Stonnall Phoenix 2:3 Wolverhampton Utd
Wolverhampton won this tight match with a late winner following a fightback by Stonnall Phoenix.
Both sides started the game testing each other’s defences with the Stonnall dominating the play. Charlie had come close with a free kick and Tom, Ben and Mac all had chances but found a very good goalkeeper in the way. Phoenix also forced a number of corners but it just wouldn’t fall for the home side.
in the 20th minute, Wolverhampton struck from their first corner for 0:1. Despite Phoenix’s dominance the score remained in favour of the away side at half time.
After the break, Stonnall continued to search for the equaliser whilst Wolverhampton were reduced to a more direct form of play and it was one of these balls over the defence that lead to their second goal for a 0:2 lead in the 39th minute.
Two minutes later however, Stonnall were deservedly back in the game. Charlie rifled a free kick into the net for 1:2 and indeed could have equalised with another free kick from the edge of the centre circle which rattled the bar. Phoenix pressed for an equaliser and eventually it came in the 61st minute when the determined Charlie got free down the right wing and crossed into the box for Louis to sweep a first time half volley into the net for 2:2.
Four minutes later though, Wolverhampton were ahead again following a long ball through the middle. This time Phoenix couldn’t find another goal and the game finished 2:3 to Wolverhampton.
Although the points went to the visitors, Stonnall Phoenix can take positives from the game to take forward. Louis scored a well taken goal for his first for Phoenix and new signing Ennis had a stylish debut in midfield.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
Before I comment on the game itself I would like to commend the lads themselves on their attitude and impeccable behaviour after the touchline incident.
If the game was won or lost on merit of Respect then our lads would be top of the league.
The game itself was again a frustrating game to watch considering the work you do in the training sessions, however I’m sure it’s going to click and all the preparation will fall into place.
We have to be more definite in our decision making.
Starting point still isn’t right for the depth of play allowing space behind the CD for the opposition who at the moment seem to be sending spy’s to our games – everyone is playing long balls over our line of defence!
We will discuss more in training.
Great shot stopping from close range again and quick off your line at feet.
Better line than previous games. Dylan seemed more like his old self without the pressure felt as captain which is a huge boost for the team.
A few times we got caught forward leaving us out of position – remember if you go forward you must do more to stop the opposition progressing behind.
Worked hard generally throughout then game need to do more to offer ourselves to receive the ball from the defence.
More work as usual in training lads – sure we can sort it the little things out.
Good debut from Ennis who offered some strength in the middle.
Need to come off your playing line to receive the ball when playing against a tight defence.
We have worked on this in training – again more work to do to gain its effects.
Overall we deserved something from this game unfortunately we just couldn’t find it!