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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.



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.

Sat Nov 8th Greenhalls Padgate SO 1 Styal 0; King George 3 Styal Res 2
Nov 6, 2008, 10:44 am
Greenhalls Padgate S.O. 1 Styal 0
This was always going to be a hard game against a team that always finish in the top 3 and so it proved to be with Styal welcoming back Brian Mathews from his tour of the north west for which included charity work for Mosley and New Mills FC warming the benches of several grounds. Padgate started like a rocket with no real system to call of; just people interchanging positions at will and causing Styal to be on the back foot for the first 20mins but with only 2 half chances going there way with no end product. As Styal stemmed Padgates flow and started to apply pressure themselves it was Brian Mathews and Sefu Chambers having the best 2 chances for Styal. With the game becoming a stalemate it was a mistake by John Thornton 30 yards from goal which resulted in the defence being caught out of position and a cool finish by the Padgate forward gave the home side an undeserved lead at half time. The second was totally different with Styal going all out and pinning Padgate back at all times with several good chances going astray. Missing several 1 on 1's  and even an open goal at the mercy of Thornton which he was unable to stretch to suggested that it would not be Styal's day. With the Padgate keeper in unbeatable form, even keeping out Dickenson's 30 yard pile driver tipping it around the post it just was not meant to be no matter how hard Styal pushed. The full time whistle went much to the relief and the Padgate management who couldn't believe they had won all 3 pts. Manager Morrison was pleased with Styal's game today and was unable to recall a game that wasn't won with so many chances being created. Sometimes you need a bit of luck to win a game and Padgate had it on the day. If styal play like this for the rest of the season we wont be far off winning it again!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat 11th Nov -- Styal beat Trafford; Styal Res put 6 past Pilks, 'A' team go down 2-0
Nov 3, 2008, 6:29 am
Trafford Res 0 Styal 1
Trafford started off the better side and dominated the first 20 minutes without creating. A Trafford effort lobbed just wide on 20 minutes was their only real effort. Styal came into the game as the half went on. First Warrender had chances hitting the post with Trafford's keeper beaten and then having a one on one saved by the Trafford keeper. Thorton thought he had scored on 40 minutes but the effort was ruled out for offside. A few moments later Thornton lobbed the Trafford keeper again and this time the goal stood giving Styal a 1-0 lead.
The second half saw further tyal chances with Barnes, Graham and Thornton going close. The last 20 minutes saw Trafford apply constant pressure to tyal who were forced to defend manfully to see the game out and gain the points.
Styal Res 6 Pilkington Res. 1


Six of the best for Styal....


Cup competitions often bring welcome relief from the rigours of a tough league campaign, not so for Styal Reserves who thrashed Pilkington's in a totally one sides affair on Saturday.

Making a number of changes to the side to give everyone a chance to stake a claim for a place meant a slightly different look to the team.

The result however was never in doubt. Danny Gregory score a fantastic five goal haul.


Styal opened the scoring within the first five minutes and from then on looked like scoring with every attack. Marchbank limped off after 8 minutes with a pulled muscle and Ricko Lamont came on as the replacement. More shuffling of the pack for Styal but it seemed to make little difference. Styal passed the ball well and had pace on the flanks which the visitors found difficult to cope with. Chris McCormack went close twice in the first half before the second was scored by Capel after 25 minutes from a free kick from Boardman. The perfectly flighted cross saw stayl go two up at the break. In reality they could have been four or five up.


The second half saw much of the same, with Styal dominating midfield, with the impressive Massey returning to the Frey after three weeks break,   in the centre of the park with Boardman made an impressive unit.

Caple and Swindells were impressive at the back and full backs Barnes and Osbourne were outstanding as attacking outlets. Wingers Ryan Morony and Ricko Lamont were also causing havoc with the slow Pilkington defence, the pace was clearly too much for the visitors to handle and Further strikes from Gregory after 50 minutes and 60 minutes put the game way beyond Pilks. At 4-0 Styal were still not finished and should have a penalty when Gregory was fouled inside the box. Styal score the fifth after 70 minutes. Pilkington finally got on the score sheet after

75 minutes when Styal switched off at the back letting Pilks in to score a solitary goal. Keeper Alan Osborne saved a penalty shortly afterwards, and Styal rounded off the day with a sixth after 85 minutes to complete the rout.


