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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 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

Sat 9th May Billinge Res 3 Styal Res 4
May 10, 2009, 7:24 am
Styal Res miss out on runners up spot by only goal difference as their long unbeaten run continues to the last game. Report to follow

Styal Reserves finish on a high.

Billinge 3 4 Styal.

Styal finished the campaign on Saturday with another win, completing an impressive sequence of ten games unbeaten, nine wins and one draw.

Ironically the draw away at Crewe cost Styal the 'Runners Up' spot in the reserve division. Linotype pipped Styal on goal difference with a home win against newly crowned champions Pilkington's.

The games started well for Styal in difficult conditions, a cross wind and rain made the early exchanges tough. But some good early possession led to Styal creating one or two early chances. It was actually Billinge who broke the deadlock totally against the run of play when the Styal centre halves both seemingly went to sleep leaving the Billinge centre forward to nip between them and drive a low shot past the Styal keeper.

Styal responded well and were passing the ball well, cutting through Billinge at every opportunity. Having won two early corners the thirds resulted in a headed own goal from the Bilinge defence leaving the score

1-1 after 20 minutes. Styal continued to press with Nolan, Condon and Moore all having shots. But again it was Billinge who took the lead from a wicked deflection from a corner leaving Styal stunned after 25 minutes.

The away side continued to pass the ball and always looked like scoring.

Danny Gregory levelled again for Styal, driving the ball home off the keeper into the bottom left hand corner. With spirits lifted Styal then took control and scored a third on 42 minutes with a first goal from Anthony Osborne, scoring from an acute angle after a good passing move down the right flank, the timing could not have been more perfect with only 2 minutes to go till half time, stunning the home side.

The second half saw Bilinge have more possession, but Styal were still in control and looked like pressing on to score a fourth. But it was Billinge who scored again and the third on 55 minutes with a decent strike levelling the games at 3-3. Having come this far the away side were not ready to cave in and give up the ghost. On 65 minutes Styal were rewarded when Nolan and Osborne combined down the right flank, a scramble in the box resulted in the ball breaking to Sean Nolan who lashed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 4-3.Styal then made a double substitution bringing on Gardner for McCormack and Smith for Condon. Loz Newman played the last 10 minutes for the injured Osborne.

Manager Mark Johnson.

It was the right result but an unbelievable game. We totally outplayed Bilinge in the first half, we passed them to death and yet we were behind twice. Uncharacteristically we made two defensive errors which cost us two goals. But yet again we showed great character and determination to get back in front. The second half was more even but apart from the long ball they had little to trouble us. Going forward we always looked a threat and likely to score.

Overall I am content with third place, if not for the upset during November I feel certain we could have retained the league, and a ten game unbeaten run showed our class, character and commitment it's a fantastic achievement to get third spot, both Loz and I are very proud of the players and what we have all achieved this season.

Sat 2nd May, Styal Res 3 Billinge Res 0
May 4, 2009, 10:12 am

Styal 3 0 Billinge

Styal completed their ninth game unbeaten with a comfortable win over Billinge in a totally one sided game. The final score did not truly reflect the dominance Styal enjoyed in a completely one sided game.

The home side dominated and created chance after chance before finally breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes with a deflected goal from the 'In Form' Chris McCormack from the edge of the box.

Despite more pressure and further possession, chance after chance was missed. Styal were never being troubled by the visitors but by half time the home side were still only a goal up.

The second half saw more of the same with Billinge seeing a little more of the ball but creating nothing. The management team then made two quick substitutions relieving a tired Mark Collins and even more tired Chris Mack from play. Loz Newman moved straight to centre midfield and Calum Gardner went wide left. Within two or three minutes and possibly his first touch, Calum Gardner volleyed a pass inside the box to Danny Gregory who then slid the ball past the stranded keeper. The points were confirmed five minutes later when Styal scored the third goal with a headed goal from Nolan, who has now scored three in three.

Manager Mark Johnson.

Another win and three more points, which is all you can ask. We played some good football but didn't convert the chances, bearing in mind the situation with goal difference I hope it doesn't come back to haunt us.

We are third in the table, but on level points with Linotype so 2nd is still very much on. We have one game away to play and we need to prepare correctly and make sure we finish the job off. As I have stated on numerous occasions this is a massive achievement to get to where we are now, we just need to finish things of with a win....roll on Saturday.

Thursday 30th April Styal Res 3 Middlewich T Res 1; Tuesday 28th April Stalybridge Celtic Res 2 Styal 0
May 1, 2009, 12:12 pm
Reserve team recent reports are:

No middleground as revenge is sweet for home side

Styal Res 3 1 Middlewich Town Res.

Styal were keen to avenge the away defeat at Middlewich earlier in the season. Despite chance after chance and a nailed on penalty declined, Middlewich won 1-0 in a completely one sided game. Styal manager Mark Johnson felt robbed and couldn't believe they hadn't taken the points.

So, in effect Styal had a big point to prove.

The home side kept the momentum going with a home win against Middlewich. Another tricky tie meant the team had to be on song to make sure they still have a chance of a 'To three finish'.

Chris McCormack opened the scoring on 10 minutes with a blistering half volley from the angle of the box, after a good flowing move. Styal then started to impose themselves on the game without creating too much. The game became sloppy and neither team really took control which made for a scrappy first half.

