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Match Report – May 7th

Newby Lions   4:2   Stonnall Phoenix

Jack, Mac

The last match of the season for these teams would mean the winner was guaranteed second position in Div 2 and it was Newby Lions who came out on top.

The home side went ahead in the 11th minute when the diminutive forward wriggled free and scored for 1:0. But Stonnall played the more attractive football and just three minutes later were rewarded with the equaliser when Dylan headed a Squiggy corner goalwards and after a scramble the ball bounced to Jacko who made no mistake for 1:1.

The remainder of the half was competitively played with chances for both sides but at half time it was finely poised.

The start of the second half was dominated by Phoenix playing some attractive passing football but, playing on the break, the Newby forward got free of his marker and scored their second to make the score 2:1 after 46 mins.

Stonnall went in search of the equaliser and played a number of good through balls for Mac to run onto but the hosts’ defence were quick to snuff out any trouble.

Following one such attack after 58 mins, a Newby winger found space and ran in on goal to give the home side a cushion at 3:1. Stonnall came back though and three minutes later after good work by Jacko on the right, he hooked the ball into the six yard box and the ever willing Mac was able to finish to reward his hard work. That made the score 3:2 and gave the visitors a chance to at least share the points, although Newby would have the advantage of a superior goal difference.

The great effort in pressing forwards inevitably left gaps at the back and Newby Lions sealed the game with a long distance strike in the 63rd minute and the game finished 4:2.

The game and the all important points went to Newby and they finish as runners up to Tipton Youth. Stonnall Phoenix having just missed out on the top two can be proud of the performances in this the first season in Div 2 after two successive promotions and can look forward to continued success next season.

Match report – April 2nd

Perton Hammers 1:1 Stonnall Juniors

Dylan

Managers comments:
Another contrast from last week’s brilliant performance.
We limped through this game with starting injuries to Charlie and Sedgy with Alex ill, this left us with just 11 to start the game.
Everyone’s efforts were greatly appreciated, however, what we work on in training and the way you are playing in training sessions is brilliant, unfortunately we don’t seem to take this into our games week by week.
You have to remember your roles and responsibilities throughout the entire game.
Basics we struggled with at times – five foul throws, which gave away possession, not finding a player with the ball – to just kick the ball with little or no direction is not how you keep possession.
We worked a lot on Saturday about first touch, again this alluded us many times during this game.
With Ben going off injured shortly after half time left us with only 10 players. On a big pitch like this you deserve credit.

One positive – our corners are starting to pay off with Dylan on the score sheet again, 2 in 2 now Dylan, brilliant aggressive header.

Lets regroup on Saturday, have our usual chat. Your input is crucial as ever as to what we could’ve done better.

Apology from me to players and parents.
During a game I kick every ball, I win every header, I score every goal and save every shot. That’s the passion I have for these lads, when they score I’m jubilant, when they concede I’m sad for them.
I know how hard this team work in training and what they are capable of in games.
If my body language showed deflation yesterday – it was because I know what these three remaining games mean to the lads.

MOTM
I decided to share this week’s award with Harry and Tom.
Harry made some great hard tackles, tracked back won the ball and drove forward.
Tom played at right back in this game and gave good support and balance to Dylan at centre of defence. Won all of his tackles and stayed calm when under pressure.
Well done Tom and Harry.

Neil

Captains comments:
Thank you to Squiggy for standing in for me.
Me and Sedgy could here you shouting support for the team.
Me and Sedgy can see a lot of what’s happening from the side lines, we didn’t keep the ball many times and didn’t press in the right way.
We seem afraid to tackle!
Charlie5

Match Report

Cresswell Wanderers Colts   1:4   Stonnall Phoenix

Zack, Dylan, DJ, Jacko

Phoenix withstood a second half onslaught by the home team but immerged with an important battling win to boost the chances of a top two finish in Div 2.

There was a minute’s silence held for those affected by the recent terrorism in London beforehand which was respectfully observed. The game kicked off and Cresswell enjoyed the better of the opening minutes before Stonnall started to gain superiority of possession with Squiggy and Benno, returning from injury, forced the keeper into saves.

