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Thursday 1st May Styal 2 Curzon Ashton Res 1
May 2, 2008, 9:07 am
Styal dug in last night overcoming a good footballing side in Curzon Ashton to go back to the top of the league. Styal started slowly and some good opportunities to put the ball into the Curzon Ashton box were diminished by poor deliveries which did not take advantage of Styal's height advantage. Mid way through the 1st half a lapse by Styal keeper Aldred saw a Curzon Ashton cross find its way into the Styal net to open the scoring.
This changed the game and Styal reacted well mounting attacks whilst the Styal defensive line of Boardman, Vernon, McDonnell and Scarry eliminated the chance of any more threats from the opposition. The equaliser soon came. A well delivered corner was headed in the direction of Graham who reacted quickly to head in to Curzon's net. At half time the game looked well balanced.
The second half saw Styal's greater work rate reap its rewards with the tough tackling Massey and Dickenson breaking up Curzon's midfield passing and Matthews causing mayhem for Curzon's defence with a series of pacey runs with the ball in behind the right full back. On Styal's right Thornton and McDonnel competed hard to stop Curzon's progress and dominated their side of the pitch as the game developped. It was the persistence of Barnes and Graham upfront who chased every Curzon defender down that created the winning goal. After competing for a ball over the top the ball ended up with Graham on the edge of the Curzon box and he hit a chest high volley into the roof of the net with 20 minutes to go. The game continued in the same competitive manner but Styal defended well when required with Aldred taking the pressure off his defence with some well judged takes. The work rate of Graham counted for much as the game went on as he continued chasing down Curzon's defenders until the end relieving much pressure as part of a solid team effort

Sat 26th April--Styal 2 Garswood Utd 1; Middlewich Town Res 1 Styal Res 1; 'A' Team await result
Apr 27, 2008, 9:25 am
Styal 2 Garswood Utd 1
This was going to be a tough game with Garswood big ,strong and organised However this theory soon seemed to be wrong. A free header in the 6 yard box for Styal's Warren Dickenson after 2mins, Oliver Barnes free on goal after 5mins and Dave Graham missing a one on one after 10mins suggested Styal should win easily. So, it came as bit of a shock when with their  first attack Jamie Aldred in Styal's goal had to pull off a fantastic save after the with the ball over the top evaded Pownall and Vernon at the back. Shock,horror! the same thing happened 10mins later but this time with the ball finding its way into the net to give Garswood a surprise lead on 20mins. Styal struck back on 35mins as Oliver Barnes closed down the Garswood keeper robbed him of the ball and squared to Dave Graham who fired into a empty net to level the scores at 1-1 for half time The second half saw Styal up the tempo and everything was down the Garswood defenders throats who dealt with it without any fuss. Sefu Chambers and Boardman were put on and it almost paid off with Chambers shooting wide from a corner  when only 3 yards out. At Styal's defensive end a last ditch  block by Pownall saved Styal's goal when it looked odds on Garswood would score. The winner came when  Barnes came out of a 50/50 with a Garswood  defender and curled the ball into the top corner giving the keeper no chance with  75minutes gone. With Styal now trying to kill the game off and nothing to trouble them except a few free kicks it was a hard earned 3pts. Styal now have 4 games in 7 days starting on Thursday at home to Curzon Ashton.
 
Middlewich Town Res 1 Styal 1
Team :- R Harrison, M Pochin, A Kemp, N Capel, M Barnes, S Laffely, M Filson, R Buckley, S Roberts, C McCormick, G Vernon Subs :- P Moore, P Adkin, P Marchbank, D Gregory
 
After a shock defeat on Thursday to Daten it was paramount that Styal bounced back against a strong well organised Middewich and with injuries to key players Styal had to call on several third team players to bolster the squad.
This was no game for the faint hearted and it was Middlewich who started the brightest creating some good chances and causing the Styal defence no end of problems. It wasn't long before they opened the scoring after Styal failed to clear a free kick.
This spurred Styal on who started playing with more conviction, the best move ending with a stunning effort by Gareth Vernon whose' shot flew over the bar. Styal continued to press without any real clear cut chances but it could only be a matter of time before the break through. Filsons' free kicks were really testing the Middlewich defence but failed on several occasions to produce a goal.
The second half continued in pretty much the same vein with Styal taking the game to Middlewich the closest chance falling to Buckley who's shot was neatly saved by the Middlewich keeper. Then the pressure finally paid off when a stinging shot from the edge of the box by Gareth vernon found the net and gave Styal a much needed lift. Styal nearly grabbed all three points when a tidy move down the right flank saw McCormick slide a lovely ball into the path of Buckley who's shot was blocked by the Middlewich keeper.
With Poynton winning Styal lead the table only on goal difference and will wait to see the outcome of Middlewich v Poynton midweek  
Also Thursday 24th Styal Res 0 Daten Res 1

