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Match Report – Jun 16th

Stonnall Phoenix 3:1 Pelsall Villa Colts

Jenko 2, Jordan

The best performance of the season ensured a Stonnall Phoenix victory in this last home match of the season.

Two weeks ago, the away fixture against Pelsall started evenly until an early goal by Jordan gave Phoenix the lead. The pattern of this game took a similar direction with the hosts first to register a goal once more after Jordan pressed the defence into an error and poked in his eighth goal of the season in the eleventh minute.

This strong start was exemplified by Jenko who, like his strike partner, was pressing high to unsettle the Pelsall defence. Six minutes after the opening goal, Jenko ran onto a long Liam throw to finish well for a 2:0 lead

Pelsall were finding it difficult to escape their half but when they did find an attacking break they were well marshalled by the home defence of Devone, Ennis and Ross. Ennis, particularly, was dealing with everything arielly and then either finding a teammate in midfield or clearing forward for the attackers to run onto.

On two such occasions, Jordan turned and shot just wide and then the determined Harry burst into the penalty area to win a corner. Sam’s free kick was also deflected for a corner.

With something to hold onto, the spirit and character of the Phoenix team was apparent. Communicating well in all areas of the pitch, working and moving for each other and competing for every ball. The midfield of Liam, JJ, Sam and Sedgy typified this approach, winning tackles and driving forward to create chances. They thoroughly deserved the 2:0 half time lead.

A lot of the attacking threat had come from a combination of Liam’s long throws, the height and reach of Jordan and the battling qualities of Jenko and this continued to be the case. Jenko again found space in the 6 yard box to force a corner and then in the 59th minute scored his second of the game. Jordan harried the defence into another error, took a shot from an angle which came back to him and with the goalkeeper out of his goal found an accurate chip into the area where Jenko converted a close range header.

Following the previous game’s 5:1 defeat by Pelsall, this was quite a turnaround by Stonnall and the remainder of the game saw the visitors endeavour to get back into it and force a number of corners. With 17 minutes remaining they scored from one of these corners to reduce the lead to 3:1 but a combination of dogged defending and good teamwork ensured the game was seen out without further scares.

In many other games this season, Stonnall Phoenix have battled away and played attractive football but struggled to take chances and have often come away with a defeat. Today was different, having scored three archetypal Jordan/Jenko goals, the display of togetherness and encouragement was evident and ultimately helped to record a rewarding victory.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

A case could be said for all twelve players in this match from the solid defence, through the linking and creative midfield to the ever improving attacking qualities but two of the players who demonstrated great fitness and determination to protect the lead are Sam and JJ. They are both achieving new levels with each game and have become integral in the Stonnall midfield. Well done Sam and JJ.

Match Report – June 6th

Pelsall Villa Colts 5:1 Stonnall Phoenix

Jordan

Pelsall overcame Stonnall despite the visitors scoring first.

Phoenix started well and were the first to strike on 6 mins after Liam’s throw in was snatched upon by Jenko who drove into the 6 yard box where Jordan took advantage to prod home his seventh goal of the season.

The away side were good value for the lead and the enterprising Nathan got on the end of Liam’s pass from midfield following good work by Sam and Dillan.

Unfortunately, Phoenix couldn’t build on the lead and Pelsall equalised on 16 mins and quickly took the lead two mins later. Stonnall were still able to carve out half chances and again Nathan, playing at wing back, roamed into a good position to get on the end of Jordan’s knock on after another long Liam throw.

A lot of Stonnall’s incisive play came from dead ball situations and Ennis tried a free kick from distance whilst Jenko was characteristically busy in his forward supporting role.

Pelsall scored again after 33 mins and it remained 3:1 at half time.

Phoenix held firm defensively in the opening exchanges of the second half and Harry and Jordan combined well for Nathan to try his luck and then Ross carried the ball forward bullishly from defence before being closed down.

The hosts effectively took the result away from Stonnall with their fourth goal after 68 mins and finished off with another three minutes before the final whistle.

Sam had a shot from another Liam throw in between the goals and it capped another improved gutsy performance by Sam who is finding his feet with greater determination and positivity in the last few games.

The final score was 5:1 but chances were more even than the score suggests. If Phoenix could have taken more chances the result could have been different.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Players who can play in a variety of positions are important to the adaptability of the team formation. Two players who demonstrated that quality in this match are Nathan and Jenko. Nathan got into a number of good positions to be a threat going forward and Jenko was competitive and determined. Both players linked up well with Jordan up front and are awarded this week’s MOTM. Well done Nathan and Jenko.

Match Report – May 30th

Wednesfield Sporting 6:0 Stonnall Phoenix

In a match where possession was shared and both teams dominated for periods, Wednesfield were more clinical to claim victory.

Phoenix started brightly against a team higher in the league and after good play by Sam on the left, he set up a chance for Jordan who won a corner from the goalkeeper’s save.

