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Match Report Apr 11th

Sandwell Stars 4:1 Stonnall Phoenix

Despite a good start by the visitors, Sandwell Stars overcame Stonnall to claim the victory.

A bright start by Phoenix lead to a free kick after Jenko was tripped about 25 yards out. Ennis fired the free kick like a cannon shot into the top of the net on 4 minutes for a stunning opening goal. At this point the visitors were comfortable in possession and were finding it easy to snuff out Sandwell attacks.

However, in the ninth minute an error lead to the equaliser and this seemed to settle the home side and they turned it around in their favour seven minutes later for a 2:1 lead. Sandwell were running the play now and playing the more incisive football. Phoenix kept in the game during the rest of the half though and created several half chances. Dillan had a shot deflected for a corner and Jenko found a goal bound hook tipped onto the post by the keeper. Further chances resulted from Stonnall persistence as JJ battled well to bustle into the area and fed Oscar whose shot cleared the bar.

Nathan and Jordan came on to the pitch with good effect and almost immediately Jordan used his height to win a header in the penalty box and Nathan wriggled free on the right to fire a shot across goal. The hosts held the slim lead until half time and would have added to it had it not been for a last ditch saving header by Joe and a double save by Alfie.

Stonnall Phoenix were well in the game starting the second half but two quick goals from Sandwell effectively put the game beyond the visitors after 50 minutes. Progress up the pitch was increasingly more difficult against the wind and Stonnall were struggling to keep the ball and string good possession together. Harry won the ball in midfield and cleared forward to Nathan who had a shot saved for a corner but injuries to Liam ,JJ and then Harry only made the task harder.

Jordan continued to cause problems for the opposition defence winning many headers and bringing a determination in winning the ball when tracking back. Another highlight of the second half was a cameo performance by Oscar who hustled well and found space late on in the game on the right wing to cross for Sam to shoot on target but the goalkeeper was equal to it and the game ended in a 4:1 victory for Sandwell Stars.

For large parts of this game, Stonnall competed at the same level as the home side and perhaps deserved another goal or two with a bit more luck but a better ability to retain possession, particularly in the second half was decisive for Sandwell.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

With an ability to cause problems in the attacking half of the pitch and link with the midfield, Jordan was consistent from the moment he came on and looked dangerous throughout. He is awarded Bruce’s MOTM this week. Well done Jordan.

Nov 1st

Stonnall Phoenix 6:0 Jubilee Jaguars

Dillan, Nathan2, Jenko, Jordan, Sam

Stonnall eased to their first win of the season in a dominant display of attacking football.

The first quarter of an hour was almost exclusively Stonnall attacking and Dillan had a shot on goal following a Liam throw and Harry flashed a shot just wide from the edge of the area. It was good pressure from Phoenix and Jaguars were finding it difficult to get out of their defensive half. Finally the pressure told and after good work by Jordan, Harry crossed for Dillan to score from close range for a deserved lead after 17 minutes.

The chances continued and Harry headed at the goalkeeper and JJ saw a shot hit the woodwork after closing down and winning the ball. Then in the 26th minute, a few minutes after coming on, Nathan made a run to get on the end of a long Liam throw, getting the perfect touch to divert the ball into the net for a 2:0 lead.

Further opportunities saw a header over from Harry, Liam shooting from distance and Oscar shooting just wide after getting round the back but despite two offside goals, the score remained 2:0 at halftime. It was a dominant first half in which Stonnall Phoenix played with verve and confidence. The back four of Sedgy, Ross, Ennis and Devone were largely untroubled, Liam and JJ protected them and always played forwards and the wingers, Harry and Oscar made swashbuckling runs.

The next goal was important and it came ten minutes into the second half when Harry crossed from the left and Jenko burst into the six yard box to bundle the ball in. The fourth goal was just two minutes later as Jordan stretched to score following Nathan’s assist for 4:0. The goals kept coming as Sam side stepped the keeper to slot home following good work by Dillan and Jenko. Nathan completed the scoring on 70 minutes with another classy first time touch on from Liam’s cross after Ennis worked a clever free kick.

The lads were enjoying themselves and Nathan, Jordan, Jenko and Dillan could all have added to the score. Liam having taken most of the throw ins and dead balls and controlled the game from midfield, could have got his deserved goal but scooped over after Dillan hit the bar and then struck the post from a tight angle.

