Category Archives: SP15 Match Reports

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.


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.


May 13th

Stonnall Phoenix   1:2   Hamstead Diamonds


The last game of the season ended in defeat after an exciting conclusion when the home side could have rescued a draw.

Stonnall started well enough with defensive and midfield possession but found it difficult to break down a strong Hamstead back line. A few attractive moves threatened but lacked a quality finish. The defence had largely dealt with any Hamstead attacks with Tom P. particularly prominent snuffing out right wing threats.

The breakthrough came for the visitors three minutes before half time when an attack down the left resulted in a fierce shot finding the back of the net. Diamonds led 0:1 going into the break.

The pattern of the game continued into the second half with Phoenix having stuttering possession but not quite having the guile to unlock a resolute defence. The game was settled in the 58th minute when following a similar build up to the first goal, Hamstead scored to make it 0:2.

The home side rallied but couldn’t find a way past the opposition keeper until eventually Louis found the net after good build up play down the right in the 68th minute to pull a goal back. The last few minutes saw Hamstead hanging on as Phoenix found more urgency being buoyed by the goal but despite a number of penalty box scrambles the equaliser was elusive and the match finished 1:2.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

After winning the last three games, two of which were quite convincing wins it was a shame we ended our season with a 2-1 defeat.

Nevertheless the game was played with great respect by both teams and enjoyed by both parties.

The last 10 minutes saw us play some good attacking football with Louis netting again from close range – a right little goal poacher he is becoming!

Charlie had a thundering shot on goal only to be brilliantly saved by the Hamstead keeper, had we have played with this tempo and attitude earlier on in the game we may had more to show for our last game.

Well done to Hamstead Diamonds.


This was difficult one to choose, and again it is shared.

Dylan at central defence was again superb, never missed a header he challenged for and worked very hard through the centre of his position – well done Dylan.

Tom P who at the last minute was asked to play at left wing back settled in very well and played with fair but firm aggression – typical Tom, well done Tom.


Apr 22nd

Stonnall Phoenix   3:2   Smethwick Raiders

Louis, Mac, DJ

This was Stonnall’s third win in a row and proved to be a closer game than it might have been after a good first half showing.

The home side started on the front foot and after 7 mins, Louis got on the end of a clearance by Dylan, found himself one on one with the keeper and coolly slotted the ball home for 1:0. It was the forward’s third goal in as many games and Louis is enjoying his best period as a Stonnall player. Another player making recent strides is Ennis who was typically combative in this game, making strong tackles and he also had the confidence to carry the ball forward creating opportunities for teammates throughout the game.

Stonnall doubled their lead in the 10th minute when, following a throw in on the left, Mac collected the ball and weaved past a defender to the by-line and had the composure to cut back in and score past the advancing goalkeeper. It should have remained 2:0 at halftime but just before the break, Smethwick pressed forward and a ball into the six yard box was bundled in for 2:1.

The second half was a closer affair, the goal before the break having given Smethwick a platform and they were stringing periods of possession together and carving out half chances. The home defence dealt with most of the attacks with Alfie making at least two vital saves. One at point blank and another a fingertip save to divert a goal bound shot onto the bar. That proved crucial as just a minute later, Crusher, in an advanced position crossed the ball and DJ was in the right place to score and restore the two goal cushion at 3:1 after 65 mins.

The result was settled but there was enough time for the visitors to get their second goal with a shot from distance with the last kick of an entertaining game that finished 3:2.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

Started the game with great determination and confidence.

Frustratingly we conceded two goals that really should’ve been dealt with and avoided – something to discuss in training.

A couple of issues – we seemed to lose the ball or make errant passes within the central area of the pitch, remember if you lose the ball the hard work is winning it back quickly!

With a late dip over Alfie in the last seconds, more play time could’ve been a different score line.

Well done to Jas and Smethwick for continuing to battle hard throughout the game. Jas commented what a very respectful team we are and it was a pleasure to play us.

That’s down to you lads – well done in showing respect and shaking hands at times of fouls committed.


Two awards in this game.

Dylan at Centre Half who barely put a foot wrong and made some very good recovery runs and also halted a very quick striker.

And to Mackenzie who battled hard against some quite physical defenders and also ran his socks off to win balls he really had no right in winning, take a lesson lads from Mac’s determination and never give up chasing and harassing!


