POSTED: February 13 2017 10:23:47. By Oscar Courtney - URMSTON TOWN U7 STORM V U7 TORNADOES

Saturday 11th February, Lostock Fields, KO 11am, League.

When we played Urmston Storm, back in October, there was a sizeable gap in ability and Urmston won the game comfortably. This time, on a bitter February morning, there was a lot less to choose between the two teams. That we've improved drastically was there for all to see. In my eyes the contest was more than even, and there was little between the teams, when Urmston took the lead about half way through the first half. Undaunted, shall we say, by a rather 'lenient interpretation of the retreat rule' the Tornadoes took the game to Urmston, forcing a succession of corners. One particular set piece from Alfie saw his effort strike the post with Dylan sadly unable to convert the rebound. However, minutes after that setback parents and managers alike were treated to the goal of the game. George collected the ball in his own half and decided that he would drive forward with it. Picking up momentum, dodging several challenges and getting up after being felled outside the opposition area, George motored on and dispatched a lovely shot in to the corner of the Urmston net. It was a fantastic equaliser that George Best himself would have been proud of and it marked George's first ever goal for Beechfield United! Not long after this though there was another setback when Urmston netted again, with the goal being allowed to stand despite protestations from the Beechfield bench. At half time, and although the boys were freezing and it was a very big pitch that they were playing on, I urged them to keep going, as they were still very much in the tie. Shortly after the resumption of hostilities the Tornadoes got the equaliser they deserved after some excellent work and combination play from Jack and Alfie. Alfie's shot, from a narrow angle, took a decisive deflection off Jack's legs and spinned just over the line. Now with their tails up the Tornadoes went for the winner but it wasn't to be as we just failed to convert our chances, despite being awarded a multitude of free kicks. Sadly, an injury to Logan just outside our area saw the free kick strangely being awarded to Urmston. Urmston took their chance to go ahead again and scored from the resultant free kick. Not long after they scored another from a breakaway and that was it, game over. In my opinion a lot happened to conspire against us but I was extremely proud of the boys. They accepted everything that was thrown against them with good grace and they played football the right way and in the right spirit. If they carry on with that attitude they will get their rewards! MOTM went to George Wadeson for a truly special goal, his first ever for the U7 Tornadoes. Overall boys you can be proud of yourselves!

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