Category Archives: SP16 Team News

Sept 15th

Stonnall Phoenix   2:4   Wednesfield (W’ton Hammers)

Harry, Ennis

This exciting game could have gone either way but the away side eventually came away victorious.

A much improved performance by Stonnall started better for Wednesfield (Wolverhampton Hammers renamed) as they scored from a first minute corner but the home side stayed in the game throughout as both sides had many chances.

After Wednesfield took the lead, Phoenix started to gain better possession and during the first half, good play firstly saw Jack volley at goal and then Harry cross for Ben to shoot. Also, a burst forward from Liam down the right enabled him to shoot goalwards, the ball hitting the side netting.

At the other end, the defence were mainly keeping the visitors at bay and Dillan cleared off the line but after holding the score until the 30th minute, Wednesfield doubled their lead for 0:2. Chances were still coming for Stonnall though and following a swept pass from Liam in the 39th minute, Harry found himself one on one with the keeper and he made no mistake, slotting the ball under the keeper to please the home supporters. It was just what Phoenix had deserved and they went to the break just one goal down at 1:2.

It was finely balanced into the second half but Wednesfield were first to strike after 46 mins to regain a two goal advantage but just three minutes later Harry gained possession down the left and unleashed a shot on target from distance, the goalkeeper producing a save for a corner. The resultant corner kick, by Ennis bamboozled the keeper who couldn’t prevent the ball going in. Phoenix were once again fighting back at 2:3.

Although Wednesfield scored again, it still felt like Stonnall were very much in the game and, still applying pressure, battling Tom and then Ben both had shots on goal. The visitors certainly knew they were being pushed back into defence and despite the Stonnall lads taking knocks and carrying injuries, they all kept their energy levels high to create chances and play good football. They benefitted from fitness training during the week and this certainly helped them to perservere.

The game finished with a 4:2 victory for Wednesfield but the lads can be proud of their performance and endeavours in contributing to an entertaining game.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

This week, Bruce has given the award to Harry who put himself about, battling and tackling in midfield and was a threat further up the pitch with his flick-ons and crosses. To complete an all round performance his goal at the end of the first half got the team back in the game. Well done Harry.

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Sept 7th

St Georges   3:0   Stonnall Phoenix

The first league game of the season was ultimately settled in the second half in favour of the home side.

A disjointed first half saw few clear chances as Stonnall endeavoured to get a foothold. Much of the play was in midfield and after Alfie was unlucky not to save the opening goal in the 11th minute, he made several good saves to keep score at 1:0.

Ben found space to shoot on goal but chances were limited for Phoenix and St Georges added a second goal after 32 mins to finish the half at 2:0.

The second half followed a similar pattern as Stonnall found it difficult to relieve the pressure from the home side but on the whole were coping with the attacks, reducing St Georges to long distance efforts. Dillan, at the heart of defence was particularly instrumental in snuffing out any threat and displayed good composure.

The midfield found it difficult to retain possession, disadvantaged by Liam being unable to play through injury. Indeed, Nico, Nathan and Jack all had to have spells on the sidelines. That said, Phoenix were still in the game and it felt like one chance could turn it in their favour.

The endeavour was evident with Tom, Sedgy and Harry showing fighting spirit but the game was effectively settled on 74 mins with St Georges’ 3rd goal.

Stonnall then made their best move of the match with attractive football down the left and a good interchange of passes between Nathan and Ben. The captain then turning and shooting narrowly over the bar.

St Georges deserved their 3:0 victory but if Stonnall Phoenix can find a way to dominate more of the play then more goal scoring chances will follow.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Bruce’s MOTM this week is Dillan for his command of the defence and composure on the ball. A tough and accomplished performance. Well done Dillan.

Sept 1st – Friendly

Stonnall Phoenix   2:5   Brownhills Community Colts

Liam, Ennis

After a good start by Stonnall Phoenix, Brownhills were the stronger in the second half to claim victory.

