Stonnall Phoenix 2:0 AFC Willenhall
A second win in a row was the reward for another good performance by Stonnall Phoenix in a match that was abandoned in the second half.
Phoenix endeavoured to control the match from the first whistle and a combination of high pressing and combative, determined football meant that it was difficult for the opposition to enjoy any quality possession.
Apart from one Willenhall attack which led to Devone clearing off the line, the direction of play was all in favour of the home side. Oscar was at the heart of the offensive play, providing shots for Jenko and Nathan as well as a strong run and shot across goal himself. Liam controlled the play in midfield and after a typical drive into the visitors’ half found space for a shot.
It was a good first half hour without anything to show for the dominance but in the 30th minute, one of many corners led to the first goal. Jordan just about beat Nathan’s attempted overhead kick to nod in from close range for a 1:0 lead. This inspired the lads and more chances followed. Jordan and then Jenko both attempted overhead kicks and a resulting corner from Jenko’s bustling run saw Liam’s powerful header hit the post.
Then two minutes before half time another corner was awarded and Nathan floated a pin point ball into the near post where Jordan headed home for his sixth goal of the season and his fifth in two games. It meant Phoenix deservedly led 2:0 at the break.
A few minutes into the second half the game had to be abandoned on the grounds of player safety after a melee.
Stonnall would have undoubtedly gone on to win this game. They created the better chances and with the opposition losing their composure would surely have gone on to score more goals.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
Bruce has awarded this week’s MOTM to Oscar. His strong, mazy runs led to many chances and he was a constant threat going forward. Well done Oscar.