6:0 represents Stonnall’s best win for a few years and was a dominant performance from the first minute to the last. The goals typified the scorers’ skills, Dillan’s finishing, Nathan’s instinctive touch, Sam’s silky skills, Jordan’s reach and Jenko’s doggedness. It was an all round display of controlling, possession football and will give the lads confidence for the games to come.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

The whole squad deserve recognition today for a great team performance and it is difficult to single out one player for this accolade but it was the perfect game for Liam to shine in. He was all over the park, taking throw ins, corners and free kicks, breaking up play and commanding midfield. Almost capping off his all round performance with a goal, he deserves this week’s MOTM award. Well done Liam.

18th Oct

Stonnall Phoenix 2:6 Sandwell Stars

Sam, Jordan

A competitive game, with both sides enjoying periods of possession, eventually went the way of the visitors after a spirited display by Stonnall Phoenix.

A good start by the home side was capitalised on when Sam scored his first goal for Stonnall in the sixth minute. The ball was cleared to the left midfielder and finding space, he shot from 25 yards and over the goalkeeper into the top corner of the net for a spectacular early goal.

The first quarter of the match had seen few other chances, Ross and Ennis dealing effectively with any Sandwell attacks. The visitors eventually equalised in the 17th minute but Stonnall continued to break through midfield and force a number of corners. Nathan had a shot following a corner before Sandwell took the lead at 1:2, four minutes after the equaliser.

Then, Joe received the ball from Milo and his run on goal resulted in a shot after good work by Liam, Harry and Oscar on the right and after Jordan came on, he managed a shot at goal after causing panic in the opposition area. The away side made it 1:3 eleven mins before half time but Phoenix still pressed and following an Ennis free kick which was saved, the last kick of the half was a goal for the hosts after Jordan poked home.

The game was back in the balance and Stonnall had the momentum at 2:3. Oscar, who had been industrious throughout, went on a jinking run down the left and later on Sam and Harry put in dangerous crosses which, on another day, could have resulted in a goal. Unfortunately for Stonnall, the chances could not be converted and Sandwell scored three more times, including a late penalty, to put the result beyond doubt, but Phoenix still created openings resulting in a Dillan shot over the bar and a Liam near miss from half way after seeing the keeper off his line. The game finished soon after with a 2:6 result in favour of Sandwell Stars.

Stonnall were well in this game for an hour and showed spirit and determination, scoring two well taken goals.

Man of the Match

Bruce has this week given the MOTM award to Sam. Improved performances week on week have enabled Sam to get more game time and as well as being involved in many good passages of play, he took his chance and scored a great first goal for the team. Well done Sam.

Sept 27th

Lane Head Titans 4:1 Stonnall Phoenix

A much better performance from Stonnall Phoenix despite a loss in a match which finished in difficult circumstances.

The home side had the advantage of a sloping pitch and the wind in the first half and Stonnall found it difficult to clear their lines for long periods. The game remained goalless for nearly the first half hour with Phoenix playing mainly on the break and despite several openings for Lane Head including a clearance off the line by Ross, good defending by the whole team kept the goal intact until two quick goals after 26 mins gave the hosts the advantage.

Before that, the lads had carved out chances upfield with a Dillan shot resulting from an Ennis free kick and after a penetrative run by Joe on the right, his cross found Sam unmarked but his shot couldn’t find the net. Then good work by Jordan in midfield gave Liam the opportunity for a shot and following good pressing by Jenko, the combative midfielder had a run on goal. Ennis also had a header over the bar from Liam’s free kick. Had one or two of these chances been taken, the game could have been more even at half time but another goal by Lane Head ensured a 3:0 lead at the break.

Much of the second half was a more equal affair but with few chances going either way. Stonnall were more comfortable at the back with Ross and Ennis’s central defensive pairing improving with every game. Injuries to Sedgy and Harry meant that Joe covered at left back which he achieved effectively. Nathan’s performance in the second half was busy with good link up play, collecting the ball from midfield and interchanging with Milo and Dillan. on the left, Sam was enjoying one of his best games and close control and a good run gave him the opportunity to feed a dangerous ball into the box.

It had been a more competitive second half but Lane Head got their fourth goal in the 73 minute. Phoenix continued to press though and Nathan’s run into the box resulted in a penalty after he was fouled. Nathan made no mistake from the spot for a well deserved consolation goal with 13 mins left.