Right from kick off Phoenix played the ball forward and gained a corner. Liam played it in to the back post and a mix up saw the ball tuck in to the net for a first minute lead. Buoyed by the perfect start, the lads continued to press and play good passing football and in the sixth minute doubled the lead after Dillan had won the ball in defence and after a good exchange of passes between Harry and Nathan, the ball was fed to Ennis in midfield who unleashed a right footed shot beating the keeper to his left for 2:0.

In the 12th minute, Brownhills got back in the game at 2:1 and this gave them confidence in their attacking play. The home side, however, were still creating chances and after good hold up play by Ben, he turned a defender and shot from 20 yards, The ball bounced squarely off the bar and was scrambled to safety.

Then, in the last minute of the half, the away side equalised which proved to be the turning point in the game. 2:2 at half time.

Brownhills were increasingly on top in the second half and took the lead after 50 minutes. The game had been evenly balanced up to that point, but as the visitors got stronger and were able to rest players by bring on substitutes, Phoenix had no such luxury. Indeed, they played the whole game with one man short.

This was instrumental as the game reached the latter stages. The lads tired going uphill and were constantly defending. Brownhills scored twice more for a 2:5 victory but in between the goals, keeper Alfie produced save after save despite a foot injury. At the other end, Ennis hit the bar with a free kick and then after good build up play involving Joe and Fozz, firstly Nathan and then Ben both rattled the crossbar again.

The last pre-season friendly ended in defeat but many positives can be taken from the game and with a full squad, we are looking forward to the first game next week.

Report by Pete H.

MOTM

Bruce has given Man of the Match to Alfie. The newly appointed Vice Captain commanded his penalty area, knowing when to intercept and when to stay back. He communicated well with the defence and made several stunning saves. Well done Alfie.

Aug 11th (Friendly)

Sutton Town  5:1   Stonnall Phoenix

Jack

This friendly against a Central Warks League team was evenly poised at half time but the home side were stronger in the second half.

The first match in the build up to the new season saw Bruce take charge of the team for the first time and favoured a 3:4:3 formation which proved to be positive and attacking.

Missing three key players due to holidays, some lads were trying new positions (not least Ennis in goal!) as well as the new formation and two trialists, Nico and Dillan, who were playing in the team for the first time.

In an exciting start to the game, Sutton pressed forward but Stonnall were first to score, Jack heading a far post Liam corner low into the net for 0:1 after just 4 mins. The lead was short lived though as Sutton replied two minutes later to equalise.

The game then took on a settled period where either side could have scored. Jack found space on the right of the box and fired in a powerful shot which saw the keeper pull of a good save and Ennis made a great double save to keep the score 1:1 at the break.

Captain Ben and the lads are being encouraged this season to have a say in decision making on and off the pitch and several lads contributed to the half time discussion.

Six minutes into the second half Sutton Town scored to take the lead and then scored another two to effectively secure the win as Phoenix tired but the lads continued to play some attractive football. There were good link ups involving Ben and Jack, whilst Dillan, the centre of three at the back, won everything in the air throughout the game.

The Stonnall lads gave everything and had to finish the game short handed as firstly Liam and then Jack came off injured. Sutton added a fifth in the 74th minute to complete a 5:1  victory.

A number of positives can be taken from the performance: Firstly, the attacking formation was exciting to watch, kept the game flowing and will carry a greater goal threat this season; the lads all excelled in new positions which gives greater flexibility; and finally, although the team were second best and were tired by the end, they looked like they enjoyed the experience. This positivity can be carried forward to the next match.

Man of the Match

The whole team can be proud of a gutsy performance, full of energy and endeavour. Commendations should go to Ennis, deputising in goal, Nico and Dillan who looked very assured in their trial game and to Jack who carried a threat all game and who will benefit from his more advanced role.

Bruce has award MOTM to Dillan S. for his towering performance in central defence. Tough tackling and powerful heading. Well done Dillan.

Report by Pete H.

Mar 17th

Wyrley Jaguars   4:2   Stonnall Phoenix

Jack, Liam

Wyrley Jaguars came from behind to emerge victors in a competitive, seesaw game.

