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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



Nov 25, 2009, 8:54 pm


Big turnout required


Rick Harrisons Special Guest Beer is Dunham Massey Brewing Co's 'Big Tree Bitter'

Sat 29th Nov West Kirby 4 Styal 0 Cheshire Cup; Styal 'A' 2 Knutsford 6

No report on the 1st team game.  Meanwhile Styal 'A' took some time to get going against Knutsford and some individual lapses saw them 5-0 down after 30 minutes. However they more than matched Knutsford for the rest of the game and were unlucky not to add to the 2 goals that they got.

Recent results 14/11/09 Trafford Res 5 Styal 2; 21/11/09 Styal Res 1 Daten Res 3; Old Alts 4 Styal 'A' 1 

Sat Nov 7th; Styal Res 3 Billinge Res 1; Cringlewood 9 Styal 'A' 1
Nov 8, 2009, 9:28 am

Styal Res 3 Billinge Res 1

With Styal coming off the back of a much deserved win against a stubborn Poynton side, they were eager to make it 10 points out of 12 against Billinge, which on paper Styal were expected to beat. The team lined up as follows, John in the sticks, Anthony right back, Gaz left back, Paul and Chris centre backs. Marcus and Callum in the middle of the park with Mike wide right and Ryan Wide left. That left Matt and Bodders up front. Livo and Barnes warming the bench.

Styal started the game with great tempo and took the game straight to Billinge in search of an early goal. With Billinge unable to get out of their own half it was a matter of time before Styal scored. The first came on 25 minutes, Callum whipped a corner in from the right and Bodders met the ball with a bullet header only to see it come back off the post after a deflection off the Billinge defender on the line. The ball pinballed around in the mixer then fell kindly to Ryan on the left hand side of the edge of the box who despatched an unstoppable low drive into the goalkeepers bottom left hand corner. 1-0. Billinge had barely enough time to pull their socks up before they found themselves 2-0 down. The 'Jedwins' Anthony and Mike had formed a formidable partnership down the right hand side which Billinge had no answer for. It was a move by the Jedwins that doubled Styal's lead. Mike fizzed a low cross in which was met by Callum on the half volley on the edge of the box and the shot just like Ryan's was unstoppable and again low to the keepers left. A well taken goal at any level. 2-0 and Styal were looking good this could be embarrassing for Billinge. With Matt stretching the defence and finding acres of space in every attack, Billinge needed to press the reset button quickly. Marcus 'Gattuso' Kenny was putting himself about in midfield as usual, harassing the Billinge midfielders as usual and picking up a yellow usual !! but in his defence it was a harsh yellow for a nothing challenge. Styal started to get over confident and not pass the ball around like they had done for the first 35 mins, a few players were getting caught with the ball with which Billinge started to see a lot more of the ball than they had done. Styal back 4 had to be alert to see out the half. Styal 2-0 Billinge.

The half time break and the last 10 mins of the first half seemed to inject the Billinge players with a bit of self belief. They started the second half better than the first but with Styal's back 4 well organised found it very hard to break us down. Styal needed to up the tempo again. As always when you are 2-0 up the next goal is crucial and what a goal it was! A Billinge counter attack was thwarted by Chris who again had been outstanding all game, then as Styal had started the first half we passed it around with conviction and everyone on the Styal team had had a touch before Anthony Jedwin whipped in a fine cross for Bodders to meet at the far post and loop a header into the opposite top corner over a stranded Billinge Keeper. 3-0 and the game effectively over. With the 3 points in the bag Styal began to take there foot off the pedal and let Billinge more into the game and more into the Styal half. So a double substitution saw Livo and Barnes come on for Bodders and Matt. Fingers crossed there were no injuries otherwise Oatsey would have to come on. The back 4 of Billinge were tired and slow and didn't look particularly happy to see Styal's attackers replaced with fresh legs. A great flick by Livo nearly led to a Barnes goal but his outside of the left boot effort shaved the post. Billinge did get a goal back with around 20 mins to go, confusion in the Styal box led to a free strike on goal which found the net from short range, but it was too little to late. John wasn't happy to concede a goal after making a few good saves throughout the game. Paul was solid in the air at the back and Gaz had their right winger in his pocket! Styal ran out deserved winners 3-1. Good performances all over the park, another 3 points and the momentum seems to be back. Bring on Poynton!!