Cresswell attacks were being thwarted by resolute defending but a ball through the last line of defence found the attacker one on one but Alfie stood firm in the away goal and made a crucial save. Minutes later, a Phoenix attack led to Squiggy  crossing for Zack to finish well for 0:1 to Stonnall after 12 mins.

The game continued to display quality football by both sides with Cresswell forcing the defenders to pass back to Alfie, which he dealt with well. Meanwhile, Stonnall were attacking and winning a number of corners. Shots by Squiggy and Zack didn’t find the net and it looked like it would be a slender lead at half time but then a well timed, goal bound snap shot by Jacko was deflected for a corner. Squiggy’s far post ball was met by Dylan who side footed into the goal for a 0:2 lead on the stroke of half time.

With the wind behind their backs in the second half and with downhill advantage, Cresswell looked to get back in the game quickly. The Phoenix defenders and the team as a whole, who were without Charlie for the first due to injury, were determined to defend the lead and were noticeably fighting for each other resolutely. This was typified when one marauding left wing attack by a strong Cresswell forward led to a point blank shot which was brilliantly block-tackled on the goal line by Harry. Crusher did similarly and Alfie made some important interceptions coming to claim through balls with good timing.

Eventually Cresswell pressure told and they scored to get back in the game in the 47th minute for 1:2. This led to a period of continued pressure from the home side without any gilt edged chances because the Phoenix defence were nullifying any threat and the rest of the team were pressing up field. Playing on the break, the chance came for Stonnall to close out the game in the 67th minute when Bezza, who had been terrier-like in midfield poked a ball through to DJ. The winger saw a previous shot just clear the crossbar but this time made no mistake to make the game safe at 1:3. Then in time added on, Zack was fouled on the edge of the ‘D’, Squiggy stepped up and hit the ball over the wall on target. The keeper saved but Jacko was sharply on hand to lift the ball high into the roof of the net to put a deserved gloss on the performance.

The whistle blew for full time to confirm a 1:4  victory for a team who, without their injured captain and talisman, showed determination, concentration and true grit, particularly in the backs-against-the-wall second half and can truly be proud of their achievement.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

What a difference a week makes!

This was a brilliant performance from everyone, the chat and input you all gave at training was put into practice for this game.

A very good pitch gave both teams the chance to play good football.

As discussed we started the game with determination which made a difference to the way we continued the game.

Goal keeping:

Alfie – vocal throughout offering continued support to the defence, letting them know they had support and not necessarily the last man. By you offering support this allowed us to keep the ball by not putting it out for a throw in.

Starting position was a lot better keeping depth of pass back shorter – easy for you to control and distribute from your feet.

Coming out to feet was as ever played with confidence – brilliant.

Handling was sure and definite from all heights.

Goal kicks – we will continue to work on these.

Overall – best performance by far. Be very proud of your progress to date, you’re only going to get better!

Defence:

Sedgy replaced by Tom, Dylan, Harry – vocal throughout offering support to midfield players to play back allowing the team to keep possession.

Good shape keeping compact and playing outwards to pressure play with balance/support inside ( I will explain more in training )

Resolute hard work in second half with goal line clearances made by Tom and Harry.

Defence played very well – just one comment; Why did we allow a shot from the edge of our box? Reason please.

Overall – a far far better performance than the previous week.

Dylan – great to see you bringing out the ball and looking to play from central defence – very Bobby Moore like…..!

Midfield:

DJ, Alex, Zack, Beza, Jacko (Benno late in second half) Tom (first half)

Positional wise excellent, we have to make sure we keep concentration all of the time.

Make tackles further up the pitch and don’t allow players to run with little or no pressure. Played a number of through balls for strikers.

Interchanged well with Tom playing a lovely little back heel – this is confidence of playing with each other.

DJ – this was more like the winger we know and need, can we have this DJ each week?

Jack – played a full solid game, remember what we have to do when we lose the ball, a lot better performance with your head up, take confidence from this Jack.

Zack, Beza supported the midfield well and played a number of balls to give us an outlet, never give up get a toe – in!

Benno – great to have you back playing, showed tremendous strength and gave Cresswells big capt a run for his money. Well done Benno, more training, more fitness.