Mark Johnson.


Fantastic performance, everyone contributed, the players that came in did a terrific job and we now have some headaches ahead in terms of picking players. Our passing was good, our movement was impressive and the finishing was first rate. Pilks have played six and won six, and we have just given them a lesson in total football, lets hope we can continue in this form and carry on winning.


Ian Tetler.


The players are listening and adopting things we talk about before games. We have a winning mentality and confidence is high, lets keep things on that level and we can go on and win things.



Styal ‘A'  0 Cringlewood 2


Even a strong ‘A' Team wasn't enough for Styal to get anything against a Cringlewood side likely to win this league. That said, first half Styal were always in it and it was a surprise coming in at half time seeing the side look a little downbeat at 0-0. Had Simon Guest capitalised when put clear it may have been different but in the event he was caught in two minds and fired wide. Cowley had to come to Styal's rescue on several occasions and his handling was excellent throughout and it took Cringlewood til midway thru the second half to break the deadlock. Once they did it was hard to see Styal getting back on level terms with their midfield dominant and a second goal killed the game with Styal pushing on.


Loz -We can't be too disheartened against what many see as one of the best sides to have played at this level. In truth, there never seemed to be the belief we could win the game and that shouldn't be the case as we have competed against every side in this league. Missing a little bit of fire power up front too at the moment but many positives to take from it and 100% effort from all those that played.




Another good performance on the whole, we need a little more belief in our own abilities sometimes. We were the better team in the 1st half but they wanted it more than us in the 2nd half. In the end that's what proved the difference. Looking forward to the next game so we can take this performance forward.

Styal exit Cheshire Cup with heavy defeat, reserves win again, 'A' team go down
Oct 27, 2008, 11:01 am
Styal exited the Cheshire Cup on Saturday. A poor first half performance saw them outfootballed by West Kirby who took a 4-0 lead by the break. Although Styal raised their game in the second half, pulling 2 goals back, West Kirby scored another 3 late on to seal a 7-2 win. The Reserves continued their strong run...
Styal 2 West Kirby 7
This was the champs of Cheshire vs. the champs of west Cheshire which normally would have been a good contest, This wasn't the case as team changes 5 mins before kick off disrupted the Styal team (a lot more than they thought). West Kirby were a great example of how to play away from home  and destroy the opposition. Styal made individual errors all through the game and Styals best 2 players were Craig Brennon and Keith Maires who both came on at half time with Styal 0-4 down. With 20 mins of the second half gone it was 2-4 and with Styal going for it they were pick off by a fantastic West Kirby side who will take some beating in this years Cheshire cup. Hope we don't make the same errors in  league games or we wont be challenging for anything!!!!!!!!!

Linotype/CHN Res 1  Styal Res. 3

Styal March on....

Styal continued their impressive recent run by completing an away win at Linotype. Conditions proved difficult with heavy rain making the playing surface slippy and in the second half the pitch became heavy and it did cut up.

Styal started well creating a few chances in the opening 15 minutes and they should have been 2-0 up. However poor finishing meant the score stayed at 0-0. Linotype slowly began to get into the game and poor passing from the Styal side allowed the home team's confidence to grow.

Alan Osborne made two or three telling saves to keep the score at 0-0.

Styal finally broke the deadlock after 35 minutes with a goal from Duncan Warrender following a pin point pass from Mike Filson playing left side of midfield and his first start of the season.

