Category Archives: SP15 Match Reports

Nov 18th

Pelsall Villa Colts   3:4   Stonnall Phoenix

Og, Liam, Jack, Dillan

This was an important victory for Stonnall Phoenix which was well deserved after a difficult start.

The opening exchanges between the two sides saw them trying to wrestle control of the play. Much of it was untidy as the game took time to settle down. It wasn’t until Pelsall took the lead in the 14th minute after an unfortunate ricochet in the Stonnall defence that the visitors play was more urgent and flowing. This was their best period of the game as they tried to find a way through the host’s defence.

Pelsall never really looked like adding to their lead as Phoenix pressed with determination and it was this that lead to panic in the home defence resulting in an own goal for the equaliser at 1:1 in the 29 minute. Then, two minutes later, a Liam corner appeared to go straight in for a 1:2 lead which was maintained until half time.

Despite Pelsall equalising a minute into the second half with a good strike, Stonnall continued to press and retook the lead with Jack poking home from a Liam corner for a 2:3 lead two mins later.

Where the first half had stuttered, the second half showed more fluidity of movement by Stonnall with Mac and Harry making good runs on the wings whilst Ennis, Sedgy and Liam found more control in midfield. Fullbacks Tom and Joe were able to make incisive runs too.

Liam, playing with an injury, had been given a free role in midfield in this game and was instrumental in most of the attractive forward play but it was his dead-ball prowess which would be crucial once again as Dillan bundled the ball home from another corner in the 56th minute which would prove to be the winner. The home side pulled one back with eleven mins left but struggled to create any more clear cut chances as Phoenix managed the remaining time well to complete a 3:4 win.

Whilst the margin of victory could have been bigger, the lads showed the maturity to carve out this win from few chances and never panicked when under pressure.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Wayne has awarded MOTM to Ennis. His tough, combative style of midfield play was the perfect foil to allow Liam to be expansive and forward-thinking. A central defensive midfielder is a protector and enforcer, breaking up play and being the pivot from which attacking play can develop. Ennis is becoming an accomplished proponent of this and can take confidence from his improvements.

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Nov 11th

Cresswell Wanderers Colts    9:0   Stonnall Phoenix

This was a humbling experience ultimately after a good first half display against one of the league leaders.

Stonnall held Cresswell at bay comfortably for 28 minutes until the home side took the lead after reacting quicker to a loose ball in the penalty area. The visitors had a decent share of possession but were less incisive in front of goal. 1:0 at half time, though, still meant the game could go either way.

A goal to stretch the hosts’ lead at the start of the second half made it more difficult and only served to buoy Cresswell’s confidence and a four further goals in eight minutes up to the hour mark capped the home side’s dominance.

It was hard on Phoenix but Cresswell showed why they are one of the best sides in Div 1 with clinical finishing and two more goals came as Stonnall struggled to contain the fast pace of attacks. A ninth goal in the last minute saw Cresswell run out 9:0 winners.

In truth, Phoenix never got into their attacking stride and were simply overrun in the second half but on a positive note, the lads still showed togetherness in defeat and will have better days as a team to come.

MOTM

Wayne has awarded Man of the Match to Sedgy for his efforts in breaking up play and trying to link forward. His performances have been consistent this season and this is just reward.

Report by Pete H.

Nov 4th

Lakeside   5:1   Stonnall Phoenix

Dillan

This County Cup game was competitive but ultimately went the way of the home side after Stonnall had scored first.

Despite early pressure form Lakeside and a goaline clearance by Alfie and Tom, Phoenix opened the scoring when a break forward lead to a free kick. Liam launched the ball forward and Joe cleverly hooked the ball back where Dillan was on hand to knock the ball in from close range for his first goal for the club and to make it 0:1 after 9 mins.

After that good start, Stonnall continued to soak up pressure well with the central defensive partnership of Liam and Jack flanked by Dillan and Tom in the full back positions. Harry and Joe, playing wide midfield, were finding spaces to run into but much of the play was confined to the middle with Ben holding the ball up and trying to bring midfielders into the attack. Although the lads were creative, the final ball just lacked the quality to be penetrative.

The home side who play in the Burton League, equalised from a free kick in the 23rd minute and scored again to take the lead six minutes later. The score remained 2:1 till half time.

Phoenix started the second half still well in the game and even after Lakeside went 3:1 ahead, the visitors enjoyed their best period of the game. After half time advice from the Manager and Ben, in his captain’s role, taking the lead to rally the team, the lads displayed greater energy and effort to close down the opposition to try to get back into the game. Half chances for Harry, Ben and a Liam free kick were well dealt with by the goalkeeper and two more break away goals by the hosts effectively ended the contest with ten minutes remaining.

Stonnall Phoenix, kept going though and with Jack and the combative Ennis and Sedgy at the heart of midfield, possession was retained well but the lads couldn’t quite find an opening. The game ended 5:1.

MOTM

Ben shows maturity as Captain of the team and works tirelessly up front. He always gives 100% and is willing to learn. A true leader will gain the respect of his teammates by his actions and this was amply displayed here. For this, Wayne has awarded Ben Man of the Match.

Oct 21st

Stonnall  Phoenix   3:1   Wyrley Juniors Wolves

Ennis, Sedgy, Liam

This comeback win could have been more comprehensive but gave Phoenix their deserved first win of the season.

The away side started well and pressed Stonnall in defensive positions for the first few minutes. The makeshift central defensive pairing of Liam and Dillan coped well through the middle and fullbacks Tom and debutant Joe stopped any crosses. After that initial pressure, Stonnall settled down and strung a few passing moves together and when Harry found space on the left, he was able to get a stretching shot away but off target.

