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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.

Mon 20th April Knutsford 3 Styal 'A' 1 Sat 18th April Styal 'A' 1 Cringlewood 4; Wednes 15th April Crewe Res 1 Styal Res 1
Apr 19, 2009, 9:13 am

Knutsford 3 Styal ‘A' 1

Styal managed to put 11 players out who fought hard, especially after an early sending off when a Styal player was judged to have handled on the line, leaving it to the 10 men to try and retrieve a 2-1 half time deficit. With few defenders a 3-5-2 system was adopted which worked reasonably well until there were only 9 outfield players.

Knutsford scored first but Styal equalised through a well taken West effort. The penalty from the handball was scored by Knutsford and Styal went into half time feeling hard done to. Both teams had second half chances but Knutsford took theirs and effectively sealed it with 15 minutes to go. Craig Smith and Mark Gregory worked overtime on Styal's left to push Knutsford back and Styal competed particularly well to push Knutsford back for good spells but missed the cutting edge.

 

Styal ‘A' 1 Cringlewood 4

Styal weren't at the races for the first half and Cringlewood showed why they are running away with the Altrincham League title scoring 4 first half goals without reply. To Styal's credit the second half was a different game, the introduction of Roberts making a big difference. Styal hit the bar 3 times during the match  and after getting an early second half goal it always seemed that a quick second goal for Styal would  really put the cat among the pigeons. Unfortunately it didn't come and a late injury to Teale meant further changes to come in the defence for the next fixture.

 


Sat 11th April Convincing wins for Styal and Styal Res but 'A' squeeezed out
Apr 13, 2009, 8:11 pm
Styal 4 Barnton 1
Rylands/Crosfields Res 1 Styal Res 6

Styal reserves rise to the Easter challenge.

Well this really was the second coming of Styal, and what better time than at Easter.

The reserves hammered Crosfields in what Manager Mark Johnson described as the performance of the season on Saturday in an away game.

Despite one or two injuries and the fact that Rylands were in third spot,   Styal battered Crosfields in a masterful performance. With Matt Barnes taking the captains armband the team started the game positively with plenty of possession early doors. Ryan Morony saw plenty of the ball and two early attacks could have broke the deadlock. Styal went with a 4 3 3 formation with Barnes, Condon and Newman commanding the midfield. With Steff Laffly and Ryan Morony as the wide outlets and Chris Mack playing as the point, the formation worked perfectly and Stal took a deserved lead after 20 mins. A flowing move from Left to right in the middle of the park led to Neman playing a flighted ball into the channel for Morony to run onto. He beat his man and crossed deep into the box. Matt Condon picked the ball up ghosted past one defender before flicking the ball up, twice and scoring with a half volley into the corner.

Styal then made it 2-0 with a coolly slotted home penalty from Chris Mack. Things then got worse for Crosfield when Morony shot from 25 yards dead centre of goal and beat the keeper to give Styal a 3-0 half time lead, which as richly deserved. Ryland's came out strong in the second half and got a goal back after 57 minutes. Styal were under pressure but stood firm. Newman went off with an ankle injury and suddenly the shape was lost and Styal had to soak up some pressure.The turning point was a penalty dubiously awarded in the 65 minute to Rylands for a foul clearly outside the box. Keeper Ozzie made as tremendous save to lift the spirits of the Styal boys. A few minutes later Adkin picked the ball up down the left flank and shot from the edge of the box beating the keeper in the far left hand corner, with a wonder strike to give Styal a4-1 lead, and effectively game over. Matt Condon then struck with his second on 75 minutes to give Styal a 5-1 lead before Adkin completed the route on 85 minutes to give styal A 6-1 victory.

Manager Mark Johnson.

Fantastic result, and a truly team performance today. I felt that the formation really worked and we stuck with the principles even when under some second half pressure, tactically we got it 100 % right.

