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Mar 3rd

Stonnall Phoenix   3:2   Pelsall Villa Colts

Joe, Tom, Nathan

Stonnall Phoenix claimed the three points after a hard fought game in difficult conditions.

Pelsall started the better of the teams pressurising the home defence without creating any clear-cut chances. Phoenix then settled into a period of possession in the attacking half and were rewarded in the 11th minute when Ben was able to turn and shoot. The ball came back off the bar and first to react was Joe who evaded the goalkeeper’s dive to score his first goal for the team. Then just three minutes later, industrious Liam swept the ball forward into the path of the onrushing Tom who held off the defender to prod the ball in from a tight angle to make the score 2:0.

The remainder of the half was reasonably comfortable for the home side, despite a speculative Pelsall shot striking the bar. Midfielders, Liam, Ennis and Sedgy did well to break up play and any forays on the flanks were dealt with by Joe and Nathan, both showing composure to win back possession. When Stonnall broke, they did so with pace, feeding Fozz, Tom and latterly Harry down the wings.

The second half started with greater determination from Pelsall, now attacking downhill and they got a goal back after 41 mins. This gave them a boost and Stonnall did well to soak up a lot of pressure. Jack and Dillan, in the centre of defence, were busy with the ball swirling in the wind and Jack, particularly, was dealing with the conditions well to clear his lines with consistent reliability.

2:1 is a slender lead and the lads were striving to extend the lead. Harry, twice in quick succession, found himself in on goal after strong runs, one shot was blocked and the second cleared the bar. There were still opportunities to make the game safe and after forcing a number of corners, Jack saw a bullet header go over and then on another occasion, the ball found its way to Nathan on the left edge of the six yard box. He volleyed it spectacularly, keeping the ball down, and saw it smack the left upright before finding the net for 3:1 after 58 mins.

The second period of this half saw the away side apply more pressure and Phoenix did well against their physicality to retain their composure and keep playing passing football. Pelsall scored in the 72nd minute to make the remaining eight minutes challenging as they searched for an equaliser but Stonnall held on to record a deserved victory as the game finished 3:2.

Man of the Match

Wayne has commended both Jack and Nathan for their performances but has awarded MOTM to Joe for his energetic, box to box running. He did well to win the ball in the right back position and was always looking to play forward, capping a great performance with his first goal. Well done Joe.



Jan 27th

Wednesfield   10:0   Stonnall Phoenix

Table toppers Wednesfield deservedly won this game outclassing Stonnall Phoenix.

On a windy day on the home side’s 3G pitch, the result was probably never in doubt as Wednesfield are clearly in a different class, but what you would want is for the Stonnall lads to play with honesty and dignity, to keep their shape and discipline. This was certainly achieved despite conceding a lot of goals.

The artificial surface and windy conditions meant that a quick, short passing brand of football was the order of the day and Wednesfield are accomplished proponents of this. They played through Stonnall’s lines with incisive one-twos and triangles which meant that the Phoenix defence of Joe, Nathan, Jack and Dillan had their hands full for much of the game. The lads played well, but any little error was pounced upon effectively with fast pace.

When Phoenix were able to string a few passes together, it was their trademark attractive passing football. Wednesfield though,were very strong in regaining possession and when they broke they did so in numbers putting constant pressure on the visitors.

Despite the eventual scoreline, Alfie kept his concentration and made several excellent saves throughout the game. Up front, Tyreece came on to join the industrious Ben and provided a spark linking well with the midfield showing strength and pace.

It was 4:0 at halftime and the home went on to score six more in the second half but although it’s likely to be Stonnall Phoenix’s heaviest defeat this season, it is by no means Wednesfield’s biggest win and they should deservedly go on to win the league.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Wayne has awarded Tyreece MOTM. He showed some nice touches and link up play. Well done Tyreece.


Jan 20th

Stonnall Phoenix   0:4   Cresswell Wanderers Colts

The league leaders claimed the points but Stonnall can be proud of their defensive performance. It is no disgrace to have lost to the team top of the table and today’s all round performance was an improvement on the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Cresswell are a strong side borne out by their record of only one defeat so far this season so it was always going to be a tough game for Stonnall Phoenix. The lads held out for virtually the first half an hour with a display of blocking, tackling and cross stopping. When a shot did come in, Alfie was on hand to smother or beat away goal bound efforts.

Two goals in two minutes, however, just before the 30 min mark settled the away side and they looked comfortable at halftime at 0:2.

Phoenix were not out of it though and a goal back would have put pressure on the league leaders but despite solid defending by Dillan and Liam who were sweeping up effectively at the back and providing the midfielders, Sedgy, Ennis, Jack and Zak with the chance to attack, any clear chances were illusive. Once again, the first half an hour of the second period was one of tenacious tackling and constant concentration.

