Stonnall Phoenix 2:4 Wednesfield (W’ton Hammers)
This exciting game could have gone either way but the away side eventually came away victorious.
A much improved performance by Stonnall started better for Wednesfield (Wolverhampton Hammers renamed) as they scored from a first minute corner but the home side stayed in the game throughout as both sides had many chances.
After Wednesfield took the lead, Phoenix started to gain better possession and during the first half, good play firstly saw Jack volley at goal and then Harry cross for Ben to shoot. Also, a burst forward from Liam down the right enabled him to shoot goalwards, the ball hitting the side netting.
At the other end, the defence were mainly keeping the visitors at bay and Dillan cleared off the line but after holding the score until the 30th minute, Wednesfield doubled their lead for 0:2. Chances were still coming for Stonnall though and following a swept pass from Liam in the 39th minute, Harry found himself one on one with the keeper and he made no mistake, slotting the ball under the keeper to please the home supporters. It was just what Phoenix had deserved and they went to the break just one goal down at 1:2.
It was finely balanced into the second half but Wednesfield were first to strike after 46 mins to regain a two goal advantage but just three minutes later Harry gained possession down the left and unleashed a shot on target from distance, the goalkeeper producing a save for a corner. The resultant corner kick, by Ennis bamboozled the keeper who couldn’t prevent the ball going in. Phoenix were once again fighting back at 2:3.
Although Wednesfield scored again, it still felt like Stonnall were very much in the game and, still applying pressure, battling Tom and then Ben both had shots on goal. The visitors certainly knew they were being pushed back into defence and despite the Stonnall lads taking knocks and carrying injuries, they all kept their energy levels high to create chances and play good football. They benefitted from fitness training during the week and this certainly helped them to perservere.
The game finished with a 4:2 victory for Wednesfield but the lads can be proud of their performance and endeavours in contributing to an entertaining game.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
This week, Bruce has given the award to Harry who put himself about, battling and tackling in midfield and was a threat further up the pitch with his flick-ons and crosses. To complete an all round performance his goal at the end of the first half got the team back in the game. Well done Harry.