POSTED: October 27 2020 19:59:45. By Keith Long - Jnr Section Match Details 24th/25th Oct 2020

Match highlights on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon 24th/25th October included another impressive victory for Beechy U/16's Storm and a first win of the season for the Under 12's Lightning.

The Yellow Group game between Beechy Tornadoes and Moorside Rangers Green was a closely fought contest. Due to Covid 19 the Tornadoes were missing one of their key players and lost for the first time this season. Once again the Beechy boys displayed total commitment throughout this Salford and Districts League fixture played at Beech Farm. Daniel Badewa netted both goals for the Tornadoes who's Man of the Match award went to Archie Charles who was great in his double role as goalkeeper and as an outfield player.

Returning to league action with a home game were Beechy Under 9's Storm who faced a tough Salford United Juniors outfit who have made a good start to the season. Salford United were soon on the front foot in this Red Group encounter, however due to some great defending from Man of the Match Jacob Wood and good goalkeeping by Sophie Price Beechy managed to soak up the early pressure. On the counter-attack both Oliver Cooper and Robert Wagner were a real threat but due to some wayward finishing and an in-form Salford United keeper Storm just couldn't find a goal. Keeping the pressure on Beechy the visitors managed to score twice just before half time but the second half was completely different with Storm dominating the play. Daniel Wharton, Aiden Gradwell and Brody Burns competed well in midfield as Beechy continued to carve out decent chances while Salford United always looked dangerous via the counter-attack and having their shooting boots on added two more goals. Beechy rallied late in the game with Harrison Church and Patrik Docherty contributing to two replied goals from Oliver Cooper and Robert Wagner that set-up a barnstorming last ten minutes.

At home to Swinton Panthers in the Red Group the Under 10's Storm had no substitutes available but the Beechy boys on view were in top-form and displayed great movement off the ball throughout the game. Sharing numerous goals scored by the Storm were Man of the Match Connor O'Sullivan, Roman Sandaji, Mikeal Omotayo, Timothy Badewa, Harry Wallis and Nathan Kay.

Beechy Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) had home advantage for their top of the table clash with unbeaten outfit De la Salle Reds. 4-0 down at half time Beechy lost this Division 1 contest 5-0 but they deserved to win the second half having been the better team. A quick break down the left flank by De La Salle ended when a powerful shot got caught in the wind and the ball found the top corner of the net for the opening goal. The Hurricanes almost equalised when Henry Errington went on a solo run and forced a great save from the De La Salle keeper and getting to the rebound Henry saw his second attempt hit the post. Beechy struggled to clear a corner as the ball bounced around in the penalty area and eventually it was fired into the roof of the net to give De La Salle a 2-0 lead. Despite battling hard to stay in the game the Hurricanes found themselves 3-0 down when at the end of another good move by the visitors the ball was hammered from outside the area into the bottom corner of the net. De La Salle's fourth goal came via a header after another flag kick and the Hurricanes knew they had faced their toughest first half so far this season.

Beechy nearly always play better in the second half of most games so there was still plenty to play for in this Fixture. But straight from the restart Beechy's task became an even greater one when De La Salle increased their lead with a fifth goal. A great move down the right wing involving Thomas Robinson and Oliver Hall resulted in an effort by the latter hitting the side netting. The Hurricanes continued to play some superb football and after Owen Hogben had cleared a dangerous free kick Oliver Hall went on a powerful run and his cross found Alfie Rostron in the area but Alfie's effort just missed the target. Then good work by Joshua Whitehead in midfield released Alfie Rostron who forced a corner that he took himself but no other Beechy player got a touch on the ball as it curled into the area. There was another chance for the Hurricanes to score a consolation goal after superb interplay between Thomas Robinson and Henry Errington ended with Henry firing the ball just wide of the target. Despite conceding five goals Hurricanes Man of the Match was goalkeeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker.

On Sunday afternoon at Salford Sports Village a jubilant Under 12's Lightning (9v9) squad celebrated their first win of the season in the Salford and Districts League when they beat Manchester Maccabi Eagles 3-2. An almost full strength Lightning made a bright start to this Division 3 fixture and put their opponents under sustained pressure for much of the first half. As play continued the pressure finally paid off when Beechy went 2-0 up though Maccabi fought back and drew level. With ten minutes left to play Lightning were reduced to eight players which required some swift re-organisation from the team coaches but this seemed to galvanise the Beechy players and with five minutes to go Lightning were rewarded with their match winning goal. Ethan Harris (2) and Matty Cox got the goals while every Beechy player shared the Man of the Match award.

Playing their first game since moving to the Bolton Bury and District League were Beechy Under 14's Typhoon who hosted Crompton Whites. In this Section D fixture due to a lack of confidence and composure Typhoon were trailing 3-0 with only a few minutes remaining. But producing a dynamic fightback Typhoon's belief was back and as they swarmed over the opposition Jamie Withington was on target to reduce the arrears then Jamie scored again and was unlucky not to claim a hat-trick. Typhoon's Man of the Match was Sam Henderson for an all energy midfield performance just beating Sonny O'Brien to the award. Despite the 3-2 defeat it was great for Typhoon to be playing a competitive match for the first time this season.

Away to Winton Vipers for their latest SDFL Division 2 game the in-form Under 14's Lightning got back to winning ways following an emphatic victory. Cody Brady, Man of the Match Jake Barrington, Daniel Williams, Cherif Badjie and David Oludoyi shared the goals as Lightning hit double figures. Thanks to the three points
Beechy currently hold top-spot in the league table.

In the Bolton Bury and District Football League Beechy Under 15's Storm were away against Swinton Tigers and suffered their first Section C defeat of the season. Swinton Tigers started really well and soon put Beechy under pressure after winning successive corners but Storm slowly got into the game with Abraham Abiola Joel going close to opening the scoring. A mistake in midfield allowed the hosts the opportunity to grab the lead and the match remained evenly balanced with both teams having chances before half time. The second half produced a similar pattern of play before the Tigers were awarded a dubious penalty and the hosts went 2-0 up from the spot-kick. Beechy responded and during another good move through midfield Harry Patterson's accurate cross set-up Abraham Abiola Joel who netted what proved to be Storm's consolation goal. Swinton Tigers controlled the remainder of the game and added three more goals that secured the hosts a 5-1 victory. This was an off day for Storm who need to make sure they pass the ball much better in future games this season. Named Beechy's Man of the Match was Jonny Walsh.

The Under 15's Tornadoes were also in action in the BBDFL and they were unlucky against a very good and physical North Walkden Falcons outfit who won the match 5-3. In this Section D away game due to injuries Beechy were reduced to ten players on a couple of occasions but all the Tornadoes boys worked extremely hard and probably deserved at least a draw. On target for Beechy were leading goal scorer Bradley Oliver (2) and Charlie Mulvenna and voted Man of the Match was Theo Valentine.

On the Astroturf Pitch at David Lewis Playing Fields the Under 16's Storm met Pennine Juniors and made it three games unbeaten in the North Bury Junior League. The pace of the game is much faster on the artificial surface but Storm's players adapted well and fully deserved their 4-2 victory in the Premiership Yellow Division. Harry Worsley was named Best Player and on target with the goals for Beechy were Dylan Roberts (2) and Samuel Oludoyi.

Without their recognised goalkeeper the Under 17's Tornadoes faced a fairly tough ninety minutes against East Leigh Latics. At home Beechy finished this Bolton Bury and District League Section C game with ten players due to injuries. The final result could have gone either way but it was East Leigh who came out on top courtesy of a 3-1 victory. Callum Rhodes netted the Tornadoes consolation goal and named Best Player was Jake Rhodes.

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