The second half saw the game open up much more in the wet conditions, both sides had chances with keeper Osborne again making some decent stops. Steve Boardman and Ryan Buckley started to dominate the midfield and fowards Warrender and McCormack started to see chances come their way. Styal started to pass with more confidence and Warrender got his second after 60 minutes to make the score 2-0. Linotype had fleeting chances but struggled to make an impact. Left back James Moore scored on

65 minutes after a jinking run into the penalty area which he finished by sliding eh ball past the keeper. Linotype continued to press and scored on 75 minutes finally beating keeper Osborne, whom had made three or four outstanding saves in the second half and was duly named man of the match.

Mark Johnson.

We didn't pass the ball well today, in fact we gave it away all too easy giving possession to the home team, our confidence seemed to drain away.

The conditions made the contest much more even and in the end it was about the result and not how we played.

Ian Tetler.

We got the three points and sometimes you have to take the result. Our passing was poor and after the last two games or so when we really were moving the ball well it was a little disappointing. But a win away at Linotype is a good result, and we were more than happy with three more points.

Sale Rovers 3 Styal A 1

Coming after a good result this looked like another chance to take points. However an injury to our keeper Marc Wall in the warm up meant Paul Adkin had go in and the day started off pretty badly. The first half was one way traffic with Styal's midfield struggling to cope with Sale's tempo and greater urgency and the back 4 were repeatedly under pressure. Whether it was the bad conditions or just an off day, the ball just wasn't sticking, passes were misplaced and overall the 11 on the pitch looked like strangers for the most part. Rovers took the lead 30 minutes in and only two goal line clearances and some ‘improvisation' from Bod kept it to one. Poch had some harsh words at half time and Styal came out and played some good football and may well have drawn level but instead it was Rovers who took their chance and doubled the lead. To their credit Styal rallied again and when Matty Barnes capitalized on a 15minute spell of total dominance the comeback was on. Marchy saw a shot tipped over, Westy had a one on one but it in pushing forward a long ball caught Styal short at the back and that wrapped it up for Rovers.

Loz  - Hopefully just an off day but we now know that if we aren't really on our game we will get punished in this league. It's also very obvious who trains and who doesn't! Big game next week so lets move on

Sat 18th Oct CLEAN SWEEP
Oct 20, 2008, 8:19 am
Barnton 0 Styal 3
This was a must win game and so it proved to be with  Styal defending the hill in the first half it was always going to be hard against a team who are fighting for there lives.  It started with  Styal defending very well with a back 4 full of pace there seemed no way past for Barnton.  With  Styal looking good on the counter attack and  rewards soon came when some good work Dave  Graham and Leon Willis resulted in  John Thornton netting after 10mins. With  Barnton now going for it they left themselves open and a great move by  Thornton resulted in Oliver Barnes firing in on 20 mins to give the  Barnton keeper no chance.  With wave after wave of  Styal attacks it came as no surprise when  Thornton followed in a rebound off the post to make 3-0 to  Styal with only 35mins gone. ht- Barnton 0-  Styal 3.
The second half saw a battling performance with  Styal creating several more chances including 3 one on one chances go ing astray .  A clean sheet  was kept with the only real save  from Rick Harrison in goal was a 35 y ard effort which hit the post.  Full time. Barnton 0-- Styal 3. Outstanding games by  john Thornton, Dan MacDonnell and Andy pownall. Keep it up!!!!!

Styal Res 5   2 Poynton Res


Styal crush Poynton - Again.


Poynton must feel Styal Fc have the power of the Vodoo after another defeat to the title holders. Despite throwing everything but the kitchen sink during the first game of the season, back in August,   Styal eased past Poynton in that mid week clash to continue where they left off from last season, with a win 2-0 Poynton were last season league runners up, on goal difference and believed Styal had un fairly fielded some first team players in a bid to win the last game of the season by four clear goals, Styal won by 7, and won the league title. Poynton were particularly vocal and made an official complaint which was quashed, but clearly hostilities have continued......!!!!!


