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Spring Cup Match report

Date: 23rd April 2016
Centre: Bustleholme
K/o: 10.00am

Stonnall Phoenix 1:0 Wednesbury Sports Union
Mac 3mins

This was the penultimate game in the Spring Cup and one of Phoenix’s best results of the season.

The previous match against Wednesbury in a different competition had been won by the Div1 team 4:1 but Stonnall started this one on top with good pressure in the opposition half and the lads found the breakthrough in only the third minute. Harry’s ball infield to Charlie following a throw-in led to a shot from the captain which the keeper saved but Mac followed up well to score his third goal in four matches.

The rest of the first half saw the teams share possession and although the Wednesbury forwards were getting into good positions, Stonnall’s defensive line of Zac, Benno and Sedgy held firm, closing down and restricting space. When a shot did get through then Pembo was well positioned to save.

Stonnall were breaking forward well, particularly with Mac running on to the through balls or holding the ball up and playing in his teammates. On one such occasion, Charlie’s shot hit the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line. Jacko also broke into the box after a persistent run and shot just over the bar.

The second half followed a similar pattern with chances at both ends but Phoenix’s defence proved resilient and Pembo was on top form with a number of match winning saves.

On the final whistle, the lads’ reaction showed they knew they had achieved a fantastic result against very good opposition.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager 
Well done lads on a gritty determined performance against a team who ran out 4-1 winners the last time we met 4 games previously.
We have talked about tempo and method many times over the last several training sessions, playing these D1 teams has allowed you to witness/realise more than our conversations.
Remember we talked about discipline and concentration?
This was one of those games where it was needed.
Mac‘s patience and positioning is paying off with 3 in 4 games now, at the other end Pembo‘s kicks are helping the team to position themselves in a more positive set up, along with some great positional saves.
From Pembo to Mac and in between it was a great performance.
It was good to see Jacko working his way in to the box with great confidence, and Benno who had a really solid performance at centre of defence.
A very pleasing performance from every one.

MOTM: Due to the displays of both our striker and goal keeper I have decided to award Mackenzie and Pembo our Man Of The Match award.
Mac has now scored 3 in 4 and worked really well running through the channels against a good defender.
Pembo has worked hard on his goal kicks, made several quality saves and kept another clean sheet.
Well done lads.


Captains Comments
I thought we dug in well and fought and battled hard.
A great follow up from Mac gave us our goal, if it wasn’t for their number 3 I’m sure we would have scored more because we created loads of chances – he was a good defender.


Match Report

Competition: League
Date:                17th Apr 2016
Centre:            Aldridge Airport
K/O:                  10.00am

Result: Stonnall Phoenix 4:2 Brownhills Community Colts

Stonnall Phoenix’s last league game of the season ended in victory after coming from behind.

Right from the kick-off, the match was played end to end and in the second minute Mac found Benno in the area who finished well past the keeper for 1:0. The game continued at high tempo and Brownhills equalised in the fifth minute from a corner. Stonnall then found themselves behind four minutes later when a Brownhills forward sent an unstoppable shot from the right edge of the area to make it 1:2.

A breathtaking first half saw both sides playing committed, attacking football and Brownhills had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the score in their favour at half time. With DJ, Jacko and Crusher coming on for the second half, Phoenix had a renewed determination and following good defensive work by Sedgy, Charlie fed the ball through to Squiggy who finished well to equalise in the 40th minute.

The boys continued to press and restrict effectively and with 51 mins on the clock Jacko, who embodied the team’s dogged spirit, passed the ball to Charlie whose right footed shot beat the goalkeeper to restore the lead at 3:2. With the momentum now with Stonnall Phoenix, Brownhills were restricted to few second half chances but one shot narrowly went wide of the post after good closing down by Pembo.

With three minutes left Phoenix made sure of the points when Benno battled through following a ball from Charlie and scored for 4:2. There was still enough time for Brownhills to win a free kick on the edge of the area but the resulting shot was headed off the line by Charlie and the game finished shortly afterwards.

It was Stonnall Phoenix’s twelfth victory from sixteen games having scored 54 goals and today’s match was a fitting end to another successful league season.

Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager

Thoroughly enjoyed today’s game. It was a game of enthusiasm and determination, end to end from the first to final whistle. Over the last several weeks we have played some very good D1 teams, from these we have built on the positives, taken the negatives and worked on them.

Today we showed what we have learned from these games, several weeks ago we wouldn’t have competed like we did today. Our shape and positioning was brilliant, the tackles from both sides were hard but fair.

I’m really pleased, following the discussions lately and your ever important input, you showed you can play another kind of game. As ever we will discuss the very few negatives, and applaud the many many positives from today.

MOTM – this is extremely difficult.
Squiggy: Worked his socks off up and down the wing, a true performance of a winger, great positioning and a very cute finish for his goal.
Benno: Industrious strength with sheer determination and great feet – gave Brownhills defence a hard time.
Jacko: Came on at half time and changed the response of our attack with winning headers, tackles and playing some great one – twos and little through balls, you should be really pleased with this performance Jacko.