Strikers:

Ash, Benno

With strength and speed had a number of chances – Ash could’ve had hatrick by half time but today it wasn’t to be. Never stopped running and chasing and causing Cresswell’s defence problems

Took over the captaincy from Charlie and marshalled the team very well – vocal/supportive throughout.

Great free kick up/over the wall which Jacko scored the goal for 1-4.

A great performance by all of you. This is what you can do with determination. Cresswell are no push over so take all the applause you can from this game.

Please, please, please realise the potential you have as individuals and collectively as a team.

Remember – we are responsible for our own actions and our downfalls.

Along with both sets of parents I fully enjoyed this game especially when the final whistle finally went!

Thank you to Cresswell parents/supporters for equal support during the game.

MOTM

This was a unanimous decision from myself and parents.

Half way through the first half one Cresswell parent asked if I could take Alfie off! (in jest of course)

What a display from our ever improving keeper.

If one player won a game for his team today it was Alfie for Stonnall Phoenix – Well done Alfie, very well deserved.

DJ, Dylan, Zack, Jacko.

Great finishes from all of you – although Ash will probably be disappointed he didn’t score to take his goal tally even higher, it was good to see that we created goals from other areas and phases of the game.

Not always good to rely on one person.

Neil

Captains Comments:

(Although Charlie was injured from the previous game he helped coach the game from side lines.)

I can see now what my Dad and Wayne see from not playing. On the side you have little control of what happens in play. We must do as we are asked when playing, and be more supportive and communicate.

I saw a number of times where things could’ve been played differently. Might be good for everyone to have time out and make sure they watch the game.

Well done to Ash for standing in for me as captain and well done to the team for the win that might give us something at the end of the season.

Well done Dylan on your second goal for Stonnall.

Charlie5

Match Report

Stonnall Phoenix   2:3   Brereton Town Ravens

Mac 2

A fluctuating match resulted in Brereton claiming the points after coming from behind.

Phoenix started the game on the front foot despite playing into the gusty wind and enjoyed a dominant first quarter and after five minutes the home side deservedly took the lead. Sedgy won the ball in the right back area and played it up the wing to Mac who turned and fed Squiggy. The top scorer then raced into the penalty area and played in the advancing Mac who finished the attractive move by scoring for a 1:0 lead.

This was Stonnall’s fastest goal of the season and the lads continued to have the upper hand. They controlled the play with solid defending until an innocuous right wing attack by the visitors resulted in a defensive deflection which unluckily eluded Alfie in goal and gave Brereton an unexpected equaliser in the 15th minute.

This was the turning point of the game. From being under pressure, the away side now had renewed confidence and found themselves in the ascendancy. This materialised with a second goal from distance on 20 mins for a 1:2 lead.

The rest of the half was evenly shared but was annotated with niggley free kicks given to Brereton which interrupted the flow of the game. Stonnall kept pressing and eventually, with the last phase of first half play equalised to ensure parity at the break. With his second goal of the game, Mac finished well from Bezza’s assist.

With the wind now in Phoenix’s favour, the lads had the majority of the play but apart from half chances, the ball just wouldn’t fall for the home side. Despite captain Charlie marshalling matters in midfield and Mac having a couple of chances for his hat trick, the inner wouldn’t come and it looked like a frustrating draw.

Brereton however, defended well, played on the break and with just three minutes left sealed the points with a ball threaded through the their talented forward who ran in on goal, held off Stonnall’s defenders and prodded the ball into the net for a 2:3 win.

From a position of dominance, the game unluckily turned against Stonnall Phoenix, but the away side then coped better with the conditions to claim the win. Stonnall lost Charlie to injury after the match and the club wish him all the best in his recovery.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