Tues 22nd April Styal 4 Barnton 1
Apr 23, 2008, 7:27 am
Styal 4 Barnton 1
This was a must win game after the rubbish performance in the previous game and so it turned out to be without Styal really getting into top gear. Yet again Styal fell behind; this time on 30 mins when Dan MacDonnell lost the ball and Barnton played the ball in behind Luke Scarry in Styal's defence and slotted home. luckily 15 mins was left to play in the first half when Dave Graham's shot fell to Oliver Barnes who put the ball in the net to draw the score level 1-1. A free kick resulted in Darren Vernon scoring with a header from 15 yrds with Dave Graham trying to claim it[sorry Dave], then another free kick resulted in Luke Scary's first goal for Styal with a bullet header from 6 yrds. Half time Styal 3-Barnton 1. To cap it all off in the second half Craig Massey broke the off side and lobbed the keeper to make the final score Styal 4-Barnton 1. 

Sat 19th April Styal Res 2 Golborne Sports Res 0; Styal 'A' 0 Broadheath 2 (Altrincham Cup Semi Final)
Apr 20, 2008, 11:02 am

Styal Res 2 Golborne Sports Res 0

Team :- R Harrison, D Swindells, M Pochin, N Capel (c), G Vernon, M Barnes, S Roberts, W Dickenson, M Filson, G Smith, D Gregory. Subs :- P Moore, G Vernon, A Pownall
 
Styal Res looked to edge closer the the title, and with Poynton slipping up in the week, this was a great chance to maintain the 5 point lead. However Styal lost the toss and had to play the first half into a strong head wind. The first 15 minutes were kept tight, then chances started to open for both teams, the best chance for Styal was created when Si Roberts cut inside to slip a lovely ball into the path of Smith who saw his shot stopped by the legs of the Goldborne keeper.
Goldborne responded by creating several gilt edge chances, but for several fine close range stops from the Styal keeper Harrison and some woeful finishing from the Goldborne forwards' Styal could have gone in at half time three down.
With the wind behind them in the second half Styal looked to take control of the game and started to pressure the Goldborne defence with some tidy football and it wasn't long before Filson delivered a corner deep to the far post to see Vernon guide his header into the goal. This seemed to settle Styal and they moved up the gears creating several more chances, with Matty Barns having two gilt edge chances, however the pressure of opening his goal scoring account must have played a part !  (mind you the £20 he will have to pay to Ryan Buckley might be playing on his mind to should he fail to score ! ).Styal eased themselves into a two goal lead after a another corner delivered by Filson seemed to cause confusion in the Goldborne defence and the ball was deflected over the line. Goldborne rarely ventured into the Styal half and
Harrison had a much quieter time than the first half.
Styal Res take on Daten Res on Thursday 24th April at Styal.

 

THE ALTRINCHAM AND DISTRICT SEMI FINAL (AT KNUTSFORD FC)

 

STYAL   A    0    V    2    BROADHEATH CENTRAL

 

TEAM NEWS.

 

Player-Manager Takiar took a full squad of 17 players and made a couple of changes.James Moore returned from a back injury to play left back, Browny started on the right hand side of midfield, Ryan partnered Marcus in the centre.On the bench was Vinny, westy, Cooky, Ed C, Deano.ScottyH and Bod were ill.

 

MATCH REPORT.

