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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. 

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.








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.




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.



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


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









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



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. 

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