Saturday's match had an edge, as expected. Management team Johnson and Tetler sent out the team with a clear message, win at all costs and win well. The first half saw Styal take the lead within 3 minutes with a superbly worked goal seeing Cefu Chambers finish neatly after some good work by Chris Mac down the right hand side. Styal had more of the ball but didn't make the possession count. In an all too familiar tale Styal, took the foot of the gas and Poynton equalised after 20 mins. Styal continued to edge the half and scored again through Chambers on 35 minutes. The first half was probably won by Stayl on points but Poynton had been in the game.


However, the second half was a total contrast. Styal ran riot with Boardman and Buckley gaining a much better understanding in the centre of midfield and winning virtually every ball. Morony and Smith were causing problems wide and the industrious McCormack and the awkward Chambers were too much for Poynton. Styal increased the lead to 3-1 after 55 mins with a superb goal from Buckley, after a run from the half way line straight through the heart of the Poynton side. The fourth came after 65 minutes with Chambers making it a hat rick. McCormack then made it five on 70 minutes with a close finish. Styal continued to press and had further opportunities. Full backs Moore and Osbourne saw plenty of the ball and Styal's dominance was abolsoute and Total. However Poyton did score a second after 82 minutes but the game was dead and buried long before. There could be few complaints from Poynton after the opening day loss to Styal, in what was an absorbing game, and one that Poynton were desperate to win and avenge the title loss, however after Saturdays route, there was simply nothing more to say...


Manager Mark Johnson.


It's clear Poynton dislike Styal with a venom, so this was always likely to be a tough game. We played ok in the first half and deserved to be in front. However, we were superb in the second half, the best performance for me, in the last two seasons. We passed the ball well, movement was good, and we won the first, second, third and every ball possible. I still feel we leak too many goals, but we will always score goals. Our flowing style really got going on Saturday and this is where I feel we need to be in terms of performance.


Ian Tetler.

We are getting better, we played some terrific stuff, particularly in the second half, and the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game was quite electric, players know they have to work hard now to get a shirt in a team that grows with confidence each week. Well done to all the players it was a terrific result.

Styal ‘A' 3 Sale Rovers 2


Late cry offs including our goal keeper gave Loz and Poch a real headache pre match with some quick re adjustments to

the lineup - Gibbo helping out by putting on the gloves, Marchy and Loz into full back positions and Scott Stapleton given his

first full start.  Styal started reasonably brightly for the first minute or two! The next twenty is best forgotten with

Sale Rovers, a team who did the double over the ‘A' team last year taking the lead twice and dominating...Styal hit back

twice with goals from an Alex Kemp header from a long Marchbank throw and then a smartly taken left foot strike from

Mark Collins, his first for Styal. Realising 3 points were there for the taking, Styal upped the tempo and

started putting some excellent moves together and when Stapleton stabbed home from close range to make it 3-2 it was

just reward for their endeavor and character to come back twice.

Second half, as expected Sale came out strongly but the back four stayed solid with Styal winning most of

aerial midfield battle and Matt West and Stapleton working hard to keep the ball up top. It was a backs to the wall last

twenty and when the referee blew up seconds after Gibbo had seen the ball bounce off his upright it was a welcome



Loz refused to speak to the press after the game so it was left to Assistant Poch to make a comment:

Good win which was well deserved. Indeed we could have won by 2 or 3 more goals on another day. The team need to take this form into next weeks game so we can continue to rise up the table. Really pleased with the whole team's hard work.



