POSTED: May 30 2018 21:34:59. By Keith Long - Beechy Archive 2017-2018 Season

Twenty Four registered teams will kick-off the 2017/2018 season playing in various leagues, Bolton Bury and District League, Salford and District League, Manchester Football League, Manchester Saturday Morning Football League, Greater Manchester Women's League.


Pitches used by Mini-Soccer, Junior Section and Senior Section teams are situated at Beech Farm Playing Fields, Stott Lane Playing Fields, Bolton Road Playing Fields and Salford Sports Village.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Colin Duff, Keith Long, Phil Lockett, Martin Belcher, Paula James, Dave Allen, Richard Jackson, Sean Cox, Shaun Chase, Katherine Wharton, Stuart O'Brien, Wayne Miller.

GOVERNING BODY: Manchester Football Association Platt Lane Complex, The Complex Building, Yew Tree Road Fallowfield M14 7UU Tel; 0161-225-1966 Website BUFC Affiliation Number 2017/2018 T-MAN1688.

NEW TEAM MANAGERS: Martin Wardle (U/7's STORM) Gareth Booth (U/8's LIGHTNING) Stephen Holland (U/8's STORM) Kennedy Chirwa (U/10's HURRICANES)

The 1ST TEAM kicked-off the 2017/2018 Season in the Manchester Football League on Saturday 12th August. United's opening Division 1 fixture was an away game against Pennington FC and goals by Craig Massey and Jordan Jones-Waite earned Beechy a 2-0 win. In the Manchester Saturday Morning League United's SATURDAY MORNING SENIOR TEAM faced a tough opening First Division game on Saturday 9th September when they travelled to play AFC Middleton. Damon Whitbread was voted Best Player and Scott Foulds, Wes Pierce and Dave Harrison were on target for United who suffered a 5-3 defeat. On Sunday 3rd September BEECHFIELD UNITED LADIES began their fifth successive season in the Greater Manchester Womens League away to Bolton Lads and Girls but Beechy ended up on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line. Seven days later Beechy played Bolton Wanderers Ladies at Salford Sports Village and thanks to goals from Becky McDonald, Debbie Wright and Natasha Herity celebrated a 3-2 victory. Stacy Partridge was Player of the Match.

Carl Ravenscroft and Jordan Jones-Waite fired in the goals as the 1ST TEAM made it two successive 2-0 victories when they met Manchester Central at SSV. (19/8/2017)

Making it a hat trick of Division 1 victories the 1ST TEAM briefly held top-spot in the table after their 3-2 away win over Elton Vale. On target with the goals were Jordan Jones-Waite, Rob Lockley and Mike Phythian (penalty) (26/8/2017)

Two of United's teams who play in the Bolton Bury and District League kicked-off their season. At home to Prestwich Marauders at Stott Lane the U/14's TORNADOES dominated a large percentage of this Section E fixture but were handicapped following injuries to two key defenders and were beaten 7-4. Goalscorers were Man of the Match Charlie Wallwork (2) Ellis Kenny and Mathew Bennett. (9/9/2017)

Promoted to Section B the U/17's TORNADOES were also at home for their opening day fixture. Beechy led 2-0 and 3-1 though opponents AFC Dobbies Blacks fought back and made it 3-3 though the Tornadoes regained their grip on the game and sealed a deserved 7-3 victory. Troy Walker (2) Kai Mitchell (2) Mason White, Taylor Schofield and Louis Lawrence got the goals. (9/9/2017)

For the second successive Saturday morning there were just two official league games played in the Junior Section. The U/17's TORNADOES took a 2-0 lead in their away game at Seedfield Sports but the home side had managed to reduce the arrears by half time. After going 3-1 up Beechy were not happy when they were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw after a couple of poor refereeing decisions gifted Seedfield two more goals. On target for the Tornadoes were Lucas Morgan (2) and Louis Lawrence. (16/9/2017)

Also playing away were Beechy U/14's TORNADOES who were in action against Adlington JFC Lazers. Always the better team throughout the match United kept a tight grip on the game and were rewarded with a 2-1 victory. The Tornadoes had two perfectly good goals disallowed plus a Beechy player missed a penalty and late in the game Adlington Lazers were reduced to ten players following a red card incident. Goalscorers were Fernley Davies and Charlie Wallwork who got the match winner. (16/9/2017)

The Salford and District Junior League got their season underway and eleven Beechy teams were in action. At Littleton Road the U/16's STORM fought out a 3-3 draw with Urmston Town Ravens. Joe Cox, Tyler Davies and Fabian Yanny scored the goals and Josh Hayes was named Man of the Match. (23/9/2017)

Beechy U13's THUNDER were at home against Deans Tigers and making a positive start were rewarded with the opening goal through Jake O'Sullivan. Deans fought back and equalised but United quickly regained the lead when following a powerful solo run Prince Idusuyi produced a neat finish. There was little to choose between the teams though Deans got back level again making it 2-2 at the break. Deans looked the stronger team after the restart forcing Beechy to do some resolute defending. Finding fresh impetus Thunder led 3-2 after a tremendous free kick taken by Jake Glass and suddenly dominating the match Beechy added two more goals when Prince Idusuyi completed his hat trick. United led 5-2 with ten minutes remaining but due to complacency and a lack of discipline conceded three goals and were forced to settle for a 5-5 draw. (23/9/2017)

Away to Manchester Rovers in the Female County Cup were BEECHY LADIES who won this Round One tie. Controlling the game throughout Beechy led 2-0 at the interval limiting Manchester Rovers to just a few goal scoring chances. Following more good football in the second half United added three more goals to secure a comfortable 5-0 victory. Natasha Herity (2) Nicola Rushton, Jennifer Mutch and Elina Parker scored the goals. (24/9/2017)

