Stonnall Phoenix 0:4 Cresswell Wanderers Colts
The league leaders claimed the points but Stonnall can be proud of their defensive performance. It is no disgrace to have lost to the team top of the table and today’s all round performance was an improvement on the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Cresswell are a strong side borne out by their record of only one defeat so far this season so it was always going to be a tough game for Stonnall Phoenix. The lads held out for virtually the first half an hour with a display of blocking, tackling and cross stopping. When a shot did come in, Alfie was on hand to smother or beat away goal bound efforts.
Two goals in two minutes, however, just before the 30 min mark settled the away side and they looked comfortable at halftime at 0:2.
Phoenix were not out of it though and a goal back would have put pressure on the league leaders but despite solid defending by Dillan and Liam who were sweeping up effectively at the back and providing the midfielders, Sedgy, Ennis, Jack and Zak with the chance to attack, any clear chances were illusive. Once again, the first half an hour of the second period was one of tenacious tackling and constant concentration.
Brave Alfie made several point blank saves but the pressure finally told with Cresswell’s third goal in the 69th minute. At the other end, Tyreece was making a bright debut. His pace and intelligent touches make for an exciting future for him and he will fit into the team well. Amongst the other new players who have settled well are Joe and Fozz whose enthusiastic right back and pacey right wing play inject bursts of energy going forward.
Tough, battling Tom had made several weaving runs down the left, particularly in the second half, ably assisted by a skilful Nathan. It was on one of these runs, riding tackles, that Tom was able to feed the ball to Ty in the area whose half chance was well defended. Nathan then had a shot saved from out on the wing. Into added time and Cresswell scored a fourth to put a gloss on the score and with the last kick of the game Liam forced another save from a free kick.
The game finished 0:4 to the visitors but the lads can all be proud to have contributed to a hard fought display played in an intimidating atmosphere.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
With an appreciative acknowledgement of some brave goalkeeping by Alfie in the face of strong opposition pressure, Wayne’s MOTM this week goes to Zak. He displayed nice touches to move away from danger, finding space to spread the ball evenly around and was always looking to play the ball offensively. Well Done Zak.