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Apr 5, 2008, 11:40 am
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Sat 29th March Styal first team and Reserves OFF waterlogging. Styal 'A' 3 Kartel 1
Mar 30, 2008, 3:26 pm
Styal 'A' went through to the Altrincham League Cup semifinals after beating first division opponents Kartel 3-1 on Saturday. The other games were postponed.

ALTRINCHAM LEAGUE CUP - QUARTER FINALS.

STYAL  A    3    V    1    KARTEL SPORTS.  

TEAM NEWS.

Punk Takiar made two changes to his personel from last week but stayed with an unchanged back four. BM replaced the flu stricken matty cook on the right of midfield.Bodders went to the left side and JR partnered Andy Chandler up front.Starting from the bench this week was Vinny, Browny and Deano.

 

MATCH REPORT.

 

Styal really needed to be up for this tough quarter final cup tie against a team that have finished 5th in the 1st division, if they were to get anything out of it and up for it they were.From the first whistle their intentions were clear.They were here to win this game.Styal started brightly with some good movement and football and it wasnt long before their opponents realised they had a tough game on their hands.Attacking wise, they did it at pace and with accuracy.BM attacked at menacing speed and was always driving at the heart of the defence.Bodders on the left was equally effective going forward.JR was a threat everytime he got on the ball around the edge of the box and his ability really seemd to unnerve kartels back four. As for Defensively, they were absoultely rock solid all across the park. Marcus and scottyh never gave an inch in the midfield of the park to two centre midfielders who, if given the time, liked to play a bit.But they just didnt give it to them.Marcus played like a disciplined man on a mission, winning every 1st, 2nd and sometimes 3rd ball.Behind these two, the back four probably now contains the two best centre halfs in the league and the best left back by a country mile.Pat lyons and Alex kemp were immense when needed showing great concentration and James Moore was simply outstanding and behind them is a keeper(Joe Morrell) that really does inspire confidence throughout the side just knowing he's there. The deadlock was broken on 25 mins, when a corner from the left was scrambled about in the box before falling to Bodders,who had to think quickly, and poked it home from six yards.5 mins later it reall should have been two. Another ball in from the left saw BM unmarked six yards out, but somehow he didn't make a clean contact and the chance went begging.But Styal were in complete control.That was until 2 mins from the end of the 1st half when Styal switched off for the only time in the game. Kartel had a free kick 10 yards inside the styal half.A long ball to the back post, saw the centre forward slip his marker and glance a header in to the far corner. Never a time to concede a goal and it was 1-1 at the break.The second half though Styal were brilliant.JR and andy chandler forced at least three great saves from the keeper, but they still couldnt find that important next goal. And then came the turning point of this cup tie.70 mins gone, styal in complete control, Kartel found the only space they had been given all game and the centre foward found himself on a one on one with Joe Morrell, who pulled off as it turned out a fantastic match winning save from close range , and Styal went straight down the other end with Andy Chandler scoring with a precise finish. In the final 5 mins styal booked their place in the semi's or rather James Moore and Andy Chandler did. James set off on a mesmerising run from full back, driving hard at the Kartels defence, beating at least six of their players before unleashing a shot, that the keeper parried and A ndy Chandler slotted the rebound home for his 4th goal in 2 games. 3-1 styal.A great, battling performance and a place in the semi's for a still promotion chasing Styal team.

 

OUT OF 10

 

1..JM...8.....ONE GREAT SAVE FROM THE CONFIDENCE-INSPIRING KEEPER.

2...LOZ...8.....ANOTHER GOOD PERFORMANCE. A BIT TIGHT IN THE PUB AFTERWARDS THOUGH.

3...JAMES..9...IF THERE'S A BETTER LEFT BACK IN THIS ENTIRE LEAGUE, I'D LIKE TO SEE HIM.

4...PAT......8....BRILLIANT ON THE OCCASIONS HE WAS NEEDED.