Brave Alfie made several point blank saves but the pressure finally told with Cresswell’s third goal in the 69th minute. At the other end, Tyreece was making a bright debut. His pace and intelligent touches make for an exciting future for him and he will fit into the team well. Amongst the other new players who have settled well are Joe and Fozz whose enthusiastic right back and pacey right wing play inject bursts of energy going forward.

Tough, battling Tom had made several weaving runs down the left, particularly in the second half, ably assisted by a skilful Nathan. It was on one of these runs, riding tackles, that Tom was able to feed the ball to Ty in the area whose half chance was well defended. Nathan then had a shot saved from out on the wing. Into added time and Cresswell scored a fourth to put a gloss on the score and with the last kick of the game Liam forced another save from a free kick.

The game finished 0:4 to the visitors but the lads can all be proud to have contributed to a hard fought display played in an intimidating atmosphere.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

With an appreciative acknowledgement of some brave goalkeeping by Alfie in the face of strong opposition pressure, Wayne’s MOTM this week goes to Zak. He displayed nice touches to move away from danger, finding space to spread the ball evenly around and was always looking to play the ball offensively. Well Done Zak.



Jan 6th – U15s Cup

St Georges   2:1   Stonnall Phoenix


Stonnall started this cup game on the front foot with good possession, particularly involving Fozz and Ben in forward positions. The defence had little to deal with and St Georges were reduced to long range efforts.

The home side came more into the game half way through the first period and it was one of these long range efforts that gave St Georges the lead after 35 mins.

Phoenix had looked off the pace in the first half following the Christmas break but the lads came out with renewed energy in the second half and after perseverance by Tom down the left, he managed to hook the ball into the box where Ben was able to loop the ball over the goalkeeper for the equaliser. 1:1 in the 42nd minute.

The visitors were on top now and looked to have taken the lead following a Liam corner but the ball unluckily bounced over the bar. Stonnall continued to press and again, St Georges only looked dangerous from free kicks and corners but another shot from distance found the net for what proved to be the winner in the 64th minute.

Stonnall still had time to respond and with Zak, Callum, Sedgy and Ennis all contributing to a more high energy second half. The lads kept trying to force an equaliser right to the last kick when a frantic goalmouth scramble was finally cleared by St Georges and they won a tight game 2:1 to progress to the next round.

In a game that could have gone either way, it was St Georges who came out on top but the lads can take heart from a better second half performance and can learn lessons from a lethargic start.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Wayne has given MOTM to Fozz (Jack). His pace and quick feet were a constant threat down the wing and led to many chances on goal. Well done Fozz.

Dec 16th

Lane Head Bullets   0:2   Stonnall Phoenix

Tom, Ennis

This game was settled by two quick goals after an hour of full bloodied tackling and goal mouth action.

After an initial period of the first half which was played in midfield but with little quality going forward, Stonnall took control of the play and their passing football was evident without being able to find a clear opening. Then, gradually with greater penetration, the chances started to come and following good hold up play by Ben and good movement by on-rushing midfielders, chances for Fozz, Mac and Tom were well saved by the home keeper.

In defence, Liam and Dillan were solid with full back Nathan, particularly, being a good outlet. His passes down the line to Tom saw the diminutive winger keeping the ball well and forcing a save or crossing for half chances in the box. Phoenix were carrying the greater threat increasingly but, so often, if chances aren’t taken, teams can suffer the sucker punch and this nearly came to fruition for Lane Head as out of nothing, a snap shot from 20 yards was heading for the top corner. But Alfie, with really his only save of the match, arched his back and tipped the dipping ball over the bar. A goal for the home side at this point (close to half time) could have made the result so different. It remained 0:0 at half time.

The game continued in this vein into the 2nd half with Mac doing well under pressure to cling on to the ball with his close control and release Tom or Fozz down the wings. Ennis and Jack were now having more of the ball in midfield and barring a mistake at the back it didn’t look like the home side would penetrate with any danger.

With Zak replacing Mac in midfield, his good touch released Tom in on goal and at last the left footer’s unerring shot billowed the top of the net for the deserved lead of 0:1 after 61 mins. Phoenix now had an extra zip in their stride and marshalled from the back by Liam, looked resolved to continue to press and just two mins later Ennis did well to win the ball and finding space going forward, rifled a shot through the keeper into the goal to effectively settle the result at 0:2.

