Date: 23rd April 2016
Stonnall Phoenix 1:0 Wednesbury Sports Union
This was the penultimate game in the Spring Cup and one of Phoenix’s best results of the season.
The previous match against Wednesbury in a different competition had been won by the Div1 team 4:1 but Stonnall started this one on top with good pressure in the opposition half and the lads found the breakthrough in only the third minute. Harry’s ball infield to Charlie following a throw-in led to a shot from the captain which the keeper saved but Mac followed up well to score his third goal in four matches.
The rest of the first half saw the teams share possession and although the Wednesbury forwards were getting into good positions, Stonnall’s defensive line of Zac, Benno and Sedgy held firm, closing down and restricting space. When a shot did get through then Pembo was well positioned to save.
Stonnall were breaking forward well, particularly with Mac running on to the through balls or holding the ball up and playing in his teammates. On one such occasion, Charlie’s shot hit the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line. Jacko also broke into the box after a persistent run and shot just over the bar.
The second half followed a similar pattern with chances at both ends but Phoenix’s defence proved resilient and Pembo was on top form with a number of match winning saves.
On the final whistle, the lads’ reaction showed they knew they had achieved a fantastic result against very good opposition.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
Well done lads on a gritty determined performance against a team who ran out 4-1 winners the last time we met 4 games previously.
We have talked about tempo and method many times over the last several training sessions, playing these D1 teams has allowed you to witness/realise more than our conversations.
Remember we talked about discipline and concentration?
This was one of those games where it was needed.
Mac‘s patience and positioning is paying off with 3 in 4 games now, at the other end Pembo‘s kicks are helping the team to position themselves in a more positive set up, along with some great positional saves.
From Pembo to Mac and in between it was a great performance.
It was good to see Jacko working his way in to the box with great confidence, and Benno who had a really solid performance at centre of defence.
A very pleasing performance from every one.
MOTM: Due to the displays of both our striker and goal keeper I have decided to award Mackenzie and Pembo our Man Of The Match award.
Mac has now scored 3 in 4 and worked really well running through the channels against a good defender.
Pembo has worked hard on his goal kicks, made several quality saves and kept another clean sheet.
Well done lads.
I thought we dug in well and fought and battled hard.
A great follow up from Mac gave us our goal, if it wasn’t for their number 3 I’m sure we would have scored more because we created loads of chances – he was a good defender.