Phoenix started 2017 with a strong performance away from home, taking home a point from Barnes, though it could arguably have been all 3.
A squad of 17 meant a selection headache for manager James Little, with a number of players making debuts for Phoenix and the welcome return of Ed Dennehy and Tony Hoyne!
Phoenix started the game strongly and were ahead after 15 minutes after a long ball over the top of the defence was slotted home via the post with a half-volley from James Mabbutt.
Things nearly got better mid-way through the second half, when Alex Kohnert found himself one-on-one with the keeper, however his shot was narrowly wide of the post.
Stonewall had some good chances throughout the game but thankfully goalkeeper David Morrow was once again confident in goal, making several excellent stops. Phoenix too had several close efforts, with a great header from Neil Haffenden glancing the top of the crossbar and another good save from the Stonewall keeper.
Phoenix were put under a good deal of pressure towards the end of the game, and despite an otherwise solid defensive performance, Stonewall equalised with around ten minutes of play remaining. Following a number of changes towards the end of the game, Phoenix quite easily have taken all three points following some excellent link-up play down the right wing, but despite getting a shot on target, it lacked the pace and placement to really trouble the keeper.
Although it felt like two points dropped rather than one point gained, there are lots of positives to be taken from the game and Phoenix will go into their game fourth in the LUL table.