Tipton Youth 4:4 Stonnall Phoenix
Squiggy 2, DJ, Dylan
A Remembrance Sunday rollercoaster of a game saw the top two teams share an eight goal thriller and ensured Phoenix remain just three points behind the leaders.
A minute’s silence was impeccably observed by players, officials and supporters alike before kick-off to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and these sides put on a match to remember too. Phoenix started the more progressive and scored first in the 13th minute through DJ who found the far corner after cutting in from the right wing to collect a pass from Squiggy.
The hosts equalised though three minutes later when their talented centre forward turned in the box and finished well. The game was fast paced and both teams had a number of corners, one of which was met by Dylan with a superb header which was blocked on the line. Then after 25 mins, DJ returned the favour and crossed for Squiggy to score to make it 2:1 to the visitors.
After half-time, Stonnall continued to have the upper hand and after good battling by Bezza in the 46th minute, Benno knocked the ball onto Squiggy who scored spectacularly in the top corner for his second of the match and tenth in four games. At 3:1 Phoenix had a cushion and when Charlie hit the bar with a free kick there looked to be only one winner.
The home side, however, got back into the game with a finish from inside the area and an individual run by No7 to bring the scores level. With Tipton’s confidence now high, another forward run and finish gave them the lead at 4:3. These three goals had all come in a six minute period up to the hour mark and with only ten minutes left, Tipton were looking to consolidate their lead but Phoenix continued to play good football.
The industrious Jacko was battling well on the right of midfield and won a free kick which resulted in a corner. Squiggy took it and the ball fell to Dylan at the far post who scored his first goal for the club to equalise at 4:4. The remaining minutes were played with both teams looking for a winner but ended in a draw.
To have gone toe to toe with a top team like Tipton is a good measure of how far the team has come so far this season.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
This was a top two clash that gave end to end football, as expected when playing Tipton Youth, they give you very little and take everything they can.
The positive for us was we played the exact same way making this a great game played by two teams who try to play good football, I have great respect for this team of players and their coaches.
Again our back four of Zack, Dylan, Harry, Sedgy were superb, putting the goals conceded aside, these lads worked very hard too against very good attacking players, we need to keep concentration (vision Tom!)
Good learning points to discuss at training.
I was very pleased with a point from this game we knew it was a going to be a hard fought game, I had a chat with Alex before the game and asked him to do certain things which would help his team, Alex took it on board and tried what we’d discussed at each opportunity – thank you Alex.
With Sedgy limping off with a groin strain Tom dropped from CM to RWB where he played with comfort, allowing a further change to midfield with Charlie.
Jack your introduction to RW was instrumental, your strength and determination got us two free kicks when you had to be wrestled to the ground, keep working hard Jack in these 35mins we need to increase this time by 10 mins now (fitness!) thank you Jack for your efforts and determination – very pleased.
Squiggy has found some magic in those boots! On the score sheet for the fourth week – exceptionally pleased with your contribution and work rate – thank you Ash.
Charlie I was pleased with your attitude during the game, telling your own player to never kick a ball away was very respectful to the game and your team.
What a free kick! To hit the top corner of the post/bar from almost the half way line was terrific power that had myself and Wayne, and the parents holding their heads thinking it was in, a good attitude will always give a good performance.
The teams new central defender Dylan deserves a well earned mention.
For several weeks he has ‘almost scored’ from set pieces, today he got his first (of many we hope) goal for the team from a corner that gave us the equalising goal of 4-4 what a time to score your first goal?!
On behalf of the team and supporters well done Dylan it was great to see you finally get it over the line!
This week was very difficult to award MOTM which proves the advance of players progression, however after much thought I have decided to share this week’s award.
Alex for doing exactly what I asked of you in your first half.
Jack for your second half of determination and effort – you must take confidence from this Jack and try to push on.
Well done Alex and Jack.
Very well done lads, although we were 3-1 up and drew 4-4 we showed great character and attitude. A point against Tipton is nothing to be down about!