Great Barr Harriers 1:7 Stonnall Phoenix
Squiggy 4, Benno, Charlie, DJ
Stonnall Phoenix continued their recent good form by beating Great Barr Harriers for the best win of the season so far.
Both teams started the match with attacking intent but with a crowded, competitive midfield, it was going to take quality, incisive play to get the breakthrough. The home side nearly opened the scoring but a goalbound shot was acrobatically cleared off the line by Dylan.
It was Phoenix, though, who took the lead with Benno finishing well after a ball from Squiggy in the 17th minute. Then just four minutes later, following good defensive play by Sedgy, Charlie slipped Squiggy through who scored to double the lead. Squiggy was a constant threat and after 24 mins was in the right place to score his second when the ball came to him in the penalty area for 0:3. Dylan had a couple of headers from corners but the score remained the same at halftime.
At the start of the second half, Great Barr were looking to get back into the game and enjoyed their best period of possession but were repelled by a resolute back line. in the 42nd minute, one of these defensive clearances by Dylan was controlled by Squiggy who ran in on goal and shot into the net for his well deserved hatrick. He then provided Charlie three minutes later who scored for 0:5 and Squiggy scored again in the 47th minute for his fourth goal of the match.0:6.
Great Barr got on the scoresheet when a rebound off the crossbar was finished well but after 53 mins, DJ scored with an angled shot across the goalkeeper after a through ball by Harry.
The final score of 1:7 would suggest an easy win but it was only as a result of the Phoenix lads playing as a team and putting into practice Neil and Wayne’s training. The defence and Alfie communicated well; Alex and Bezza added quality to the midfield with some neat touches; Jacko provided strength and determination; and the combination of Charlie and Squiggy was especially effective with their driving runs.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
Well done lads.
A good performance all round, although we have played a more complete game.
Both teams struggled to get their foot on the ball for the first 10 mins or so, which gave the game a scrappy view.
Very pleased for Squiggy, after moving from the wing to play striker a few times previously and becoming frustrated, today he was brilliant and got himself 4 goals; 2 of them from fantastic balls from Charlie and Dylan followed by speed and clinical finishing.
Once we settled down we played some good entertaining football.
With Mac and Tom away Harry stood in at centre defence and showed determination along side a confident and composed Dylan who rarely put a foot wrong and made a great recovery run behind his keeper to clear from the line saving us from going 1 down.
Ben reacted well to get on the end of a shot from Squiggy, Charlie worked hard through midfield to get his goal – determination to finish was good to see.
DJ came back on with 15 mins to go to get on the score sheet with a neat finish into the corner.
Alex – well done today! Started and played the whole game, determination showed today Alex, let’s build on this.
It was a shame to concede a late goal. I’m sure Alfie, whose kicks were brilliant and improved, would have preferred a clean sheet!
MOTM was awarded to Ash ‘Squiggy‘ for doing what we discussed resulting in his 4 quality goals – well done Ash!
Well done lads. Neil.
At the start we were scrapp,y we should have scored more and been more decisive and we need to get the ball under control and play football. We need to make the right choices.