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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.

Sat 20th September--Styal draw 5-5 AET in Cheshire Cup Thriller. Reserves and 'A' team both win
Sep 21, 2008, 6:59 pm
 
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Styal 5 Malpas 5 AET Chesire Cup
 

This was a game too soon after Styal's cup heroics on Thursday night and only 36 hours to recover. Malpas played the game of their lives and in the end Styal were lucky to come out with a replay. Too many things happened in the game to write about but Styal's Chambers netted 4 times and with some shocking displays with the walking wounded Styal will hope to do better in next weeks replay.

 
Daten Res 3 Styal Res 6.

Six of the best for Styal......

Despite a number of injuries and absentees Styal kept up their assault on the top of the table with a win away at Daten, this takes Stayl Res.

upto 4th place.

In the previous meeting three weeks ago Daten took the honours by winning 3-1 at Styal with an impressive performance. It looked like much of the same at Daten with the home side going a goal up after 20 minutes. Daten moved the ball well and breached the Styal defence to go one up. Two chances were missed by Styal and Daten then went further ahead after the half hour.

Styal were clearly stunned and in shock and took a few minutes to adjust. Danny Gregory and Jimmy Vince both had good chances to score but the keeper made two fines saves. However Styal managed to get back into the game after Danny Gregory wriggled through the Daten defence and managed to pull one back for the visitors on 38 minutes. Styal then applied some pressure and after some industrious work by Jimmy Vince in the box, led to his shot being deflected and Styal were level after 42 minutes.

Daten were left reeling after surrendering a two goal lead.

Styal kicked off the second half and carried the game to Daten and went ahead after 5 minutes with a well worked move down the left, seeing jimmy Vince come inside from the left wing and out pace the defender to angle his shot neatly passed the keeper and into the top corner to give Styal the lead.

The impressive Jimmy Vince was substituted a few minutes later after an unfortunate fall which left him with a pulled muscle and a jarred back, this wasn't good news as the squad was severely depleted already with injuries. Styal veteran Dave Oates came on to replace the injured Vince.

 

Within five minutes Daten were level after some comical defending by Styal who clearly switched off. Normal service was resumed after 60 minutes with Styal taking the lead with a header from Matty Barnes, following a pinpoint cross from Craig Smith. Styal then went 5-3 up with an individual goal and a cool finish from Ryan Morony who totally left the Daten defence on it's knees with a powerful run and a neat finish from the right. James Moore suffering from a cold, cramp, and anything in the British medical journal was then Substituted after 75 minutes and Ian Tetler joined the Frey for a cameo performance.

To round things off Styal then scored the 6th goal of the game with a wonder strike from 25 yards from Ryan Buckley, after the ball was squared from the left.

Manager's comments:

Tremendous result in the circumstances and with five different scorers it was pleasing, we still have work to do but we can certainly really push on from here. And nice to see two old boys getting on the pitch and holding their own. Tex made a couple of telling challenges, won a header or two and gave some lessons in simple passing, get yourself a pair of boots my friend, you may be needed again.

Mr Oates was industrious and gave the left side some needed balance in the second half. However his tour of country lanes en route to culcheth was not well received, most of the team had fallen asleep by the time they arrived, which seemed like days after we left Styal.
 
Kartel Sports 3 Styal 'A' 4

STYAL WIN MEMORIAL CUP--THURSDAY 18th September
Sep 19, 2008, 10:22 am
Curzon Ashton Res (Cheshire League Cup winners) 1 v Styal (Cheshire League winners) 2
  CFL Memorial Cup
Inspired by Rick Harrison's goalkeeping display, Styal held a strong Curzon Ashton team at bay after taking a 2-1 lead after only 15 minutes. PHOTOS will appear on the website shortly as Styal win another cup.
 