Callum and Harry came on for the last few minutes and the latter, with his first touch nearly added a third getting on the end of a ball on the left but Stonnall Phoenix held on to record their fourth win in five games and sit comfortably in mid-table for the Christmas break.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Wayne has commended Ennis in his midfield role for ball winning and his drive offensively but has awarded MOTM this week to Tom. He was positive going forward and solid defensively. His determined runs into the box were a constant danger and his goal was ultimately the decisive play of the match.

Dec 9th

Lane Head Titans   7:1   Stonnall Phoenix


Stonnall Phoenix were outclassed by the free-scoring league leaders but competed well and were still able to show some good football.

Lane Head got off to the perfect start when their forward was first to a cross to poke the ball into the net in the 2nd minute and added to the score 7 mins later.

The game then settled down and Phoenix came into it more sharing equal possession. It was clear, though, that the hosts were the more penetrative up front and every foray forward was a threat. At the other end, Captain Ben held the ball up well for Stonnall and was well supported by Tom and Nathan on the left. Ben made a fantastic run beating several players but couldn’t quite get into a shooting position. The best result was forcing a number of corners but without reward.

A lot of the play was in midfield due to the smaller pitch and the visitors were very combative with Liam, Ennis and Sedgy breaking up play and playing balls forward and Joe and Fozz linking up well on the right. Defenders Dillan and Jack were not doing a lot wrong but the difference between the teams was up front where Titans have a striker who has scored 25 goals in 9 games. Phoenix held the score until the 30th minute and then six minutes later Lane Head added a fourth. 4:0 at half time.

Bruce, deputising for Wayne, rallied the team in the break and they came out with renewed vigour and energy. The second half took on a different look now and Phoenix were more threatening in forward positions. Jack troubled the keeper from a free kick which was bundled for a corner and Harry, who had come on from the bench immediately found some space down the left and got a shot away.

Although Alfie had made several brilliant saves thoughout the game, Lane Head added to their tally by scoring in the 50th and 61st mins to make it 6:0. Meanwhile Stonnall were still enjoying more positive possession and again Jack tested the keeper who tipped a shot onto the bar. Eventually Phoenix got on the scoresheet with a stunning free kick by Jack. It was no more than his efforts and the team’s endeavours had deserved. The respectful home supporters even acknowledged that fact. Lane Head put a gloss on the score by adding another quick goal but there was still time for Zak to wriggle into a shooting position but his shot was saved once again by the talented keeper and the game finished 7:1.

It was always going to be a difficult game for the lads, but every one of them played to the best of their ability and on another day the game could have been closer.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

When you play against a top team, every player has to work for each other, offering options and being brave in the tackle. Two players exemplified this today, never ducking out of a crunching tackle to win the ball with dogged defending. For these qualities, Bruce has awarded MOTM to Tom and Ennis.

Dec 2nd

Stonnall Phoenix   1:0   St Georges


Stonnall Phoenix recorded their third narrow victory in as many matches to climb comfortably into mid table.

On a day when Stonnall welcomed back two ex players, both sides fought out a goalless, but competitive first half. The home side had the majority of the play and an early headed chance for Harry was bundled for a corner. Several corners led to half chances for the home side and shots by Ben and Liam forced saves by the opposition keeper.

The best move of the first half saw Fozz make a mazey, right wing run and unleash a fierce shot which just missed the far post. Stonnall were well on top offensively and at the other end, a solid defensive pairing of Jack and Dillan were coping with any attacks effectively. New signing Nathan in only his second game, played out of his normal position at left back but his quick feet and close control made sure that any danger was repelled. He has a natural understanding with Liam with whom he played at a previous club and both players’ attractive play dovetails well with the passing game that is Phoenix’s hallmark.

In his first game for Stonnall Phoenix, Zakariya came on at left wing and made a positive contribution linking up well with the midfield.

The second half was more of a defending exercise for Stonnall as St Georges now had the swirling wind behind them but apart from a few corners and free kicks, Alfie had little to deal with in goal. Phoenix persevered and in the 64th minute a Liam corner was met with a towering header by Jack for his third goal of the season. All his goals have come from corners and with his height and strength, Jack is a real threat at dead ball situations.

This game always looked like a low scoring affair and with Stonnall now ahead, St Georges were hurried into trying to force an equaliser. Phoenix are made of strong resolve though and with every player determined to fight for the team, the home side were able to see out the deserved 1:0 victory without much danger.

The feature of this run of three wins has been the patience to keep trying to play their brand of football and determination to preserve the lead. The reward is a first clean sheet of the season.

Report by Pete H.

Man of the Match

Wayne has commended the whole team for their efforts today and in particular the defence for keeping a clean sheet. He has awarded MOTM though to a player who coped well playing out of position and considering it was his first full game, was very calm and unhurried under pressure. Well done Nathan.