POSTED: October 25 2021 09:28:01. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 16th/17th Oct 2021

There were several highly impressive team performances during the weekend of 16th/17th October especially from Beechy Under 13's Hurricanes.

Playing this season in the Bolton Bury and District League the Under 13's Hurricanes have gradually made an impact in Section A. At home to FC Strikerz Athleticos the Hurricanes dominated the early possession and creating numerous chances were rewarded with the opening goal via Alfie Rostron. But a desperately unlucky slip-up in defence allowed the visitors to equalise completely against the run of play and FC Strikerz grabbed the lead following a free kick. There was a missed penalty by Beechy before two goals in quick succession they regained the lead when a great pass from Sophiyulah Bakare found Henry Errington in the box and he fired the Hurricanes level. This was quickly followed by good work from Oliver Hall and another accomplished finish by Henry Errington. After a couple of tactical substitutions by Beechy which produced an immediate reward Henry Errington's dazzling footwork took him past 3/4 opponents before setting up an easy finish for Daniel Robinson.

The Hurricanes led 4-2 at the break following a topsy-turvy first half in which the FC Strikerz's keeper had produced a fine display. After a scrappy start in the second half a moment of brilliance from Oliver Hall on the left wing created the opening for Jamie Maher who netted the Hurricanes fifth goal despite the best efforts of the visitors keeper and a defender on the line. Beechy's sixth goal produced the highlight of the game when defender Matty Cox won the ball and his pass found Alfie Rostron in midfield who delivered a glorious pass out wide and a clever touch on the ball by Joshua Whitehead set-up Oliver Nangle who hammered the ball beyond the keeper. As Beechy started to run riot they were rewarded with goal number seven scored by Joshua Whitehead who had latched onto a pass into the area and blasted the ball home from about twelve yards.

Almost a carbon copy of his previous goal Joshua Whitehead again found space in the penalty area before adding a firm finish for 8-2. Dillian Caldwell completed the scoring with the Hurricanes ninth goal after Man of the Match Taylor Hales-Cummins supplied a great ball into the area and Dillian coolly slotted it into the net. The Hurricanes were awarded another penalty after Henry Errington had been hacked down but Henry's spot-kick hit the post and rebounded to safety.

Lots of goals and several positional team changes during the game plus smiles all round were the main ingredients of the Under 7's Storm's SDJFL home game on Sunday with Manchester Maccabi Dragons. Beechy won a fourteen goal thriller and named Storm's Player of the Match was Jacob Foster.

Continuing their impressive start to the season in the Salford and Districts League were Beechy Under 8's Storm who played Flixton Junior Phoenix in the Challenge Tournament and Storm won this thrilling cup-tie which included thirteen goals. Leading marksman Jack Sinclair, Kobe Glass and Team Captain Scott Ellis-Smith were on target for Beechy who's Man of the Match was Barkley Pope.

The Under 9's Hurricanes suffered a narrow defeat following the cup game against AFC Monton Diablos. The Beechy Boys could hold their heads up high after a grassroots battle on a smaller than the required size pitch for a 7v7 mini-soccer game. AFC Monton were better team and always looked capable of holding onto the lead. Gino Fierro and Kasope Alo were the Hurricanes goalscorers and though Kasope's goal came via a deflection he learnt a good lesson if you don't shoot you don't score. Special mention to Charlie Berry who is becoming an outstanding brave goalkeeper and everyone in the sqaud is proud of this polite young man.

The Challenge Tournament tie between Beechy Under 9's Tornadoes and Parkwyddn Predators was a great game with both teams producing some top-quality football. The scores were level with ten minutes to go and though the Tornadoes had been the better side for most of the game it was Parkwyddn who were the eventual winners. Kai Barker produced another impressive display but voted Man of the Match was defender Oliver Vernon.

There was a tough game in the Challenge Tournament for the Under 10's Storm who were away to Abraham Moss a higher level team than Storm and it showed even on a poor playing surface. Beechy's effort and application was first class but they couldn't match the quality of the opposition. Storm's Man of the Match was stand-in goalkeeper Harrison Church who was outstanding making a world class double save in the first half and saving a penalty in the second half.

In Challenge Cup action on Saturday morning at Beech Farm were the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) who met Swinton Lions. On the scoresheet for Beechy who won the tie 6-4 were Stewart Kay (hat-trick) Martin Cholakov and Reece Smith and voted Man of the Match for an all action display was Josh Beddows.

At Littleton Road the Under 14's Storm drew 3-3 with AFC Monton following their latest Bolton Bury and District League Section E fixture. Oliver Cowley opened the scoring but despite putting pressure on their opponents Storm couldn't find a second goal before Monton equalised. Beechy eventually regained the lead via Oliver Cowley who supplied another fierce finish from a bouncing ball in the penalty area but Monton hit back early in the second half and drew level before taking a 3-2 lead. Continuing to play with total committment Storm were rewarded when Saul Tagoe brought the ball under control and slotted into the corner of the net to earn Beechy a valid draw. This was another good all-round performance from the in-form Storm.

Beechy Under 15's Typhoon returned to the top of the Section D table with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Astley Bridge Wanderers. In the Bolton Bury and District League Typhoon were excellent value for their two goal lead at half time which should have been more but for some poor finishing. The goals came via a superb free kick by Sonny O'Brien and Will Bentham and though Beechy missed a few more chances in the second half the result was never in doubt. Congratulations go to Typhoon's goalkeeeper Peter Ellis for his clean sheet and Man of the Match Jamie Withington who's hold up play and passing were quite outstanding.

In the Chairmans Cup the Under 16's Storm were away against Blackrod AFC and lost the tie following a penalty kick decider. Blackrod a team from a Division above Storm in the Bolton Bury and District League made a solid start and took an early lead. Beechy got back into the game and went close to an equaliser via Harry Patterson before Blackrod went 2-0 up. As they continued to play some good football going forward Storm were rewarded when Alfie Jones reduced the arrears with a header but a great goal put the hosts into a 3-1 lead at half time. Fully determined as the second half unfolded Storm scored their second goal when Harry Patterson was on target with a neat finish into the corner of the net. Beechy stepped up a gear and had chances to get back level but following a counter-attack Blackrod made it 4-2 though Storm showed great character and Alfie Jones with his second goal tapped the ball home at the near post for 4-3. With ten minutes to go following a one-two Ben Delaney hammered the ball into the top corner to equalise and after the final whistle the teams were suddenly faced with taking penalties to decide the winner. Unfortunately Blackrod won the shoot-out 5-4 but Beechy who played throughout with just eleven players had produced a brilliant all-round performance and didn't deserve to be on the losing side. A great display and fantastic goal by Ben Delaney earned him the Man of the Match award.

A 4-1 away win against Astley Bridge retained the Under 17's Thunder place at the top of the Bolton Bury and District League Section D table. Thunder made the game tougher than it should have been due to their rushed play but once Beechy had settled down they ended up easy winners. Reiss Miller (2) Nataniel Osinski and Zion Agbiji scored the goals which earned Thunder three valid points.

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