Stonnall Phoenix 2:3 Brereton Town Ravens
A fluctuating match resulted in Brereton claiming the points after coming from behind.
Phoenix started the game on the front foot despite playing into the gusty wind and enjoyed a dominant first quarter and after five minutes the home side deservedly took the lead. Sedgy won the ball in the right back area and played it up the wing to Mac who turned and fed Squiggy. The top scorer then raced into the penalty area and played in the advancing Mac who finished the attractive move by scoring for a 1:0 lead.
This was Stonnall’s fastest goal of the season and the lads continued to have the upper hand. They controlled the play with solid defending until an innocuous right wing attack by the visitors resulted in a defensive deflection which unluckily eluded Alfie in goal and gave Brereton an unexpected equaliser in the 15th minute.
This was the turning point of the game. From being under pressure, the away side now had renewed confidence and found themselves in the ascendancy. This materialised with a second goal from distance on 20 mins for a 1:2 lead.
The rest of the half was evenly shared but was annotated with niggley free kicks given to Brereton which interrupted the flow of the game. Stonnall kept pressing and eventually, with the last phase of first half play equalised to ensure parity at the break. With his second goal of the game, Mac finished well from Bezza’s assist.
With the wind now in Phoenix’s favour, the lads had the majority of the play but apart from half chances, the ball just wouldn’t fall for the home side. Despite captain Charlie marshalling matters in midfield and Mac having a couple of chances for his hat trick, the inner wouldn’t come and it looked like a frustrating draw.
Brereton however, defended well, played on the break and with just three minutes left sealed the points with a ball threaded through the their talented forward who ran in on goal, held off Stonnall’s defenders and prodded the ball into the net for a 2:3 win.
From a position of dominance, the game unluckily turned against Stonnall Phoenix, but the away side then coped better with the conditions to claim the win. Stonnall lost Charlie to injury after the match and the club wish him all the best in his recovery.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
This was a complete contrast to the previous weeks cup game.
I wasn’t disappointed as much as a little frustrated, it was game to compare both weeks and hopefully understand the differences.
We settled in to the first half with the wind against us very well.
The first goal came from Mac in a poachers’ position to get on the end of a brilliant phase of play.
I have to say both goals from Brereton were from our own irresponsibility which we will discuss in training on Saturday.
Our second goal again from Mac was superbly put away after a lovely little through ball from Beza, well done Beza for showing creativity and releasing a timely pass.
A few players were off their game and I’m sure this will be their own admission when they reflect.
No one lets this team down so don’t put that pressure on yourselves – I know what result you want from the game but please remember how fortunate you are to be able to play football and go home to enjoy the rest of your day, our opposition want the same result as you do – it’s your competition to be the most competitive firstly as an individual followed by a team effort.
Unfortunately we have lost our Captain and CM Charlie possibly for the rest of the season with a fractured ankle, we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Heads up lads we have great players who make a great team with great parents/supporters.
Lessons to be learned lads!!! 👍🏻⚽️
This week I decided to award MOTM to Mac –
Not just for his two goals but in the last two games he has showed great strength and determination against some physical defenders. Never lets his head drop and never stops running. Tom, Sedgy you were just pipped by Mac this week so keep your efforts going!
Didn’t play as well as we can do, seemed to have an off day.
If I got frustrated at times I’m sorry, I sometimes get over passionate.
Well now I’m out for sometime I hope you can do well for me for the rest of the season.
I will be there each week to push you on but someone needs to be captain now.
Any volunteers let me know and I’ll put you forward to the manager.
Come on lads you have to work even harder now – hope Ben’s back then this week.