Beechfield United Under 9s Tornados had an hectic close season and took part in two well organised Mini-Soccer Tournaments. In the Unicorn Athletic event Beechy lost only one game while just failing to reach the knockout stages and scored some quality goals by Kyle Lawler (2) Jordan Smith (2) Mason P Williams and Ben Ellis. In the Shaftsbury FC tournament held in Liverpool United lost to the hosts in the quarter-finals. Goalscorers were Lewis Barber, Jack Strang, Ellis,Williams and Lawler. (August 2007)
Continuing their preparations for the 2007/2008 season were the Under 9s Hurricanes who organised a Friendly Match away at Urmston Town. Throughout the contest Beechy played some excellent attacking football and were worthy 3-1 winners thanks to goals by Callum Lockett (2) and Henry Misell. There was an outstanding performance from Player of the Match Ellie Cook (18/8/07)
In August 2007 Danny Livesey signed a contract extension with Carlisle United until 2010. He was awarded captaincy of the team and was named in the League One 2007/2008 team of the year.
The 2nd team began their season in the L&C League’s A Division with a brilliant 3-2 away win at Hazel Grove. Despite conceding the first goal United responded with some delightful soccer and fully deserved the victory with the highlight of the match provided by Philip Arnold who hit a superb hat-trick. Keeper Scott Fisher made a major contribution via some top-class saves. (1/9/2007)
In the North Bury Junior Football League the Under 16s started their season with a 2-1 win at Stand Athletic. After going a goal down United recovered to take the three points thanks to strikes by Liam Dunbar and Kyle Mears. (8/9/2007) There was an impressive performance from the Under 12s in the Timperley and District Junior League. United who were always the better team against Lymm Rovers passed the ball with more accuracy and their enterprising football led to a convincing 4-1 victory. The goals came via Adam Doyle (2) Daniel Melody and Joel Sharples (penalty) (9/9/2007) Playing two games in three days were the Under 9s Storm who had Alex Hanley, Joe Roberts pus an own goal on the scoresheet in a 3-1 home win over De La Salle. Then George Jones (4) Alex Hanley (3) and Joe Roberts (2) were on target when the Storm beat the Under 9s Tornados 9-0. (12/9/2007 & 15/9/2007)
In October 2007 both Joseph Butler and Ben Churchill were being tipped for stardom after being signed up by Football League Two club Rochdale FC’s Academy set-up after impressing on a six-month training course. The football-mad Under 8′s Tornados players were dreaming of emulating their Premiership heroes one day. Scout Doug Richardson who brought them to Rochdale’s attention insisted that the boys have the talent play at the highest level. Richardson added that Joseph models himself on Joe Cole. Like Cole, he is very skilful and hard working. Ben, on the other hand is a natural defender. He’s very competitive, a good tackler and he reads the game exceptionally well for his age. Joseph’s mum Julie revealed that Everton were also interested in signing the duo. He and Ben both have a lot of trophies. Joseph has 54 at our house, which is amazing considering he’s only eight.
As they turned their attention to the Manchester FA Charter Standard Adult Cup Beechfield United’s 1st Team extended their unbeaten run to fifteen games following a 4-0 victory over Irlam FC. This Round One tie proved to be United’s last match of 2007 and they were given a stern test by their young and talented opponents from the Manchester Football League. The air temperature was below zero at pitch level when this evening fixture finally kicked off after a twenty minute delay and United began in a confident and buoyant mood. Midfield ace Steve Erskine was heavily involved as Beechy created some slick passing moves and the Irlam keeper was soon in action making fine saves to deny efforts by Mike Gould and Anthony Weall. Irlam’s youngster’s were obviously determined to make a good impression and their hard working display was reflected in a 0-0 scoreline at the break. The second half was only two minutes old when United took the lead thanks to superb skill by Gould and Mike Brierley finished the move with an accurate close range finish. From that moment Beechy began to dictate the pace of the game and dominated possession for long periods. When Irlam did manage to put any good moves together United’s defence that included Man of the Match Karl Henshaw stood firm and Beechy made it 2-0 in the 70th minute. The Gould and Brierley combination were involved again and it was the latter who made goalscoring look easy as he curled the ball into the corner of the net from 20 yards. Irlam continued to show a spirited resistance but United were in no mood to relax their grip on the game and Mike Brierley netted the third goal as he helped himself to a hat-trick courtesy of another brilliant finish. There was still time for United to create another wonderful flowing move that had both power and pace and it was Anthony Weall who completed the scoring when he hammered the ball low past the keeper at the second attempt. (18/8/07)