 

If ever a score-line didn't reflect a game, this was a prime example! On paper, Styal went into this semi against a team 3rd in the Prem,as underdogs.In reality though, that didn't prove to be the case.Both teams started quite well on a dificult, hard, bobbly surface.Although Broadheath did look slightly more dangerous when they attacked with two very pacy centre forwards.But it was quite clear early on that this was going to be a very tight game against two evenly matched sides.However it was Broadheath that got the important first goal, after a rash Marcus kenny challenge in the box led to the referee pointing to the spot.1-0 broadheath.The goal seemed to spur broadheath on and five minutes later they would have gone 2 up, but they were denied, quite brilliantly by the right hand of Joe Morell, who has made some good saves this season, but none as good as this though.A bit of a scramble in Styal box saw the striker hit it cleanly through a crowd of players from 8yards, only for Joe to stretch out a strong right hand on his line after seeing it extremely late.A great reflex save, probably in the same league as Banks against Pele. It was that good.This seemed to swing the momentum Styal's way and for the last 10 mins of the half they started to get on top, but chances were very scarce. half time 1-0 broadheath.

 

The second half saw Styal take the game to their opponents, and although there were few clear cut chances created by either side, Styal did have the better of it and an early goal would have seen them go on and win this tie.But it wasn't to be despite the pressure they applied. Although they had the majority of the possession, the final ball was lacking. A couple of goalmouth scambles & plenty of balls into the box saw Broadheath desperately hanging on, but there was no killer-touches. A late half chance fell to Ryan but it was straight at the keeper and with Styal beginning to push all out for an equaliser, a long kick from the broadheath keeper caught Styal out and the striker had a simple chip over Joe to make it 2-0 with a minute to go and no way back.

 

 

OUT OF 10.

 

1... JOE M .......7....... ONE OUTSTANDING SAVE AND A SOLID PERFORMANCE.

2...LOZ............6.......WASNT' REALLY TROUBLED THAT MUCH.

3...PAT............7........HANDLED THE CENTRE FOWARDS WELL

4... ALEX ...........7........ALWAYS LOOKED CALM AND ASSURED.

5...JAMES........6.......PLAYED HIS PART WELL BUT COULD HAVE ATTACKED MORE.

6...BROWNY....5.......NEEDED TO BE A BIT MORE COMPOSED AT TIMES.

7.... RYAN .........5.......GAME PASSED THE BIG MIDFIELDER BY TODAY.

8...MARCUS......6......RASH FOR THE PEN, BUT WON SOME IMPORTANT BATTLES.

9...MARCHY......6.......RELIEVED NOT TO GET ON THE SCORESHEET.

10...JR..............5........STRUGGLED WITH AN EARLY KNOCK,NO IMPACT REALLY.

11...ANDY CH....5.......STRUGGLED TO GET INTO THE GAME.

12....ED CH.......6.......LOOKED STRONG WHEN HE CAME ON

13....WESTY.....5.......ONLY 1 0R 2 TOUCHES WHEN HE CAME ON.

14....VINNY......5.......NO TIME, BUT TRIED TO GET INVOLVED.

 

MOM : Joe Morrell -just pipped Alex & Pat. A strange choice, considering we had 70% of the possession today. However he made 2 outstanding reaction saves in the first half, which could have killed the game off early on. This allowed us to get back into the game & gradually take control, despite not being able to convert our chances. Joe has been outstanding all season, and was predictably commanding again today.

 

Punk Takiar said “ we were up against an excellent team today, who liked to counter attack quickly with 2 very quick & mobile forwards running at our defence. It took us about 20 mins to get into the pace of the game & come to terms with these 2 forwards. When we did, we gradually got back into the game & took control with Pat Lyons & Alex Kemp outstanding at keeping these forwards at bay. However, it was in this opening spell that we conceded the penalty after a rash tackle on one of these players. After this, we stopped the ball coming to their danger players, and started imposing ourselves. However, again we lacked in the quality of the final ball, and didn't have the finishing touch that has evaded us all season. All-in-all a very good performance against a team playing at a far higher level than us. The closeness between the 2 teams today was a major compliment to my boys. They worked hard and didn't give up, and even the opposition captain admitted we ‘battered' them in the 2nd half. I was very proud of them all today.”

 


Thurs 17th April Styal 0 Witton Alb Res 1
Apr 16, 2008, 8:28 am

Thursday 17th April Styal 0 Witton Alb Res 1

With Styal now going for the title and at home you would have thought that they would go out all guns blazing.How wrong can you be? Witton with nothing to play for and with a young team took the game to the home team without any fear and played the better football in what can only be described as a poor first half with only Dave Graham, Oliver Barnes and Brian Matthews having anything that you would call a half chance. With  Styal's keeper not troubled at all apart from a couple of long range efforts no one threatened the goal during the first half.

