POSTED: October 28 2022 16:26:28 By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 29/10/2022

Despite a slightly below-par display Beechfield United Under 17's STORM remain unbeaten in the Bolton Bury and District League following a 2-1 victory over FC Bridgewater.

*Against their local rivals Beechy made a fast start in this Section B fixture and took the lead after five minutes when Oliver Lawton created the chance for Evan Hodson-Griffiths who made no mistake with his 14th goal of the season. With a few key players missing Storm were content to hold onto their one goal advantage and the game became a scrappy affair with neither team creating many worthwhile chances. Soon after half time FC Bridgewater grabbed an equaliser when following a long kick downfield from the visitors keeper the ball deflected off a Beechy defender for what was a fluke goal. When Storm continued to put pressure on their opponents one effort hit the post during a goalmouth scramble before Beechys match winning goal arrived. With five minutes to go Bradley Oliver was on target via a fine finish into the bottom corner of the net. This wasn't Beechy's finest performance compared to recent weeks but the three points extended Storm's unbeaten run to seven games and their lead at the top of the league table.

*Beechy Under 7's THUNDER produced their best performance so far this season in the Salford and Districts Junior League. At home Thunder faced a very good and rather aggressive Ordsall Park Juniors outfit but the Beechy Boys stuck together as a team and fully deserved the victory. Ordsall Park took an early lead but Beechy responded and after being fouled George Kelly equalised from the subsequent free kick. Early in the second half Thunder who displayed a never give in attitude grabbed the lead through Grayson Owen who scored his first goal for the team. Late in the game Ordsall Park got back on level terms but Beechy fought back again and with seconds remaining Grayson Owen won possession and his pass released Chase Sixsmith who raced clear and netted Thunders match winner via a decisive finish. Beechy's Star Player was goalkeeper Oscar Spencer for his incredible match winning saves and commanding the entire half of the pitch as a brilliant sweeper keeper.

*Playing on Sunday were the Under 8's STORM who met Manchester Maccabi Blues in their last Challenge Tournament group game. Beechy used a slightly different formation for this cup tie which allowed their normal keeper to become an outfield player. The Boys were asked to get their passing game into gear earlier than in previous games and Storm were rewarded when they took the lead. It was great to see all Beechy's goals within the game created from playing out from the back and Storm held a two goal advantage at the break. Manchester Maccabi managed to reduce the arrears early in the second half but once Beechy stepped up a gear there was only going to be one winner. Goalscorers for Storm who won this thirteen goal encounter were Seth Barber, Harry Heathcote-Clare, Oscar Pugh, Alfie Heighway and Oscar Berry.

*There was another dominant performance from Beechy Under 8's THUNDER in their home game with Deans Youth Tigers. Sonny Phillips gave Thunder a great start when he opened the scoring after a couple of minutes via a well placed strikers finish. Deans Tigers found an equalising goal then the visitors went ahead thanks to another well taken goal though Beechy bounced back and after some tactical changes turned the game around. Lyle Glass who produced a fantastic display as an outfield player and goalkeeper was twice on target to restore Thunders lead then Cody Eyres scored a brilliant first goal for the team. Following a well worked team move Kade Doyle continued his excellent scoring streak when he netted goal number five then Sonny Phillips got his second goal of the game before Brayden Taylor hammered the ball home off the post. Noah Aspen went on a mazy run out of defence and scored from a rebound after his initial effort hit the crossbar. Two late goals from Deans Tigers could and should have been avoided but this didn't take the gloss off Beechy's fantastic all-round performance as they made three wins in a row.

*In their first game after being moved up a Division in the Salford and Districts League the Under 9's STORM secured a superb away win over Parkwyddn Eagles. During a tight first half Jack Sinclair scored two outstanding goals that gave Storm a narrow lead at half time and following an honest half time team talk the Beechy Boys moved the ball better as they stepped up a level. Storm's wingers worked hard to create the space for Kobe Glass to complete his hat-trick then Harvey King helped himself to goal when the ball broke free inside the area and he hammered it into the bottom corner of the net. Man of the Match Kobe Glass scored Storm's seventh and eighth goals following more top-class finishing. This was a solid team display from Beechy especially in the second half and the players are improving with every game.