Sat 11th Oct Styal 1 Middlewich 1; Old York 2 Styal 'A' 2
Oct 13, 2008, 8:58 am
Styal 1 Middlewich 1
This was always going to be a battle with no quarter given by either team.  Styal gave Middlewich a head start when Andy  Pownall upended  a  Middlewich forward  with just 2 mins gone to give the away team a penalty which they converted.  With  Styal having to chase the game with 88mins left ; it was  Middlewich who looked the better team winning the majority of the 1st and 2nd balls in midfield. Styal were becoming  more desperate as the half wore on and  their best chance came when a neat ball over the top allowed Dave  Graham a free shot on  Middlewich's goal  from 8 y ards out .  Unfortunately he couldn't keep  the ball down down as he shotWith the  Middlewich defence on top  it continued to be  an uphill task  with  Middlewich keeping  Styal at bay until half time.
The second half saw  Styal up the quality and tempo and  they had  Middlewich on the back foot ,   Styal now controlling the game with new signing Nathaniel Kerr dealing with anything  Middlewich could throw at him.  With Dan MacDonnell causing all sorts of problems for of  Middlewich's full backs and sub Leon Willis adding a bit of bite upfront it was all  Styal deserved when Leon ran down the right wing and fired a cross in front of goal for  Thornton to half volley home on 65 mins. With styal now going for the winner  the came continued with only a few half chances for  Styal with  Middlewich looking dangerous on the break and nearly grabbing a winner themselves when  Styal had committed too many men forward. 1-1 was a fair result from 2 teams that could be challenging for the title.  
Old York 2 Styal ‘A' 2
Loz and Poch selected a strong looking squad of 15 to Old York expecting one of the toughest games in the Altrincham League. With the opposition turning up nearly 30 minutes late it was Styal who looked switched on and dominated the early exchanges, Rocky, Mark Collins and Ryan winning the midfield battle superbly and decent chances falling to Adkin and West. Alex Kemp and Andy Giblin looked solid at the back and Simon Guest and James Moore gave real pace and determination down both flanks. Eventually Styal took a deserved league when Adkin cut inside from the left and drove a shot under the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner. Gradually Old York started to show signs of coming back into the game and the last ten minutes of the half their pace and aggression started to make an impact. With Styal needing to maintain the excellent tempo of the half it was Old York instead who stepped up and scored two quick goals to turn the game on its head. Kemp was denied a goal when his header was deemed offside, and Ryan powered his way thru the York defence but saw his one on one saved by the keepers legs. Simon Roberts was having a fine game on the wing and he created several half chances that nearly paid dividend. Needing an equalizer, Rocky pushed up front alongside Stapleton and Marcus Kenny made a timely return to the midfield to look for that killer pass that was missing to open York up. In the event, he didn't disappoint and when he found Stapleton, the big forward looked up and drilled it across to Rocky who's dart to the near post won a point with just seconds remaining.

Managers comments -Loz

The 2-2 against King George felt like a point won whereas I really felt there were 3 points there for us today, and a couple of lapses cost us. However we can't be too disappointed and it shows we are competing well in this league. A little more composure and cleverness in the final third and we could have been out of sight. Some tremendous performances across the whole team so hard to pick out a MOM but Ryan, Rocky and Collins first half display set the tone for the afternoon and showed Old York they were in for a tough 90. Great commitment from the substitutes too who showed the type of squad spirit that I asked for.

Sat 4th October, Reserves move to top league but first team and 'A' team have early cup exits
Oct 6, 2008, 8:04 pm
Styal went down 2-1 at Linotype/CHN to exit the Cheshire League Cup. All the goals came in the last 8 minutes with the hosts scoring the decider in the final seconds.

With Styal needing step up their game in the league this was a good test away to Linotype who are struggling themselves. With Styal kicking off against the strong wind it was a case of having to get the ball ball down and play. Early on Styal's Leon Willis had 2 good chances to score only to delay his shots long enough for the defenders to get their blocks in. With several further Styal  half chances going astray it was Linotype who nearly took the lead on 35mins when a 25yrd effort deflected off a Styal defender to go into the top corner of the net. Luckily  the ref  pulled up play before for a foul by the linotype forward and the goal was disallowed.

The second half saw Styal go for it with the wind behind them with wave after wave of attacks and Sefu Chambers and John Thornton both missing one on ones with only the keeper to beat and it looked like it was going to be all Styal. However Dan MacDonnell was involved in an incident with 2 Linotype players and this escalated with most players having their opinions. The result was several cautions and a red card each for both teams. Worse was to follow when Leon Willis was pulled up for a foul (he didn't commit)  received his second yellow to reduce Styal to 9 men on 75mins.