After much thought I am going to award MOTM to all three of you.
I couldn’t split it, so well done to the three of you.

Thank you to Brownhills Community for a hard/physical game – just what we needed, thank you also to Brownhills parents who were a friendly bunch and very supportive. A credit to your club.



Captains Comments

Good performance I think we battled hard against a hard team.
I would like to pick out Jack’s performance, he won all his headers and worked hard, also Squiggy for his wing play and getting on the end of my assist.


Match Report

Competition: Spring Cup
Date: 10th Apr 2016
Centre: Kings Hill
K/O: 9.30am

Stonnall Phoenix 1:4 Wednesfield

The team made a positive start to the match by pressing forward when in possession but were being made to work hard to regain the ball when Wednesfield won it back. The opposition had an early shot off target before Benno got free on the left and released a looping shot which the keeper just managed to tip onto the bar and deal with the rebound.

Shortly afterwards, Wednesfield took the lead on 13 mins for 0:1. Five minutes later, on a counter-attack, DJ was slipped in through the centre by Benno but was marginally offside even though he finished well.

Stonnall Phoenix were now enjoying a better period. However, in the 20th minute Wednesfield made it 0:2 after good work by No7 who was proving difficult to contain with his runs down the right.

The second half saw the lads passing and holding the ball better but following chances at both ends, two goals in five minutes for 0:4 put the result beyond Phoenix. Wednesfield had been more incisive with their forward play and were sharper in front of goal as befits a team from Div 1.

Better possession and good link up play particularly by Charlie, Squiggy and Mac lead to half chances for Harry, Jacko and Charlie and then with two minutes to go following a quick throw-in by Charlie, Mac wriggled free in the six yard box and finished well past the goalkeeper making the final score 1:4.

The boys can be proud of themselves, following three tough matches against Div 1 teams, that they have performed to a higher level and can take many positives.

Report by Pete H.


Message from the Manager

Regardless of playing a team sat comfortably 3rd in division 1, we always planned to use these cup games to use players in different roles, today we did this. Captain Charlie was taken out of his central midfield role and used 15 mins in each half, as discussed in training we wanted to see how others worked together.

Although the result shone in favour of Wednesfield we created five very good chances, Benno hit the bar, DJ finished but ruled off side, Charlie narrowly missed with a curling effort, Jacko dribbled brilliantly through a packed box – just couldn’t finish, with Mac finally scoring. Had the chances we created gone in our favour who knows…..?

So many positives again to take from today and lots of discussions to be had. I’m thoroughly enjoying these games as I know you will learn a great deal from playing top teams. I thought Wednesfield played a very good game and wish them all the best in their cup run.

After much thought I have decided to award Mackenzie with this today, again he worked hard holding the ball up and bringing others into play rewarding himself with another goal.

Well done Mac – keep working hard!


Captains Comment

Playing these d1 teams has made me realise we have to play quicker, again today we were unfortunate not to finish what we created.

We also need to talk more and make more tackles. Well done to the players who played in different positions, we should learn a lot from these games.

Competition: Spring Cup

Date:               3rd April 2016

Centre:            Aldridge Airport

K/O:                10.00am

Stonnall Phoenix 1:2 Wyrley Juniors Panthers

 A closely fought cup match saw Stonnall narrowly beaten by Wyrley.

The match, which was excellently refereed throughout, started with both teams enjoying attacking possession whilst defending solidly. This was exemplified after 12 mins when a looping shot from a Wyrley forward was acrobatically hooked off the line by Sedgy.

 The resulting corner, however, was played in low to the six yard box and was met first by a Wyrley player who poked home for 1:0

 The opposition were now enjoying quality pressure whilst Stonnall Phoenix were playing mainly on the break. One of these breaks had Squiggy make a left wing run and put in a quality ball across the area which Mac was inches away from getting an outstretched boot on. Benno then came on and immediately caused problems for the Wyrley defence with his characteristically bustling runs.

The Phoenix defence of Sedgy, Zac and Harry was well disciplined and with Pembo’s good handling and particularly a spectacular save, the opposition found it difficult to add to their advantage whilst on top.

In the second half,  Stonnall had greater possession and Mac, who had dropped back to a forward midfield role, was holding and linking up play very well. Following a few half chances for Stonnall, Wyrley gained possession in midfield and their forward ran through and shot from distance. The ball unluckily crept over the line to make the score 2:0.

 The Phoenix lads’ heads never went down and they continued to play attractive flowing football which was finally rewarded with two minutes left when a ball into the opposition box was flicked on by Squiggy and Mac shot past the goalkeeper for a well deserved goal to make the final score 2:1 to Wyrley Juniors Panthers.

There are many positives to take from this game as the lads competed equally for much of the match with a team from Div 1 and we look forward to the next match in the Spring Cup.

