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Sat 3rd Jan, 1st team game off FROST, 'A' team lose 3-2 at Atlantic
Jan 3, 2009, 9:21 pm
Training is every Wednesday night 8pm till 9pm at Blessed Thomas Holford College, Altrincham  Click on the link for the location.
Styal FC are looking for 4 or 5 new players to strengthen their teams. Please can anyone interested contact Dave Oates 07957 596127 or Pete Cockitt 07876 350511
 
Atlantic 3 Styal 'A' 2
Despite the hard pitch the game went ahead and Styal made it an uphill battle conceding 2 goals in the first 5 minutes, each time failing to deal with a ball over the top from Atlantic's right side. Although they settled down the defence continued to look fragile as they adjusted to the 3 at the back system.
However Styal also started to threaten at the other end of the pitch and the best football of the game saw Gardner cross from the right for West to hit an overhead kick from the edge of the box into the roof of the Atlantic net, their keeper having no chance. But, no sooner had Styal got into the game when poor marking at the far post left an Atlantic midfielder with time to place the ball past Styal's keeper Osborne unmarked, 5 yards out.
The midfield was a hard fought area and the competitiveness of Filson riled his Atlantic marker who received a red card for his aggressive reaction. Gardner also threatened and the Atlantic keeper tipped a fine long range shot over. Half time Atlantic 3 Styal 'A' 1
Styal introduced Giblin at half time to give the midfield some defense mindedness and Atlantic rarely threatened in the second half. Styal played well against the 10 men and 15 minutes into the half Gardner and West combined; Gardner hitting a bullet of a shot into the top corner to make it 3-2.
Styal looked capable of winning it at this stage but a combination of shots off target and 2 very dubious offside decisions with West and then Gardner through with only the keeper to beat allowed Atlantic to hang on for the points.
 

Sat 27th Dec Styal beat Stalybridge 4-1, reserves game postponed
Dec 29, 2008, 10:39 am
A classy performance by Styal sees them overcome a strong Stalybridge Celtic outfit.
 
Despite the protest from the visiting manager the decision was made at the last minute for Saturday's game to go ahead; hats off to head grounds man/stand in secretary/kit man/trainer Dave Oates for all his hard work prior to the game for enabling this to happen as it was the new look Styal 1st XI who made the most of the tricky conditions and sent the visitors back to Staley Vegas with their tales between their legs.

Caretaker manager Andy Cowell masterminded the 4-1 victory over a team that Styal have never got the better of in any of their previous encounters, perhaps demonstrating that he is the man for the job permanently and not just a stop gap. More importantly, for the Styal faithful (who were out in their droves on Saturday) does this prove that the good ship Styal has weathered the worse of the storm and is moving into calmer and more prosperous waters?

In front of a capacity crowd it was the visitors who got off to the brighter start adapting to the tricky conditions, piling on the pressure and testing the resolve of the home side's back three. Kemp, skipper Pownall and Styal old boy Andy Jones (visiting from Zurich) were all made to prove their worth early on, backed up by the portly Harrison in nets who was also called on early in the game to make two smart stops, clearly not effected by his indulgence on Christmas day.

A quick word with from the skipper and Styal soon started to hit their groove, with Moore and Swindells making in roads down the flanks and the hard work of Styal engine room Tuey and new signing "Simmo" allowing the evergreen Thornton to get forward and support the front two of Gregory and the Chris Suttonesque Steve Boardman.

It was an exquisite piece of individual skill from Gregory that broke the deadlock, a delightful ball from Moore was brought down inside the 18 yard box, a smart turn gave him an inch of space and he calmly slid the ball past the outstretched keeper. With confidence growing throughout the home side it was Stalybridge who were thankful of the half time whistle, missed opportunities from the in form Gregory and Thornton could have had the game wrapped up.

Instead the fragile 1 - 0 lead was cancelled out shortly after the interval, before Cowell could take his seat in the dugout and whilst the crowds were still taking their final sips of hot tea, Stayleybridge converted an early corner. Once again all it took was a quick word from the skipper and Styal were back in front, it was only the post that stopped Gregory getting his 4th in as many games following more sublime skill. Thankfully the fox in the box Boardman was on hand to slot the ball into an empty net. To the delight of the crowd, still brimming with festive spirit, it was soon 3 and the points surely looked safe as man of the match Gregory finished from a tight angle. Just as Styal looked to be in cruise control a slip from Andy Jones led to a penalty that would have made the final 15 minutes incredibly tense if it wasn't for the heroics of rotund keeper Harrison who had shaken off a very serious injury earlier in the game to make the important save. The performance was capped off by a James Moore Christmas cracker who ran the ball from within his own half, played a one two with Gregory and beat the keeper at the near post, making up for his earlier miss after Thornton had displayed some slinky wing play and gifted him with an open goal only to put it over the bar.