The good start was upset by one of the hosts’ first attack which led to an own goal after 10 mins to give Wednesfield the lead. Shortly after, Jenko capitalised on a defensive lapse and burst through. He couldn’t find a shot but set up Sam who shot wide. Then after more good play, Jordan found himself one on one with the keeper but his shot was saved and then Liam’s free kick cross led to a corner from which Jordan headed over the bar.

In this period of play, Stonnall were the better team and deserved to equalise but what happened after half an hour would prove to be decisive. Wednesfield came forward and their pressure forced a second goal and then a third and fourth. It was hard on Stonnall, without the injured Alfie in goal, the usual solidity in defence was lacking which gave Wednesfield the confidence in front of goal.

Jenko tried a backwards header from a ball forward but the score at half time remained 4:0 to Wednesfield.

Despite a fifth goal for the home side in the 51st minute, Stonnall continued to enjoy a fair share of possession and further chances fell for Liam and Sam after good work on the right by Milo and Oscar respectively. Oscar was unfortunately injured in this move and was replaced by Jordan off the bench and after a further Wednesfield goal on 70 mins, was involved in the final move of the match displaying good interplay with Sam and Harry. Liam was able to get a shot away as a result but the game finished 6:0.

Despite a heavy loss on paper, Phoenix competed throughout the game but were undone by defensive errors and better finishing by Wednesfield.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

This week’s MOTM is awarded to Liam. He was the focal point for the defence as a release ball and a back up for the forwards. He was the ideal player to have in a central roaming role as he competed for every ball and got into some good positions creating opportunities. Well done Liam.

Match Report – May 23rd

Stonnall Phoenix 2:0 AFC Willenhall

Jordan 2

A second win in a row was the reward for another good performance by Stonnall Phoenix in a match that was abandoned in the second half.

Phoenix endeavoured to control the match from the first whistle and a combination of high pressing and combative, determined football meant that it was difficult for the opposition to enjoy any quality possession.

Apart from one Willenhall attack which led to Devone clearing off the line, the direction of play was all in favour of the home side. Oscar was at the heart of the offensive play, providing shots for Jenko and Nathan as well as a strong run and shot across goal himself. Liam controlled the play in midfield and after a typical drive into the visitors’ half found space for a shot.

It was a good first half hour without anything to show for the dominance but in the 30th minute, one of many corners led to the first goal. Jordan just about beat Nathan’s attempted overhead kick to nod in from close range for a 1:0 lead. This inspired the lads and more chances followed. Jordan and then Jenko both attempted overhead kicks and a resulting corner from Jenko’s bustling run saw Liam’s powerful header hit the post.

Then two minutes before half time another corner was awarded and Nathan floated a pin point ball into the near post where Jordan headed home for his sixth goal of the season and his fifth in two games. It meant Phoenix deservedly led 2:0 at the break.

A few minutes into the second half the game had to be abandoned on the grounds of player safety after a melee.

Stonnall would have undoubtedly gone on to win this game. They created the better chances and with the opposition losing their composure would surely have gone on to score more goals.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Bruce has awarded this week’s MOTM to Oscar. His strong, mazy runs led to many chances and he was a constant threat going forward. Well done Oscar.

Match Report – May 9th

Jubilee Jaguars 1:5 Stonnall Phoenix

Jenko, Jordan 3, Oscar

Stonnall Phoenix dominated throughout but had to be patient before claiming the victory in the second half.

The visitors started the match well and nearly scored from Oscar and Jordan efforts from a number of corners. The game was played mainly in the hosts’ half as Phoenix pressed effectively forcing many dead ball situations. Jenko forced a save and Jordan headed over the bar, then Liam and Joe tried from distance.

Jaguars held out until the 26th minute when a solid defensive header by Ennis found its way into the opposition penalty area and an onrushing Jenko challenged the goalkeeper with the loose ball bouncing off him into the net. Despite further shots from Oscar, Nathan and JJ, the lead remained 0:1 to Stonnall at half time.

The defence of Joe, Ennis and Ross had protected goalkeeper Alfie well with Liam and JJ marshalling the midfield and supplying the forwards with searching passes. Alfie had very little to do in the first half but a minute into the second half a speculative ball into the box bounced over him for an equalising goal. Just three minutes later though, the lead was restored with Jordan’s looping backwards header from Liam’s throw in. Confidence started to flow now and further corners resulted in efforts from JJ and Jordan over the bar before Jordan twisted and turned in the area and poked the ball in for his second and Stonnall’s third goal for a 3:1 lead after 63 minutes.

Just three minutes later, Oscar made a typically strong and bustly run before being fouled for a penalty. Jordan stepped up and coolly scored from the spot to complete a second half hatrick. Oscar again found space but shot over before getting on the score sheet himself with a volley from another corner to make it 5:1. There was still time for Nathan, who had linked up play well throughout the game, to hook a volley just over the bar.