The keeper was solid, the two full backs were constantly driving forward and caused all sorts of problems. Dan Rogers was immense at centre half and Lee T played a superb roll as sweeper. Matt Barnes probably had his best ever game and rose to the occasion, literally winning every header. Matty Condon was very impressive moving the ball and with 2 goals. Loz did a great job in breaking the play up. Steff worked hard and caused a threat down the left, as did Ryan Morony down, the right, who's pace constantly turned the full back and score a cracking goal. Chris Mac was outstanding and did so again as a centre forward and a centre midfielder and deserves much praise. Mr Adkin, as is often the case made a massive impact from the bench.

I'd like to think we can continue thus run, though we still have some tough games and we need to take one game at a time, but confidence is high and if play the type of football that we played against Rylands then we can beat any side.

Finally a big thanks to Anthony, who's hardly got a mention for weeks......

 

Styal ‘A' 2 Atlantic 3

With Styal's squad stretched to the limits and with the loss of goalkeeper White just before kick off this was always going to be tough. Styal started well, The new look midfield settled down and the back four with Burns at left back were comfortable. Livingstone started an eventful day using his jaw to block an Atlantic clearance which set up West for the well taken opener. Styal continued to look more threatening with their pace upfront getting them in behind Atlantic's back four on further occasions with West and Livingstone both coming close. An unfortunate fumble by Styal's emergency keeper come groundsman, Dave Oates saw Atlantic equalise just before half time, their only sniff of goal.

Atlantic showed their intent in the second half as they rearranged their team and set about getting in behind Styal's flanks but Styal responded and took a 2-1 lead when West finished superbly. From this point Atlantic started to pick Styal off with long balls from midfield as Styal's energy levels in midfield faded and 2 quick goals shell-shocked Styal. Then worse came as Livingstone received a red card following a second yellow card offense. Styal held firm after his dismissal and went for broke in the last 10 minutes pushing Burns into midfield and introducing Takiar to give an aerial threat upfront in what turned out to be a vain attempt to rescue a point.


Tuesday 7th April Styal 2 Club AZ 0 Thurs 9th April Styal Res 3 Golborne Res 0
Apr 8, 2009, 8:28 am
Styal secure well deserved victories in this weeks midweek games

 

Styal 3 0 Golbourne.

Styal recorded a fourth straight win by beating Golbourne in lastThursday night's match. Golbourne were riding high and had made the top 4 before they were comprehensively beat by a resurgent Styal. Golbourne started well having the a majority of the possession in the first 25 minutes though they created nothing in the last third. Styal then started to get into the game and strung together one or two decent pass and move sequences. They broke the deadlock on 35 minutes with a strike from Chris McCormack who neatly slotted the ball home from the edge of the box.

Styal came out positive in the second half and carried the game to Golbourne. Danny Gregory scored a second on 60 minutes with a cool finish. Styal continued to apply the pressure all over the field and completely dominated the possession. A third goal came on 75 minutes when Craig smith burst into the box to side foot home a finish following a flowing move which he started.

 

Manager Mark Johnson.

This was potentially a trick tie with a team whom we lost to back in November. However our confidence is now high, and players have risen to the challenge, which is quote fitting bearing in mind it's Easter.

Injuries have caused us some pain but we have found one or two positives. Dan Rogers just gets better with each game and is now a permanent fixture. Its always nice to have Danny in the side to get goals but we are learning to live without him.

 