The second half saw a slight improvement on the first with a better tempo from Styal but still no end result. With Witton hitting one from the edge of the box into the top corner on 65mins to give Jamie Aldred in Styal's goal no chancethis should have proved a wake up call to Styal. However the game just seemed to peter out with Witton able to keep the ball longer than Styal but neither team making chances. Styal resorted to long punts but Witton's defence dealt easily with theseFull Time Styal 0-Witton 1. Styal got exactly what they deserved from this game which was nothing. We only hope the team improves next time or there will be no title to play for. 


Sat 12th April Styal v Crosfields postponed. Styal 'A' 1 The Bridge 3
Apr 14, 2008, 8:15 am
Please come down and support our next match Tuesday 17th April Styal v Witton Alb Res
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STYAL  A   1     V    3     BRIDGE INN   (THE PAUL MARCHBANK WEEKEND SHOW)
TEAM NEWS
With two games in 3 days and a semi final on satday Punk made a few changes to the team.Ed C came in for Loz at right back and Marchy went to left back for the injured James Moore.ScottyH partnered Ryan in the centre of midfield as Marcus stepped to the bench.He was joined by westy,cooky, and browny.
REPORT.
Styal went into the first of the two games in 3 days against the bridge (A team favourites for the league) and can count themselves very unlucky not to have earnt a point today. They started brightly and played some good football at times, but against the run of play a shot from the edge of the box deflected off scotty hawkins wrong footing Joe morell. But Styal kept on pressing and from a corner, probably the best chance of the game fell to the head Of Ed C who managed to put it over from 6yards.But then a few minutes later Styal found themselves 2 down, when a great first time cross from the right was met by the head of the centre forward.  HALF TIME 0-2.
The only thing Styal lacked in the second half was a bit more creativity and cutting edge. However, with 15mins to go James Vince powered home a blistering 2yrd piledriver after a parry from the keeper to give Styal a lifeline and they really were the better side last 15.But then in the dying minutes a cross from the right into the styal box saw Paul Marchbank rise like a salmon in front of his own keeper and back headed it past him into the top corner.
OUT OF 10.
1...JOE M...7......COMMANDING, NO CHANCE WITH THE GOALS
2...ED C......6....DEFENDED WELL, BUT MISSED A GREAT CHANCE.
3...MARCHY..7....DESPITE THE OG HAD A GOOD GAME & DELIVERED SOME GREAT CORNERS.
4...ALEX........7....LOOKING BACK TO HIS BEST AFTER A SLIGHT DIP.
5....PAT.........6.....STRUGGLING WITH AN INJURY BUT DONE WELL.
6....VINNY.....7....IF HE WAS A KNIGHT HE'D BE CALLED SIR RUNALOT.
7....BODDERS...6...FLITTED IN AND OUT BUT WAS DANGEROUS AT TIMES.
8....RYAN.........7....HAD A GOOD 2ND HALF
9....SCOTTY....6......CONCENTRATED ON THE SIMPLE THINGS.
10..JR..............6......NOT HIS DAY TODAY.
11....ANDY........6....NOT CHANCES CAME HIS WAY.
12...COOKY.......6...PLAYED WELL WHEN HE CAME ON
13....BROWNY....7....MADE AN INSTANT IMPACT.
14...WESTY.......6....NO TIME REALLY.
Punk Takiar said “a very positive performance against the best team in the division. We took the game to them from the off, and we battered them for long periods, but the difference was that they took their chances, and we made vital mistakes and got punished for them. We need to up our concentration levels, as we appear to play for 80 minutes, and then have 10 mins of madness. The reaction of the opposition when we conceded the last goal reflected the game as they were desperately hanging on.”
MOM -ALEX KEMP : just pipped Marchy. Had a tough game against a quick, skillful centre forward, but handled him well. Getting back to his best.”

