Stonnall Phoenix 3:2 Pelsall Villa Colts
Joe, Tom, Nathan
Stonnall Phoenix claimed the three points after a hard fought game in difficult conditions.
Pelsall started the better of the teams pressurising the home defence without creating any clear-cut chances. Phoenix then settled into a period of possession in the attacking half and were rewarded in the 11th minute when Ben was able to turn and shoot. The ball came back off the bar and first to react was Joe who evaded the goalkeeper’s dive to score his first goal for the team. Then just three minutes later, industrious Liam swept the ball forward into the path of the onrushing Tom who held off the defender to prod the ball in from a tight angle to make the score 2:0.
The remainder of the half was reasonably comfortable for the home side, despite a speculative Pelsall shot striking the bar. Midfielders, Liam, Ennis and Sedgy did well to break up play and any forays on the flanks were dealt with by Joe and Nathan, both showing composure to win back possession. When Stonnall broke, they did so with pace, feeding Fozz, Tom and latterly Harry down the wings.
The second half started with greater determination from Pelsall, now attacking downhill and they got a goal back after 41 mins. This gave them a boost and Stonnall did well to soak up a lot of pressure. Jack and Dillan, in the centre of defence, were busy with the ball swirling in the wind and Jack, particularly, was dealing with the conditions well to clear his lines with consistent reliability.
2:1 is a slender lead and the lads were striving to extend the lead. Harry, twice in quick succession, found himself in on goal after strong runs, one shot was blocked and the second cleared the bar. There were still opportunities to make the game safe and after forcing a number of corners, Jack saw a bullet header go over and then on another occasion, the ball found its way to Nathan on the left edge of the six yard box. He volleyed it spectacularly, keeping the ball down, and saw it smack the left upright before finding the net for 3:1 after 58 mins.
The second period of this half saw the away side apply more pressure and Phoenix did well against their physicality to retain their composure and keep playing passing football. Pelsall scored in the 72nd minute to make the remaining eight minutes challenging as they searched for an equaliser but Stonnall held on to record a deserved victory as the game finished 3:2.
Man of the Match
Wayne has commended both Jack and Nathan for their performances but has awarded MOTM to Joe for his energetic, box to box running. He did well to win the ball in the right back position and was always looking to play forward, capping a great performance with his first goal. Well done Joe.