Stonnall Phoenix 0:5 Tipton Youth
Stonnall Phoenix 5:1 St Georges
Tom 3, Charlie, og
Phoenix kicked off the season with two friendlies against challenging opposition.
Tipton, who shared in three close games last season with Stonnall were too strong this time out having already played four friendlies before this evening match. They were quicker and stronger and looked to have added some quality signings.
We wish them well in Division 1 this season.
Two days later, however, Stonnall Phoenix won handsomely against St Georges from the Lichfield League.
The visitors got off to a good start and took the lead on 3 mins. Stonnall then settled and started to play better with good possession and four minutes into the second half, a shot was saved by the opposition keeper but fell to new signing Tom who slotted home for the equaliser.
Phoenix continued to press and work for each other. DJ was making his trademark right wing runs and his snap shot deflected off a defender to give Stonnall the lead in the 52nd minute. Then four minutes later the home side extended the lead with the move of the match. A quick thinking Alfie released the ball to Jack, making his debut at right back, who passed the ball down the line for Rhys to run on to. The new signing then managed a suberb stretching cross to the back post for Tom who made no mistake for his second of the match to make it 3:1.
The game was more stretched now and the visitors looked to be tiring and in the 63rd minute, Charlie won the ball in midfield and fed it through to Tom who completed his hat trick with a confident strike from the edge of the area. There was still time for Charlie to add a fifth when the space opened up in front of goal inviting the midfielder to shoot, which he did unerringly in the 66th minute to complete the game with a 5:1 victory.
We wish St Georges a good season in the Lichfield League.
Overall, the two friendlies were a good competitive test for the lads including five debutants and showed a progression to give the team confidence going into the new season.