Apr 15th

Stonnall Phoenix   5:0   Pelsall Villa Colts

Mac, Louis, Charlie, DJ, Ennis

This was Stonnall’s last match of the 1st Half League and the home side enjoyed a winning conclusion with a display of passing, attacking football to overwhelm the visitors.

Straight from the kick off, Phoenix were positive and pinned Pelsall in their own half and eventually the pressure was to be decisive. Mac got on the end of a goal kick from the visitors and charged through the defence. Good control gave him an opening and he made no mistake to score past the keeper for 1:0 after 9 mins.

A period of more even possession followed with Pelsall enjoying their best period of the match forcing a number of corners. The Stonnall defence remained solid though and reduced Pelsall to few shots on goal. Alfie made a fingertip save during this time to maintain the slender lead.

With five mins left of the half, Phoenix took control of the game with a three goal salvo. Firstly, Mac got free down the right and a searching cross was met by ‘fox in the box’ Louis who unerringly shot into the net for his fourth goal of an ever improving season. Then after a penalty which was saved by the imposing Pelsall keeper, Charlie was first to react to a deep ball from the back and was able to prod the ball past the keeper into the net for a 3:0 lead. On the stroke of half time, a rampant Phoenix made it 4:0 when Tom P. made a persevering right wing run and crossed for DJ to score high into the net after a far post run.

With respect to Pelsall, their heads never dropped and indeed could have scored on a couple of occasions but the defence of Roo, Dylan, and Harry backed up by Alfie are looking more assured every game and this would be a second clean sheet in a row. Roo and DJ were overlapping well and with a minute to go of added time following injuries to Dylan and Alfie, Roo put in a cross to the far post where Ennis took his time to pick his spot and make the final score 5:0.

This was a mature performance in a weather interrupted season where Stonnall Phoenix showed their quality with every player making a significant contribution to an entertaining game.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

On the back of last weeks performance v Mahal this was a very solid performance by everyone.

Again the positional play was excellent and the balance of play through phases was very good, it proves that the training is paying off lads!


This was awarded by the referee who also had an excellent game, it was awarded to team Captain Charlie – well done Charlie for a solid driving performance with excellent attitude.


Mar 25th

Mahal FC   0:7   Stonnall Phoenix

Charlie 2, Zac, Benno, Roo, Jack, Crusher

Stonnall Phoenix outclassed their hosts to enjoy the most comprehensive win of the season so far.

With regular strikers Mac and Louis absent, it was a chance for Benno and Charlie to be pushed forward and it was the Captain who struck first after good work on the left wing by Tom in the second minute. That combination would work later in the game too as the visitors took a grip on the game.

Phoenix were passing and moving well and soaking up any Mahal pressure effectively at the back. The score remained at 0:1 though until a tactical move proved decisive. Jack was moved further up the pitch and Zack replaced the industrious Tom on the wing. Almost immediately Charlie, now in his more familiar midfield role found Zack in acres of space who took his time and finished with composure to make it 0:2. Then, three minutes later in the 28th minute, Jack made a great run down the left and prodded a ball into the box passed the keeper from the tightest of angles. Benno was in the right place to score from a yard out for 0:3.

More pressure followed and Roo delivered a number of dangerous corners. Harry had a header saved on the line but then Roo found the top corner himself direct from a corner after a defensive deflection and good back post pressure by Crusher. That was the 3rd goal in seven minutes to end the half 0:4 to the visitors.

Straight after the break, despite renewed impetus from Mahal, Charlie was finding space on the ball and a wavy run and pass found Jack running into the area. He made no mistake for a deserved goal. 0:5 after 36 minutes. Then Charlie got his second of the game and 21st of the season with another assist from Tom in the 51st minute. Nine minutes later, Roo sent in another dangerous corner and Crusher got his deserved goal for a solid performance for 0:7.

A very good performance from Stonnall was rewarded with seven goals and despite a lack of regular forwards, the whole team took responsibility with Benno, Roo and Zack getting their first goals of the season.

MOTM:  Crusher (awarded by Nick) Solid and determined all round performance and good positioning for his goal.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

This was a brilliant performance by everyone from start to finish. The formation worked perfectly with all positions well covered and dominated.

This was the game when all the training we put in came together – very well done lads and greatly deserved for all your hard work.


This was awarded by the Stonnall parents and goes to Tom (Crusher) moved from playing as a two in front of the back three to a strikers role, aggressive in the correct way, very determined and never stopped running, also got on the score sheet – well done Tom, a brilliant performance to be proud of.