Following back to back defeat at the hands of Woodley it was important that Styal got back to winning ways as soon as possible, with victory over Crossfields, and now Staleybridge, Styal are back on the right track and with Knutsford lying in wait on Saturday, now is a good time to be putting a cup run together. With the squad getting stronger each week confidence is high and Styal are looking forward to kicking off 2009.

Caretaker manager Andy Cowell masterminded the 4-1 victory over a team that Styal have never got the better of in any of their previous encounters, perhaps demonstrating that he is the man for the job permanently and not just a stop gap. More importantly, for the Styal faithful (who were out in their droves on Saturday) does this prove that the good ship Styal has weathered the worse of the storm and is moving into calmer and more prosperous waters?

In front of a capacity crowd it was the visitors who got off to the brighter start adapting to the tricky conditions, piling on the pressure and testing the resolve of the home side's back three. Kemp, skipper Pownall and Styal old boy Andy Jones (visiting from Zurich) were all made to prove their worth early on, backed up by the portly Harrison in nets who was also called on early in the game to make two smart stops, clearly not effected by his indulgence on Christmas day.

A quick word with from the skipper and Styal soon started to hit their groove, with Moore and Swindells making in roads down the flanks and the hard work of Styal engine room Tuey and new signing "Simmo" allowing the evergreen Thornton to get forward and support the front two of Gregory and the Chris Suttonesque Steve Boardman.

It was an exquisite piece of individual skill from Gregory that broke the deadlock, a delightful ball from Moore was brought down inside the 18 yard box, a smart turn gave him an inch of space and he calmly slid the ball past the outstretched keeper. With confidence growing throughout the home side it was Stalybridge who were thankful of the half time whistle, missed opportunities from the in form Gregory and Thornton could have had the game wrapped up.

Instead the fragile 1 - 0 lead was cancelled out shortly after the interval, before Cowell could take his seat in the dugout and whilst the crowds were still taking their final sips of hot tea, Stayleybridge converted an early corner. Once again all it took was a quick word from the skipper and Styal were back in front, it was only the post that stopped Gregory getting his 4th in as many games following more sublime skill. Thankfully the fox in the box Boardman was on hand to slot the ball into an empty net. To the delight of the crowd, still brimming with festive spirit, it was soon 3 and the points surely looked safe as man of the match Gregory finished from a tight angle. Just as Styal looked to be in cruise control a slip from Andy Jones led to a penalty that would have made the final 15 minutes incredibly tense if it wasn't for the heroics of rotund keeper Harrison who had shaken off a very serious injury earlier in the game to make the important save. The performance was capped off by a James Moore Christmas cracker who ran the ball from within his own half, played a one two with Gregory and beat the keeper at the near post, making up for his earlier miss after Thornton had displayed some slinky wing play and gifted him with an open goal only to put it over the bar.

Following back to back defeat at the hands of Woodley it was important that Styal got back to winning ways as soon as possible, with victory over Crossfields, and now Staleybridge, Styal are back on the right track and with Knutsford lying in wait on Saturday, now is a good time to be putting a cup run together. With the squad getting stronger each week confidence is high and Styal are looking forward to kicking off 2009.


Sat 13th Dec and Sat 20th Dec WASHED OUT
Dec 13, 2008, 10:48 am
Merry Xmas
16/12/08 Styal FC are looking for 4 or 5 new players to strengthen their teams. Please can anyone interested contact Dave Oates 07957 596127 or Pete Cockitt 07876 350511
 
Next Home game Saturday 27th Dec at Styal
All games on saturday 13th Dec and 20th Dec were OFF waterlogged
 