A well deserved victory from a patient and determined team effort. Jubilee Jaguars made it difficult in the first half by swarming defenders around the ball but once spaces started to open up in the second half, Phoenix adapted well to settle the game in their favour.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

When you dominate a game in terms of possession, you need someone to step up to convert the chances created. Good pressure all over the pitch lead to mistakes by the opposition which attacking players like Oscar, Nathan, Milo, Jenko and Dillan were able to take advantage of to create chances. One player though ultimately made the difference in terms of the scoreline by being a constant threat and was rewarded with his first hatrick. Bruce has given this week’s MOTM to Jordan. Well done Jordan.

May 2nd – Match Report – Friendly

Stonnall Phoenix 1:6 Castle Vale

Nathan

Castle Vale were dominant for much of this friendly as Stonnall struggled to repeat the good form of last week.

The visitors started on the front foot and scored from close range after 4 minutes following a corner and continued their domination of the first half scoring twice more in the first 20 minutes.

It was disappointing for Phoenix having played so well against the league leaders last week to not be able to carry that performance into this match. The team just couldn’t get a foothold in the game. There was very little possession in the opposition half and the defence were constantly under pressure. The score remained 0:3 at half time.

After a good pep talk amongst the players and coaches during half time, the lads resolved to dominate the play more and work harder on keeping the ball.

And so it proved, a much better performance in the second half lead to several chances to score. Early in the half, Milo played overlapping Joe down the wing and his foray forced a corner. Then, good interplay by Dillan, Devone, Joe and Nathan showed the short and snappy passing which the team are capable of.

Castle vale had scored two more for a 0:5 lead but Stonnall’s performance was much better in the second half and they deserved the penalty which was awarded in the 80th minute. Nathan’s enterprising roaming role behind Oscar and Jordan meant he was enjoying lots of possession and he played in Jenko whose run was ended with a foul in the area. Nathan stepped up and dispatched the penalty high into the net.

The visitors were awarded a penalty of their own to end the match in their favour 1:6.

For much of the first half, Stonnall Phoenix, missing several key players, couldn’t cope with the physicality of the opposition but having regrouped at half time, gave an improved display and something positive to take away and work on.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Amongst several better second half performances as mentioned, one of the players who showed grit and determination, encouraging his teammates and was at the centre of the action was Jenko. For his team leading and example setting performance, he deserves this week’s MOTM. Well done Jenko.

April 25th – Match Report

Brownhills Community Colts 1:0 Stonnall Phoenix

A competitive game was settled by a second half goal after a good display by Stonnall Phoenix.

Despite the home side’s lofty position in the league, Phoenix matched them toe to toe in a goalless first half. Indeed Stonnall enjoyed an equal share of opposition half possession and were unlucky not to go ahead courtesy of a trademark Ennis shot from 25 yards, the ball bouncing off the bar. That followed good hold up play by Sam who had also found himself in space in the penalty area a few minutes beforehand. Jordan turned neatly to set up that chance and soon after showed his tiptoeing quality to run through the defence to shoot narrowly wide. The same two players combined again later in the first half and Sam won a corner after the keeper saved his shot.

Defensively, Phoenix looked strong with a back three of Devone, Ross and Ennis coping determinedly with Brownhills’ attacks. With industrious Liam and JJ protecting the back three, it proved a stubborn rear guard and Brownhills were finding it increasingly frustrating not being able to break through. Alfie saved well at his nearpost and any corner kicks were dealt with effectively with Sedgy, Liam and JJ particularly doing well to clear the danger.

The second half started with the home side pressing harder for a breakthrough and in the 47th minute, a scrappy goal gave them the lead. Apart from a speculative looping effort which struck the top of the bar, there was little further danger in Stonnall’s penalty box as the defence continued to frustrate the opposition.

In attack, Nathan and Oscar were enterprising and late on in the game carved out the best opportunity to equalise. Nathan collected the ball in midfield and finding a little space, turned and threaded a searching ball for the onrushing Oscar to run on to. His shot was on target but was turned round the post by the goalkeeper. The game finished shortly after with a 1:0 home win.

Despite the loss, it was a cohesive team effort to neutralise the league leaders’ threat. All the lads played their part in a much improved display. Link up play, communication and passing to feet is something that has been worked on in training and the improvements could be seen here.

Report by Pete H.

Man of The Match

It was a strong defensive performance and credit should be paid to Devone, Ross and Ennis for coping admirably with great resilience and determination in a new formation. A feature of the game though, was the growing understanding in the defensive midfield positions. Liam and JJ worked well together, communicating and linking the defence with the wide players and the front three and Bruce has awarded them this week’s MOTM. Well done Liam and JJ.

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.