Stonnall Phoenix 1:0 St Georges
Stonnall Phoenix recorded their third narrow victory in as many matches to climb comfortably into mid table.
On a day when Stonnall welcomed back two ex players, both sides fought out a goalless, but competitive first half. The home side had the majority of the play and an early headed chance for Harry was bundled for a corner. Several corners led to half chances for the home side and shots by Ben and Liam forced saves by the opposition keeper.
The best move of the first half saw Fozz make a mazey, right wing run and unleash a fierce shot which just missed the far post. Stonnall were well on top offensively and at the other end, a solid defensive pairing of Jack and Dillan were coping with any attacks effectively. New signing Nathan in only his second game, played out of his normal position at left back but his quick feet and close control made sure that any danger was repelled. He has a natural understanding with Liam with whom he played at a previous club and both players’ attractive play dovetails well with the passing game that is Phoenix’s hallmark.
In his first game for Stonnall Phoenix, Zakariya came on at left wing and made a positive contribution linking up well with the midfield.
The second half was more of a defending exercise for Stonnall as St Georges now had the swirling wind behind them but apart from a few corners and free kicks, Alfie had little to deal with in goal. Phoenix persevered and in the 64th minute a Liam corner was met with a towering header by Jack for his third goal of the season. All his goals have come from corners and with his height and strength, Jack is a real threat at dead ball situations.
This game always looked like a low scoring affair and with Stonnall now ahead, St Georges were hurried into trying to force an equaliser. Phoenix are made of strong resolve though and with every player determined to fight for the team, the home side were able to see out the deserved 1:0 victory without much danger.
The feature of this run of three wins has been the patience to keep trying to play their brand of football and determination to preserve the lead. The reward is a first clean sheet of the season.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
Wayne has commended the whole team for their efforts today and in particular the defence for keeping a clean sheet. He has awarded MOTM though to a player who coped well playing out of position and considering it was his first full game, was very calm and unhurried under pressure. Well done Nathan.