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Sat 6th Feb; Billinge 2 Styal 2; Styal Res 1 Rylands/Crosfields 2; Styal 'A' 2 Cringlewood 3
Feb 7, 2010, 10:24 pm

Styal ‘A’ 2 Cringlewood 3

Styal provided Cringlewood with more of a contest than they would have expected after suffering 2 heavy defeats at Cringlewood’s hands before Christmas. With keeper Anderson injured Declan Cavanagh made his debut. Styal kept the same back 4 for the first time this season and shuffled the midfield and forward line to cope with injuries. Styal started slowly and it was Cringlewood who struck first after 20 minutes when Cavanagh saved a free kick only for a Cringlewood forward to poach a goal from the loose ball which followed. Styal stuck to the task and started to get used to playing a midfield 5. Pugh and Ghassemi managed to get forward down the flanks supporting Davies upfront. Cringlewood hit the bar again before half time but Styal carved out a good chance for Pugh and then Davies was upended in the box in what looked a nailed on penalty; nothing was given.

Starting the second half 1-0 down, Styal dug in and Davies was rewarded when he nutmegged the keeper to level the scores. Cringlewood struck back to take a 2-1 lead but Styal were always in it. In the last minute a Whelan long throw was attacked by Taylor. When the ball dropped he was the sharpest to react and fired a low hard shot into the net. Unfortunately, you don’t always get what you deserve and when Cringlewood kicked off to restart the game a quick movement down their left flank ended with a pinpoint cross which was sidefooted home at the far post by their right winger. The last kick of the game.

Dan Cruse won everything and he and Lee Taylor were outstanding for Styal at the back. Infact there were good performances all over the pitch for Styal

Sat 30th Jan Crewe Res 1 Styal Res 1; Quarry Bank 4 Styal 'A' 0
Jan 31, 2010, 8:17 pm

Crewe Res 1 Styal Res 1


On as good a pitch as you will see in the reserve division Styal started like they were in thick mud on hough end! Poor attitude and commitment in a first half best forgotten and were lucky to go in just a goal down against a poor Crewe side. Poch and Loz read the riot act at half time quite rightly and threatened substitutions if things didn’t change quickly. Whilst Styal lifted their tempo a little an equaliser looked unlikely although Crewe were making no impression either. Adkin came on to give Styal more purpose up front, Poch added himself to the midfield and Loz came on to push Osbourne further up the pitch. With ten to go a short corner on the right from Osborne saw Loz beat his man and cross for Kemp who crashed home a header to lift everyone. The expected surge for a winner showed what should have been the attitude from the outset but despite a lot of possession the closest Styal came was Adkin’s blocked shot on the edge of the six yard box. A win would have been undeserved.


Styal’s overall inability to do the simple things right all over the pitch cost them, as did a general lack of desire and workrate needed in this division as a minimum requirement. That isn’t good enough. Let put this behind us and move on.

Quarry Bank 4 Styal 'A' 0

Styal ‘A’ conceded a soft goal in the first minute against league leaders Quarry Bank as they failed to adjust the bumpy frozen pitch and simply put a foot through the ball. This was not a pitch for playing football on and with a reorganised back 4 safety first would have been the better option.

Despite this setback they gave as good as they got and caused Quarry Bank some concerns of their own at the back up, Craig Smith having the best chance. When Styal’s left back, Whelan took a knock, Quarry Bank seized on the advantage putting in a second goal and then a third just before half time and giving Styal a major uphill challenge for the second half.

To their credit, again Styal never stopped working in all areas of the pitch. The defence settled down much better as the game went on and Cooper, Taylor and Cruse helped by veteran Oates limited Quarry Banks chances. Styal’s best chance fell to Bill Pugh who only had to pass the ball into the net from the edge of the box with the Quarry Bank keeper stranded…but he only managed to hit the fence behind the goal. With 10 minutes to go Quarry Bank sealed their win with a fourth (offside) goal.

Quarry Bank are now 12 points ahead of the second placed team at the top of the Altrincham League

Sat 23rd Jan Woodley 3 Styal 3, Styal Res 0 Eagle Sports Res 1, Atlantic 6 Styal 'A' 2
Jan 24, 2010, 11:06 am

Great result for Styal away at league leaders Woodley and it would have been 3 points for Styal had they not conceeded in the last minute of injury time when down to 10 men.

Styal 'A' were in contention at Atlantic until mid way through the second half. Having fought back from an early Atlantic strike to equalise, Atlantic made it 2-1 just before half time. Styal chased a further equaliser during trhe second half but Atlantic eventually struck and some quick goals followed. Styal had chances late on, Craig Smith bagging one late on.


All Games off on Saturday 16th January
Jan 14, 2010, 9:28 pm

Jan 6, 2010, 9:40 am

Training tonight 6th January cancelled

Saturday 9th January--All games OFF due to Permafrost

19th Dec All games frozen off!!
Dec 20, 2009, 7:28 pm

A Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers.

Next game at Styal 2nd January 2.15pm kick off--also frozen off. All teams hopefully back in action on 9th January

Sat 12th Dec Styal Res 5 Gamesley Res 2; Sale Rovers 1 Styal 'A' 0
Dec 13, 2009, 8:16 pm

The reserves won well---report to follow

Sale Rovers 1 Styal 'A' 0   Sale were the better side and created chances throughout the game. However, Styal were resolute and stuck together. Paul Anderson put in a man of the match performance between the sticks and Taylor, Whelan and Smith defended doggedly. It was credit to all the players that they kept Sale shut out until midway through the second half when a Sale forward latched onto a loose ball inside the box and fired it past Styal's keeper. Sale proved tough to break down on a pitch that was more suited to speedway rather than football and Styal's chances were few in number.

Sat 5th Dec Old York 2 Styal 'A' 3 Other games postponed
Dec 6, 2009, 5:34 pm

Styal 'A' outfought Old York on a heavy pitch in Stretford to pick up their first points of the season. The upfront duo of Ant Richardson and Joe Cooper gave the midfield runners something to work off. A better defensive display and a battling performance typified by Luke May's example in central midfield give Styal reason for optomism. A fuller report to follow

Thanks to all the folks that supported the race night on Saturday. It was a successful and well attended event. As usual this is vital as an income source for the club particularly as we go through the wet months



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