The game finished 4:1 to Lane Head but the last nine minutes had to be played out in a bad atmosphere after a disgraceful incident a few minutes after the penalty, the details of which will be the subject of a formal complaint.

That aside, the lads can be positive about an improvement in their overall performance with communication, understanding and match fitness all getting better each week.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Bruce has given this week’s MOTM award to Jenko. His box to box running with strength and energy was at the heart of the team’s good play. Well done Jenko.

Sept 20th

Stonnall Phoenix 0:7 Brownhills Community Colts

The first game of the season went to the visitors but Phoenix enjoyed being back on the pitch after six months.

Stonnall made a good start with an enterprising run by Nathan who was supported by Joe on the right, the latter shooting off target. Brownhills then broke upfield and took the lead in the third minute.

Much of the next period was evenly contested with new signings Josh playing solidly in midfield with Devone and Ross strong in defence. Phoenix came up against a mean defence that gave up few chances but after Brownhills scored again after 23 mins, Dillan ran on to a through ball but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper. It was the home side’s best chance of the first half and the visitors added three more goals before half time to make it 0:4.

Brownhills had made the game safe in the first half but Stonnall rallied and enjoyed better possession in a more open game as substitutes were introduced. Jordan and Jack came to the fore in midfield and new signings Oscar and Milo showed their talent going forward.

The visitors will be difficult to beat this season and added three more goals before the hour mark but Phoenix then enjoyed their best period of the game and carved out some openings with attractive football resulting in shots from Harry, Nathan, Ennis and Liam.

Although Stonnall were well beaten, they can take positives from the game in that the new players gelled well into the team, adding quality. Greater familiarity and organisation will improve with every game.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Amongst good performances by all the debutants, the player that stood out with a strong performance at the back and a determined charge forwards showing confidence and strength was Ross who is awarded Bruce’s MOTM this week. Well done Ross.

Mar 15th

Sandwell Stars   7:3   Stonnall Phoenix

Jack, Tom, Nathan

Sandwell overwhelmed Stonnall in the second half during a competitive and entertaining game.

The home side enjoyed the best of the first period with Phoenix struggling to gain a foothold. Sandwell took a two goal lead after 11 mins before Stonnall really got used to the pace and bounce of the 4G pitch.

Gradually, the visitors began to get better possession and a half chance came as Dillan found space in the box and crossed for Jack and later, following a ball forward,  Jack rounded the keeper but was unable to finish. Then Alfie, released the ball down the right to Tom. He passed forward to Jack who finished with aplomb to get Phoenix back in the game at 2:1 after 23 mins.

Stonnall were on the front foot having scored and despite Sandwell going 3:1 ahead, looked dangerous up front with Nathan, Dillan and Jack all working hard and putting pressure on the hosts’ defence. Demario came on towards the end of the half and made it difficult for the home side with his jinking runs and in the 36th minute collected a throw from Harry, turned and tried a shot. The ball skidded across the box to Tom who scored with a trademark rising drive from the edge of the box. Demario then fed the ball to Jack for a shot on goal but the score remained 3:2 until halftime.

The first half had been open with both sides attacking with purpose and the game continued in that vein into the second half. Before Phoenix could carve out any good chances, Sandwell regained a two goal cushion two minutes after the break. In a time of dominance for the home side, they added three more goals in 12 minutes to make it 7:2 after 71 mins.

During that game settling period, Stonnall found it difficult to carry on the good work of the first half as the lads tired. Nathan was, however, an effective outlet for the defence of Liam, Sedgy and Joe and held the ball up for the tenacious Jenko to shoot. Then, Harry won the ball and cleared upfield to Nathan who chested the ball down, controlled the bounce and lobbed the onrushing goalkeeper form outside the box, scoring the best goal of the game.

It was a deserved goal for talented Nathan who is playing with increased confidence week on week and as a forward is using his skills effectively. He followed his goal with another chance almost straight away but the game ended with a 7:3 victory for Sandwell.

Man of the Match

Despite the loss, they were many good performances. Three great goals couldn’t quite turn the match but deserve mention. A defence under pressure needs players to communicate and cover for each other and a player who typified this and is awarded MOTM was Sedgy. He plays with the consistency and team ethic required to be an important team member. Well done Sedgy.