5...ALEX...8.....AGAIN, IF THERE IS A BETTER CENTRE HALF IN THIS LEAGUE I'D LIKE TO SEE HIM AS WELL (…..HE'S ACTUALLY THE ‘MANAGER' SCOTTY)!.

6...BM....8.....FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD GOING FOWARD. EXCELLENT IN THE SHOWERS AFTERWARDS!

7...BODDERS...7....SCORED AND HAD A GOOD IST HALF. EVEN WON 2 HEADERS!!!

8...SCOTTYH....8.....WORKED HARD AND DEFENSIVELY GOOD. EVEN MANAGED TO LOSE WESTY!

9...MARCUS....9......TOP DRAWER TODAY FROM THE SKIPPER.

10...JR.........8...UNLUCKY NOT TO GET ON THE SCORESHEET. WORKED HARD.

11...ANDY CH..8.....SCORED 2 AND ANOTHER TIRELESS DISPLAY.

 12....BROWNY..6...NO TIME TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION. APPARENTLY HE GETS LONGER WITH THE MISSUS!

13...VINNY.....6......DID WELL TO PICK UP THE PACE. APPARENTLY BETTER PERFORMANCE THAN HIS ‘SKI-ING!'

14....DEANO....6.....NO TIME TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION. PLENTY OF EFFORT IN THE ‘POST-MATCH RANT.'

 

Player-manager Punk Takiar said “we definitely showed our pedigree today, against a team from a higher division. We were simply better than them in every department, and have showed that we will do well in the premier division, should we get there. Everyone played their part today and in particular Joe Morrell created the turning point of the match at one-all. His save was simply outstanding, and he started the move that got us the killer goal at 2-1. Andy Chandler bagged another brace, after another typically unselfish performance. James Moore was superb in every aspect of his game & the midfield was totally bossed by Scott Hawkins & skipper Marcus Kenny. Alex Kemp also deserves a mention, because he has been a rock in every game he played, and with James Moore is obviously destined for better things. However, I have worked hard to get this team together, and they have worked exceptionally hard to put this run together and have all bonded superbly, so I will be fighting for the same squad to finish the season. I would also like to mention the players who were on the bench, or ill. I have a big squad to keep happy, and I really want them all to know that there is plenty of football left for everyone.”

 

MAN OF THE MATCH : JAMES MOORE -has been consistent in all the games he has played. His passing, tackling & link-up play was superb. Created the 3rd goal almost single-handedly.”

 


Sat 22nd March Barnton 0 Styal 1; Styal Res 3 Pilkington Res 1; Timperley Wanderers 0 Styal 'A' 2
Mar 24, 2008, 8:56 am

Barnton 0 Styal 1

This was always going to be a tricky game for Styal with Barnton having a new manager and 13 new signings onboard so it was a case of get the job done. With the home team winning the toss they decided to defend against there slope first hoping to take advantage in the second half of the game when teams usually tire. The first half started fairly evenly for 20 mins until Styal decided to up the tempo with Thornton, Matthews, Graham and Barnes all causing the home team problem. Brian Mathews missed a free header from 5 yards out after good work by Barnes down the right. With shots now firing at the Barnton goal if it wasn't for the outstanding home keeper who made at least 4 top notch saves it could have been all over before the break. As it was only Warren Dickenson scored on 30 mins after good work by Matthews who held the ball up before Dickenson  overlapped and fired in to the far corner to give Styal a deserved lead. The 2nd half saw the home team pile the pressure on without any real fuss until the last 15mins when valuable interventions by Boardman, Scarry and Vernon with a little help from keeper Cowle kept Barnton at bay. This was one of Styal's toughest halves of the season so far, with Barnton proving to be one of the best footballing sides in this league. Credit to all the Styal players for working their socks off and holding on to the lead. A deserved 3pts to keep Styal in the hunt for honours. Men of the match. Oliver Barnes/Warren Dickenson.

