POSTED: November 29 2019 17:23:11. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 23rd/24th Nov 2019

Creating the headlines on Saturday 23rd November 2019 were Beechfield United Under 15's Thunder who went to the top of the Championship Division table following a 4-3 home win over Radcliffe Borough Bulls.

In the first half of this North Bury Junior League fixture Beechy struggled to get any sort of momentum going and Borough's long ball tactic put Thunder under pressure and the visitors took a 2-0 lead but luckily for Thunder Andrew Woodward was on target and reduced the arrears before half time. Thunder came out strong in the second half and created a few early chances but the required finish was missing while Borough took one of their opportunities and went 3-1 up. At this point Beechy suddenly clicked into gear and an impressive first time finish by Andrew Woodward saw the ball creep over the line for 3-2. Thunder took charge of the game and created more chances before a free kick taken by Jacob lacey found it's way into the Borough net to level the score. With six minutes to go Thunder's never say die attitude was rewarded with a match winning goal via Andrew Woodward who completed his hat trick and the scoring. Named Man of the Match was Lucas Madden following a solid and intelligent performance.

United's Under 16's Sunday team lost 2-1 following their Timperley and District League Division 3 home game with Altrincham Panthers. The visitors held a 2-0 lead at half time and though Beechy played much better after the break their only consolation was the one goal from the penalty spot scored by Jack Broadie. Picking up the Man of the Match Award was Joe Eckersley.

Following a 6-4 away win over Horwich St Marys Rockets the Under 14's Storm ended a two game losing streak and in this Section C fixture Storm who were playing with the wind behind them made a quick start. Beechy survived a couple of early scares before Harry Patterson gave Storm the lead after he ended a solo run with a finish into the bottom corner of the net. The hosts responded and an Horwich player missed a sitter prior to Jude Bedforth making it 2-0 after he latched onto an accurate cross and fired the ball home. Then Beechy added their third goal after Jude Bedforth got a touch on the ball following a corner taken by Georgi Georgiev. Storm continued to control the game and were rewarded with a fourth goal when Harry Patterson was on target again then from close range Leo Barrett guaranteed Beechy a 5-0 lead at half time. Playing against the wind in the second half proved to be a different game for Storm and without a great performance from Keeper and Man of the Match Adam Lord who had returned from injury Horwich St Marys could easily have made the final score line a little bit closer. But Storm dug deep and good work by Tawonga Chirwa led to Leo Barrett chipping the ball over the hosts keeper for 6-0. Horwich St Marys continued to put Beechy under pressure and managed to reduce the arrears with a couple of goals before the end.

The in-form Under 14's Tornadoes made it six games unbeaten in the Salford and Districts League when they secured a 4-2 home win over Davyhulme Park. Jacob Curry gave Beechy the lead after eighteen minutes but the opposition equalised moments later and though the Tornadoes had several chances to regain the lead it finished 1-1 at half time. As the second half developed Beechy lost their momentum and focus and found themselves 2-1 down and an equalising goal didn't appear to be on the horizon. Suddenly the Tornadoes found their shape again and drew level courtesy of Bradley Oliver then Beechy were gifted an own goal conceded by the Davyhulme keeper. With just seconds remaining Harley Kirk netted United's fourth goal to guarantee another three points and keep the Tornadoes at the top of the Division 2 table. Rewarded for a great performance in which he maintained his composure throughout the game was Jacob Curry who received the Man of the Match award.

Extending their unbeaten run to four games in the Salford and Districts League were the Under 13's Lightning who beat Deans Panthers away 5-2. Made to work hard for their victory Lightning were 1-0 down at half time but playing with a more relaxed attitude after the break Beechy were rewarded with five goals. The referee awarded Lightning three penalties and taking the first spot-kick was Cody Brady who first attempt was saved but Cody scored from the rebound. Daniel Williams netted the next penalty but the Deans keeper produced a good save to deny Beechy captain Liam Peers who took the third penalty. Kyle Stafford's goal put Lightning 3-1 up then Deans Panthers added their second goal before Zane Davies fired in Lightning's fourth goal from a free kick and Daniel Williams completed the scoring with his second goal in this Division 3 fixture. Voted Beechy's Star Player was Joel Idusuyi.