Cringlewood 9 Styal 'A' 1

Styal made a quick cup exit with a lack lustre display against Cringlewood. Trailing 3-1 at half time after a Davies goal seemed to have given Styal something to play for in the second half; Styal succumbed meekly to a team that wanted the ball more and used it well going forward.

Sat Oct 31st Styal 3 Linotype/CHN 2 AET. Poynton Res 1 Styal Res 2, Styal 'A' 1 Trafford Utd 4
Nov 1, 2009, 2:48 pm

Styal got a deserved win after another extra time epic with Lino. Styal Reserves outplayed Poynton Res to take the points

Poynton 1 Styal Res 2


Styal deservedly won their ‘local’ derby playing at times some of the best football they have played this season. With Poch away Loz stepped into the hot seat (and left back!) alongside Oatsy in a bid to capitalise on 4 points from the last 2 games and they opted for an attack minded set up.


Down the right young Michael was supported by his brother Anthony with Ryan Moroney went wide left giving Styal real width and pace and Poynton clearly couldn’t deal with the attacks down both flanks. That said Styal had started shakily and when they failed to deal with a set piece they found themselves surprisingly 1 down. However Styal settled quickly after that setback and constant pressure eventually told when Calum unleashed an unstoppable 25 yarder after beating his man with superb feet.

Marcus Kenny making his first start in the centre of midfield was playing the holding role with great experience and allowing the young legs of Osborne and Moroney to feed West and Chambers who nearly got on the end of several openings. At the back Styal looked solid after the early loss of concentration and it looked a matter of time before they took the lead. It came early in the 2nd half after Matt West broke down the left and his cross was met by Osborne (M) to tap in. One goal leads are seldom enough and several chances went begging for Styal; with the fresh memory of Daten’s last minute equaliser the last couple of minutes were a bit nervy but any other result other than a Styal win would have been unfair.


Good performances all over the park and on another day a more comprehensive score line would have been recorded. 7 points from 9 now and Styal are moving in the right direction now, level with Poynton and just 2 points off Garswood in third place.

Styal ‘A’ 1 Trafford 4 Altrincham League Cup

Styal started well and the addition of Richardson upfront added another dimension to their game. Both sides had early chances but Trafford scored on 30 minutes just as Richardson had left the pitch with a hamstring injury. The second half started as an evenly balanced affair but it was Trafford that got the first goal. Styal struck back after a good run by Roberts ended up with a loose ball in the box which Pugh turned in to get the score to 2-1. Roberts continued finding space and always looked dangerous cutting in from the right but shot straight at the keeper after making a chance for himself. With Styal pressing forward Trafford exploited the space they were allowed at the back to score more goals and effectively seal things. Lee Taylor did well as a stand in goalkeeper and Roberts deserved a goal to cap off his performance.

Sat 24th Oct Linotype/CHN 1 Styal 1 AET Cheshire Cup, Styal Res 4 Crewe Res 1; Salford 5 Styal 'A' 3
Oct 26, 2009, 9:42 am

Styal will face Linotype/CHN again after a Saturdays Cheshire Cup Draw. The reserves are back to winning ways again aftter beating Crewe

Styal Res 4 Crewe 1


A must win game after a poor run which had started with a defeat at Crewe some weeks ago.


This time Styal came out of the blocks with urgency as Poch opted for a full reserve team debut for Matt West up top and a midfield partnership of the returning Hammy and young Calum in the middle a width and pace supplied by Ryan Moroney and Michael Osbourne.