 

Styal Res 3 Pilkington Res 1
Team :- R Harrison, D Swindells, P Moore, J Heywood, N Capel (c), M Pochin, N Griffin, R Buckley, S Roberts, C McCormick, D Gregory. Subs :- G Vernon, P Livingstone
 
Styal looked to pull themselves out of the two game loosing slump and after a week off, the rest proved the perfect tonic. Styal started the game with determination, but an early scare saw Pilkingtons' hit the crossbar in the opening blows, this spurred Styal into life and as Pilkingtons failed to clear the ball from the box a strike from Nial Griffin saw the ball fly into net to settle Styal nerves.  
Styal played some positive football and looked more like a side that are top of the table but a slip from Captain Capel let the Pilks' winger slip by and knock a square ball into the six yard box for the Pilks to get the equaliser five minutes before halftime.
As the second half kicked off Styal took the game to Pilks and started to create some good chances and it wasn't long before a ball was neatly slipped into the path of Gregory who coolly slotted the ball home from ten yards.
As Pilks' pushed forward the started to leave themselves exposed and soon found themselves caught out when a nice move down the right saw McCormick slip through the defence and slot home to increase the Styal lead and put them comfortably on their way to a well deserved win. With the introduction of Gareth Vernon for Paul Moore Styal really took hold of the game and
Vernon showed what he has to offer in keeping the ball and taking the pressure of the defence.
A great victory for Styal over second place Pilkingtons and with Poynton winning away it looks like the title will go to the wire, watch this space !
 
Timperley Wanderers 0 Styal 'A' 2

TEAM NEWS.

With Punk not back till this afternoon, Scotty H was at the helm once again this week. Again a 4-4-2 was employed and there was a couple of changes from last week. Loz returned at right back, and James moore went to his more natural left back posistion. Marchy went to the left side of mid, scotty hawkins brought himself back to the centre and andy chandler played up front with Bodders.
This was, on paper, a very tricky fixture for Styal, and after last weeks loss they could not afford to drop any more points to promotion rivals. However, as it turned out it was a comfortable 2-0 win and they really did dominate the first half. Despite the gale-force conditions, which made play impossible at times, they did play some good flowing football in patches and they looked a lot more balanced than last week. Defensively they were very tight & organised,especially the full backs. Loz was fantastic throughout and in particular had a brilliant first half and James Moore's intelligent and accurate passing from full back really did offer styal a different option.
Scotty Hawkins, who refuses to be pensioned off, made a huge difference with unselfishly protecting the defence and allowing Marcus Kenney to play slightly further forward
as the playmaker. Both players got onto the ball and supplied both the wide players and the forwards with accurate passing.
It was Andy Chandler who opened the scoring on 27mins wen he met a paul Adkin cross from the right with his head from six yards out. 5 mins later it was 2-0. This time a pin point cross from matt cooke was met by another great jump and clinical header from Andy Chandler for his 2nd of the game. The celebrations that followed the 2nd goal showed how much the whole team wanted this win and to show their appreciation to the goalscorer who has to be the most unselfish player in the team.
The second half with styal playing against the wind was diificult but they coped extremely well, with keeper Morrell commanding his box dealing with every ball the opposition pumped forward comfortably. The whole team kept the shape and were defensively very sound, and were unlucky not to score another three after some desperate defending by Timperley.
MARKS OUT OF 10.
1...JOE MORREL...7...INSPIRES CONFIDENCE.GREAT HANDLING AND KICKING.
2....LOZ..............8.....WON EVERYTHING AND WAS VERY STRONG DOWN THE FLANK
3....JAMES........8.....GAINING IN CONFIDENCE AND GOOD USE OF THE BALL DOWN THE LEFT
4....PAT............7......ANOTHER COMMANDING PERFORMANCE FROM MR. RELIABLE
5...ALEX...........7.....KEPT HIS CONCENTRATION IN TRICKY CONDITIONS
6...COOKY......7.......ONE GREAT BALL FOR THE GOAL.
7...SCOTTYH....8.......ONE OR TWO RUSTY TOUCHES, BUT HIS SIMPLE PASSING SHOWED HOW MUCH HE HAS BEEN MISSED
8...MARCUS.....7......WORKED HARD & GREAT VISION
9....MARCHY....7......LINKED WELL WITH JAMES & ALWAYS LOOKING TO PLAY FOOTBALL 
10..ANDY CH...9.....A THREAT THROUGHOUT.TWO GREAT HEADERS TO WIN THE GAME
11...BODDERS..6.....WAS STRUGGLING WITH A COLD BUT SHOWED HIS PACE AT TIMES
MOM : Andy Chandler, just pipping Scotty, Loz & James. His link-up play was excellant and 2 superb finishes capped a strong all-round performance.
Player-manager Punk Takiar said "the boys had to dig deep after last weeks loss. All credit to Scott Hawkins for rallying the boys and getting them back on track. His management and playing performance paid off today. Very strong performances from everone today, so returning players will have to start from the sidelines & fight for their shirts. We have to keep winning now in the cup & league to get our just rewards this season."