Sat 4th April, Styal 1 Greenhall Padgate SO 2, Styal Res 5 Broadheath C Res 0, Styal 'A' 0 Knutsford 5
Apr 5, 2009, 11:25 am
MARCHY BANKS THE POINTS BUT FOR THE WRONG TEAM.
  For the third time this season Styal were on the receiving end of back to back defeats.  In despite of the loss it's a credit to the effort and hard work that has been put in behind the scenes that allowed Styal to field a strong side even though 6 first team players were absent through a mixture of injuries and suspension; and the home side were within minutes of earning a hard earned point against visitors Padgate, a team who over the seasons have proved to be a thorn in Styal's side.
A poor second half performance was topped off unfortunately for Paul Marchbank with a miscued clearance that spun past player manager Andy Cowell into his own net, with only 5 minutes left to play it was devastating blow after Styal had got back to level terms through James Moore, returning from a lengthy absence through injury, Moore beat two players as he burst into the penalty box, played a one two with Thornton and slotted the ball under the outstretched keeper.  Styal had found themselves a goal down early on in the second half after failing to clear the ball even though they had three chances to do so, the ball finally sat up nicely for the Padgate striker who finished with a smart volley.
After an encouraging first half performance that saw Styal match Padgate everywhere on the pitch it was disappointing to see such a lacklustre second half performance in which Styal could not get a foothold in the game, they seemed unable to get hold of the ball and keep it for any length of time, Gregory was pleased to be backed with his old strike partner The Dazzler who worked tirelessly for 90 minutes trying to give Gregory a yard of space in which he could get his 16th of the season, unfortunately the quality of service was well below par and in the second half they spent most of their time chasing lost causes.  Adam Carroll was clearly struggling and eventually hobbled off with 20 minutes left to go to add to Cowell's injury list.
Moore injected a spark into Styal with his well worked goal and just when it looked like it might be enough to earn an unlikely point, the visitors were awarded a dubious free kick after Cowell was judged to have fouled the Padgate winger even though the ball travelled 40 yards back up the pitch the referee decided Styal's stand in keeper hadn't played the ball and awarded the free kick a yard from the by-line.  A quick ball in caught the Styal defence of guard and Marchbank's attempt to clear the ball ended up in his own net.  A bitter blow for a player who has fought his way back into the first XI and has performed consistently well wherever he has been asked to play.
With Tommy the Russian, Neil Capel, Simmo, Rick Harrison and hopefully Mark Tueart returning back to the squad on Tuesday night, Styal can get back to winning ways against the inform Club AZ..
Back to back wins for the Reserves.
Styal demolished Broadheath in a farcical situation on Saturday which now leaves them in striking distance of the top five. Despite a disappointing run of games the reserves managed back to back wins against Denton and broadheath and are now in touching distance of making the top 3.
An impressive performance on Thursday saw Styal beat Denton 2-0. The score line flattered the visitors but for a tremendous Goalkeeping display by the young Denton keeper the score could easily have been 5 or 6 nil and possibly more. Danny Gregory scored both goals. Both Calum Gardner and Chris McCormack came close, along with Sean Nolan whom hit the cross bar twice.
Styal were away to Braodheath Saturday and made heavy weather of the first half, despite total dominance. They went into Half time with a 2-0 lead at half time. Paul Adkin got the first in a rare outing, and Rico Colou made it 2-0 on 40 minutes. Chance after chance was missed before the game was finally over when thebroadheath centre forward was dismissed for a straight red for a two footed challenge on Smith after 55 minutes. Styal then scored a third on 60 mins before completing the rout. Three further Broadheath players left the pitch before full time without explanation, leaving the home side totally embarrassed. Rico Colou scored a hat trick though Styal perhaps should have scored more, such was the gulf between the two teams.
Manger Mark Johnson.
We have had a tough few week with the cup dis-qualification and the loss of more players including Spencer to Injury, which was a huge blow, he is out for the season. We've managed to get players in to do a job and it's kept us going. We've won the last two with decent performances and if we can go on a run of games then we can finish top 5, Third is very possible and we have games we can win. We are yet to play, Crewe, Gamesley and Middlewich whom we are more than capable of beating not to mention the rest. Finishing 3rd is a real possibility and not a pipe dream, we just have to believe and keep going. It starts this Thursday with a home game to Golbourne.

Styal ‘A' 0 Knutsford 5

Styal could have no complaints losing against the better side but the manner of the defeat and the final scoreline were the big disappointments. Styal started poorly and struggled to string together any passes on a windswept and bone dry pitch and the harder they tried the worse it got. Knutsford looked well drilled at the back but so did Styal in the opening exchanges but after 20 minutes Styal conceded 3 quick goals. The first 2 resulted in the ball being given away deep into Knutsford's half. Knutsford broke quickly both times, the first resulting in a penalty for Knutsford as Teale was adjudged to have pulled back Knutsford's speedy number 9 and the second resulted from similar circumstances with Knutsford's speed getting them in behind Styal's back four from a fast counter. Knutdford's 3rd goal came as a shellshocked Styal defence failed to clear and Knutsford again took advantage. To Styal's credit they fought hard to get back in the game. Allman had a chance to head in a corner before half time but chances were rare.