*On a wet Saturday morning the Under 10's HURRICANES welcomed AFC Monton Diablos to Beech Farm Playing Fields. After a recent win over their opponents in the Cup the Hurricanes were ready for another encounter in the SDJFL. Monton made a confident start and soon showed that they were out for revenge by taking the lead inside ten minutes then shortly after the visitors scored a second goal. The Hurricanes battled back and at the end of a great passing move an effort by Mason McHugh-Davies just missed the target. Maintaining their hard working ethic Beechy went close again to reducing the arrears again when during a move through midfield Kenny Copeland linked up with Mason who played the ball onto Raheem Raji but he just couldn't add the required finish.

Monton regained control of the game and following a corner Beechy failed to clear the ball and the visitors added their third goal. The Hurricanes kicked-off the second half looking to find a way back into the game but Monton's defence stood strong making it difficult for Beechy to get a direct shot on target. A scrambled effort gifted Monton a fourth goal and the Hurricanes went close again to a deserved goal before the visitors completed the scoring before the final whistle.

*The Under 10's TORNADOES were in action away against Salford Storm in their first game in the Red Division. Following an evenly balanced first half in which there were no goals Beechy changed their goalkeeper at half time. Due to a few mistakes the Tornadoes who battled well throughout in this close game suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost by the odd goal in seven. On target with goals for the Tornadoes were Luke Bennett and Kai Barker.

*At home in the Challenge Tournament the Under 11's THUNDER (9v9) met Monton Sports and during a decent start to the game had chances but didn't convert them. Monton forced their way back into the game and creating a spell of pressure managed to get the opening goal. Despite going a goal down the Beechy Boys raised their game and though they dominated the rest of the first half couldn't find the equalising goal they deserved. But Thunder totally dominated the second period as the game was mostly played in Monton's half and eventually Theo McNulty netted Beechy's equaliser. Ajab Fakeeh continually tore the Monton defence apart but unfortunately Thunder still couldn't find a winning goal and after the final whistle the teams were involved in taking penalties. During the spot-kick decider Beechy scored four penalties in succession and keeper Leon Heathcote-Clare made a save which looked to have won it for Thunder but the last two penalties were missed and Monton won the shoot-out. After the match the referee said it was the most one-sided draw he had ever been involved in and Beechy definately didn't deserve to be the losers. Beechy Manager Luke Sixsmith praised the whole team and was absolutely delighted with Thunder's performance.

*Getting back to winning ways were Beechy Under 14's HURRICANES who's good overall performance earned them a 5-1 Division 1 victory over Juno United. The Hurricanes had home advantage and they opened the scoring through Joshua Whitehead who's superb drive from 25yards caught everyone by surprise including the visitors keeper who made a vain effort to stop the ball from finding the bottom corner of the net. Following a swift counter-attack Beechy went 2-0 up when Finlay Unsworth inside the area superbly held off two challenges then displaying great footwork fired the ball into the net off the post. A bad tackle on Joshua Whitehead earned the Hurricanes a free kick and taking it himself Joshua forced a great save from the visitors keeper but Finlay Unsworth netted the rebound for goal number three. Amaan Khan was in the perfect position to add the finish to another superb move but his effort was disallowed for offside.

The Hurricanes held a comfortable three goal lead going into the second half but Juno United had shown enough quality that the visitors were capable of causing an upset. Due to some calamitous defending Beechy gifted their opponents what proved to be their consolation goal but the Hurricanes quickly forgot the mini setback and restored their three goal advantage with a superb fourth goal. A slick seventy yard move involving Jamie Maher, Joshua Whitehead, Owen Hogben and Finlay Unsworth led to Oliver Nangle adding a calm finish for 4-1. Beechy were awarded a penalty following a throw-in but the Juno United keeper made a brilliant save after a decent spot-kick. The Hurricanes fifth goal was something special when Finlay Unsworth completed his hat-trick and the scoring when he brilliantly lobbed the ball over the on-rushing keeper for an amazing goal.

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