With nothing happening in the way of chances it was left to sub and old Styal player Danny Basden to turn James Spencer in the 82nd min and fire his shot into the top corner giving Rick Harrison in Styal's goal no chance. With 3 mins left a corner by Styal resulted in James Spencer heading home to level the game and take it into extra time, or so everyone thought. But, then,  with seconds left a breakaway resulted in Rick Harrison saving a easy shot only to fumble it out to a linotype forward to convert 30 seconds before full time. Full time Linotype 2- Styal 1.

Managers thoughts = this  was a  game which should have been won by 2 or 3 goals but when you don't take your chances and don't defend properly for the 90mins you will get punished. With several changes from the week before I am still trying to find the right balance and shape to my team with several comings and going it needs to be addressed now before its too late. Lets get our house in order and settle down to play like Styal should.  


Styal Reserves 3 2 Linotype/CHN Res.

Return to top spot.

Styal reserves returned to the top of the reserve division after a deserved victory against Linotype. Despite going a goal down after 20 minutes against the run of play Styal forced their way back in with a deflected goal from a Danny Gregory shot on the half hour. Styal then got their noses in front with a second on 40 minutes with a goal from Dave Graham. The surface allowed both teams to pass the ball and styal looked comfortable and they created numerous chances, they should have been 4 or 5-1 up at half time. Both Dave Graham and Danny Gregory missed chances that would have put the game out of reach.

The second half saw Styal take form control, moving the ball well and dominating possession. Dave Graham hit the post after 10 minutes and further chances came and went. Finally Styal took a 3-1 lead after 60 minutes when Steve Boardman headed home from a Matty Barnes corner, the third in quick succession. Linotype did give themselves a chance with a second goal after some poor defending by Styal. Despite being under pressure for much of the second half a 3- 2 score line did not reflect the dominance of Styal.

Manager Mark Johnson.

We should have won by six or seven goals, we created chance after chance, we need a little more composure in front of goal and we must be more clinical in our finishing. I'm still un happy about leaking too many goals, it may cost us in the long run. We will always score goals and some of our football today was the best so far we have played. We moved and passed the ball well, we have tremendous pace on the flanks, and as long as the spine remains solid, we will cause teams problems from the wide areas. Ryan and Matty worked well in midfield, and I would say Matty had his best game to date so far. Kirtis and Ricko had impressive debuts which adds more strength to the squad. It sets up the Middlewich game in a fortnight and we will be confident of a win.

Altrincham League Cup 1st Round Styal A 1 Northenden Village 4

After last weeks battling performance a strangely subdued Styal ‘A' Team took on Northenden from the league below and Styal looked lethargic from the start. That said the back four were rarely troubled and when Styal won a penalty, Simon Roberts (who tells me he had never missed one!) had the perfect chance to give Styal the boost that would likely have changed the game. In the event the keeper made the ‘save' (see Fowler's penalty miss City v Middlesborough 15th May 2005) and shortly before the break a rare Northenden shot squirmed thru the keepers hands to give them the lead. After the break Loz brought West on and moved to a more attacking formation but Northenden doubled their lead soon after the break and more defensive problems saw that lead become 3. A cracking Rocky free kick gave a little hope, Kemp had 2 great chances and more fell for Stapleton and West before a break away made it 4-1.

Managers Comments:

We had plenty of chances and it could have been very different but Northenden took theirs and scored at really important times. We need a lot more commitment on and off the pitch to be successful this season and that means giving it not one week in 3 but every Saturday and from all the squad. Drop outs happen, I appreciate that but if the squad wants some consistency and the success that will come with it then they need to show a little more desire to help the cause. Next week we play Old York so lets put this cup defeat behind us and see a reaction…