Making a winning start to the season were the U/12's TORNADOES (9v9) who had a Sunday fixture against Manchester Maccabi Cubs. Charlie Mulvenna helped himself to a hat-trick, Theo Valentine scored two goals plus there was one apiece for Bradley Oliver and Jack Fitton. Beechy who named Rafael Silviera as their Man of the Match looked in good form as they clinched a 7-3 victory. (24/9/2017)

The Midland Hotel was the venue for Manchester FA's Annual Grassroots Awards 2017 Ceremony held on Friday 10th November 2017. Any member of the grassroots community who has volunteered and served 10,15,25 or 50 years is eligible to receive an appropriate souvenir to commemorate their achievement. Congratulations to officials Martin Belcher, Chris Cottrill, Sean Cox and Stuart O'Brien who have all completed ten years with the club and Graham Rothwell who joined Beechy in 2002.

Local rivals Moorside Rangers Red were the U/13's STORM'S opponents in the Challenge Cup at Beech Farm. It was a closely fought tie but Rangers went through to the next round following a 2-1 win. Joe Irving was the Storm's Star Player while Ben Garlick score Beechy's consolation goal. (30/9/2017)

Producing a real profession performance were the U/11's STORM (9v9) who's latest Development Group Red Division fixture was at home to Moorside Rangers Red. There were hat-tricks for Man of the Match Georgi Georgiev and Caden Gibson and two goals for Freddie Jackson. Both Alfie Gee and Sonny O'Brien were outstanding in midfield plus some great passing from Reece James. (30/9/2017)

In their Development Group Blue Division away game with Stretford Victoria Albion the U/8's TORNADOES hit top-form and secured a comfortable victory. Beechy's goals came via a spectacular five from Daire Cox, a hat-trick for Stewart Kay and one goal each for both Jack McMinn and George Wadeson. Man of the Match was Stewart Kay for a fantastic hard working display in defence then left side of midfield. (30/9/2017)

Involved in a high scoring Division 1 fixture were the U/12's STORM (9v9) who had home advantage against Sale United and in the second half the teams scored a total of eleven goals between them. Tawonga Chirwa was Man of the Match and goals for Beechy were fired in by Jack Manion, Oliver Lawton and Ben Delaney. (7/10/2017)

At home to Deans Youth Panthers in the Development Group Yellow Division were the U/11's LIGHTNING (9v9) Robert Harris and David Olidoy were on target in this match that included ten goals. (7/10/2017)

Taking a break from their league duties the SATURDAY MORNING SENIOR TEAM were in action in the Manchester Amateur Cup. At Salford Sports Village United met Deans FC in a 2nd Round tie and secured a comfortable 6-0 win. Making his full debut for Beechy was Matthew Glynn-Meacher who made a confident start in his role of left back. Max Leonard (2) Matthew McCusker (2) and Wes Pierce (2) got the goals. (7/10/2017)

The U/16's STORM suffered their first defeat of the season following their Division 1 home game with local rivals Moorside Rangers Blue who won the match 2-1. United who were 2-0 down at the break fought back in the second half and reduced the arrears with what proved to be their consolation goal via Tyler Davies. The Best Player award went to Jake Noakes. (14/10/2017)

Still searching for their first win of the season are the U/12's STORM (9v9) who have found it tough going in their last four games. The Storm's latest Division 1 fixture was away at Barr Hill Diamonds and Oliver Lawton netted a consolation goal in an 8-1 defeat. Develle Wrigley was voted Man of the Match. (14/10/2017)

Sharing six goals with opponents Deans Youth Panthers were Beechy U/11's LIGHTNING. In this Development Group Yellow Division fixture the teams adapted well to the tricky conditions. Goals for United came via David Olidoy, Matthew Corry and Man of the Match Joel Idejusi. (21/10/2017)

Playing on Sunday morning were the U/8's TORNADOES who were at home to South Manchester Lions. A strong gusty wind made it difficult for the players of both teams throughout this Development Group Blue Division match. Jack McMinn scored a consolation goal for the Tornadoes and voted Player of the Match was Alfie Lacey. (22/10/2017)

In the U/8's Development Group Blue Division the match between Beechy LIGHTNING and Monton Sports was a closely fought affair. Beechy who lost by the odd goal in seven played really well during the contest. On target with the goals were Oliver Eckersley and Brodie Mundy plus there was a superb display from Kyle Tandy who's work rate was fantastic. (28/10/2017)

A determined and brave display by the U/11's TYPHOON (9v9) went unrewarded following their Development Group Blue Division game with De La Salle Devils. Freddie Latham and Man of the Match Joseph Bothamley produced some superb defending while upfront Beechy struggled to create chances. (28/10/2017)

After making the thirty two mile journey to play Chapel Town an in-form 1st Team secured a 3-1 win and took over as Division 1 leaders. Following a goalless first half Beechy took the lead in the 50th minute through Rob Lockley but Chapel Town were soon back on level terms. In a fiercely contested encounter Jamie Sinnott put United back in front after seventy eight minutes and Craig Massey made sure of the victory when he completed the scoring. (28/10/2017)

Playing at home were the U/7's STORM who's opponents in the Development Group Blue Division were Monton Sports Tigers. Man of the Match Beck Baxter, Reuben Wardle and Harry Wallis scored the goals as Beechy rediscovered the winning formula. (4/11/2017)

Anthony Hughes netted a consolation goal for the U/9's TORNADOES in their friendly match with Flixton Juniors. It was a close game but Flixton managed to get two more goals in the second half to secure victory. Matty Cox received the Man of the Match award. (4/11/2017)

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