Mon 7th April Styal 'A' 1 Sale Rovers 2
Apr 8, 2008, 3:38 pm
Styal 'A' 1 Sale Rovers 2
TEAM NEWS.
A couple of changes from saturday saw marchy replace the ill Pat lyons to play alongside Alex Kemp at the heart of the defence.Dk replaced Joe Morell in net.ScottyH came back into the centre of midfield and Andy Chandler returned up front.Punk took six subs and these consisted of westy, deano, cooky, browny Gibbo & Si.
  MATCH REPORT.
This was styal's second game in 3 days and against a young,confident side, who are promotion rivals.The top two in table is pretty much done and dusted but 3 teams are still in contention for that elusive 3rd spot, so this was a big game with the winners gaining a, not conclusive, but vital advantage with only 4 games left to play.The early stages was a tight affair with Styal slightly coming out on top and created two great chances that should have seen them go 2up. Vinny, who had a good first half before coming off with an injury, did well to create space for himself but pulled his shot wide of the target. Then, after a keeper parry, the ball fell to Andy Chandler 4 yards out, but the ball stuck in the mud and his stretched attempt ended up in the greatful keepers arms on the line.Styal were made to rue these chances 10 mins later when a free kick on the edge of their box was driven low and hard and found the bottom corner.1-0 sale against the run of play.Styal really needed to dig deep  and kept the pressure up with some decent long balls into Sale's half, especially from Loz Newman at right back. And they got their rewards when they equalised. A ball in from the right, saw Scotty Hawkins, gamble, and head home from 8yards, just beating the keeper to  the ball. and it looked like it was going to remain all square at the break, but 5 mins before the interval Styal conceded from another poorly defended set piece.A ball to the back post was missed by Dk, someone lost their man and he headed, well,chined,shined a scrappy goal. A bad time to concede. A bad goal to give away.Half time 2-1 Sale.The second half was again a tight affair with no side creating any chances to speak off. Styal did go pressing for the equaliser in the last 10 mins but to no avail.The seasons not over yet though but Styal are making hard work of it.Bottom line is chances need to be created and finished and they need to defend better than they have over the last two games Two very hard games against top of the table Bridge Inn over the weekend is the pefect chance to do it.   
This was styal's second game in 3 days and against a young,confident side, who are promotion rivals.The top two in table is pretty much done and dusted but 3 teams are still in contention for that elusive 3rd spot, so this was a big game with the winners gaining a, not conclusive, but vital advantage with only 4 games left to play.The early stages was a tight affair with Styal slightly coming out on top and created two great chances that should have seen them go 2up. Vinny, who had a good first half before coming off with an injury, did well to create space for himself but pulled his shot wide of the target. Then, after a keeper parry, the ball fell to Andy Chandler 4 yards out, but the ball stuck in the mud and his stretched attempt ended up in the greatful keepers arms on the line.Styal were made to rue these chances 10 mins later when a free kick on the edge of their box was driven low and hard and found the bottom corner.1-0 sale against the run of play.Styal really needed to dig deep  and kept the pressure up with some decent long balls into Sale's half, especially from Loz Newman at right back. And they got their rewards when they equalised. A ball in from the right, saw Scotty Hawkins, gamble, and head home from 8yards, just beating the keeper to  the ball. and it looked like it was going to remain all square at the break, but 5 mins before the interval Styal conceded from another poorly defended set piece.A ball to the back post was missed by Dk, someone lost their man and he headed, well,chined,shined a scrappy goal. A bad time to concede. A bad goal to give away.Half time 2-1 Sale.The second half was again a tight affair with no side creating any chances to speak off. Styal did go pressing for the equaliser in the last 10 mins but to no avail.The seasons not over yet though but Styal are making hard work of it.Bottom line is chances need to be created and finished and they need to defend better than they have over the last two games Two very hard games against top of the table Bridge Inn over the weekend is the pefect chance to do it.   
OUT OF TEN.
1...DK......6......ONE MISTAKE, BUT OVERALL DID OK
2...LOZ..... 6......SOME GOOD LONG BALLS AND DIDNT GIVE ANYTHING AWAY.
3...ALEX.... 6...... NOT AT HIS USUAL BEST, STILL SOME GREAT TACKLING THOUGH.
4....MARCHY  7....TIDY DISPLAY & SOME GREAT PASSING
5....JAMES... 7......SOME GOOD DEFENSIVE WORK AND ATTACKED WELL.
6....VINNY...6......SHAME TO LOSE HIM AT HALF TIME , HAD A GREAT FIRST HALF
7....MARCUS...6....THE LONG BALL GAME BY PASSED HIM BY.
8.....SCOTTY...7.....PLAYED HIGHER UP THE PITCH TONIGHT AND SCORED.
9.....BODDERS..5....A QUIET NIGHT FOR THE WINGER.
10....JR.............5......STRUGGLING EARLY WITH A DEAD LEG
11.....ANDY CH.....5...MISSED HIS EARLY CHANCE AND NO OTHERS AFTER THAT.
12.....COOKY.......6.....DID OK.
13.....MATTY W....5....NO TIME TO MAKE AN IMPACT. 14.....BROWNY.....6....PICKED THE GAME UP OK.
MAN OF THE MATCH -PAUL MARCHBANK : just pipped James Moore. Came in after a week off and, along with James, looked like the only one who could actually pass the ball. Also made some great tackles.