This was always going to a hard game with Curzon Reserves beating Styal 2 weeks ago and this fixture was switched to Curzon's ground under fllodlights in their impressive stadium.What styal could not foresee was that they were playing against the cuurzon ashton  first team and management from the unibond league. The game started with styal missing several key players through work/ injuries but this didn't seem eem to matter as Styal took the game to the Unibond side  with Brian Mathews, Oliver Barnes, Sefu Chambers and Leon Willis causing all sorts of problems resulting in Brian Mathews running 40 yards with the ball and smashing it into the top corner from 25yrds to give Styal a deserved lead on 20mins. Then the Unibond team put Styal under pressure and levelled after 15mins with good work down Styal's left. Then on 20 mins Oliver Barnes ran down Styal's left wing and smashed a 25yarder into the bottom corner to restore the lead. With no other clear cut chances until half time.the second half saw Styal replace Barnes and the home team came at Styal with more purpose, with Curzon's left winger giving Dan MacDonnell a torrid time cutting him open time and again. Usually this would have been a problem but with the born again Rick Harrison in net nothing was getting past him or the wood work (which Curzon hit twice). With Sefu and Leon up front causing problems on the counter attack Styal could have increased the lead as Curzon's first team were getting more and more desperate. For the last 15mins it was backs to the wall for Styal  who battoned down the hatches and ran their hearts out with outstanding performances from Harrison, Mathews, Chambers, Willis, Tueart and fat boy slim[staz] who had to fill in at centre midfield ,(not his best position). Manager Morrison was shall we say chuffed to bits to beat a Unibond starting 11 who picked their wages up after the game.!!!!!!! Shame there was no win bonus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
 

Sat 13th September; Styal Res 2 Garswood Utd Res 1, Cringlewood Ath 3 Styal 'A' 2
Sep 15, 2008, 8:06 am
Reports awaited from Saturdays Reserve game. Will post as soon as received.
 
Thursday Night 18th September  Curzon Ashton Res (Cheshire League Cup winners) v Styal (Cheshire League winners) Come down and support us in the Community Shield of Cheshire Football.
  CFL Memorial Cup

Styal FC v Curzon Ashton FC Reserves

The Tameside Stadium

Thursday 18 September 1945hrs ko

£2 Adults £1 Concessions

Styal Res 2 Garswood Res 1

Reserves return to winning ways....

Styal reserves returned to winning ways with a deserved 2-1 victory against Garswood on Saturday.

The first half was a close affair with Garswood passing the ball well and creating two or three half chances. Styal struggled to find some momentum and didn't play with any fluidity. Garswood took the lead on 30 minutes with a well worked goal and a good finish after working the ball wide and the cross duly came in wasn't dealt with and Styal were behind.

However, a neat one two between Danny Gregory and John Rickson took the ball to the edge of the opponents penalty area where Rickson then swept the ball wide to John Thornton who then crossed for Danny Gregory to level with 25 seconds of the re-start, a quite superb reply with Garwsood not touching the ball. Styal then started to get some possession and looked a much better outfit.

The second half was a completely different ball game. Styal took command from kick off and dominated creating two early chances which they should have converted. On 60 minutes they did take the lead through John Rickson. Chances then came with John Thornton missing a gaping goal from six yards which would have killed the game stone dead.

All in all an excellent second half which Styal commanded and the central paring of Spence and Caple looks to be very strong. Ryan Joanna Buckley also had a good second half as did Mark Tueart

Manager's Comments:

 

Cringlewood 3 Styal 'A' 2

A last minute header from a disputed corner cost styal what would have been a deserved point against a good Cringlewood side that did the double comprehensively over Styal last season. Twice Styal came from behind with West's opportunism but were caught sleeping with virtually the last kick of the game.

Cringlewood had opened the scoring with a cross from the left met on the volley into the bottom corner, a goal as good as wythenshaw park has seen for a while, but styal were back on level terms quickly and were unfortunate when captain Paul Moore headed in an OG to hand Cringlewood the lead again.