More good play followed with the home side dominating the play until the 17th minute when an unfortunate miskick fell kindly for a Wyrley forward who scored for a 0:1 lead. It was harsh on Phoenix and Wyrley were immediately back on the attack but the lads played themselves out of trouble, threading the ball forward and eventually winning a free kick on the edge of the visitors’ box. Liam shot at goal and Ennis was first to react to the rebound to equalise at 1:1.

It was nothing more than Stonnall deserved and more chances followed with shots at goal by Ben, Ennis and Liam. Then in the 29th minute, Ben found Sedgy bursting through the middle. He rounded the goalkeeper and coolly slotted the ball home for his first goal in many seasons. It was just reward for a player who has showed maturity and loyalty since the founding season of Stonnall Phoenix. It remained 2:1 at halftime.

The away side came out looking to get back on level terms and nearly forced an equaliser with the ball bouncing around the six yard box but Alfie made a remarkable double save to maintain the lead and thwart a possible turning point in the game.

Instead, Stonnall continued to play the more composed football and chances came for Ben, Callum and Mac on the break but it was Liam who showed his class by finding the top corner with a 30 yard free kick to give Stonnall a two goal cushion. The player, in only his second game for Phoenix, adds quality and links well with his new teammates. His calm assuredness and excellent attitude typify the team’s qualities this season.

Ben, lead the line tirelessly and set a great example as Captain. He and Mac held the ball up well and were instrumental in the chances created for midfielders and latterly, Tom, who was unlucky not to extend the lead. Despite a disallowed goal and a shot against the bar, the home side held out for a vital 3:1 win.

This was a gutsy display of attractive football with periods of needing to dig in and defend. Every member of the team can be proud of a fantastic team victory, overcoming injuries and illness to complete the match.

Man of the Match

This has been awarded by the referee to Mac for his great link up play and determined ball possession. He also commended Alfie for his saves and bravery.

Well done lads.

Report by Pete H.

Oct 7th

Stonnall Phoenix   0:7   Wyrley Juniors Jaguars

This was the first match for the new look Stonnall Phoenix following a number of departures and exciting new arrivals. It was never going to be easy against the league leaders and so it proved.

Phoenix started the game in determined fashion, restricting the visitors to few chances. A back three of Dillan, Jack and Tom dealing well with good pressure by Wyrley. The midfield of Liam, Ennis, Harry, Sedgy and Oren were combative against strong opposition and the front two of Ben and Mac were finding a few openings without really troubling the goalkeeper. Liam, particularly, was winning the ball and finding space to pass forward.

It remained goalless until the 27th minute when Wyrley finally broke the deadlock and a second goal six minutes later made it 0:2 at half time.

Stonnall were still in the game at the start of the second half but two quick goals put a favourable result out of reach for the home side. Jaguars were now enjoying a downhill advantage and Phoenix were finding it hard to get the ball out of their own half but determined play by the defence, now joined by Harry for a back four, did their best to snuff out any threats and Dillan showed speed and concentration in his right back position to stop any crosses.

Phoenix held firm for another 20 mins but three late goals as the hosts tired put a gloss on the score for the visitors and the game finished 0:7.

The lads never let their heads drop, fought for each other and communicated well in their first game playing together. They can proud of a mature performance in the face of talented opposition.

Man Of The Match

Wayne has awarded MOTM to Liam. An accomplished performance on his debut and encapsulated the team’s determination to work for each other. Also commended for his performance is Dillan. His right back defending was athletic and composed. Well done lads.

Report by Pete H.

 

 

Sept 9th

Stonnall Phoenix   0:7   Wednesfield

Although this was a defeat, the first competitive game of the season saw further improvement in the way the team plays.

Wednesbury are a very well established 1st division team and showed their superiority with strong play and penetrative attacking. Stonnall didn’t play badly and for patches of the game, the defence was on top but the team weren’t quite dangerous enough up front. Louis burst through after good build up play but his intelligent lob was just over the bar.

At the other end, keeper Alfie was busy and smothered, punched and leapt to clear many dangerous balls into the box and dived bravely at the feet of onrushing forwards to keep the score down. It truly was a performance deserved of MOTM which was awarded to him at the end of the match followed by teammates’ applause.

It was a game of firsts. whilst it was Wayne’s first competitive match as Manager, it was also the first game for new signing ‘Little’ Alfie, who played at right back and was never out of his depth. The club welcome Alfie to the team and look forward to him establishing himself as a valuable member of Stonnall Phoenix.

Report by Pete H.

Friendlies

The two friendlies that were played against Holy Name and Tipton were competitive and a good learning curve for the team. Although both games ended in defeats, a lot of positives can be taken.

Holy Name are U16s and the difference in age was noticeable but Phoenix never let their heads go down and came away proud to have competed against a very good team. Jack got our first goal of the season from Roo‘s corner with a well directed header climbing above the defence.

It was reward for a masterly performance from Jack who got up and down between the boxes tirelessly, helping the defence at one end and turning possession into attack at the other. For his performance he was Man of the Match.

The Tipton game was a better performance all round. Communication was excellent and the passing game was evident in possession. A couple of Tipton’s goals came from mistakes but the lads rallied and scored from a Charlie free kick when Benno followed in and beat the keeper to the rebound.

Snuffing out many Tipton attacks was Dylan who gave a towering performance at the heart of the Phoenix defence. When he wasn’t heading clear he was taking a touch to pass to a teammate or bringing the ball out of defence to start an attack. Dylan is awarded MOTM for this performance.

Report by Pete H.