Mar 8th

Stonnall Phoenix   2:0   Tantany Lions   (abandoned)

Nathan, Tom

Although the game was abandoned just before half time for a serious injury, from a footballing perspective, Phoenix were well worth the lead and would likely have gone on to claim the points in this 2nd Half League game.

It was an exciting game, played end to end at full pace and credit should be given to Tantany Lions for their positive play. For most of the first half Stonnall played on the break after soaking up opposition attacks comfortably. The back three of Sedgy, Liam and Ben were solid and communicated well. They were backed up defensively by Harry and Jack (Jenko), in his first match since signing for the Club. Sam and Tom provided the midfield width, getting up and down energetically.

In a new formation, Dillan joined Nathan and Jack up front and showed his strength in challenging for the ball and it was him who had the first chance when the keeper came out to smother at his feet. Shortly afterwards, Tom won the ball on the right and crossed into the box where Nathan found space and swept the ball home first time for a deserved 1:0 lead after 12 minutes.

It was a satisfying goal from a coaching point of view because it was exactly that move which had been worked on in training. Jack then tried a shot after a pass from the industrious Tom which Dillan followed up unsuccessfully.

Tantany Lions still enjoyed a fair percentage of possession but were reduced to wayward shooting and created little danger. Stonnall’s front three had been given license to rotate their positions with one behind a front two and this worked well so that the opposition defence couldn’t settle. Phoenix pressed and with Sam winning and keeping the ball well, he fed Dillan on the edge of the box who dribbled sideways, passed into space and the advancing Tom shot into the net for a 2:0 lead in the 19th minute.

Phoenix had scored from the two best chances of the game and ensured that Alfie had little to do in goal. Liam controlled the defence and midfield effectively and the lads pressed the opposition into making mistakes which they capitalised on, playing good, intelligent football.

Shortly before half time, Ben was involved in a challenge which unfortunately left him seriously injured. The game had to be abandoned to be replayed at a later date. Thanks should be given to Tantany Lions for the respectful manner in which they dealt with the distressing incident and for acting quickly in helping to make Ben comfortable.

The thoughts and best wishes of the Club and parents are with Ben and our hopes are for a full and speedy recovery.

Man of the Match

All the lads played well and played as a team but this week’s MOTM is awarded to Tom and Nathan. Tom gave his usual positive performance, winning possession, making strong runs forward and adding a goal with his less favoured foot. Nathan was dynamic and energetic. He showed maturity and intelligence with his touches, linking play and opened the scoring with the best move of the match. Well done Tom and Nathan.

Feb 2nd – Friendly

Stonnall Phoenix   4:1   Walsall Phoenix

Jack 3, Luca

Stonnall enjoyed their best win of the season in this friendly against a side from the Lichfield League.

The friendly was a chance to field a number of trialists and immediately one of them, Luca, took control of the midfield with good possession and forward runs and despite an early breakaway goal for Walsall, Phoenix quickly dominated and Luca set up two goals in the seventh and eighth minutes for Jack to turn the score around at 2:1.

The home side played attractive football and most of the play was in the visitors half. Any balls into Stonnall’s half were dealt with by Liam, Sedgy and Harry. Liam marshaled the makeshift defence with authority, communicating well and setting up chances further forward.

Luca got himself a deserved goal after 21 mins following a typical run and was unlucky not to add another, seeing his shot scew just wide. He added a bit of magic and trickery to the side. It rubbed off on the rest of the team and in the 35th minute Nathan and Demario combined to cross the ball to Jack who nodded downwards to claim his first hatrick. It remained 4:1 at half time.

The half time talk was positive without having to change anything. The need for concentration and to avoid complacency were paramount for the rest of the game.

Two more trialists came on for the second half, Jack and Declan who both looked composed on the ball. Playing on the right wing, Joe was his usual energetic self, providing pace and penetration in the final third. Harry replaced trialist Sam on the left wing and whipped several searching balls forward to the attackers. A number of corners were forced by both teams, but apart from a Liam volley, chances were fewer in the second half.

Phoenix continued to be solid at the back and Alfie had little danger to deal with. No further goals were added in the second half and Stonnall controlled the play to run out 4:1 winners.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Amongst many good individual performances and a convincing team display, two players stood out. Joe used the space on the right of midfield to run into and cause constant danger using his pace and close control and enjoyed of his best performances. Jack was sharp up front, working hard to find space intelligently, was strong on the ball and deserved his hatrick. Well done Joe and Jack!

