Lane Head Titans 7:1 Stonnall Phoenix
Stonnall Phoenix were outclassed by the free-scoring league leaders but competed well and were still able to show some good football.
Lane Head got off to the perfect start when their forward was first to a cross to poke the ball into the net in the 2nd minute and added to the score 7 mins later.
The game then settled down and Phoenix came into it more sharing equal possession. It was clear, though, that the hosts were the more penetrative up front and every foray forward was a threat. At the other end, Captain Ben held the ball up well for Stonnall and was well supported by Tom and Nathan on the left. Ben made a fantastic run beating several players but couldn’t quite get into a shooting position. The best result was forcing a number of corners but without reward.
A lot of the play was in midfield due to the smaller pitch and the visitors were very combative with Liam, Ennis and Sedgy breaking up play and playing balls forward and Joe and Fozz linking up well on the right. Defenders Dillan and Jack were not doing a lot wrong but the difference between the teams was up front where Titans have a striker who has scored 25 goals in 9 games. Phoenix held the score until the 30th minute and then six minutes later Lane Head added a fourth. 4:0 at half time.
Bruce, deputising for Wayne, rallied the team in the break and they came out with renewed vigour and energy. The second half took on a different look now and Phoenix were more threatening in forward positions. Jack troubled the keeper from a free kick which was bundled for a corner and Harry, who had come on from the bench immediately found some space down the left and got a shot away.
Although Alfie had made several brilliant saves thoughout the game, Lane Head added to their tally by scoring in the 50th and 61st mins to make it 6:0. Meanwhile Stonnall were still enjoying more positive possession and again Jack tested the keeper who tipped a shot onto the bar. Eventually Phoenix got on the scoresheet with a stunning free kick by Jack. It was no more than his efforts and the team’s endeavours had deserved. The respectful home supporters even acknowledged that fact. Lane Head put a gloss on the score by adding another quick goal but there was still time for Zak to wriggle into a shooting position but his shot was saved once again by the talented keeper and the game finished 7:1.
It was always going to be a difficult game for the lads, but every one of them played to the best of their ability and on another day the game could have been closer.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
When you play against a top team, every player has to work for each other, offering options and being brave in the tackle. Two players exemplified this today, never ducking out of a crunching tackle to win the ball with dogged defending. For these qualities, Bruce has awarded MOTM to Tom and Ennis.