Cresswell Wanderers Colts 3:1 Stonnall Phoenix
After a dominant first half display by Cresswell, Stonnall Phoenix came into the game more in the second half but couldn’t prevent a home win.
The home side enjoyed the majority of the possession in the first half and Stonnall were finding it difficult getting out of their own half as they were being pinned down by Cresswell’s strong and physical play. Phoenix however, were coping well with the attacks with Dylan marshalling the defence and Sedgy and Harry cutting out the wing play and playing balls forward.
After 18 mins though, the pressure told and Cresswell took the lead. The game continued in the same vein with Phoenix not quite finding the incisive ball in the attacking half to create chances. Cresswell made it 2:0 in the 31st minute and held that lead at the break.
The second half saw Stonnall more in the game with greater possession in an attacking sense. The half time subs made a difference with Benno battling well in midfield and DJ making right wing forays. Mac was involved in a lot of forward play holding up the ball and feeding on-running midfielders.
Cresswell got a third to seal the result largely against the run of play in the 48th minute but Phoenix kept positive and were rewarded when Mac fed Charlie who released DJ down the wing. His pace allowed him to put in a superb cross to the far post to where Tom had made a run and his persistance gave him the chance to score his sixth of the season following a goalkeeping save. It was the move of the match and gave Stonnall a little hope at 3:1 with 10 minutes left.
Zack put in a brilliant tackle to prevent a run in on goal for a Cresswell forward and had another half chance been taken by Phoenix it might have made the final few minutes a bit nervy for the home side but it wasn’t to be and the game finished 3:1.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
MOTM awarded to Mackenzie
Came on for second half, played off his line to get in front of his marker who was almost twice his size, showed good strength/determination holding up and laying off resulting in Stonnall’s goal.
Well done Mackenzie.