Match Report – May 7th

Newby Lions   4:2   Stonnall Phoenix

Jack, Mac

The last match of the season for these teams would mean the winner was guaranteed second position in Div 2 and it was Newby Lions who came out on top.

The home side went ahead in the 11th minute when the diminutive forward wriggled free and scored for 1:0. But Stonnall played the more attractive football and just three minutes later were rewarded with the equaliser when Dylan headed a Squiggy corner goalwards and after a scramble the ball bounced to Jacko who made no mistake for 1:1.

The remainder of the half was competitively played with chances for both sides but at half time it was finely poised.

The start of the second half was dominated by Phoenix playing some attractive passing football but, playing on the break, the Newby forward got free of his marker and scored their second to make the score 2:1 after 46 mins.

Stonnall went in search of the equaliser and played a number of good through balls for Mac to run onto but the hosts’ defence were quick to snuff out any trouble.

Following one such attack after 58 mins, a Newby winger found space and ran in on goal to give the home side a cushion at 3:1. Stonnall came back though and three minutes later after good work by Jacko on the right, he hooked the ball into the six yard box and the ever willing Mac was able to finish to reward his hard work. That made the score 3:2 and gave the visitors a chance to at least share the points, although Newby would have the advantage of a superior goal difference.

The great effort in pressing forwards inevitably left gaps at the back and Newby Lions sealed the game with a long distance strike in the 63rd minute and the game finished 4:2.

The game and the all important points went to Newby and they finish as runners up to Tipton Youth. Stonnall Phoenix having just missed out on the top two can be proud of the performances in this the first season in Div 2 after two successive promotions and can look forward to continued success next season.

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