POSTED: October 27 2021 15:06:52. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 23rd October 2021.


Beechfield United's new team the Under 10's Thunder made their debut in the Salford and Districts Football League and prooduced an impressive display.

Away at Cadishead Town a 9am kick-off didn't deter the young Beechy players who were so excited to be playing. Thunder made a dream start when Jackson Humm scored two goals inside the opening two minutes before Theo McNulty added another two followed by a goal for Ollie Sixsmith. An injury to the Cadishead goalkeeper and another hosts player meant the teams reverted to playing 5v5 for the remaining nine minutes of the first half. After the break the teams returned to 7v7 with Beechy captain Leon Heathcote-Clare moving to his position as the last defender after a great first half performance as Thunder's goalkeeper.

Theo McNulty took on the keeper role and made some superb saves to help keep Cadishead at bay. Continuing his goalscoring frenzy Jackson Humm ended the match with a nine goal tally which earned him the Star Player award. Joshua Kellett was superb down the wing while Anotidaishe Goora and Teddy Harding were always busy in midfield as they attacked and defended and another hard working midfield player Nataniel Wojciak added to the scoresheet. Martin Pankov who produced a composed defensive display in the first half waited his turn to play higher up the pitch and after a few missed chances was rewarded with a goal just before full time. This was a superb all-round performance from the new Beechy Boys who will obviously be looking forward to their next match.

Back in Section C action in the Bolton Bury and District League Beechy Under 16's Storm secured three vital points to stay top of the table. Storm were at home to FC Bridgewater who made a bright start and as Beechy struggled to get a foothold in the match the visitors opened the scoring. But looking dangerous from corners Storm almost equalised when Morgan Anthony went close to scoring on his debut. Beechy eventually drew level just before half time when Harry Patterson bundled the ball into the net to make it 1-1 at the break. In the second half Storm changed to playing a 4-4-2 system and showing a more competive edge took the lead through Evan Hodson-Griffiths then stepping up a gear Beechy went 3-1 up after Evan latched onto another pinpoint through ball and blasted it into the corner of the net. Beechy continued to control the game thanks to some good passing moves but FC Bridgewater made it 3-2 from a free kick forcing Storm to face a nervy last five minutes. Playing out of position at centre half was Josh Everall who was named Man of the Match. Result Storm 3 v FC Bridgewater 2.

In their Section D away game with Hindley Juniors the Under 16's Tornadoes were 1-0 down at half time and trailed 2-0 early in the second half but displaying a great team spirit Beechy fought back and were rewarded with a 4-2 victory. Goals for the Tornadoes came via Louie Khali (2) Adam Wood and Bradley Oliver from the penalty-spot and named Man of the Match was Adam Wood for his creativity in pushing forward and perseverance in creating chances for his teammates. Every single Tornadoes player who produced a fantastic display gave 110% throughout the game and once again the Beechy Boys showed the quality of the football they are capable of producing.

Away to local rivals Moorside Rangers Yellows the Under 14's Hurricanes made a great start in this Section C fixture when they took the lead through Kane Wood from an Alfie Girdlestone (Beechy Goalkeeper) assist. Straight from the restart Rangers equalised then the hosts led 2-1 before Juan Idicula capitalised on some Hurricanes pressure to level the score with a great shot that sailed over the keeper. Rangers regained the lead before the whistle for half time but a great save by Alfie Girdlestone resuced the Hurricanes from going further behind. Beechy produced some really good accurate passing football in the second half but conceded again after the tall Rangers centre forward went on a solo run. A goal by Dylan Walker reduced the arrears though the Hurricanes conceded two further goals prior to a free kick by Bradley West which was tapped into the net by Destiny Aghahowa and a goal from Mason Gowenlock following a corner managed to set-up a tense final few minutes. Beechy's Man of the Match award was shared between Kane Wood and Mason Gowenlock. "Final score Rangers 6 v Hurricanes 5".

The Under 13's Hurricanes were involved in a hard fought Section A away game against top of the table team De La Salle. The hosts went 3-0 up after twenty five minutes due to some rash decision making by Beechy who quickly displayed great desire to get back into the contest. There were some decent chances for Henry Errington and Joshua Whitehead before Oliver Nangle reduced the arrears with a rocket of a shot. Five minutes later Alfie Rostron superbly worked his way past three opponents and from outside the area hammered the ball with both power and accuracy past the keeper for 3-2. Into the second half and a fully determined Hurricanes worked hard for an equaliser after great attacking play involving Joshua Whitehead and Henry Errington. A mistimed tackle from the De La Salle keeper gfted Beechy a penalty but Alfie Rostron saw his spot-kick saved and despite some valiant defending the Hurricanes couldn't prevent De La Salle scoring two more goals to secure a 5-2 victory. The Hurricanes who were without key players Oliver Dalton-Bunker and Dillan Caldwell voted Oliver Hall as their Man of the Match after his outstanding performance in midfield.

There was another cup game for the Under 10's Storm who were at home to a strong Swinton Tigers team. Due to holidays Beechy were limited to only seven players however the seven available gave an impressive account of themselves. The teams workrate, togetherness and counter-attacking was first-class throughout this cup tie. Harrison Church for the second week running was the Storm's stand-in keeper and was excellent while in defence Brody Burns and Josh Witherington were solid and dependable. Daniel Wharton, Robert Wagner and Kristian Georgiev worked tireless in midfield and up front Thomas Brady gave the Tigers defence plenty to think about. The only goal of the game came inside the opening minutes when a lucky break of the ball found the Tigers main striker who added a neat finish.

Making a slow start in their cup-tie with neighbours Moorside Rangers Green were Beechy Under 9's Hurricanes. Quickly putting Beechy under prerssure Rangers opened the scoring midway through the first half and added a second goal soon after. The Hurricanes were better organised in the second half and it was now Rangers turn to absord the pressure as Beechy stepped up a gear. Kasope Alo was on target for the Hurricanes to reduce the arrears then Myles Harris came off the bench to net an equaliser but Rangers were able to regain the lead. Beechy's counter-attacking football again produced a winning result when Myles Harris was on target with his second goal and with a few minutes to go the Hurricanes led for the first time thanks to Kasope Alo who also scored his second goal of the game. But in the last minute Rangers won a corner which eventually resulted in the visitors equalising with the last kick of the tie. With the teams sharing eight goals the result had to be decided via a penalty shoot-out and following seven penalties each Rangers won the spot-kick decider.

Enjoying a second successive win the SDJFL Challenge Tournament were the in-form Under 8's Storm. Away to Salford Storm Tornadoes Beechy had Team Captain and Man of the Match Scott Ellis-Smith, Barkley Pope and Harry Wharton on target in their latest victory.

Following an impressive display against AFC Burnden Park the Under 7's Storm were rewarded with a narrow away victory. The Beechy Boys who are improving game by game named Jason Fitzgerald as their Man of the Match following some good skill on the ball. Storm's goalscorers were Oscar Bobby-Berry and Oscar Pugh.




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