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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.

 

 

Message from The Chairman

This will be the fourth season of Stonnall Juniors, where has the time gone and where have all those little players gone?
We have three teams competing again this season in the WJYL.
I’m sure our teams and players will be very well encouraged and supported along with the opposition too.
Although the teams are in competitive leagues where honours and silver wear are up for grabs the most important thing is that the players enjoy their time playing.
Too many times, and still now players are put under immense pressure to perform with little or no enjoyment.
I’m sure this isn’t the case at Stonnall Juniors where the coaches know that happiness and enjoyment is paramount to player progression.
I’m sure you will all join me in wishing the players a successful, injury free and of course an enjoyable season for 2017/18.

Neil Richards
Chairman Stonnall Juniors FC

Match Report – Oct 2nd

Stonnall Phoenix   2:0   Newby Lions

Squiggy, Ben

Phoenix returned to winning ways with a morale boosting display.

Despite two recent league defeats, the lads didn’t show any signs of anxiety in their play and started the game with confidence and they were looking to reap early rewards with attacking play leading to shots by Ben and Mac.

Then in the 24th minute, Charlie launched a long throw perfectly into the path of Squiggy who cut in from the left, shrugged off a challenge and placed the ball past the keeper into the far corner for 1:0.

Although Newby were making threatening runs into the home side’s area, the defence remained resolute, aided by Alfie’s ever more well timed, smothering interceptions. The team pressed well delaying the opposition attacks and denying anything but half chances.

Down the other end, Charlie threatened the goal with a free kick and the excellent Squiggy was sent through one on one again but his goal bound shot was well saved.

The second half should have been harder playing uphill but if anything, Phoenix were even more dominant. The defence were strong and commanding, winning every header; the midfield were delaying and breaking up opposition attacks; and the forward line were causing constant problems with Ben, Mac, Squiggy and DJ all enjoying forays on goal.

The second goal deservedly came in the 57th minute. Alex came on and immediately threaded a bisecting through ball for Mac to play in Ben who prodded home to make the score 2:0.

The remainder of the game saw Newby rarely threaten and the game ended with Stonnall still attacking, indicative of their commanding display.

Pete H.

Message from the Manager:

This was a fantastic team performance.
What a difference from last weeks game. The pitch management and player position session we did in training was well executed, and as a team it was performed very well.
With respect to Newby Lions who like to play good football, we should give respect to ourselves for stopping them playing. The delay to set and press worked well – with more work of this it will aid team performances and possibly give you the result you want.

A few ‘well dones’ –
Alfie, the extra training is paying off, good vocal support and instructions along with great kicks.
Tom, Dylan, Harry, Zack all four at the back were solid and bought the ball out well and made early recovery runs and timely tackles.
Squiggy and Benno for their goals.

MOTM was difficult to award today. I could have given it to Squiggy for his endless running and neat footwork, or to the entire back four for their performance.
I decided to give it to Harry – he played out of position at CD and gave a display to be proud of, battled hard in 50/50 headers, won the ball and carried forward to midfield – take confidence H!
Well done lads this was a great performance from start to finish.
Neil

Captains comments:

We played well today and kept our shape: 60% – 20% from goal kicks which made a difference to winning the ball and having regular possession.
A clean sheet for Alfie, well done Sqiuggy and Ben for scoring your goals and to Harry for MOTM – well deserved.
Let’s keep it up lads.
Charlie 5