This was a complete contrast to the previous weeks cup game.
I wasn’t disappointed as much as a little frustrated, it was game to compare both weeks and hopefully understand the differences.
We settled in to the first half with the wind against us very well.
The first goal came from Mac in a poachers’ position to get on the end of a brilliant phase of play.
I have to say both goals from Brereton were from our own irresponsibility which we will discuss in training on Saturday.
Our second goal again from Mac was superbly put away after a lovely little through ball from Beza, well done Beza for showing creativity and releasing a timely pass.
A few players were off their game and I’m sure this will be their own admission when they reflect.
No one lets this team down so don’t put that pressure on yourselves – I know what result you want from the game but please remember how fortunate you are to be able to play football and go home to enjoy the rest of your day, our opposition want the same result as you do – it’s your competition to be the most competitive firstly as an individual followed by a team effort.
Unfortunately we have lost our Captain and CM Charlie possibly for the rest of the season with a fractured ankle, we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Heads up lads we have great players who make a great team with great parents/supporters.
Lessons to be learned lads!!! 👍🏻⚽️
MOTM
This week I decided to award MOTM to Mac
Not just for his two goals but in the last two games he has showed great strength and determination against some physical defenders. Never lets his head drop and never stops running. Tom, Sedgy you were just pipped by Mac this week so keep your efforts going!

Neil

Captains Comments

Didn’t play as well as we can do, seemed to have an off day.
If I got frustrated at times I’m sorry, I sometimes get over passionate.
Well now I’m out for sometime I hope you can do well for me for the rest of the season.
I will be there each week to push you on but someone needs to be captain now.
Any volunteers let me know and I’ll put you forward to the manager.
Come on lads you have to work even harder now – hope Ben’s back then this week.

Charlie 5

Match Report

Sedgley White Lions   2:4   Stonnall Phoenix

Squiggy2, DJ, Mac

The first fixture in the Diamond Jubilee Cup saw Stonnall Phoenix rewarded with three points after a dominant display on a tricky pitch against a Div 1 team

The first quarter of the game was evenly shared with Phoenix blunting home attacks effectively and playing out of defence looking for forward runs. Squiggy was playing on the shoulder of the last defender and this would be a telling feature of the match. The first chance though fell to Zack who looped a ball just the wrong side of the post following good work by Alex on the left.

The opening goal came shortly after in the 14th minute when a midfield through ball from Charlie allowed Squiggy a run on goal and after holding off the strong defender, slotted the ball past the keeper for 0:1.

The game continued to flow from one end to the other with the visitors looking the more dangerous but then a Sedgley forward found room for a shot in the area which was saved well by Alfie who then got up to brilliantly to save again with his feet. Crusher cleared off the line in the resultant scramble and then Harry finally cleared the ball to Squiggy who turned and played in DJ down the wing. He shot from the edge of the area and struck the back of the net with one of his trademark goals for a 0:2 lead four minutes before half time.

Following the break, the home side pressed and forced a number of corners but Stonnall defended them resolutely and then broke down the left. Zack battled well to keep the ball and fed Charlie who crossed for Squiggy to score his second of the game and fifteenth of the season. With the score at 0:3 after 39 mins, the game looked all over and the ever dangerous Squiggy could have sealed his hat trick had it not been for a great save by the Sedgley goalkeeper when through one on one.

The home side kept trying though and found a way back into the game with two goals in as many minutes midway through the second half. This gave them renewed impetus and at 2:3 the game was suddenly in the balance. Stonnall continued to defend with strength and determination though and just two minutes later in the 59th minute Alex did well to poke the ball to Squiggy who drew the keeper and with the ball finding Mac unmarked in the six yard box he made no mistake to settle any nerves and give the visitors a cushion once again.

Sedgley forced a further corner and freekick but a goal bound shot found Sedgy perfectly placed to make a goal line clearance and Phoenix successfully saw the game out for a 2:4 victory.

The result means that Stonnall Phoenix will go into the next games against Newby and Cannock with confidence in this mini league competition.

Report by Pete H.

 

Message from the Manager

This was a sterling display from everyone.

In the previous training session I asked you all a few questions and you all gave me your answers.

In this game you all did what you said you would or could do.

It was evident that what we are doing in training is starting to pay dividends in our games, some of the small through balls and overlapping with speed was brilliant, more so we are now understanding individual roles/positions in different aspects and phases of the game.

This was a great display against a D1 team, although they are at the lower end of their division they still showed a good deal of effort and promise to cause us to play with determination and creativity.

Squiggy was again instrumental as striker partnered by a very enthusiastic Zack who was unlucky not to score himself after creating some great chances.

Mac made a huge change to our approach play to the box holding the ball up well from some strong defensive pressure from Sedgley’s no. 18 who I thought was their MOTM by a mile.

