Sept 4th and 6th friendlies

Stonnall Phoenix   0:5   Tipton Youth

Stonnall Phoenix   5:1   St Georges

Tom 3, DJ, Charlie

 

Phoenix kicked off the season with two friendlies against challenging opposition.

Tipton, who shared in three close games last season with Stonnall were too strong this time out having already played four friendlies before this evening match. They were quicker and stronger and looked to have added some quality signings.

We wish them well in Division 1 this season.

Two days later, however, Stonnall Phoenix won handsomely against St Georges from the Lichfield League.

The visitors got off to a good start and took the lead on 3 mins. Stonnall then settled and started to play better with good possession and four minutes into the second half, a shot was saved by the opposition keeper but fell to new signing Tom who slotted home for the equaliser.

Phoenix continued to press and work for each other. DJ was making his trademark right wing runs and his snap shot deflected off a defender to give Stonnall the lead in the 52nd minute. Then four minutes later the home side extended the lead with the move of the match. A quick thinking Alfie released the ball to Jack, making his debut at right back, who passed the ball down the line for Rhys to run on to. The new signing then managed a suberb stretching cross to the back post for Tom who made no mistake for his second of the match to make it 3:1.

The game was more stretched now and the visitors looked to be tiring and in the 63rd minute, Charlie won the ball in midfield and fed it through to Tom who completed his hat trick with a confident strike from the edge of the area. There was still time for Charlie to add a fifth when the space opened up in front of goal inviting the midfielder to shoot, which he did unerringly in the 66th minute to complete the game with a 5:1 victory.

We wish St Georges a good season in the Lichfield League.

Overall, the two friendlies were a good competitive test for the lads including five debutants and showed a progression to give the team confidence going into the new season.

Message from the Manager

It’s good to be back!!
With a well deserved break over the summer holidays the lads are now back in training with two friendlies played and the cobwebs well and truly blown off.

Tipton Youth 5
Stonnall Phoenix 0

This game was Tipton’s 5th friendly, and they let us know about it!
We barely got in gear in the first half but from some bad will come some good…..
Second half saw a more competitive edge to us but far from the football the lads can play.
On behalf of Stonnall Phoenix I would like to wish Tipton very best wishes for their season ahead in D1.

St. Georges 1
Stonnall Phoenix 5

This was our second friendly and as I said previously from some bad will come some good.
The lads played a little more like themselves, sharing some early chances with St Goerges taking the early lead.
After the break the lads went about their business with determination pressing and restricting very well.
Three new players were on show; Tom, Rhys and Jack, all did themselves proud and will be a a great asset to team as they progress and settle down, none more so than Tom who bagged himself a hatrick!
DJ also got the score sheet from close range with a little deflection and Charlie chipped in with his usual thunder bolt from around 25yds.
No Tom (Crusher) and new player Freddie (injuries) the lads shared good pitch time.

The season ahead will again be challenging, narrowly missing out on promotion last season the lads have a feel for it again this year.
Let’s get behind them and give them the support they so well deserve, although we want our lads to get the result they want please give support and applause to the opposition.
Remember, encouragement and praise can be priceless to some no matter who it comes from.

Have a great injury free, enjoyable and hopefully successful season lads. Your Sunday game starts at training on Saturdays! 👍🏻⚽

Neil

 

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