The 3rd Team began the New Year with an emphatic 9-1 away win against Bedians FC but according to Manager Andy Wilson the scoreline flattered his team. United were sluggish in the first half which finished level at 1-1 but in the second period they looked much sharper and more confident and took full advantage when Bedians lost a couple of key players due to injury. Once the goals began to arrive at regular intervals the result was never in doubt as United made it fourteen consecutive victories. On target for Beechy were Jack Tierney (2) Andrew Traverse (2) Alex Hunter (2) Stephen Evans, Jamie Sinnott and Brad Loughrey. (5/1/08)
In the Manchester FA Youth Cup the U/13s moved smoothly into the Quarter-Final’s following an easy 6-0 home win over Oswald Road a team from the Tameside and District Junior League. Jason Wood (hat-trick) Jordan Broome (2) and Jamie Forshaw scored the goals. The Under 12′s Girls produced a brilliant all-round display as they narrowly lost 4-2 after a thrilling encounter with Pendlebury United. Beechy who lost heavily the last time the two teams met surprised their opponents by taking the lead and there was a vast improvement in the players ability. Goalscorers were Player of the Match Sarah McManus (2) and Katie Young. (6/1/08)
The First Team breezed into the second round of the Rhodes Cup thanks to a comfortable 5-0 home win over Newton FC. United failed to produce a classic display on their 3G Astroturf Pitch but they did show flashes of their trademark top-quality attacking football. Following a recent spell of adverse weather, this cup tie was one of only three games played in the Lancashire and Cheshire League. Newton relied heavily on the long ball tactic while United, who looked full of confidence moved the ball about with speed and accuracy and took a deserved lead after only five minutes. Aaron Dennis and Mike Brierley were involved in the move which led to Man of the Match Martin Blackshaw racing through unchallenged to cooly side-foot the ball between the Newton keeper’s legs. United created a constant flow of stylish moves down both flanks and Brierley doubled their lead on 23 minutes thanks to a great piece of skill and a sublime finish. Blackshaw made it 3-0 from the penalty spot three minutes later after Danny Rowcroft had been blatantly fouled in the area. United keeper Joe Perry was then forced to make a couple of important saves and he breathed a sigh of relief when a 25 yard shot smacked against the crossbar. Newton hit the bar again late in the second half but United were home and dry by then. Brierley bagged his second goal of the game courtesy of another brilliant finish on 50 minutes. Mike Gould completed the scoring just ninety seconds later when he evaded two strong challenges inside the penalty area and hammered the ball past Newton’s keeper at the second attempt. United wasted several chances to extend their lead and in the latter stages Newton created a few decent counter attacks but United’s defence which included the impressive Paul Brierley and Karl Henshaw remained rock solid. (19/1/08)
In their home game on the 3G Astroturf Pitch United’s Youth Team had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Hollingworth. In blustery conditions the teams failed to hit the target during an evenly balanced first half in which both goalkeepers made several outstanding saves. United deserved to go in front in the 74th minute when Chris Ferris lobbed the ball over the keeper following a accurate cross into the area by Ravi Ravofi but ten minutes later the visitors were gifted their equalising goal. Matthew McNally was voted United’s Man of the Match. The Under 16′s were punished for a lacklustre performance in the North Bury Junior League by Stand Athletic who won the match 8-2. According to disappointed Team Manager Graham Rothwell this result was best forgotten. Tim McQueeney collected the Best Player Award and Ian Black netted both goals. George Jones scored twice for the Under 9′s Storm who inflicted the first defeat of the season on De La Salle. United created some magnificent football and fully deserved their 2-0 victory. Best Player Award went to Charlie Sykes. (26/1/08)
WEALL HITS HAT-TRICK IN FINAL.
The First Team were celebrating after winning the Manchester FA Charter Standard Adult Cup. Anthony Weall scored all of the goals as United defeated Manchester Publicity League team Arches FC 3-0 in a one-sided final at Salford Sports Village to put their name on a highly respected piece of silverware. United dominated the match throughout and played some brilliant football to put the Arches defence under constant pressure. Every United player worked hard in a fine team display and Beechy went ahead on 29 minutes thanks to a quality finish from Weall. It was 2-0 just five minutes later as Weall curled the ball into the top corner after latching on to a superb long pass by Man of the Match Danny Rowcroft. And Weall completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute, beating the offside trap and hammering the ball home following good work by Rowcroft, Steve Erskine and Luke Mather. (26/2/2008)
Beechfield United First Team – Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League Premier Division Champions. P 26 W 20 D 1 L 5 Goals For 89 Against 45 Points 61. Manchester FA Challenge Trophy Final Beechfield United 1 v Blackley FC 3. (3/4/2008) Manchester FA Charter Standard Adult Cup Winners – Beechfield United.
