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Monday 12th May Styal Res 7 Broadheath Res 0
May 12, 2008, 8:57 pm
With a winning target of 4 goals to seal the title on goal difference Styal piled on the pressure for 90 minutes in a one sided affair. A second half 6 goal blitz wiped out Broadheath as captain Capel inspired his team to victory. Congratulations to Dave Oates, Mark Johnson and the Styal players that have all contibuted over a hard season.
Match Report
Team :- R Harrison, N Capel, M Filson, S Boardman, R Buckley, M Barnes, C Massey, J Thornton, B Mathews, C McCormick, D Gregory subs :- P Moore, S Laffley, S Roberts, P Marchbank, J Moore
Styal entered this game with the knowledge that anything less then a win by more than three goals would end their title campaign.
Starting with an attacking formation of 3-4-3 Styal set the pace of the game and showed their determination to make a real go from the start. With some flowing football early chances fell to Buckley who tried to side foot home from ten yards only to flash at the ball and missed the first clear chance, within minutes a square ball across the box saw another chance fall Barnes who again flashed his shot wide from six yards. Broadheath broke free after intense early pressure to create a good chance which rolled across the Styal six yard box but with no one following in Styal breathed a sigh of relief.
The deadlock came in the 40th minute when some flowing one touch football cut open the broadheath defence to see Thornton slot home to settle the nerves
With Broadheath glad to hear the half time whistle the watching Poynton team must have felt confident that Styal wouldn't find the necessary goals required to win the league title outright.
The second half saw Styal set off with electric pace and took only three minutes to grab the second goal and that was soon followed by a third on the sixth minute. From then on the flood gates opened with Styal totally outclassing a weakened Broadheath team, but non-the less some of the football was outstanding, the pick of the goals came from Danny Gregory who's solo effort saw him skip past three Defenders to slot in the seventh and his hatrick.
Goals :- Danny Gregory Hatrick
            Jon Thornton 2
            Ryan Buckley
            Brian Mathews
Congratulations to all the squad on a well deserved victory !!!!!!!!
CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!
Presentation pictures are available on website in photo gallery

Sat 10th May Styal 4 Woodley 1
May 11, 2008, 8:14 am
On a hot day and a hard pitch Styal played their 4th game in 8 days against a Woodley side that started well playing good football. Despite the heavy legs Styal's attitude was right and when Woodley had any sight of goal there was always a Styal player to get a foot in or block the ball, Matthews and Massey made timely blocks. Any forays up the field by Styal lacked the final killer ball and the first Styal goal came from the dirct approach. Cowles goal kick was headed on by Dickenson and Chambers got in behind the Woodley defence to lob the keeper with 25 minutes gone. Ten minutes later good approach play by Styal ended with Matthews firing home left footed and Styal went in 2-0 up at the break.
The visitors pushed Styal hard in the second half but Styal competed for anything loose with Massey and Dickenson winning the midfield tussle and Scarry and Pownall winning all their headers.The 3rd goal came midway through the half from Barnes and Challinor poked home a 4th after a goalmouth scramble. The visitors replied late on with a consolation as Styal had a rare lapse of concentration. This was another good Styal performance with the team playing as a unit. Filson returned at left back and inspired his team mates whilst McDonnel was reliable on the other side of the pitch always looking for opportunities to attack.
It now goes to the final game where due to earlier postponements Styal face Woodley again on Monday 19th May. For league tables go to tables and results on the link left

Thurs 8th May; Styal 1 Crosfields 1
May 8, 2008, 9:15 pm
Styal dominated the game and always carried a menace upfront. After the eartly sparring a pattern soon emerged with Styal looking solid as a team and the pace of Matthews, Barnes and Graham creating a host of first half chances. The deadlock was broken after 20 minutes when Barnes shot from the edge of the box and the ball deflected off Graham into the Crosfields goal. Graham missed 2 particularly good first half chances but wasnt the only culprit as the Crosfields defence was at 6's and 7's. The second half continued in the same manner with Styal holding firm at the back and the midfield looking to get the forwards in behind the Crosfields back line. Styal's persistance resulted in an early second half penalty but Challinor saw his shot saved and was unable to put the rebound into the net in the melee that ensued. Thornton saw the Crosfields keeper save his well placed volley towards the top corner. With 10 minutes to go Styal tended to ease back but always looked in control. However with 2 minutes left the concentration lapsed for the only time in the game and Crosfield solitary shot on goal was precisely slotted wide of Cowle into Stytl's goal to make the game level.
Styal launched an onslaught forcing 2 quick corners and the last moment of the game saw Dickenson blaze over from close range with another golden opportunity. It was harsh on Styal after all their domination but without the second goal to secure things there would always be the threat...............

Tues 6th May, Styal 6 Poynton 3
May 6, 2008, 9:07 pm
Styal maintained their momentum after a shaky start last night. Giving away an early goal, Styal dominated the play and equalised going in 1-1. The second half saw Styal give away a soft goal after Poynton won a corner straight from the kick off.; but again they struck back this time immediately to level at 2-2. Then poor Styal defending allowed Poynton's centre forward to round Cowell and leave Styal 3-2 down. Again Styal marched up the pitch and scored through a Challinor penalty after Barnes was upended in the Poynton box when through on goal. This also saw Poynton reduced to 10 men as their centre half received his marching orders.
A Dave Graham overhead kick and a classy JohnThornton finish over the keeper after Barnes had beaten 2 Poynton defenders to set it up on a plate were the pick of the goals.
Styal's excellent season continues with home games against Crosfields on Thursday and Woodley on Saturday

Sat 3rd May Poynton 3 Styal 3; Styal Res 0 Middlewich Town Res 3
May 5, 2008, 9:37 am

Reports will follow on Saturday's games as soon as received

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. 

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