Report by Pete H.



Message from the Manager

MOTM was awarded to Charlie by Wyrley Panthers manager.

The result doesn’t show the true picture of the game, with respect to Wyrley Panthers we were very unlucky to come out of this game with anything less than a draw.

Apart from the last 10 minutes of the first half it wasn’t evident of the difference in leagues. The second half saw us very evenly matched creating a number of good chances and equally defended well.

More great positives from a narrow defeat – in training this week we did a thorough heading exercise – in today’s game we competed in the air and won a majority of the balls with a name on it!! Several weeks ago we wouldn’t have done this.

We also played with several players out of position or tried another position. Well done to those lads, by doing this you will gain the vision/challenges of those who play there regularly.

Tempo was up today from previous games, continuation of what we are doing will pay dividends, regardless of the score these cup games are also being used by myself and Wayne as measurement of where we are and what’s needed for next season. Much more of the same will be fine!

Well done lads.
Neil & Wayne
Captain’s comment
For some parts of the game we were in full control, we created some good chances and defended well when we had to. What we did in training with the headers we did in the game with screaming our name like we’d been asked to do.

The result wasn’t fair because we played as good as Wyrley all game.

Head up Pembo you hardly make a mistake, today you made some great saves again.
Well done Harry, Squiggy and Mac for playing in other positions.



U12s Match Report – Spring Cup

Match Report – Spring Cup

20th March 2016
Kings Hill P1
K/O: 10.45am

Stonnall Phoenix 1:4 Wednesbury Sports Union
Jack 51mins

In a hard fought Spring Cup Group B match, Wednesbury showed their superior league position (Div1) by coming out on top.

The game started with Wednesbury pressure but Zac, Crusher and particularly Sedgy defended very well restricting the attackers few sights of goal. Stonnall were playing mainly on the break and the pressure finally told in the 12th min when the ball broke loose in the six yard area and the Wednesbury forward scored.

Stonnall gradually came into the game having better possession and were unlucky on a couple of occasions when following good work from Squiggy down the left wing, firstly Ben and then Mac, who had come on, had chances which the opposition defence dealt with well.

Following half time, the game restarted with both teams having good attacking possession but Wednesbury took control of the game with three goals in nine mins to make the score 4:0. The Stonnall lads hadn’t done a lot wrong and were enjoying a fair share of the play but Wednesbury were more penetrative and had taken their chances.

Despite this, Stonnall heads never went down and they were still playing good passing football. With nine mins remaining, a break on the right saw Charlie fouled and from Harry’s resulting free kick low into the area, Ethan got a touch on to Jack who finished well for the second game running to make the score 4:1.

Stonnall Phoenix finished the game well and nearly added to their consolation goal with further chances but were unlucky to come up against a resolute defence.

All the lads contributed to a good team performance and will take heart from the fact that they were not outclassed by a very good team two divisions higher.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager

MOTM: Sedgy. Well done on a great performance as right wing back who saw plenty of action and dealt with the difficulties very well, constantly talking.

This was a good measure of our progress. Wednesbury Sports Union were a well disciplined and organised team. They were eager to be first to the ball and quick when in possession. All of this we have talked about over the last several weeks so now you understand what I mean.

We did a great job to go in 1-0 at half time, we must remember when we pick a player up from a set piece we must stick with them. We had two very good chances in the second half – on another day we may have converted them.

Be pleased with your performance against a good team – there are lots of positives and learning curves to take from this game.

Neil and Wayne

U12s: Stonnall Juniors 7 Lane Head Bullets 2

Stonnall Juniors 7 Lane Head Bullets 2
Goals: Harry, Jacko, Mac, Ethan, DJ, Charlie 2
MOTM – Pembo.
Well done Pembo, great distribution and constant talking to your defence along with two great saves to keep your team ahead.

League winners for the second successive season – well done lads, a fantastic achievement.
This is down to the hard work you have put in and learning to battle on with great team spirit and friendship within the team.
Today’s game saw some great football, in particular Lane Heads second goal.
Harry settled the team down with an early strike low and hard after racing up the left wing (where did that speed come from H?) Jacko scored with a neat finish into the top of the net from an assist from Squiggy who showed great feet up the wing topped of with vision to find Jacko.
With weeks of hard work and patience Mac got on the score sheet reacting quickly to Charlie’s strike off the keeper. Charlie captained the team well again and got a brace with his second a neat left foot place into the bottom corner. DJ raced down the right and powered home, Ethan’s determination got him on the score sheet from close range.
Behind every great team should be great parents and supporters – none better than ours at Stonnall.
Thank you for your hard work, commitment and encouragement, always willing and more than happy to help. We have a great team – a fantastic bunch of lads who really are a pleasure to coach but behind them are truly fantastic parents, aunts, uncles, grand parents, brothers, sisters and the pet dog!
Thank you for allowing the coach’s to coach, and allowing the players to play.

Neil & Wayne