Punk Takiar said “we fell to 2 ‘sucker punches.' Both goals were from set pieces as a result of stupid challenges on breakaway attacks. Apart from that, they really didn't have much to offer & we could have been 2 up after 10 minutes, but blew 2 easy chances. The difference was simple - they took their chances & we didn't. However, we still worked hard & deserved a draw. It was like ‘the Alamo' at the end. However, our play was pretty one-dimensional & we appear to be lacking some creativity. Also the final ball was woeful at times. Apart from Marchy & James -no-one really performed & we looked very tired at the end.  We are making too many mistakes in vital areas of the pitch & are getting punished. We need to pick ourselves up now & show some character. There is still a lot to play for”


Sat 5th April- CUP Pilkingtons 4 Styal 2; Styal Res 3 Linotype/CHN 1; Styal 'A' 3 NCC Group 4
Apr 7, 2008, 4:30 pm
Pilkingtons 4 Styal 2
A clash of the top 2 in the cup was always going to be interesting and so it turned out with  Styal making several changes . Neil  Caple, Mike  Filson, Danny Gregory and  Nia lGriffin  were brought in  to the 1st team squad  and it was a chance  for them to show what they are capable of.  With  Pilk 's going on the attack from the start , if it wasn't for  Cowle in  Styal's goal making 2 outstanding saves  Styal could have been out of the game in the first 20mins .  But , after seeing it out  Styal started to  get on top with Danny Gregory turning his marker but firing wide on 25mins when he should have done better.  Then , things changed, on 30mins .  A long throw by the home team was misjudged and poked home by the  Pilk 's captain.  This stirred  Styal  who mounted wave after wave of attacks with the home keeper keeping out the outstanding  John Thornton who  also hit a 30 yrd effort just wide with the keeper standing on 40mins.ht pilks1-styal 0.
The 2nd half saw  Styal take the game to  Pilks and  they were rewarded when  Mark  Tu eart was upended in the box . The penalty  was converted by Mike  Filson . Better was  to follow when  the impressive Gregory chested down for Steve Boardman to hit a 25yrd effort into the bottom corner to give the keeper no chance on 65mins. Such was  Styal 's dominance  that the y  had the midfield in total control with  Tu eart ,  Mass ey , Boardman and Thornton looking strong.  It came as shock when a long punt up field by the  Pilk's keeper resulted in  Pownall misplacing his clearance into the path of the forward who's shot was deflected into the styal goal on 70mins to make it 2-2. In the final 20mins styal ran out of steam and the home team punished them with 2 set pieces to kill the game off the make the final score 4-2 to the home team.  This was a impressive performance by all of the  Styal squad to prove just how strong we are in playing department s; the score does not reflect the game with every one giving everything on the day.  Man of the match. Danny Gregory. superb forward play from the youngster.
 
Styal Res 3 Linotype CHN 1
Styal Res :- R Harrison, D Swindells, P Moore, D Vernon, M Pochin, M Barnes, R Buckley, W Dickenson, S Roberts, G Vernon, O Barnes. Subs :- C McCormick, S Laffley, J Heywood
 
The Barnes show !!! Not Matty Barnes though !
 