Once again to Styal's credit they fought back well to force another equalizer and had a 20 minute spell in the second half where the game should have been wrapped up. Strong performances from debutant Collins in the midfield supported by a fit again Adie Tottie and good work on the left flank from Simon Roberts gave Cringlewood plenty of problems and at 2-2 Roberts had the goal at his mercy but with defenders scrambling back to the line his side foot narrowly missed.

Three substitutions were enforced on Styal and towards the end the re-shuffle of the side took its toll with a cringlewood player stealing in unmarked to grab the winner.


Sat 30th August Rylands/Crosfield 2 Styal 1; Styal Res 1 Daten Res 3
Aug 30, 2008, 5:47 pm
 
 
Styal 'A' won their friendly game v Poynton on Monday night, 1st Sept 3 - nil,  goals from Craig Smith Paul Marchbank and Matt West.
 
  Rylands/Crosfields 2 Styal 1
Styal have not fired on all cylinders this season so this was always going to be a difficult game. However Styal had a dream start when they scored in the first 10 seconds. Brian Matthews cut in from the left and fired at goal and although the keeper saved well the ball rebounded to Duncan Warrender who poked the ball home for his 3rd of the season. This was soon undone however when the home side struck with a 30 yard effort which 2 keepers together couldn't have saved, Rick Harrison in Styal's goal stood no chance. There was not much goalmouth action but Rylands/Crosfields struck again before half time when a long through ball had to be headed clear by Styal's keeper and it fell to an opposition midfielder who scored from 35 yards out.
The second half saw Styal attack without much luck, hitting the bar twice, having a penalty claim turned down and a goal disallowed when a Styal player pushed a team mate. Rick Harrison was outstanding in goal and with young Danny Gregory and Ryan Moroney playing well when introduced there are some good points. However Styal's luck ran out and the team needs to give 100%. Manager Morrisson is also hoping for a couple of new signings to bolster the squad.
 
  Rylands/Crosfields 2 Styal 1
Styal have not fired on all cylinders this season so this was always going to be a difficult game. However Styal had a dream start when they scored in the first 10 seconds. Brian Matthews cut in from the left and fired at goal and although the keeper saved well the ball rebounded to Duncan Warrender who poked the ball home for his 3rd of the season. This was soon undone however when the home side struck with a 30 yard effort which 2 keepers together couldn't have saved, Rick Harrison in Styal's goal stood no chance. There was not much goalmouth action but Rylands/Crosfields struck again before half time when a long through ball had to be headed clear by Styal's keeper and it fell to an opposition midfielder who scored from 35 yards out.
The second half saw Styal attack without much luck, hitting the bar twice, having a penalty claim turned down and a goal disallowed when a Styal player pushed a team mate. Rick Harrison was outstanding in goal and with young Danny Gregory and Ryan Moroney playing well when introduced there are some good points. However Styal's luck ran out and the team needs to give 100%. Manager Morrisson is also hoping for a couple of new signings to bolster the squad.
 
Thurs 28th August Denton Town Res 2 Styal Res 5 Report to follow
 
Tues 26th August Styal 2 Curzon Ashton Res 3

Styal needed 3 points to keep pace with the leaders and also sought to begin playing with the same tempo and pride displayed last season. It didn't happen.

With 20 minutes gone a fantastic move involving Brian Matthews and Ollie Barnes resulted in Warren Dickenson volleying from 6 yards. The Curzon keeper made a brilliant save. However, just 5 minutes later a shot from 35 yards out bounced through Styal keeper Cowley's fingers and Curzon took the lead. Worse followed 5 minutes later when a Curzon free header ended up in Styal's net. Half time Styal 0 Curzon 2 and Styal had disappointed.