Race Night
Mar 19, 2008, 8:54 am
Race night 5th April at club
 
DETAILS WILL FOLLOW

Sat 15th March; Cringlewood Ath 3 Styal 'A' 0
Mar 17, 2008, 8:43 am
Styal's home game against Garswood was called off due to a waterlogged pitch whilst the Reserves had no fixture scheduled. So that left Styal 'A' with a 6 pointer against Cringlewood. Unfortunately they ended up the wrong side of the scoreline.
 
CRINGLEWOOD   3     V    0 STYAL  A
 
This game was the start of Styal's 8 game run in to promotion and against one of the sides that will surely finish in the top 3. It was never going to be easy and so it proved, although it was a slightly lacklustre performance from Styal especially the first 45 mins and after 25 mins they found themselves 2-0 down to, two  very clinical finishes that JM had no chance with. A minute later in could have been 3 as a shot thundered against Styal's crossbar and all the warning signs were there. Styal were not close enough as a team and were second to every first and second ball.They looked a bit disorganised and gaps were there for all to see. Attacking wise they seemed void of ideas. And the first half finshed 2-0 without Styal  not having a single shot on the opponents goal.
 
Styal did improve slightly second half as they started to get a little tighter and in fact JM didnt have that much to do but with 15 mins to go a fluke cross found its way into the top corner assisted by the wind it has to be said and that was that. DG had a close range effort saved on the line by the keeper and Matty West had a header that hit the top of the bar in the final five minutes. 7 games to go and 21 pts up for grabs, realistically Styal cant afford to drop any more and a huge effort is needed in every game if promotion is to be a possibilty, But as someone once said 'Footballs a funny old game'
 
OUT OF 10.
 
1...JM  6....NO CHANCE WITH ANY OF THE GOALS
2....POACH..5...FIRST 45 MINS WAS ONE TO FORGET.BUT DID SETTLE 2ND HALF
3....MARCHY..9....BEST PERFORMANCCE OF THE SEASON FROM HIM.
4....ALEX     6......NOT AT FAULT FOR ANYTHING
5.....PAT......6......TIDY PERFORMANCE.
6....COOKY.....5.....SEEM TO STRUGGLE ON THE RIGHT.
7....JAMES.....6......SOME USEFUL STUFF WHEN HE HAD THE BALL
8.....MARCUS...5.....ONE TO FORGET FOR THE SKIPPER.
9.....HOUGHY...6.....TOOK A WHILE TO GET GOING.
10...DG..........6......LACK OF SERVICE HAMPERED HIM.GOOD WORKRATE.
11....VINNY...6......AGAIN IT WAS A LACK OF SERVICE LIMITED ACTION.
12....SMITHY  5..STRUGGLED TO GET INTO THE GAME
13.....BODDERS...6....ATTACKED HIS FULL BACK WELL AT TIMES
14....WESTY...6.....LOOKED A BIT SHARPER WHEN HE CAME ON.