Sat Dec 6th Styal 3 Rylands Crosfield 1, Styal res draw at Pilks
Dec 6, 2008, 9:51 pm
Styal 3 Rylands Crosfield 1
Styal started well and Boardman skinned 2 defenders crossing the ball for James Moore to crash a left footed shot home within 5 minutes.
As the game developped Rylands came into it more and slack Styal marking at a corner allowed the opponents a free header at the far post and an equaliser. Rylands also benefitted from a number of free kicks around Styal's box and came close again as a scrambled effort came back from the Styal crossbar. At the other end Thornton got past the last defender and beat the keeper but unfortunately the ball went the wrong side of the post from Styal's view.
The second half saw Styal come out strongly again but this time they maintained their level throughout the half. The new midfield partnership of Tueart and Devine started to gain a better understanding and the work upfront by Gregory and Boardman was causing the Rylands defenders more trouble and giving Styal's midfielders opportunities to join up and run beyond them. At the other end Rylands threatened down their left side mainly however Harrison was in good for and made a couple of important saves. Capel and Pownall were also busy and made a number of timely interventions.
With 20 minutes to go Moore got in beyond the forward pair and drew a rash tackle from Ryland's full back. Gregory despatched the penalty and gave Styal a deserved 2-1 lead.
Then after a number of Styal passes Tueart tricked his way past 2 defenders only to be cynically brought down. The referee sent the Rylands player for an early bath and Styal capitalised on the free kick. The resulting scramble after it had been taken saw Tueart pull off a remarkable lob from 6 yards out against a keeper on his own goal line. The shot, straight out of the Tiger Woods manual, bamboozled the opposition keeper and drew rapturous  applause from a good sized crowd. Pictures from Saturday's game are on the website now and remain the copyright of Mr D Oates. Please ask for permission to use for any commercial purpose.
 
Pilkington Res 0 Styal Res 0
Report to follow

Sat 29th Nov, Styal 1 Woodley 3; Reserves go down at Golborne
Dec 2, 2008, 5:02 pm

Styal 1 Woodley 3

Styal took an early lead from Danny Gregory and were denied a second when the referee decided the ball hadn't crossed the Woodley goalline,  which was hotly contested by Styal.

Woodley are flying high in the Cheshire League and 2 strikes before half time saw them take in a 2-1 lead. They went further head in the second half making it 3-1. Luck was not on Styal's side when a goal from a free kick was disallowed, the referee saying that it was indirect although it appeared to hit someone on its way through to the Woodley net. However this was an improved showing from Styal after the recent management upheaval and the signs are there that the standard of play is on the up and the results should follow. Meanwhile the Reserves had a disappointing day out going down 3-1 at Golborne.
Detailed reports to follow

Sat 22 Nov Reserves win but first team and 'A' team suffer defeats
Nov 25, 2008, 11:56 pm

After it became clear on Wednesday night that Styal's first team management duo Lloyd Morrison and Steve Hardy would leave the club and take charge at North West Counties side, Flixton, Styal's existing management structure and committee were challenged to prepare for Saturday's games with a degree of uncertainty about which first team players would remain for Saturday's game. On paper the first team game away against Woodley looked tough with the opponents flying high at the top of the Cheshire League and Styal dug deep with their resources. Styal competed well for the majority of the game but at 2-0 down mid way through the game good chances  weren't taken and tired legs and minds saw Woodley overcome Styal with a second half scoring spree. The Reserves drafted in players to bolster their efforts and put in a first rate display at Altrincham Road to win a game of 9 goals against Gamesley Res. Meanwhile the ‘A' team who have been a revelation this season went out with a patched up squad and suffered a defeat against a highly competitive Sale Rovers. Work is going on behind the scenes to strengthen all the teams for this coming Saturday's games after massive efforts from those within the club during the last few days

 

 

Styal Res 5  Gamesley.Res 4

 

Backs to the wall but Styal maintain top spot.

 

 

After the turmoil of the week that was,   the Styal Res result, was the only bright light that came from a weekend to forget. Despite missing 6 players from the previous week Styal managed to get a win in adverse circumstances,and keep the top spot. Anthony Osborne, Steve Boardman, Ryan Buckley, Ryan Morony and Dave Swindells, were all moved up to the first team squad whom had played the week before. Craig Massey was also missing and has joined Flixton.

 

New inclusion Mark Collins was a revelation in centre midfield, along with Danny Gregory. The two worked hard from the kick off and carved out two or three clear chances in the opening exchanges. Ricko Lamont beat his man two or three times to deliver the ball into the box only for Styal to miss chances. A breakthrough did arrive on 20 minutes with Danny Gregory scoring the opening goal. Styal continues to dominate and went looking for the second. The whole game plan almost came un done on35 minutes when James Spencer made a challenge on the edge of his own box, which was innocuous, only to be found rewarded with a red card. The referee deemed it was a foul and prevented the player from a clear scoring opportunity. Styal scored a second on 40 minutes when John Rickson thundered a corner directly into the Gamesley goal to make it 2-1 at half time.

 

The roller coasted ride then followed. Within 5 minutes of the re-start Gamesley were back in the game after scoring a well worked goal. Styal responded five minutes later making the score 3-1 with a further goal from Gregory. The game was open with 10 men Styal still forcing the play. Chris McCormack had a chance to make it 4-1 but show over the bar.