Sat 27th Sept-Styal beat Malpas 4-0 to progress in Cheshire Cup. Reserves and 'A' team both draw
Sep 29, 2008, 9:00 am
Malpas 0 Styal 4--Cheshire Cup
Styal had to travel the 55miles to the home of Malpas who must of thought that they did the hard part at Styal. How wrong can you be!!!!!!. With 4 changes and fresher legs on show it soon became apparent to Malpas how hard working and high tempo's Styal's game is. With styal defending the steep hill in the first half it was always a case of breaking down the Malpas resolve. Good work up top by Warrender and Willis set up Oliver Barnes who cut in from the left and hit a 30 yard screamer into the bottom corner to give the keeper no chance after just 25minutes. With Styal going for it and several half chances later which came to nothing it was the home team who resorted to long punts into the Styal box. A series of long throws and corners were dealt with by James Spencer and Neil Capel whilst Rick Harrison in goal hardly had a shot to save in the first half.  the second half saw Styal going down the hill and they put the home team under so much pressure that eventually Leon Willis turned and volleyed to make it 0-2 to Styal on 55mins. This opened up the flood gates with the forwards Thornton, Warrender, Barnes and Willis dragging the home defence all over  the place. It came as no surprise when Duncan Warrender fired in after 70 mins and finished off with a penalty on 80mins to make to score 4-0 to Styal. Malpas will be sick that they couldn't take advantage of Styal's fitness levels the week before. Unlucky!!!  
Styal Res 1 - 1 Rylands Crossfields Res.
Honours even.
After back to back wins for Styal, Saturday saw Styal reserves playing out a draw, which in hindsight was a fair result. With injuries and absentees again Styal were stretched with three of the back four all missing.
Rylands started well passing the ball and taking a deserved lead on 15 minutes with a goal. The long ball caught out the Styal defence and Rylands scored. Styal then began to get into the game with a couple of half chances. Danny Gregory then levelled on 25 minutes. Styal then went close hitting the post with a neat passing move down the right, Dave Graham then took the ball wide of the keeper, his shot from narrow angle came off the post and went wide
The second half was tight, with neither side creating clear cut chances.
Styal saw more possession and started to take control, and on 60 minutes they hit the post again after a flowing move. Chances were few and far between and the final result was a fair reflection of events.
Manager Mark Johnson.
With so many players missing, I think a draw was a decent result. We struggled to flow, the tempo wasn't good and again we often 'Killed Ourselves' by switching off and giving the ball away needlessly. we were a tad lucky as Ryland's didn't capitalise, other teams might well punish us. We need to look after the ball much better and look to hurt teams in the last third far more. Confidence wasn't there today, but I'm satisfied with a drawn against an organised side with so many layers missing. There is plenty to come so we can look forward to getting stronger in the weeks ahead.
King George 2 Styal A 2
With injuries and absentees across all 3 teams Styal ‘A' knew it would be a tough task to get anything against King George, last years Altrincham 1st Divisin Runners Up. With no fewer than 5 of last weeks winning side unavailable Loz and Poch were forced into several changes including themselves being restored to back 4 alongside Alex Kemp and Paul Moore leaving Punk ‘Ainsley Harriott' Takiar back in a caretaker role on the sidelines. A torrid first 15 saw wave after wave of KG attack with only Stef brilliantly keeping Styal on level terms and it looked like it could be a long afternoon for the ‘A's. However Styal broke down the left and Paul Adkin fired in a shot the keeper couldn't handle giving a lead against the run of play. The lead was however short lived and 2 goals before the break turned the game on its head and KG looked to be cruising.
Styal had other ideas and came out for the second half with real fight and determination and began to get a foothold of the game whilst Kemp and Moore effectively snuffed out any KG attack. A ‘half fit' Simon Guest showed great commitment to the cause and was thrown on with 30 minutes to go and added the quality needed to Styal's passing and with 20 minutes left a nice move down the right he linked up with West to give Styal a deserved equalizer. Mark Wall, goalkeeper pre season, returning from a hand injury came on to add a physical presence and he optimised the great all round effort to force a draw. Kemp and Moore had a fantastic 2nd period and West worked tirelessly up front holding the ball well at the other end of the pitch but it was Stef Maskell in the Styal goal who was the Man of the Match with a couple of saves late on to ensure what was under the circumstances a fantastic point.

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