Sat 8th March Pilkingtons 4 Styal 1, Styal Res 0 Garswood Res 3, Fernley 4 Styal 'A' 5
Mar 10, 2008, 9:00 am

Pilkingtons 4 Styal 1

This was a game between the top 2 in the league and it was Styal who took the game to Pilkingtons with Dave Graham hitting a 25 yard strike into the top corner after 3mins to stun the home team. Then after 15 minutes Graham beat the keeper to the ball and rounded him only to fire into the side netting with the goal open.

On 25mins with Styal camped in the Pilkingtons half Brian Matthews hit a shot and with Pilkington's keeper on the floor the ball was chested out off the goal line and away to safety. With the Pilkington's net living a charmed life and with Styal only  1goal up it came as shock when the Styal defence failed to clear a free kick, which resulted in the home team levelling the score 3 minutes before the break. The second half  saw the home team taking the game to Styal and with a strong wind behind them the home teams midfield captain unleashed a 35 yard rocket into the top corner giving the Styal keeper no chance. This forced Styal into a rethink but before Styal could get their sub on the home team fired in a 3rd on 60mins from a corner. Styal now went for broke, playing with 3 defenders but they were unable to claw anything back apart from a goal that was ruled out for off side.

Pilkington's went up the field and scored a 4th goal with a 25 yard effort to effectively kill the game with only 8 minutes remaining. Full time Pilkington 4-Styal 1.The better team won with Pilk's taking all their chances and Styal not taking theirs  
 
Styal Res 0 Garswood Res 3
Team :- R Harrison, N Capel, L Tueart, J Heywood, D Swindells, M Barnes, R Buckley, N Griffin, S Roberts, S Laffley, D Gregory Subs, P Moore, G Vernon, C McCormick
 
Styal looked to bounce back after their defeat to Pilkingtons the previous week but got of to a disastrous start when a slip a up inside their own half allowed the Garswood forward to steal the ball and break through and slot the ball home with only three minutes gone.
Styal found themselves up against a lively Garswood side but had the better of the play in the first half, the best chance falling to Ryan Buckley who surged through from the midfield with only the keeper to beat, but the Garswood keeper stood tall to block the shot.
The second half saw Styal start lively with the introduction of Chris McCormick and within five minutes of the start saw Danny Gregory break free down the Styal right but again saw the Garswood keeper pull of another save to thwart him. As Styal pushed forward this left gaps in the defence which gave Garswood the opportunity to brake free forcing Harrison in the Styal goal to block a one on one. Still Styal pushed but failed to find the net on several occasions but in their desperation to grab the equaliser allowed to much room in the defence and Garswood scored twice in the last ten minutes to put the nail in the Styal coffin.
With no game this Saturday Styal will take a break and look forward to some tough fixtures over the coming weeks.
 

FERNLEY  4   V   5    STYAL A.

 

TEAM NEWS.

 

Last weeks christmas tree formation lost its pines as Player manager Takiar decided to play a 3-5-2 system.Lee Mc came in from the wilderness to deputise for the injured JM in net.Marchy, fresh from his weeks rest, slotted in the back 3 along withAlex and Pat.Houghy started his first game since injury along with marcus and cooky in the centre of midfield. Bodders was on the left, Loz on the right and vinny and westy up front. Browny, Smithy and Ab were on the bench.

 

MATCH REPORT.

 

This league encounter really was the proverbial 'Game of two Halves' played in very difficult conditions.Styal went 1 up inside 4 mins when the Fernley defender handled on the line. Bodders stepped up to slot home the penalty low to his left.The second came 3 mins later when a cross from the right fell to Cooky who KNEED it home from six yards.10 mins later it was 3-0 when Matty West was pushed in the box for the 2nd penalty of the game. Matty himself got up, and finished it. Cooky got his second on 35 mins with a low 20 yard drive and Styal were 4-0 up.But it has to be said that this scoreline slightly flattered styal because they weren't playing that well.Fernley got what should have been a consolation goal just before the break, with what has to be said, a great turn and strike from outside the box.

HALF TIME 1-4.