Styal played much better in the second half, Kenny had a chance to head in, again from a corner but generally set pieces appeared Styal's only hope with their passing game disrupted by Knutsford who were much sharper. Mid way through the half Knutsford again used their pace to exploit Styal's defence as Styal pushed on to secure the game at 4-0 and added a further late goal. Styal have a further game against Knutsford later in April and will need to improve markedly to get something from this fixture


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Apr 2, 2009, 10:59 am
Styal Res 2 Denton Town Res 0 Thurs 2nd April
Styal registered a deserved and welcome win on a sunny Thursday evening. Once again Styal could have found themselves 5 up inside 30 mins but had to settle for a strike from Danny Gregory following a thru ball from the busy Sean Nolan. Denton had their outstanding 16year old keeper to thank for a string of saves that kept them in the game. Matty barnes filled in superbly at Ctr half alongside the ageing legs of Morrison with Newman and the returning James Moore at full backs. Buckley, Calum and Nolan all missed guilt edge chances before the half was out and it looked like once again Styal could rue them. However this time the second half followed a similar pattern although Styal couldn't capitalize on the dominance with Ozzy largely a spectator. Thankfully however for Mark Johnson in the dug out the killer goal came this time, again from Gregory who cut in from the left and fired Styal into a 2 goal lead with second remaining. Gregory showed the cutting edge that the reserves have missed since he moved the 1st team and it was a welcome brace for the team and a decent clean sheet to boot. The introduction of debutant Mathew West was another positive following a string of good performances for the A Team and he looked comfortable making the step up.
Styal lose 4-0 at Club AZ Wednesday 1st April
New photos Styal v Billinge and Comedy night photos are available on the site
 

Styal beat Billinge before Club AZ double header
Mar 29, 2009, 8:17 pm

Styal 3 Billinge 2

Eagle Sports Res 3 Styal Res 1

Old York 1 Styal ‘A' 2
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  STYAL SUCCESS - BACK FOR GOOD?

Following back to back defeats Styal got back to winning ways against first division new comers Billinge -and if Styal want to stay in contention for a top four finish this really was the only outcome for Cowell and his squad.  The eight game unbeaten run had no doubt instilled confidence into the Styal players, however, it was clear for all to see that it had also allowed complacency to creep in and there was certainly an expectancy that Linotype would roll over and Middlewhich were no longer the team they used to be -rediscovering the hunger and the desire to win that had been demonstrated against Crossfields, Trafford, Staleybridge and Gamesley was what was required to get back on track -the players delivered.

 

The first half was goalless but littered with opportunity; the home side just edging the possession and chances in the statistics tables - but that's not to say the Styal back four weren't tested.  With Pownall still suspended and the breaking news of the Dazzler's retirement Neil Capel took the responsibility of the arm band and lined up in the heart of a new look defence alongside Kemp, with Marchbank, making his most starts in a season, at left back and Swindells on the right.  They had to be at their best to keep the lively Billinge striker Ledger off the score sheet.

 

In the previous 180 minutes of football Styal had created only one or two scoring opportunities, with this in mind Cowell gave young Callum Best his first start -no doubt his first of many -with the instructions to run at the defence and cause them problems down the right hand side.  Thornton, as usual, was doing the same on the opposite wing; it was his delightful ball in to Gregory that presented the striker with his best chance of the first half unfortunately his strike was blocked.  The proceeding corner gave Tommy the Russian the chance to increase his tally, his bullet header was cleared off the line.  With their partnership still in its infancy the two strikers finally started to click and both of them looked more dangerous than they had for a couple of weeks - Gregory missing by a whisker as he cut in from the left and blazed an effort across goal a few minutes later -his frustration of not scoring for a couple of weeks was starting to show.

 

A disciplined performance from Tueart in the holding roll allowed Simpson to pull the strings and provide service to the wide men and as the half went on confidence was flooding back to the players, Swindells hit the bar with a 25 yard left foot effort and Marchbank was unlucky not to open his account after weaving his way into the box -his effort couldn't quite squeeze under the keeper. 