This was going to be a tough test for Styal, but with a strong squad to select from, this was surely a must win game. Styal made a good positive start to the game holding the ball with some tidy controlled football and it wasn't long before Ollie Barnes was slipped in on the left to fire a bullet shot low and hard past the Linotype keeper. With Vernon senior and Paul Moore controlling the central defence Dave Swinner and Mike Pochin got stuck into the job in hand, however, Styal gave away a free kick just outside the box, which caught the defence napping and let Linotype slip in to equalise.
Upfront Styal were giving the Lino defence all sorts of problems, with Gareth Vernon making his first start, he was linking up Barnes and the pair constantly cut open the Lino defence, and but for some very generous offside decisions, it could have been a much different storey.
The second half saw Styal get off to a flying start when harrison played the ball out, which was headed on by Dickenson to Matty Barnes who neatly slipped Ollie Barnes in to cut through the Lino defence and notch Styal's second. Styal always looked comfortable and gave Lino a rough time in midfield with Buckley and Dickenson bossing the centre of the park. Styal were reduced to ten men with 20 minutes left after a clumsy tackle on Gareth Vernon brought a reaction from Vernon and the referee reached for the red card.
This seemed to spur Styal on and soon after a clumsy tackle by a Linotype defender in their box saw Styal win a penalty, this allowed Ollie Barnes cap off clinical game by bagging his hatrick.
Styal now look forward to Broadheath on Thursday and with a seven point lead at the top would look to open up the gap even further.

Styal 'A' 3 NCC Group 4 

TEAM NEWS.
Punk named an unchanged back four from last week, but changes came in midfield and in attack, some of which were unforced. Deano started on the right, browny came in to play alongside marcus in the middle and bodders played left side. Up front Vinny went to  his more preferred role with JR, with Andy Chandler away.On the bench was westy, cooky , marchy and Scotty Hawkins who was rested.
REPORT.
With Styal going into a very important seven days of fixtures against teams in the top four of the league, this was, on paper the easiest, against a team lying fourth from bot tom and it did look like it was going to  be that way when Bodders hit a sweet strike shot from 25 yards finding the top right hand corner after 4 mins.But four minutes later it was one each.A cross from the left saw a rare defensive mix up result in the ball landing at the feet of the striker who finished it past an exposed Joe Morell. And that's the way it stayed till the break.But to be honest NCC looked the better side.Early in the second half styal went 2-1 down when they were sliced open singly handedly by a run and finish from the centre midfielder. Pretty soon it was 3-1 and styal were really beginning to look vulnerable and very exposed.Marchy was introduced to try and steady the ship and get the ball down and play football, for the unlucky browny who had worked hard up until that point and styal did, for a few minutes look a little bit better. They got it back to 3-2 after JR dispatched a penalty and hopes were raised slightly. But once again they conceded and it was 4-2. James Moore scored late on for 4-3 with a great strike from the edge of the box, but thats the way it stayed and a huge defeat for Styal.Sometimes in football, when you get beat, you look for excuses, this time I dont think Styal can have any.Sometimes  you just get beat by the better team on the day. Promotion chances over ? not just yet.
OUT OF 10.
JM.......6......LEFT EXPOSED A COUPLE OT TIMES.
LOZ.....5......DIDNT DO ANYTHING WRONG.
PAT.....5......DIDNT LOOK SWITCHED ON TODAY.
ALEX...5.......A COUPLE OF RARE MISTAKES AND NOT HIS USUAL COMPOSED SELF
JAMES...7....DESPITE A 1ST HALF ERROR, PLAYED WELL.AND SCORED A GREAT GOAL.
DEANO...5....NOT REALLY INVOLVED, BUT WAS FULL OF ENTHUSIASM.
MARCUS..5...STRUGGLED TODAY FOR SOME REASON.
BROWNY...6...WORKED HARD AND UNLUCKY TO COME OFF.
BODDERS..6....GREAT GOAL AND WORKED HARD 1ST HALF.
JR............. 6.....NO REAL CHANCES TODAY AND LEFT HIS SHOOTING BOOTS AT HOME ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS.
VINNY.......6.....FULL OF RUNNING AND NEVER STOPS.
WESTY.....5......DIDNT GET INTO THE GAME.
MARCHY....6.....ADDED THE MISSING COMPOSURE TO THE SIDE AND TRIED TO GET THEM PLAYING.
COOKY....5....NO TIME TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION.
MAN OF THE MATCH -sorry, cannot justify naming a man of the match after this performance. No-one really took control, and I am sure most players will admit they didn't have one of their best games.
Punk Takiar said “with 7 games in 16 days, I am going to need the whole squad, so I took this opportunity to make a couple of changes, and rest some legs. With hindsight, I would say that we missed Scotty Hawkins, but the game was not lost from midfield. Everyone will admit that the goals that were conceded were down to individual errors, and those from some of my most consistent players. We have to put this down to an off-day. We have left ourselves a lot to do now, but we have to take it one game at a time, and each player has to concentrate and focus on doing their own jobs first.”

 


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