 

The second half belonged completly to Fernley although Alex kemp put Styal 5-1 up when he turned nothing into a goal.the ball came to him in the box and with his back to goal, he spun and fired his shot, beating the keeper at the near post.This should have made Styal comfortable, but they decided to press the self destruct button and Fernley completely dominated the rest of the game,scoring 3 without reply and if it wasnt for Lee Mcs unorthodox but effective saves, the scoreline could have been disasterious for styals promotion hopes.But as it was its 3pts on board against a team that Styal probably took lightly.

 

OUT OF 10.

 

1...LEE MC...7..... DIFFICULT JOB ASKED OF HIM, BUT STTOD UP TO THE TASK & 3 GREAT SAVES EARNT HIS TEAM 3PTS TODAY.

2...PAT L......6.....DIDNT PUT A FOOT WRONG REALLY.

3...ALEX K....6.....DID HIS BIT AND SCORED.

4...MARCHY...6.....HANDLED WHAT CAME HIS WAY.

5...LOZ..........5......LOOKED A BIT TIRED TOWARDS THE END

6...COOKY.....6.....UNFORTUNATE TO COME OFF WHEN HE DID.

7....BODDERS..5.... OFF HIS USUAL GAME

8.....MARCUS....6....GAVE HIMSELF TOO MUCH TO DO AT TIMES & DIDN'T PLAY HIS NORMALLY CONTROLLING GAME

9.....HOUGHY...6.....USED THE BALL WELL AT TIMES.AND LOOKED STRONG . THE 90 MINS WILL DO HIM GOOD.

10....MATTY W..5..... WASNT REALLY IN IT TODAY.

11....VINNY...6....WORK RATES THERE.NEEDS A GOAL OR 2 NOW.

12.... CRAIG SMITH.......5...DIDNT SEE A LOT OF THE BALL , BUT SOME NICE TOUCHES

13....BROWNY...5..... CAME ON TO MAN-MARK THEIR DANGER MAN & LOCKED HIM OUT FOR FINAL 20 MINS.

14.... JAMES.........6....LOOKED A THREAT GOING FORWARD. MORE TO COME FROM THIS LAD.

 

Player-manager Punk Takiar said “you really couldn't have predicted the 2 nd half today. The pitch & conditions didn't help, but we need to be able to kill games like this off. We conceded at the wrong time & heads went down. There was also a lack of discipline today, with a few players wandering out of position because we were 4-0 up. We must learn lessons from this. Anyway, an off-game, but we held out under extreme pressure towards the end & at the end of the day it was still 3 points in the bag. We need to be back to our best for the 6-pointer against Cringlewood next week. We missed Joe Morrell's presence today, even though Lee played a blinder. Some selection headaches now.”

 

MOM : LEE McDONNELL â€" HAD NOTHING TO DO FIRST HALF, YET UNDER SIEGE IN THE LAST 30 MINS. 3 GREAT SAVES KEPT US IN IT. MORE IMPORTANTLY…..HE ACTUALLY TURNED UP!!!”


Sat 1st March Styal Res go down at Pilkingtons. Styal 'A' win on penalty shoot out
Mar 3, 2008, 8:55 am
Styal's game at home to Woodley was postponed due to a bereavement within the Woodley camp and Styal F.C. sends sympathy and best wishes. 
 
Pilkington Res 1 Styal Res 0
Team :- R Harrison, N Capel, S Boardman, P Moore, M Filson, M Barnes, R Buckley, W Dickenson, S Laffley, C McCormick, G Smith.
Subs :- L Tueart, D Swindles, S Roberts, D Gregory
 
