Stonnall Phoenix 2:6 Wyrley Wolves
A good performance by Stonnall Phoenix wasn’t enough to beat Wyrley Wolves after a good start.
Phoenix had the better of the first 20 mins forcing a number of corners. Then, good interplay between Fozz and Jack saw the top scorer have a couple of openings resulting in shots off target. At this stage, the visitors were restricted to untroubling, long range efforts but from a corner, Wolves took a 0:1 lead after 23 mins.
Wyrley then took control of the game in the second period of the first half and went in to the break 0:3 to the good. It had been an even game up to that point but a few defensive mistakes made the difference at half time.
Wolves effectively put the game beyond Phoenix a minute into the second half but Stonnall, with the luxury of fit substitutes for the first time this season deservedly got one back after 46 mins and it was debutant Demario who got on the end of a great cross by Liam to make it 1:4. There then followed a more settled period of play following the flurry of goals with Stonnall once again dominating possession and soaking up pressure.
There were one or two scares as Alfie made good saves and Sedgy headed a clearance off the line but mostly the home side coped well defensively. Dependable Sedgy had a solid game at right back matched by the busy and energetic Joe on the opposite flank. In central midfield Tom had a typically robust game and was battered from all angles as he tackled, competed and forayed forward.
The second half was annotated with free kicks and from one in the opponents half, quick thinking by Liam, released Joe down the right and a chance for Ben followed. Unfortunately for the home side, Wyrley then scored again but in the 66th minute, a Liam free kick found Jack unmarked close in and he made no mistake for his fourth goal of the season to make the score 2:5.
Liam, who was a doubt for this game after last week’s serious looking injury played a big part in Stonnall’s best football, supplying two goal assists and finished it off with a shot on goal. Wyrley completed the scoring with three minutes left and the game finished 2:6.
Despite the team having been beset with injuries in every game at the start of the season, they are stringing together a number of good performances and scoring goals. If mistakes can be reduced and more chances taken, with additions to the squad, the lads will soon be rewarded with better results.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
There were many good performances today as mentioned in the report but for his dogged, determined and full bloodied performance in midfield, Bruce has awarded Tom the MOTM this week. Well done Tom.