Mar 8th

Stonnall Phoenix   2:0   Tantany Lions   (abandoned)

Nathan, Tom

Although the game was abandoned just before half time for a serious injury, from a footballing perspective, Phoenix were well worth the lead and would likely have gone on to claim the points in this 2nd Half League game.

It was an exciting game, played end to end at full pace and credit should be given to Tantany Lions for their positive play. For most of the first half Stonnall played on the break after soaking up opposition attacks comfortably. The back three of Sedgy, Liam and Ben were solid and communicated well. They were backed up defensively by Harry and Jack (Jenko), in his first match since signing for the Club. Sam and Tom provided the midfield width, getting up and down energetically.

In a new formation, Dillan joined Nathan and Jack up front and showed his strength in challenging for the ball and it was him who had the first chance when the keeper came out to smother at his feet. Shortly afterwards, Tom won the ball on the right and crossed into the box where Nathan found space and swept the ball home first time for a deserved 1:0 lead after 12 minutes.

It was a satisfying goal from a coaching point of view because it was exactly that move which had been worked on in training. Jack then tried a shot after a pass from the industrious Tom which Dillan followed up unsuccessfully.

Tantany Lions still enjoyed a fair percentage of possession but were reduced to wayward shooting and created little danger. Stonnall’s front three had been given license to rotate their positions with one behind a front two and this worked well so that the opposition defence couldn’t settle. Phoenix pressed and with Sam winning and keeping the ball well, he fed Dillan on the edge of the box who dribbled sideways, passed into space and the advancing Tom shot into the net for a 2:0 lead in the 19th minute.

Phoenix had scored from the two best chances of the game and ensured that Alfie had little to do in goal. Liam controlled the defence and midfield effectively and the lads pressed the opposition into making mistakes which they capitalised on, playing good, intelligent football.

Shortly before half time, Ben was involved in a challenge which unfortunately left him seriously injured. The game had to be abandoned to be replayed at a later date. Thanks should be given to Tantany Lions for the respectful manner in which they dealt with the distressing incident and for acting quickly in helping to make Ben comfortable.

The thoughts and best wishes of the Club and parents are with Ben and our hopes are for a full and speedy recovery.

Man of the Match

All the lads played well and played as a team but this week’s MOTM is awarded to Tom and Nathan. Tom gave his usual positive performance, winning possession, making strong runs forward and adding a goal with his less favoured foot. Nathan was dynamic and energetic. He showed maturity and intelligence with his touches, linking play and opened the scoring with the best move of the match. Well done Tom and Nathan.

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