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.