Matt West probably wasn’t expecting to have to take a penalty so soon into his debut but he did and will have been very disappointed to see his spot kick go wide, others may have shied away but when amazingly a second penalty presented itself he showed great character to step up and coolly place it the same way to give Styal a deserved lead. Ryan Moroney doubled the lead not long after with a clever finish from the edge of the box. More could have followed but some wayward finishing and too many intricate passing in the final third cost Styal further rewards.

Second half had much of same pattern and West added his second before sub livingstone scored with a need finish from a near post corner. In-between Crewe did give themselves some hope with an unstoppable 25yarder but the back four of Loz, Gaz, big Paul and Chris had a fairly comfortable afternoon.

A good win but harder challenges follow in the coming weeks and Styal need to lift their performances again if they are to repeat last seasons assault on the top places.

Matt West gets this weeks MOM, on another day he scores a hatrick but his all round play and attitude was excellent.

Salford 5 Styal ‘A’ 3

Salford started well and missed some good chances. Anderson pulled off a one handed save to deny a blazing Salford drive that was headed goalwards and worked hard to keep the players infront of him organised. Styal’s defence worked well as a unit and Styal’s midfield showed signs of improvement as Davies and Pugh worked hard in the central areas. Styal were the first to strike though when Pugh won the ball, gave it to Roberts who surged forward. The two forward players infront of Roberts split making space for Watts who took the pass and fired home left footed.

Unfortunately Styal’s resilience after scoring again let them down and Salford’s centre forward got clear of Whelan and Cooper and scored an equaliser. The pressure was intense as Salford with a strengthening wind at their backs pushed on and scored twice, once from open play when Styal’s marking slackened and from a corner when Styal failed to deal with a ball that should have been cleared. Anderson pushed a goalbound shot onto the bar to make sure it was no worse than 3-1 at half time.

It was Salford who struck early on in the second half as Styal pushed to get back in the game but from that point on the response was much better with Styal showing courage in the tackles and taking Salford on. Getting the game back to 4-2 with a shot from outside the box, Styal pressed with Roberts and Davies having gilt edged chances before Cooper strode up from the back and fired home to bring it back to 4-3.

Styal threw caution to the wind to get something from the game but the last goal came from a Salford break with 5 minutes to go to effectively seal a win for the home side. This was a much better performance but the players still need to raise their game another notch and work better as a unit to compete and start picking up points.

Sat 17th Oct Styal 1 Golborne Sports 3; Daten Res 2 Styal Res 2; Styal 'A' 1 Old York 3
Oct 18, 2009, 6:27 pm


Styal Res missed out an a needed win when daten scored a last minute equaliser.

The first team and 'A' teams both went down 3-1 in home fixtures

Daten Res 2 Styal Res 2


On the back of 5 defeats including last weeks comical refereeing decision that cost Styal dearly this was a game Poch’s men needed something from. In the event they had to settle for just a point as Daten scored with the last kick of the game to punish Styal for a string of second half missed chances, including 4 one on ones.

With late cry offs and injuries once again playing their part Poch started himself in front of the back 4, Michael, younger brother of Anthony Osbourne came in on the right with Stewart coming back into centre half.

Adkin gave styal the lead with a clever chip to give Styal an early lead and Daten were denied an equalizer by a brilliant Harrison save from a point blank header. Few minutes later they did equalize, but when Matty seized on a defensive error his shot squeezed in under the Daten Keeper to give Styal a 2-1 lead at the break. The back four of Styal stayed really solid in the second half and were untroubled. At the other end a series of one on one chances went begging and the inevitable happened when Daten won a corner with seconds remaining and poor marking meant a free header to cost Styal maximum points. Good full debut from young Michael on the wing, Calum growing in maturity in the middle of the park were positives as was the return of Poch and fine performance from the two centre halves.

Styal 'A' 1 Old York 3

Styal gave a better account of themselves and wth more belief and conviction should have taken something from this game. 