 

Billinge appeared to be more grateful to hear the sound of the half time whistle as a Styal opener looked more and more likely.  It came 10 minutes after the re-start and it was a beauty; a swerving free kick straight out of Ronaldo's top drawer from debutant Best - leaving the keeper with no chance and providing Styal with the key to unlock the flood gates.  The home side couldn't make the most of the advantage as once again Styal became their own worse enemy, within seconds of the restart an unnecessary and wild challenge from Skipper Capel gave the ref no choice but to point at the spot.  On this occasion Harrison couldn't be the hero and was sent the wrong way in his attempts to maintain the lead.

 

In despite of the set back Styal continued to dominate and were rewarded when Gregory rediscovered his scoring boots, Best's cross found him unmarked at the back post, smart control followed by a neat turn and a blistering left foot strike into the roof of the net gave Styal the lead for the second time.  It should have been 3 and then 4 with Marchbank heading wide from successive corners, however the tie was wrapped up by Tommy the Russian with 15 minutes to go, a neat reverse pass from Gregory split the defence releasing Tommy who lobbed the oncoming keeper with a neat flick.

 

A late goal from Billinge gave Cowell something to think about in the last couple of minutes but it was nothing more than a disappointing end to a solid performance.  The in form Club AZ lie in wait on Wednesday night and an even better performance will be required to take 3 points from that game.  
 
Eagle Sports Res 3 Styal Res 1
In order to keep the firsts and A team strong the Reserves selected some old boys with no fewer than 5 players with North west counties experience this season to fill the gaps hoping that the added quality would make up for the lack of cohesion that can be caused by so many changes to the side. In the event, Styal started really brightly and could easily have been 4 or 5 goals up inside 25 minutes but had a solitary goal from Luke Scarry to their name. Smith, Rico and Barnes all had chances but all went begging. Massey and Nolan were picking up all the loose balls in the middle of the park and Barnes and Rico were causing havoc down the flanks. As has often been the case tho' this season the chances that went begging were punished when Eagle profited first from some poor marking from a set piece and then from a horrible deflection again from a free kick leaving Ozzie with no chance. Eagle, who had been completely overrun suddenly picked up their tempo and second half out fought Styal for the most part showing more desire and heart with their direct approach on a poor surface. Despite this, chances still came and went and when Smith was hauled down with ten to go when clean thru and the ref waved play on it looked like the equalizer wouldn't come. A freak 25 yard hit sailed over Ozzies head in the last minute to add to Styal misery on a disappointing afternoon for the reserves.
Old York 1 Styal'A' 2
Styal ‘A' overcame their lack of striking options against a resolute Old York. Reverting to a 4-5-1 formation, Styal defended the first half into a fierce wind and a great team performance saw them come off at half time 1-0 up with the foundations laid for a convincing victory.

Full backs Taylor and Haigh had outstanding games and Teale sitting infront of the back 4 made sure Old York' passing game was nullified. West played the lone striker role and gave the Old York defenders plenty to think about with the wide players Allman and Collins supporting quickly with each Styal break out. This wasn't a pretty game but Styal were effective and with 5 minutes left in the half Collins outwitted Old York's left back and goalkeeper poking the ball to West who slotted the ball into an empty net for a deserved goal.

Styal dominated the second half with the wind at their backs. Burns volleyed a sweet left footer into Old York's goal after a concerted period of pressure to take a 2-0 lead and it seemed Styal would finally get the goal glut they have been promising as late. However, close range chances were missed by Moore, West, Allman and other culprits and when Old York were awarded a very dubious penalty with 3 minutes to go there was always the threat that Old York would find a way back. Although they scored the penalty, it wouldn't have been just if they had scraped a point in the last minutes.

Goalkeeper White was impressive and commanding throughout the game, but so were the other 10 outfield players that adapted to the conditions and a changed formation and got their reward. This puts Styal into 5th place and a few good results in their remaining 4 fixtures should see them finish mid table.


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