Gamesley stared to pile on some pressure and were rewarded with another goal to make it 4-2. Substitute dkin then got on the end of a cross to make it 5-2 after 70 minutes.

 

the inclusion of Scott Hawkins into centre midfield, allowing Gregory to move back up from appeared to make a difference. However with the extra man Gamesley started to get on top and scored from the penalty spot after 75 minutes to make the score 5-3. Styal were under pressure and tired legs were a factor. on 85 minutes Gamesley scored again after poor defending, in between goals, keeper Ozzie had made three or four outstanding saves to keep Styal in the game. Styal managed to hang on a secure a massive victory on the day.

 

Thanks to the boys that came in, and did more than just a job. Steff Laffly put in a solid performance at right back, in his first outing this season. As mentioned Mark Collins was very impressive and will cause the management team some headaches for next week... Scott Hawkins also was lively and passed the ball well at a time when it was needed, a special thanks to all three.

 

Mark Johnson.

 

You have to take the positives out of this game, the result was the only thing that mattered. Danny Gregory bagged another hatrick and played out of his skin. New inclusion Mark Collins was a revelation and at this level seemed very much at home. With eleven men I think we would have won at a canter and by a country mile, as it was we stuck it out and got the result, I'm absolutely delighted with that. We have to stay strong as a club and adopt a siege mentality, this is about character and determination, all our players today ticked those boxes.

 

Tex.

 

All about the result and nothing else. We have a week to re-gather and hopefully we can   be strong next week and continue winning.


Styal FC 19th Nov 2008
Nov 19, 2008, 10:29 pm
Styal FC Management Team of Lloyd Morrison and Steve Hardy have moved on to pastures new stepping up a couple of levels and taking the helm at Flixton FC. All at Styal FC wish them success in their new challenge.
 
This Saturday, John Thornton will take responsibility for the first team game against Woodley. Nothing else within the club structure will change and we ask all players to give John and the rest of the management team for all 3 teams their full support for the coming weeks. This months motto is 'Styal til I die' 
Contact Points
1st team John Thornton 07711 954403
Reserves Mark Johnson 07768 852790, Tex 07712 772120
'A' team Loz 07885 116546, Poch 07881 586877

Sta 15th Nov-Styal draw with Pilks, Reserves beat Garswood 3-0, 'A' team beaten narrowly
Nov 16, 2008, 8:40 pm
Styal 2 Pilkingtons 2
Pilkingtons had 3 shots on goal in the 90 minutes, the only one which didn't go in was a disputed penalty which was fired against the Styal crossbar. Styal dominated the game territorially for the first half but the ball never dropped kindly for them in the Pilkingtons box. Plkingtons struck late on during the half with the goal actually coming from a Styal corner. When the ball was cleared out the Pilkingtons centre forward got clear of Scarry and beat Harrison with a low drive.
The second half saw Pilkingtons strike again early against the run of play, taking a flattering 2-0 lead. Styal changed things around introducing Thornton to link up with the forwards and Mairs going into the midfield. This created chances and soon Styal were back in the game with a stunning Matthews left footer. Graham added another and during the last 10 minutes the game opened up as both teams went for the win.
Honours were even and this competitive contest didn't see a solitary booking, credit to both sides.
 
Garswood Res 0 Styal Res 3 Await report
King George 2 Styal 'A' 1

After beating our reserve team last week King George will have fancied winning this and were given a real fright by a spirited A team that in truth should have come away with at least a point. However they had an inspired Cowley to thank for a string of fantastic stops including a penalty that never should have been. Mark Collins and Jim Vince had great chances but both planted headers wide and it was KG who took the lead with a goal that nobody could quite believe - the KG forward pulled a long ball down on the volley flicked it up and smashed a 30 yarder into the top corner with Cowley and everyone else just stood in amazement. Harsh on Styal but they rallied well and Danny's pinpoint free kick saw a rejuvenated Marcus Kenny rise to head a deserved equalizer. Whilst on top this was the time to capatilize and force a winner but a poor clearance allowed KG to strike a winner instead. Heads didn't go down and a Stapleton header came close then Chris Brown, coming on as a sub was left all alone in the box but sliced wide and the score stayed 2-1.

 

Loz

Once again we competed well and should have taken something from the game. Now we need some points to back up our improving performances. All round we were committed and it was good to see Marcus back in the midfield but outstanding for Styal was Cowley and rightfully MOM.


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