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Week up to Saturday 29th August Pilkingtons 2 Styal 1
Aug 30, 2009, 10:02 am

Pilkingtons 2 Styal 1

With Styal looking to get back to winning ways an away visit to Pilkington lay in wait on Saturday on a very windy afternoon.


Styal again started with another changed 11 to face Pilkington, even so, it was a strong side.


The game started fairly loosely, half chances at either end, but nothing too clear cut, the term ‘messy football’ comes to mind as both sides looked like they wanted to play with the ball in the air more than on the floor, something Styal wanted to change with the football talents of Garvy and Macha in the middle of the park.


First blood went to Styal, a long ball over the top which the Pilkington defender misjudged in the gale force wind, Chris Mcormack ran on to the end of it and ooly slotted the ball passed the keeper. 1- 0.


From this point onwards Styal looked stable, not many chances being created, but not receiving too much threat from Pilks forwards as the back line of Smith, Ari, Capsey, & Pownall stood firm.


Half time


After an encouraging team talk from player manager Cowley at half time Styal came out looking to seal the win. The gale force wind was into Styal faces and a few early long balls from Pilks lead to a few last ditch clearances, but Styal looked in control. Another chance fell begging as McCormak slipped through again only to be denied by a fine save from the Pilks keeper.

 All was looking good for Styal who looked more threatening, then newly signed Macha got through, surely the second, WHAT A TACKLE! The outstretched size 11 boot of the Pilks defender poked away for a corner, another chance gone begging.


80 mins on the clock, and Pilks grabbed the equalizer. An easy lay of from the forward man placed it backed to Pilks unmarked midfielder who half volleyed into the bottom corner. A draw looked the more likely outcome now.


Injury time approached, then Pilks were awarded a very soft free kick 25 yards from goal. The striker placed the ball down, Cowley set up a decent wall; surely not! In came the free kick and the ball finds its way through the wall and into the bottom of the net.


Full time Pilkington 1 Styal 2

Another blow to Styal’s start to the season, but a much more encouraging performance from a team who are starting to gel. A draw would have been a fair reflection of the game but it wasn’t to be.Styal need to get their heads up as Middlewich now await them in the league cup on Saturday. 2.30pmkick off at Styal’s Altrincham Road ground


Thurs 27th Middlewich Town Res 2 Styal Res 3; Tues 25th Styal 0 Trafford Res 2

Sat 22nd August - Golborne Sports 2 Styal 4; Pilkington Res 3 Styal Res 3
Aug 23, 2009, 8:54 am

Reports to follow when received!!

Thursday 20th Aug, Styal Res 8 Denton Town Res 1, Tuesday 18th Styal 1 Woodley 3
Aug 22, 2009, 7:15 am

Reports to follow when received

Sat 16th Aug, Linotype/CHN 2 Styal 1; Rylands/Crosfields Res 3 Styal Res1
Aug 16, 2009, 9:41 am

Report to follow on 1st team game

Rylands/Crosfields Res 3 Styal Res 1

The effect of holidays and injuries were very apparent in Styal's line up, with new faces introduced and old ones brought back. Styal started well looking comfortable at the back and midfield with Costain and Davies looking a threat upfront.

However, misfortune struck with only 10 minutes gone when Osborne caught a high ball in the Styal goal and clashed heads with the Rylands centre forward. After a lengthy delay the Styal keeper ended up on his way to hospital with a suspected broken nose and the Rylands forward returned well bandaged. Tottey took the keepers gloves and Davies slotted into midfield as Styal’s lone sub, veteran Takiar was introduced upfront. Mark Collins tenacious work in the middle of the park helped Styal continue where they had left off, both Collins and Costain had efforts on goal as Styal became more adventurous as the half developed. Rylands came back towards the end of the half and mounted a series of attacks and scored a crucial goal just before the break to take a 1-0 lead.

Styal again started the second half well Taylor, Stanneylands and Rodgers bossed the Rylands forwards and Matt Statham made progress from left back always seeking to get into the final third. As the half went on Rylands moved the ball better in midfield and started creating space for their forwards to run into. McCready who had a good game took a knock and limped off leaving Styal with 10 men on the pitch and giving Rylands more space to exploit. Tottey made some heroic saves but was beaten twice by forwards bearing down on him after getting past the back line. To their credit Styal kept going and Costain got reward for his efforts upfront as he latched onto a through ball from Statham, rounded the keeper and slotted home.

Thursday 14th August Styal Res 2 Middlewich Town Res 2
Aug 14, 2009, 3:22 pm

Styal came from 2-1 down to take a share of the points last night.

Report to follow

Sat 8th August Greenhals Padgate SO Res 0 Styal Res 2
Aug 10, 2009, 7:33 am

With no fewer than 6 new faces and a new manager/keeper in charge Styal Reserves had an excellent opening day win in the Warrington sunshine. Opting for an attacking looking formation Styal took a little time to settle but broke well with Morony and Osborne causing Padgate problems down the wing and last seasons Player of the Year McCormack continuing his excellent form up front. Cowley and his new back four of Loz Newman, Paul Stanniland, Will Allman and Craig Smith were put under reasonable pressure but mainly reduced Padgate to long range strikes which Cowley dealt with well. Twenty five minutes in Morony broke the deadlock from close range following a flowing move down the right and great cross from young Osbourne who was getting used to his new advanced role on the right.

Not long after Styal doubled their money with McCormack firing in from close range this time after good work from Morony giving Styal a 2-0 advantage at H/T

The midfield trio of Hampson, Tottie and skipper Barnes worked hard to stem the Padgate attacks which came thick and fast after half time but the determination of Styal began to frustrate Padgate and this led to the inevitable red card for their centre forward. With the introduction of more new faces in Statham, O’conner Styal added some legs to the final few minutes and can be well pleased with the win against a side that will no doubt finish high in the table.


Styal kick off Season after summer restructure
Aug 8, 2009, 2:11 pm

Styal Reserves start the season against Greenhalls on August 8th whilst Styal's first team has a friendly lined up as new manager Chris Bailey assesses his options before this seasons campaign which begins on 15th August at Linotype.

Thursday 13th August sees Styal Res take on Middlewich Town Res in a 6.30pm kick off at Altrincham Road

Jun 6, 2009, 1:31 pm
Thanks to the many that came down to Styal Beer Festival during last weekend. The event was a success and enjoyed by all. You can enter the Beer Festival Website www.styalbeerfestival.co.uk to follow the feedback.
The football season starts 8th August.
Training schedule:
Every Wednesday 6.45pm for 7pm start
Bring trainers as well as boots
New Players always welcome

Congratulations to Player of Year Winners:
1st Team Players Player Danny Gregory
1st Team Manager's player Rick Harrison
Res Team Players Player Alan Osborne
Res Team Manager's Player Chris McCormack
'A' Team Players Player Marcus Kenny
'A' Team Manager's Player Paul Moore
Pictures now on website
Congratulations also go to Danny Gregory for winning the Cheshire League goalscorers award

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