Jan 26th

Stonnall Phoenix   0:3   St Georges

An entertaining game ultimately settled in the second half after a positive start by Stonnall Phoenix.

Phoenix started the game on the front foot and dominated the first 20 mins. Pressing the St Georges defence and closing down well, the lads denied the visitors any time on the ball. Jack was busy upfront and Nathan linked up well with the midfield.

Ennis tested the goalkeeper with an early free kick from distance and Harry put in a dangerous cross from the left but the team, although industrious, found it difficult to forge out any clear cut chances.

At the back, Dillan read the play well to anticipate danger and was composed in distribution. Ahead of him, Liam controlled the midfield and communicated well, organising the team formation. Alfie, deputising as captain, kept the scores level as St Georges came more into the game towards the end of the first half.

Following a number of corners for the away side, they took the lead in the 24th minute. Phoenix found it difficult to maintain the good start but defended well reducing St Georges to long distance shots which were dealt with by Alfie. The score remained 0:1 until half time.

The second half became more difficult to play as the wet and muddy conditions had an effect on the pitch and as Stonnall tired after their first half exploits, St Georges had more of the possession. Demario did well to dribble past a couple of tackles and drift into the penalty area but couldn’t quite get a goal opportunity.

The game was still evenly balanced with the home side searching for an equaliser. The visitors were still carving out the better chances but Alfie made some crucial interceptions, coming out to smother the ball or turning goalbound shots away.

In the space of five minutes after the hour mark, st Georges made the game safe, finally getting through the home defence to make it 0:3.

There was still time just before the final whistle for Nathan, who had enjoyed a lot of quality touches, to unleash a looping shot from the right wing which bounced off the bar. It would have been a deserved goal for the team to cap a good performance.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

This week Bruce has awarded MOTM to Alfie, who made some great diving saves and clearances to keep his team in the game. His communication was very good as acting Captain, encouraging and directing his teammates in a positive manner. He also wins dirtiest kit of the day displaying how hard he worked! Well done Alfie.

Jan 5th

Cresswell Wanderers Colts   5:1   Stonnall Phoenix


After an evenly contested first half, Cresswell finished the stronger to claim victory.

Stonnall started brightly, working the ball round well between the three man defence of Ben, Dillan and Sedgy and the midfield. Tom and Joe were tasked with getting up and down the flanks to provide width in attack and to recover to bolster the defence. This system worked well initially and both wing backs brought energy and speed. Joe was rewarded with a corner from an attempted cross and the forwards of Jack and Demario combined for the latter to shoot on goal.

Cresswell started to enjoy more control towards the break and forced a couple of saves from Alfie in goal and then took the lead with a bundled effort from a corner in the 26th minute. Jack later wriggled free in attack and shot over the bar for Phoenix but the score remained 1:0 at half time.

It had been a competitive first half with the teams trading attacks, the home side just edging it on incisiveness and the second half started in a similar vein as Jack tried a left footed shot just off target. Although Cresswell immediately got a second goal in the 44th minute for a 2:0 lead, Phoenix endeavoured to get back into the game with fresh legs in the form of substitutes, Harry and Jordan in midfield.  Jordan, using his height, was winning defensive headers and striding further upfield supporting the forwards when possible, which would eventually be rewarded.

Tom tried a header at goal straight from an Ennis clearance and had another shot at goal coming infield from the right but then the home side took control as the visitors tired. Three goals in thirteen minutes from the 62nd minute decided the game for Cresswell but Stonnall got a deserved consolation with two minutes remaining.  Jack and Demario combined and Jordan, on another forward foray, poked the ball over the line for his first goal for the club to make the final score 5:1.

Stonnall were well in this match for the first hour against a top three team but ultimately Cresswell were stronger at the end and converted their chances.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Whilst it was difficult to maintain the high level of energy throughout the game, the lads displayed a willingness to keep going to the end so can all take heart in a good performance. One of the players who exemplifies the maximum effort required and who puts in consistent performances week after week, Tom was strong in his forward runs and obdurate when required in defence and fully deserves Bruce’s MOTM this week. Well done Tom.