes the visitors took the lead against the run of play. On a difficult pitch that didn't allow a true bounce of the ball FC Strikerz had a goal disallowed and were still 1-0 up at the break. Following a fiercely contested first half Beechy pushed forward in search of an equaliser but it never arrived and FC Strikerz added their second goal in the last minute to secure the victory. Hurricanes Man of the Match was Alfie Rostron.
*Moving the ball with real precision and competing in a strong manner against Reddish North End in the Players Cup the Under 14's Hurricanes started well in this away game. A penalty awarded to Reddish North End had a real impact on the Beechy boys and following three Rory Delap throw-ins the Hurricanes were suddenly 4-0 down. But Beechy who conceded two more goals before the break played with much more belief in the second half and scored two goals by Nicholas Britto-Walmsley and Dylan Walker both from free kicks. Individual errors resulted in the Hurricanes conceding a further three goals and goalkeeper and Man of the Match Alfie Girdlestone rescued Beechy from a heavier defeat with some amazing saves.
*After three weeks without an official Bolton Bury and District League fixture the Under 15's Lightning boys were faced with an away game against Culcheth Athletic Cobras. Despite having to play throughout this Section D match with ten players Beechy produced a superb performance and a 7-2 defeat wasn't a fair reflection on the whole eighty minutes play. Daniel Williams and Joel Idujusi scored the goals for Lightning.
*Looking to extend their lead at the top of the BBDFL Section C table were Beechy Under 16's Storm who had home advantage against Wigan Junior Latics. Luka Ottiwell was just off target with an early effort before Evan Hodson-Griffiths gave Beechy the lead then Storm had a few near misses after chances were wasted and Beechy retained their one goal advantage at half time. Making a slow start in the second half Storm were punished twice within five minutes when Wigan Junior Latics took advantage to go 2-1 up. But Beechy found fresh impetus and continuing to create chances equalised when Harry Patterson was on target with five minutes to go. During a frantic ending to the match Storm fought hard but just couldn't get a winning goal and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Ben Delaney was named Man of the Match following a quality captain's performance.