Beechfield United A Team – Division D Champions. P 26 W 25 D1 L 0 Goals For 152 Against 28 Points 76. Whitehead Cup Final Beechfield United 2 v Stoconians 1. Goalscorers Stephen Evans & Mike Leach. (5/5/2008)
Youth Team. P 14 W 8 D 2 L 4 Goals For 51 Against 33 Points 26. The Youth Team who were only assembled three days before their first official fixture (8/9/2007) made a superb start to the season when they won 6-2 away at Radcliffe Borough Juniors. Despite going a goal down United responded superbly and were leading 4-1 at half time and though Radcliffe Borough’s all-round performance improved in the second half United were able to step up a gear and cruise to a comfortable victory. Goalscorers were Chris Ferris (2) Matthew McNally (2) Steven Griffiths and Sam Linstrom.
City of Salford Soccer League Honours List. Under 7s Fun Competition Winners – Beechfield Storm (Team Manager-Gareth Kent) Under 8s Division 2 Runners Up – Beechfield Tornado (Team Manager-Gary Parker) Under 8s Fun Competition Runners Up – Beechfield Storm (Team Manager-Gary Davies) Under 8s Fun Competition Winners – Beechfield Tornado (Team Manager-Gary Parker) Under 9s Division 1 Runners Up – Beechfield Storm (Team Manager-John Doyle) Under 10s Supplementary Cup Winners – Beechfield Tornado (Team Manager-Phil Lockett) Under 12s Girls Supplementary Cup Runners Up – Beechfield United Girls. (Team Manager-Ged Goodwin.
Details of the 2008 Soccer Festival :- U/8s – Winners – Pendlebury United Pumas Runners-Up – Greenalls JFC U/9s – Winners – Denton Youth Blue R/Up – Chaddy End U/10s – Winners – Houldsworth Juniors R/Up – Ysceiflog Wolves U/11s – Winners – Middleton Boys R/Up – Langworthy Juniors U/12s (Girls) – Winners – Moston Valley R/Up – Bury FC Girls U/12s – Winners – Northside JFC R/Up – Unicorn Athletic U/13s – Winners – Old Alts R/Up – Moston Juniors U/14s – Winners – North Walkden R/Up – Chaddy End. Both Lee Sharpe (Manchester United and Kevin Campbell (Everton FC) made personal appearances at the festival.
At the Senior Section Presentation Event the end of season award winners were :- 1st Team – PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Karl Henshaw PLAYERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Joe Perry MANAGERS MERIT AWARD – Steve Erskine. 2nd Team POTY – Scott Fisher PPOTY – Lee Wallis MMA – Ross Sutherland 3rd Team – POTY – Alex Hunter PPOTY – Brad Loughrey U/18s Youth Team – POTY – Paul Smith PPOTY – James Newton MMA – Matthew McNally.
Presentation Event for the Mini-Soccer/Junior Section was held at the Willows Variety Centre. Individual Trophies were presented to :- Under 12s – PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Daniel Melody SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR – Jake Dutton MANAGERS MERIT AWARD – Michael Alker Under 12s (Girls) POTY – Georgia Fisher SPOTY – Courtney Fisher MMA – Sarah McManus Under 13s – POTY – Kevin Masirika SOTY – Conrad Lee MMA – Josh Woolley Under 16s – POTY – Sam Viller SOTY – Mike Riordan MMA – Chris Lamb. DEVELOPMENT CLUB AWARD – David Williams BARRY SALISBURY AWARD – Colin Duff.
COLIN RODEN MEMORIAL TROPHY – (Team of the Year) – U/7s – Louis Wright U/8s – Jacob Royle U/9s – Ellie Cook U/10s – Ben Lockett U/11s – Joel Sharples U/12s – Nathan Hamer U12s (Girls) – Emma Millidge U/13s – Jordan Broome U/16s – Tim McQueeney. MANAGER OF THE YEAR – Phil Lockett. (May 2008)
The Under 7s Tornados took part in the Manchester Maccabi Tournament. They beat Maccabi Lions 1-0 thanks to a goal by Jack Farrell, drew 0-0 with Moorside Rangers Blue, lost 3-0 to Failsworth Dynamos then defeated South Manchester 2-0 courtesy of a both goals from Joshua Reynolds. A couple of friendly fixtures were arranged against local opposition. Jack Farrell (2) Joshua Reynolds, Harry Cottrill and Player of the Match Charlie Bennett were the goalscorers in a 5-2 victory against Moorside Blue. Then Joshua (2) and Charlie were on target when Beechy went down 4-3 to De La Salle. (May 2008)
Beechfield United Under 8s Tornados were awarded a Fair Play Trophy at the Salford Mini-Soccer Festival held at Salford Sports Village. The team won all their games against quality opponents thanks to goals by Captain Connor Reid, Tristan Ainsworth. Finley Walker and Ben Moseley. Making up a squad of eight players were Reiss Billingham, Oliver Billingham, Jacob Royle and Joe Akerman. (June 2008)