Styal stuttered with the ball early on but the defence was well organised with Paul Moore’s return and some committed defensive tackling kept Styal in the game. Styal had some good moments in the first half with Ben Watts and Justin Smith creating openings, but this was a generally scrappy affair with no flow to the game. Nil-nil at half time was about right.

The second half started with increased pressure on Styal’s defence as the midfield wall of 5 were increasingly opened up. Sub Will McLeod came on to play upfront and create an additional outlet in a traditional 4-4-2 and that seemed to have the desired effect as midway through the half Watts set up Pugh who fired home right footed past the Old York keeper from outside the box.. However that simply stung Old York into action and Styal’s legs seemed to go as the opposition walked through Styal’s midfield time after time racking up 3 goals in a short burst.

Based on recent performances this was an improvement but players will need to raise their games another level or two if they are going to start getting points on the board. It badly needs a cmpetitive midfield player who can set an example and motivate those around him whn the going gets tough. Training Wednesday…..


Sat 10th Oct, Eagle Sports 3 Styal 5; Styal Res 2 Eagles Sports Res 3; Styal 'A' 0 Quarry Bank 9
Oct 12, 2009, 7:55 am

The 1st team gets back to winning ways and the reserves are thwarted by a contentious penalty.

Styal 'A' 0 Quarry Bank 9  The scoreline suggests a mismatch and this was the case with Quarry Bank a couple of levels better than Styal and better by far than anyone Styal have come up against this season. Besides an outstanding goalkeeping display with a number of wonder saves Styal played with much better discipline as a team throughout the game and have given themselves something to build on for next week.

Sat 3rd Oct Styal 0 Middlewich Town 4; Golborne Sports Res 3 Styal Res 1; Styal 'A' 0 Atlantic 6
Oct 5, 2009, 7:47 am

Golborne Sports Res 3 Styal Res 1

On a blustery day in Golbourne Poch made no fewer than 8 changes from the 8 goal debacle the week before. With the wind Styal looked solid at the back and menacing going forward on the break with Chambers and Morony in particular causing problems. In the first 5 minutes Sefu had the ball in the back of the Golbourne net only for the ref to declare it hadn’t crossed the line. The Golbourne defenders on the line already had their heads down having apparently conceded couldn’t believe their luck. To Styal’s credit they made the break thru not long after loz newman found ryan moroney down the right and his cross was smashed in brilliantly by MattyStyal looked comfortable going in 1-0 up and vital away win was on the cards.

If ever there was a case of a game of 2 halves this was it, right from the start Styal were under pressure and only a series of outstanding saves from young John Harrison prevented the equaliser. When it did come there was an air of inevitability about it. The Golbourne winner came with 10 to go and a 3rd followed to kill the game. Golbourne did have their ctr half sent off for hauling down Sefu when clean thru near the end but styal couldn’t capitilise from the free kick and the game finished Golbourne 3 Styal 1. Impressive debuts from Mark Stewart and Chris but MOM the match was keeper John Harrison outstanding


Second time in 3 weeks the league leaders have beaten Styal but on both occasions it could have been different if the errors could have been avoided. Styal need to get back to winning ways and quickly.

Styal ‘A’ 0 Atlantic 6

Styal played well for the first 45 minutes of this game creating more chances their opponents but failed to net. Turner had a good first half prompting a number of attacks from deep and Regan made the keeper save twice early on. Although Styal played with more conviction as the game went on they relied on some late interventions by sweeper Sam Cooper who kept things tidy at the back. An injury to Joe Cooper forced Styal re-adjust the team and it was Atlantic that took a 1-0 lead into the break as they took one of a couple of sights of goal they had in the first 45 when Styal failed to clear despite numerous opportunities to put a foot through the ball.

For some reason Styal’s discipline went early on in the second half as the defence pushed on and the now flat back line was exposed by Atlantic’s strikers who were played in by Atlantic’s midfield. Three quick goals in a short 10 minute burst essentially killed the game but to their credit Styal kept battling until the end. Styal showed in the first half that they are capable of competing. Although some players performed well individually the collective unit is still some way away.


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