Stonnall Phoenix 7 : 3 Perton Hammers
Squiggy 3, Charlie 2, Benno, Mac
On a chilly and windy November day, Stonnall Phoenix recorded their third win in a row to continue an exciting climb up the table.
Again it took some time for the teams to settle into a rhythm and it was, after long periods of pressure, Phoenix that made the breakthrough. Following a presentation before the game for his hat-trick in the last match, Squiggy played with confidence throughout the game and after being put through after 14 mins by Charlie finished well for 1:0.
The game continued in the same vein after the goal. Perton found it difficult to get a foothold in the game as any ball out of their area was dealt with by the Phoenix back four of Sedgy, Dylan, Harry and Zack. Squiggy made several left wing runs and in the 32nd minute crossed the ball for Benno to control and prod home for the second goal.
After half-time, with the visitors now kicking with the wind downhill, it was important that the home side didn’t defend too deep. It only took 4 mins, though, for Squiggy to receive a pass on the half way line, weave his way down the left, cut in and finish decisively to make the score 3:0. It was Crusher who provided that pass, and along with his fellow subs, Jacko and DJ made a significant second half impact.
Mac then got the fourth goal three minutes later by being in the right place to provide the finishing touch to a cross by DJ and when Charlie, who had been typically dynamic in midfield, made the score 5:0 with a cheeky volley from Sedgy’s cross, it looked like one way traffic. However, Perton enjoyed the next few minutes and got on the score sheet from a corner. Then an own goal and a fierce free kick gave the visitors respectability (and the home supporters the jitters!).
At 5:3, it didn’t seem to reflect Stonnall’s dominance but in the space of two minutes before the final whistle, Squiggy completed his second hat-trick with another assist from the incisive DJ and then Charlie scored his second spectacularly with a free kick from the edge of the centre circle to make the final score 7:3.
Overall, it was an exciting, frenetic match in which the lads played their distinctive, entertaining brand of football and showed that they are improving with every game.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
Apologies, work seems to have taken over my life this week!
A very good display of football from you all. You played as a complete team.
Squiggy was inspirational again with another hat-trick – 7 in 2 games, very well done Ash.
The team are now starting to communicate more which is helping with pitch management and individual encouragement.
The balance of the team, especially in the first half was more effective to the way we set about playing.
Just a few topics to discuss at training and hopefully put right in a session.
On the whole a fantastic performance from everyone.
Keep it up lads!
Until I had a phone call on Wednesday from another coach who had come to watch our game it was a little difficult to select a MOTM, however after hearing his comments I decided to award MOTM to Charlie.
He was described as having great vision and played all the time with his head up looking for players before he had the ball!!!!!
How many times have we discussed this???? 😀
Very pleasing comments – well done Charlie.
Well done Ash on another hatrick.
Well done to the team on a great performance, scoring 7 goals in D2 shows our progress.