POSTED: October 02 2019 15:12:29. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 28th/29th Sept 2019
Due to several days of heavy rain the majority of fixtures involving Beechfield United Junior Section teams were postponed but seven games were played despite the horrendous conditions.
"WOW" what a real transformation regarding Beechfield United Under 10's Tornadoes performance following their Blue Group home game with neighbours Moorside Rangers Yellow. When the teams met on the opening day of the season it was Rangers who celebrated victory that saw them five goals better off than the Tornadoes but in terrible conditions Beechy got revenge winning this game by the odd goal in five. On the Astroturf Pitch at Moorside High School both teams deserved a pat on the back for overcoming the awful weather to produce an highly entertaining encounter. The Tornadoes got off to a flyer taking the lead within a minute via Stewart Kay and Stewart soon added a second goal for Beechy thanks to a wonderful finish. Rangers reduced the arrears before half time and grabbed a well taken equaliser early in the second half. Both teams created lots of chances with the goal frame being struck and both goalkeepers making some fine saves. A draw looked a likely result until Stewart Kay had other ideas and completing his hat trick grabbed a late winning goal for the Tornadoes. Man of the Match was George Wadeson for another all action performance.
At home to top of the Championship Division outfit Kersal FC a confident Beechy Under 15's Thunder squad made a bright start to this North Bury Junior League fixture. In atrocious conditions Thunder caught their opponents by surprise when they grabbed the lead when Andrew Woodward spotted the Kersal keeper off his line and via a delightful lob sent the ball into the empty net. Kersal who were a physically opposing team forced their way into the game and equalised around the twenty minute mark with a decent strike that was almost saved by Beechy's keeper who got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it out. Thunder let themselves down defensively by not sticking to the basics and due to a touch of complacency conceded another two goals giving Kersal a 3-1 lead at the break. Making a similar start to the first half Thunder reduced the arrears after Andrew Woodward took full advantage of a mistake by the Kersal goalie to make it 3-2. Unfortunately Thunder failed to deal with a ball that should have been a throw-in and it eventually found its way into the back of the Beechy net. Things got worse for Thunder as they gifted Kersal a fifth goal that ended the game as a contest and though Beechy finally got a better grip on the game it was a case of too little too late.
Similar to the other games on Saturday morning the weather played a major part in the match between the Under 15's Storm and Middleton Lads Reds. In the North Bury Junior League Storm suffered their first Premiership Division defeat of the season when they lost 5-4 away. But Beechy were rather frustrated when the stand-in referee awarded Middleton Lads two dodgy penalties that certainly gave the hosts a helping hand towards their victory. Man of the Match Archie Cooper who netted a hat-trick and Adam Rothwell fired in the goals.
United's Under 16's Sunday team turned their attention to the Manchester FA Youth Cup and a Round 1 tie with Manchester Corinthians who reached last seasons Under 15's final. Both teams play in the Timperley and District League, Beechy in Division 3 and their opponents in Division 1 and United Manager Colin Grimes said the boys played the best football he'd every seen from them. After going 2-0 down a determined and fully committed United team battled back and following an excellent move involving Max O'Brien and Fernley Davies Beechy reduced the arrears with a goal from Ben Daniels. In the second half United pressed hard for an equaliser but after suffering injuries to a couple of players conceded two late goals and lost the game 4-1. Every player gave 100% effort so there was no individual Man of the Match award handed out.
Despite dominating a large percentage of their Bolton Bury and District League Section D away fixture against local rivals Moorside Rangers Blue the Under 16's Tornadoes were punished for four silly mistakes and suffered a 4-0 defeat. Harry Fletcher and Max O'Brien who were credited for their non-stop effort shared the Tornadoes Man of the Match award.
Braving the elements were the players of Beechy Under 8's Storm who had a Yellow Group home game against Urmston Town Lions. Both teams quickly looked too play some passing football and it was Urmston who had the extra bite in attack and kept the pressure on United's defence in the first half. Only some excellent goalkeeping from Sophia Price and resolute defending by Brody Burns kept Storm in the game and a spectacular goal from Nathan Haines gave Beechy something to cheer about just before half time. Both Oliver Cooper and Aiden Gradwell saw shots hit the woodwork but Urmston Town continued to catch Storm on the counter-attack and ran out comfortable winners.