Stonnall Phoenix 2:0 Wednesfield Sporting
Stonnall deserved this victory with a dominant display throughout.
Neither side really got control of the opening exchanges which mainly broke down in the final third. Dillan and Ben were coping well with any Wednesfield attacks and the home side couldn’t quite find the quality up front to put pressure on goal . The visitors found it hard to break down the Phoenix defence and resorted to long range shots, mainly off target.
Then, after a break down the right wing, Joe put in a dangerous cross shot which squirmed under the goalkeeper to open the scoring after 14 minutes. Tom then had a shot from a Nathan corner and shortly after picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and looped a shot over the goalkeeper for a 2:0 lead.
Stonnall were on top now and had the majority of possession, stringing together attractive moves, particularly down the right. Following good work by Tom, a cross into the area gave Harry the chance to head for goal and busy Nathan saw a shot clear the bar. Another exchange up front between Demario and Nathan, playing just behind the forwards, gave the latter another chance on goal. It remained 2:0 though until half time.
The second half became more dominant for Stonnall and Jack, Tom and Liam all had further shots on goal. Nathan almost made the game safe with a great turn and shot just over the bar and then had a headed goal from Liam’s free kick ruled out for offside..
Shortly afterwards, the referee abandoned the game for safety reasons but that shouldn’t detract from a good team performance to boost morale. Needless to say, the lads conducted themselves with maturity and restraint.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
All of the lads should be commended this week under the circumstances, but from a footballing aspect, Nathan made himself available in midfield, getting forward and linking up play well. He had at least four shots including a disallowed goal and so is rewarded with this week’s MOTM. Well done Nathan.