In their Sunday home game at David Lewis Playing Fields against Manchester Maccabi Wildcats a below-par Under 13's Typhoon outfit endured a poor first half. After a stern team talk at the break Typhoon's overall performance in this Division 2 game improved but Beechy just couldn't find the finish to the chances they created an eventually lost the match 5-1. Typhoon's consolation goal was an own goal and Ryan Law pipped Freddie Latham to the Man of the Match award for his work rate and skill on the left flank.

The Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) started on the front foot in their Division 3 away game with Barr Hill Clubs. Playing some slick quick passing football the Hurricanes dominated the match but the opening goal didn't arrive until Oliver Sheridan scored following a rebound. Dylan Walker hammered the ball into the net for 2-0 but an unlikely own goal allowed Barr Hill to close the gap at half time. Quickly regaining control in the second half the Hurricanes extended their lead via Michael Munden then after some hard running Kane Wood superbly set-up Ethan Mangwiro who added the finish for the fourth goal. The Man of the Match award was shared between Michael Munden who produced a tireless midfield display and Kane Wood who led the attack with real authority.

New opponents but unfortunately this season the same result and Beechy Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) away trip to take on Fletcher Moss on their superb 4G Pitch started like so many games recently. The Tornadoes dominance straight from the kick-off resulted in an early lead when Joel Thorndyke was on hand to fire a long range shot into the roof of the net after latching onto an accurate through ball. Fletcher Moss slowly fought their way back into this Division 1 match although most of their attacks were thwarted by Tornadoes very high line of a defence marshalled superbly by Ashley Tonge, Aiden Lawton and Owen Hogben and any attack that brought the hosts within striking distance failed to find a way past Beechy keeper Daniel Ward who made some terrific saves. JJ Lowery, Oliver Percival and Jake Duff all went close to extending the Tornadoes lead but Fletcher Moss managed to equaliser before the half time break.

In the second half the two teams carried on where they left off still playing good intelligent football thus providing a few spectators with a very entertaining match. Going unrewarded for all their efforts is becoming a reoccurring theme for the Beechy boys and although several players produced their best performances of the season a lack of concentration and determination. allowed Fletcher Moss the opportunity to score three more goals without reply. For long periods of the game the two teams were evenly matched and as stated after some good individual performances from Jace O'Brien and Ashley Tonge plus another impressive display by Morgan Dunne it can only be a matter of time before the Tornadoes get back to winning ways. Awarding a Man of the Match in a game where half a dozen trophies would have been required it wasn't easy to pick a winner but the award eventually went to a player who relished playing on the artificial surface while showing composure with the ball and determination without it. Owen Hogben picked up the Tornadoes M-O-M Trophy.

Extremely unlucky not to earn themselves a first win of the season were Beechy Under 11's Lightning (9V9) who played Winton Ospreys away. In the Green Group Beechy conceded two quick goals but they kept their composure and after creating some good chances fully deserved to be going into half time on level terms. Some great saves by Lightning's keeper and Man of the Match Finn Browne kept Beechy in the game and thanks a goal from Jai Devani-White plus an own goal Lightning were just one goal behind with five minutes remaining. Beechy remained camped in the Winton half but the hosts created a quick breakaway move and after winning a corner scored a fourth goal with the last kick of the game.

On a cold and dull Saturday morning Beechy Under 8's Storm hosted Deans Youth Sports but this Yellow Group game was far from dull with both teams going on the attack straight from the kick-off. As the action moved from end to end both goalkeepers and defences were kept busy with Sophie Price, Thomas Brady and Daniel Wharton working overtime when Deans threatened to score the opening goal. But it was Storm who took the lead when the lethal duo of Oliver Cooper and Aiden Gradwell combined with a powerful finish from Oliver the pick of goals in this entertaining encounter. However Deans Youth replied with a goal from a corner followed by a soft penalty to leave the score level at the break. In the second half the non-stop running of Robert Wagner and Jacob Wood caused Deans all sorts of trouble while the improving Brody Burns alongside Patrik Doherty defended superbly. A further goal to each team resulted in a fair score draw.

Involved in a fantastic 5v5 game with Swinton Lions were the Under 7's Storm. Rian Cox (2) and Gino Fierro got the goals in this Salford and Districts League Saturday Division away fixture.

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