Against another top four team, Stonnall Phoenix controlled large parts of this game and started on the front foot. The first attack by the visitors nearly saw the opening goal as Ben’s shot forced the keeper into a save and then again from Fozz’s follow up. This set the tone for the first half although Wyrley did take an early lead following Phoenix’s good start.

Whilst the home side played largely on the break, it was Stonnall that played the more accomplished football. Some attractive interchanges by the forward players, Ben, Fozz, Harry and Zak unfortunately didn’t lead to an equaliser though and when Jaguars broke forward, they kept the defence of Joe, Dillan, Jack and Nathan busy. When they did get through, Alfie was on hand to repel any threat.

As the first half came to a close, Stonnall forced a corner from which Jack scored with a quick reaction at the far post from Liam’s deep corner kick. Deservedly 1:1 at half time.

The referee commented at the break that the game could go either way and that although Wyrley had very good players, he thought that Stonnall were a proper ‘team’. A compliment to the lads’ style of play and attitude.

The second half saw both sides coping well with the windy conditions by keeping the ball down and passing through midfield. Sedgy, Liam and Ennis did well to snuff out attacks and set Mac, Fozz and Tom off on forward runs. Clear chances were at a premium though until, following good work by Zak, Liam found a little space to unleash an unstoppable 25 yard shot into the top corner for his third goal of the season. It was no more than Liam and the team deserved and gave Phoenix the lead at 1:2 in the 55th minute.

Unfortunately, it was short lived as Jaguars were panicked into urgent action and they swung the game in their favour with two quick goals to lead 3:2 after 59 mins. Then, seven minutes later, a fourth goal for the hosts settled the game in their favour and the game finished 4:2.

Phoenix played their best game against one of the top sides in Div 1 and following a 7:0 defeat in the reverse fixture in October showed great improvements to compete along side Wyrley Jaguars and on another day could have come away with a draw.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Wayne has given MOTM to a player who orchestrated the midfield and controlled the tempo of the game throughout with excellent defending and effective forward play. With an assist and a spectacular goal, Liam fully deserves the accolade for the second time against this opposition. Well done Liam.

Mar 10th

Stonnall Phoenix   2:8   Lane Head Titans

Ben, Mac

After a good start by Stonnall Phoenix, Lane Head eventually ran out convincing winners.

A very windy day gave the hosts the first half advantage playing with the wind and Phoenix were able to create a number of chances early on. Left winger, Harry came close at the far post from a free kick and Fozz likewise on the other side. Lane Head were reduced to shooting from distance and otherwise the back four of Sedgy, Jack, Dillan and Nathan were defending stoutly, regaining possession and Liam, Zak and Ennis were releasing the ball with searching passes forward. From one of these penetrating balls, a throw-in was gained close to the corner flag and from the resulting play, Ben collected the ball, turned infield, shrugged off a challenge and lashed a looping shot into the net for a 1:0 lead in the 28th minute.

The visitors were clearly rattled and were arguing amongst themselves. Although Phoenix held the lead for eight minutes during which time Alfie made a spectacular save to deny an equaliser, Lane Head eventually scored three quick goals to reach half time 1:3 in front.

The second half was always going to be difficult with the wind advantage now in Titans’ favour, Stonnall displayed a determination to defend as a team and enjoyed periods of attacking possession where some good football was on show and a couple of quick passing moves came close to rewarding the hosts with a goal. The attacks kept coming from Lane Head, who attacked in numbers, and they added two more goals. Then in the 50th minute once again Ben took the ball from a throw-in and weaved free from a challenge to shoot goalwards. The ball was parried by the goalkeeper into the path of Mac who made no mistake to score into an open net to make the score 2:5.

Liam then forced a save from a free kick but Phoenix couldn’t add to their tally. Lane Head scored three more quick goals and the game ended 2:8.

For large periods of this game, Stonnall Phoenix competed toe-to-toe and, for the first time, scored more than once against a top four team.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

A mention should be given to Captain, Ben, who once again under constant provocation, played with a maturity to lead his team with an assist and a stunning fifth goal of the season. Wayne has awarded MOTM to Sedgy who, filling in at right back, played with energy, bravery and a determination not to be beaten. Well done Sedgy.