Midfield of Charlie (nursing a slight cough/cold), Jacko, Beza, Alex, DJ were superb – what a strike from DJ to get his goal?

Defence was solid again with Dylan, Harry and Tom (Sedgy taking over for Tom who moved to midfield) thwarted some promising attacks from Sedgley – unfortunately a little communication let us concede followed by not closing the player down quick enough and allowing a strike on goal gave them 2 goals – lessons please lads!!!!

Alfie in goal is getting more confident with each training session/game – made a great double save and very vocal throughout.

MOTM – I have decided to award this week’s MOTM to Squiggy, not just for the fact he scored 2 goals as he should being a striker, but for the physical endless effort he put in against a big strong centre half who took no prisoners. Squiggy didn’t give up making speedy runs with close control.

Just a few pointers:

Some of us are still holding on to the ball when we have passing opportunities, I have no problem with players showing skill/creativity as long as if you lose the ball through this you go and get it back!

A brilliant display – showed great team character from leading 0-3 to 2-3, you continued to press and got your reward.

Neil

Match Report – Feb 19th

Stonnall Phoenix   2:2   Wyrley Juniors Wolves

Squiggy, Charlie

Stonnall’s first league game for six weeks was competitively fought and the points were shared after Phoenix came from behind twice.

The first half was characterised by Wyrley attacks being soaked up by the home defence, then with balls out of defence for the forwards to run onto. It was, however, Wyrley who took the lead in the 14th minute with a left wing shot which went in off the far post for 0:1.

Charlie was commanding in midfield and just two minutes later Stonnall equalised with his ball to Squiggy who found the net with a shot across the goal for 1:1. The home side then had the better of the rest of the half with shots from Squiggy and DJ and a couple of testing free kicks by Charlie. 

Then followed a good move involving Sedgy who won the ball in the right back area and played it up to DJ who ran onto the ball, drew the keeper but just missed the far post with his shot. Squiggy was also unlucky to be given offside following composed defending and a pass by Harry.

Following the half time break, Stonnall kept the upper hand forcing the Wyrley keeper into action with chances for the forwards. With Bezza, Crusher, Alex and Jacko combative in midfield and Charlie and Squiggy linking well, it looked like it would be a home win but the away side were fast on the break and from a throw in, the ball dropped nicely for a Wyrley attacker in front of goal and his header made it 1:2 after 42 mins.

This seemed to buoy the visitors and give them renewed impetus. Phoenix defenders came under pressure again from the marauding forwards but Dylan, Sedgy and Harry stayed strong. Alfie handled well and commanded his area and a routine goalkeeper collection led to a big kick into the opposing half which Charlie controlled, weaved into the area and scored from a tight angle to make the score 2:2 in the 54th minute.

The rest of the game was similarly end to end but the two teams couldn’t find a winner and the entertaining game ended in a draw.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

With respect to Wyrley Wolves I’m still puzzled as to how we didn’t get more than a point from this game!
With no subs to call upon I think the team showed great character and it showed some that they have a full game of fitness in them.
As I’ve said previously from a little bad can come great good – this was so on Sunday when some players played a different position than used to, and didn’t they do themselves proud?
Parents/supporters wouldn’t know what we’ve been working on and discussing in training but the lads clearly took it on board and tried to deliver it.
Ash was without his usual partner up front – Mac, and we were forced to drop Charlie to CM allowing DJ to partner Ash who both, with fantastic pace, gave us positivity.
Tom, Jacko and Charlie made a midfield trio of great resilience and advancing pressure, Tom made some decisive robust tackles whilst Charlie and Jacko played some lovely 1-2’s – very attractive!
Dylan as usual was solid at the back along with his partners Harry and Sedgy who took a rather ‘dishy’ tackle but showed great determination and played the game out – this showed what team spirit is all about.
Two well taken goals from Ash and Charlie gave us the share of a very good game.

MOTM
With much thought it was difficult to split the most midfield trio into individuals so I thought it apt to award this weeks MOTM to Tom, Jacko and Charlie.
Well done you three – let’s build on this!

Neil

Captain’s Comments

I really enjoyed this game even though we didn’t win we played good football.
Alfie‘s kicks are huge now!
Well done Jack and Tom for MOTM and playing along side me, well done Squiggy for scoring again.

Charlie5