The half time team talk obviously worked as Styal came put much more positive in the second half. Middlewich did have some possession but struggled to carve any real clear cut openings. The Styal keeper did have to make a save at the feet of the Middlewich forward after some sloppy defending, leaving a 'One on One' and Middlewich's best chance of the game. The midfield trio of Boardman, Marcus and Nolan then started to see more ball and started to create openings. They went 2-0 after 60 minutes with a superb chip from Nolan after a good positive move. Styal continued to press and despite some Middlewich pressure the Styal defence stood firm and never looked like conceding.

The game was effectively wrapped up on 75 minutes with a long clearance from Ozzie the (Styal keeper), a flick on Buckley and Boardman took the ball under control before un leashing a fierce drive into the roof of the net making from 25 yards, making the score. Middlewich did grab a late goal after 85 minutes but the rally never came and Styal were good for the three points.

Manager Mark Johnson.

A great result against a good side, who really should be higher up the table. Again we didn't start as well as we could but once we started to play football and pass the ball we looked very much in control. We have quality all over the field and we deserved to win. I very much doubt you will se three better goals than you saw tonight, they were truly magnificent and the players deserve huge credit.

The unbeaten run continues and I hope we can finish it off with two more wins, second spot is still possible and I hope we can make it. We must stay focused and concentrate for the next game which is at home on Saturday.

Away day at Crewe provides little return.

Crewe Res 1 1 Styal Res

A run of 5 wins back to back meant Styal, were in top from prior to this mid week away tie. Styal reserves are still chasing a top three finish and a win would mean the top 2 would still be possible. On a fine playing surface Styal started slowly before taking the lead on 20 minutes with a goal from Danny Gregory. Syal were not playing cohesive football and struggled to create clear openings. Matty Barnes should have made it 2 nil on 25 minutes after forcing his way into the penalty area, and clear of the defenders before slotting the wall wide.

The second half was more of the same with neither side really taking control. Crewe started to get some possession and created one or two chances. Gregory went close twice and could not convert the 'One on Ones' with the Crewe keeper. On 70 minutes Crewe got an equaliser after poor defending by Styal. Despite two substitutions Styal were unable to convert two further chances and had to settle for a draw.

Manager Mark Johnson.

We played poorly, after completing a fantastic win away ay Rylands, we thought all we had to do was turn up and the points were ours.....We blew it, and this performance was simply not good enough....


Styal fair game for three points.

Gamesley Res  1 3 Styal Res

Mid week games can often be tricky, particularly, away and even more so, particularly away at Gamesley.

However Styal were determined to put right the poor performance and result at Crewe. Despite arriving 25 mins late due to poor traffic and a total lack of preparation Styal started brightly with some good possession. The pitch was particularly poor, and good football was hard to come by. However Styal enjoyed some possession and opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a goal from Gardner from just inside the box. Marcus was influential in midfield and won the vast majority of headers and tackles.

The second half saw Gamesley come out strong, they enjoyed the lions share of possession for 15-20 minutes and scored a deserved equaliser after 65 minutes. The game then turned on a refereeing decision on 75 minuses awarding a free kick to Styal 20 yards outside of the Gamesley penalty area. The ball was clipped in and not cleared allowing McCormack to stroke home the ball from close range and give the visitors some breathing space. Styal then started to get on top and Substistute Mark Kendrick sealed the tie on 85 minutes with a volley from 15 yards.

Manager Mark Johnson.

This is a huge result, to come away on a Wednesday evening and get three points is a massive boost. It can be an intimidating place, so you have to match them and be strong. The great thing was we stuck to the task for 90 minutes, at 1-1, I would have settled for the draw but we kept going, that takes character and courage and I'm pleased to say the players want to get a top three spot and remain committed, it makes it worthwhile and instils pride back into the players and management.

Eagle unable to clip Styal wings.

Styal Res 3 1 Eagle Sports Res

Still pursuing a top three spot Styal needed a win to make sure they keep the momentum going. A slightly different formation pushed Buckley into a front three with a midfield three of Nolan, Markus and Boardman.

Despite some good possession Styal didn't look cohesive and the midfield trio struggled to convert the domination into creating chances. However they broke the deadlock on 15 minutes with a goal from Boardman, following a long throw from Marcus into the Eagle box. A defensive blunder led to Eagle equalising on 25 minutes. Matt Barnes left the field with an ankle injury shortly afterwards, allowing Will to get hits first taste of reserve team football. His partnership with Dan Rogers proved to be a positive in the game.

After a rousing team talk from the management team and clear instruction to the midfield three, Styal started the second half with much more verve and they played some excellent football. They scored on 55 minutes with a goal from Nolan, after a flowing passing move and a headed goal.

Styal continued to dominate and Eagle had precious little of the football.

The score was confirmed after 75 minutes went Styal scored a third with Morony beating the keeper at the near post with a shot from 12 yards.

Manager Mark Johnson.

We played very well today, particularly in the second half, with good possession and some flowing football. It sets us up for the Middlewich game on Thursday. We have momentum with us and I feel we can get the points to make sure we finish top three. The players showed good attitude and character.


Sat 25th April Gamesley 3 Styal 1; Styal Res 3 Eagle Sports Res 1; Wednes 22nd April Gamesley Res 1 Styal Res 3
Apr 26, 2009, 8:38 pm
Reserves keep their hopes of a league runners up spot alive with back to back wins. Reports to follow.

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