Feb 2nd – Friendly

Stonnall Phoenix   4:1   Walsall Phoenix

Jack 3, Luca

Stonnall enjoyed their best win of the season in this friendly against a side from the Lichfield League.

The friendly was a chance to field a number of trialists and immediately one of them, Luca, took control of the midfield with good possession and forward runs and despite an early breakaway goal for Walsall, Phoenix quickly dominated and Luca set up two goals in the seventh and eighth minutes for Jack to turn the score around at 2:1.

The home side played attractive football and most of the play was in the visitors half. Any balls into Stonnall’s half were dealt with by Liam, Sedgy and Harry. Liam marshaled the makeshift defence with authority, communicating well and setting up chances further forward.

Luca got himself a deserved goal after 21 mins following a typical run and was unlucky not to add another, seeing his shot scew just wide. He added a bit of magic and trickery to the side. It rubbed off on the rest of the team and in the 35th minute Nathan and Demario combined to cross the ball to Jack who nodded downwards to claim his first hatrick. It remained 4:1 at half time.

The half time talk was positive without having to change anything. The need for concentration and to avoid complacency were paramount for the rest of the game.

Two more trialists came on for the second half, Jack and Declan who both looked composed on the ball. Playing on the right wing, Joe was his usual energetic self, providing pace and penetration in the final third. Harry replaced trialist Sam on the left wing and whipped several searching balls forward to the attackers. A number of corners were forced by both teams, but apart from a Liam volley, chances were fewer in the second half.

Phoenix continued to be solid at the back and Alfie had little danger to deal with. No further goals were added in the second half and Stonnall controlled the play to run out 4:1 winners.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Amongst many good individual performances and a convincing team display, two players stood out. Joe used the space on the right of midfield to run into and cause constant danger using his pace and close control and enjoyed of his best performances. Jack was sharp up front, working hard to find space intelligently, was strong on the ball and deserved his hatrick. Well done Joe and Jack!

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