The introduction of Keith Maires and Craig Brennan at half time saw the tempo raised by the home team but there was still little to talk of in terms of end product. Then came the games killer blow when Cowley attempted to punch away a Curzon corner only for the ball to drop to a Curzon striker who slotted the ball in the net to give Curzon a 3-0 advantage. Brennan was dismissed by the referee, quickly followed by Scarry for a second yellow card offence. Now with 9 men Styal managed to pull 2 goals back before the end. First a Keith Maires free kick into the to corner with 10 minutes left and then Duncan Warrender poked home with 5 minutes left. Manager Morrison was disappointed after the game with half the team having not performed.

 

Sat 23rd August Billinge 2 Styal 2

This was Billinge's first home game since getting promotion last season and this was never going to be easy. The game started with the home team taking the game to Styal with real threat. A mix up between Dan Macdonnell and Styal's new keeper ‘ozzy' resulted in the home team hitting the bar on 20mins and with Styal's attacks limited, the home team keeper was not tested. .The 2nd half saw Styal coming out of the blocks with more tempo and quaility than the first half, but a mix up between ‘ozzy' and the centre half saw the ball break loose and it was tapped into a empty net on 65mins to give Billinge the lead. This woke Styal up and 10mins later Keith Maires floated in a corner and Warren Dickenson's header resulted in his 3rd goal of the season drawing the teams level. With 15 minutes to go Styal launched wave after wave of attack but with no end result untill Dave Graham fired one in from just inside the box.  

It looked like Styal had 3 points in the bag. However, with just 5mins left Brian Mathews lost the ball on the left and 2 passes later Billinge's centre forward  fired under ‘ozzy' in goal to equalize for the home team and to make 2-2. The Styal of last season would have shut up shop to win the game but this years team has a little learning to do yet, a fair result on the day. Full Time Billinge 2- Styal 2  
 
Thursday 21st August Poynton Res 0 Styal Res 2
Report to follow  

Saturday 16th August Knutsford 1 Styal 2
Aug 17, 2008, 11:47 am

With Styal having taken 3 points from their opening fixture it was important to follow on the good work at Knutsford on Saturday. Styal started, pressing the home team but not producing any end product and passes not finding their target. This changed on 30 minutes. John Thornton raced on to a flick on from Dave Graham into Knutsford's penalty box to win a penalty. New signing Duncan Warrender put the spot kick home to put Styal 1-0 up. With much of the game fought out in midfield there was little further goalmouth action before half time.

The second half continued the same way but a mistake by Styal's Luke Scarry allowed a Knutsford player to pass the ball into Styal's net from 30 yards with keeper Cowell stranded on 65 minutes. Styal responded bringing on Maires, Tueart and Barnes and the tempo was upped as they looked for the winer. Eventually with 15 minutes to go Boardman flicked on a Pownall long throw and Dickenson volleyed into the Knutsford net. Styal did not play well but did enough to deserve the win.
Styal's game v Stalybridge Tues 19th Aug was postponed (waterlogged)
 
With a number of preseason fixtures already under their belt Styal are looking forward to starting the new competitive season.
 
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Styal 2 Linotype/CHN 1
Aug 13, 2008, 7:51 am
Styal's opening game of the league season against Linotype on Tuesday night was a tough fixture and credit is due to Linotype who played some good football for periods.
Styal missed a golden opportunity blazing over from close range early on and Linotype scored midway through the half with a well taken shot on the turn from the inside right position to stun Styal. Styal evened things up 5 minutes later when Boardman rose heading home a corner. Both teams had chances before half time but the game seemed generally flat.
The second half was much more eventful and better to watch with both teams looking to impose themselves but Styal had the edge. Styal's full backs Scarry and McDonnel did better against the tricky Lino forwards and although the Styal midfield never dominated, the Styal forwards hold up play enabled them to build attacks. The winning goal came from a penalty scored by Dickenson after a Lino defender handled a cross ball into the box midway through the second half and Dickenson almost scored a wonder goal just after when a left foot volley from 'miles out' hit the Lino crossbar. Styal soaked up pressure late on but always looked more likely to score a further goal with a number of breakaways.

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