Styal looked to continue their good league form after a fine performance the previous week but the omens seemed to stack against them. Leaving in good time from the club house the convoy was less than ten minutes away from Pilkington's ground ,when they hit roadwork's, and arrived with only fifteen minutes before kickoff, this wasn't the preparation they had planned.
Styal fielded a very strong team however and confidence was high, but in windy conditions Styal lost the toss and had to play into the wind. This suited Pilkingtons long ball tactic and Styal soon found themselves in trouble failing to clear the ball from the penalty box when the Pilkington striker notched onto the poor clearance to smash home after eight minutes.
Things went from bad to worse when Staz Boardman had to leave the field with a suspected broken bone in his hand after twenty minutes. However Styal did try and push the game to Pilkington's and with Buckley in good goal scoring form, he started to cause the pilks defence some problems with a couple of good surging runs from midfield.
Styal saw the first half out 1-0 down and looked forward to making advantage of the wind in the second half, but failed to do so, with some poor decisions in passing and the forward line failed to break the strong Pilk's defence. There were a few half chances that fell to Styal that saw the Pilks goalkeeper parry a couple of shots off the line but with no players following in they came to nothing.
Styal made a few changes to the shape and threw caution to the wind but still failed to break a stubborn Pilk's defence, the best chance came when Gregory latched onto a through ball but could only put his shot wide.
Not a good day at the office, the only ray of light was the shock result of Poynton going down 4-1 at home to Bottom of the league Broadheath !!
Next week will see changes to the Styal starting line up after a lack of desire from the starting eleven. !!!!
 

STYAL  A   0    V    0  NORTHENDEN VICS.(aet) (Styal win 5-4on pens)

 

TEAM NEWS

Player-manager Punk Takiar used this cup tie to rotate the squad & rest a couple of players , asking Marchy and Scotty H to step down for the week. He brought in Houghy, Westy and Loz to the squad & Alex Kemp made his return to centre back after his trip to the states . The “gaffer” introduced his infamous 4-3-2-1 “christmas tree formation ” for the game â€" to gasps of astonishment & just about managed to avert a mini-revolt from his players. There was a back four of Poch , Alex, Pat & Ed, behind a midfield trio of Marcus, Cooky and Browny, with Bod & Vinny floating in a free role behind Andy Cha ndler.

 

MATCH REPORT

This 2nd round league cup tie was played in cold windy conditions and as a spectacle wasn't much to write home about with the wind making it difficult to play at times for both sides. The only real chance of the first half fell to Poch on 30 mins who found himself in space 7 yards out but sliced his volley just over the bar.The only other real effort of the half came from Vinny, but his low shot from the edge of the box was easily saved by the keeper.

 

The 2nd half wasnt much different apart from Northenden were reduced to 10 men after the centre forward kicked the ball away and recieved his second yellow of the game. but Styal very rarely looked in trouble. Alex Kemp made a few excellant tackles when neccesary, Pat lyons was assured next to him and Ed c was equally as good at the back.Marcus was a battling force in the middle and Andy C work rate along with Vinnys was outstanding.But neither side really looked like scoring today.That was until the dying minutes when, from a corner, the Northenden keeper somehow fluffed the cross and punched it against his own near post.But he got lucky.Then seconds later, Cooky nearly snatched it with what I think would have been a deserved victory, but, his fine 25 yard strike dipped just too late and crashed against the crossbar.

 

Extra time came and went and so it went to penalties.These situations create heroes and villains and Styals hero definately was JM. Houghy stepped up first, missed ,grabbed his kit, apologised and ran off into the distance saying something about how he was late for work.JM then equalled things up by producing a fine save to his left.Then it went to 4-4. Andy C scored the 6th one, then Jm produced yet more heroics with another fine stop, this time to his right.Styal have now gone 390 mins without conceding a goal and find themselves in the quater finals of the league cup.It would be interseting to find out what the league record is.Styal really are begining to look like a side that are organised now. the confidence has returned throughout the squad and the dressing room atmosphere is good. If they can keep this squad together for the rest of the season, including the players who didnt get in today,because  they need everyone together,and there has to be players for games and games for players, and an understanding about that, then the future is surely rosy.

 

OUT OF 10.

 

1...JM....(9).....TWO QUALITY PEN SAVES AND 390 MINS WITHOUT CONCEDING. INSPIRITATIONAL! NEEDS TO WORK ON THE “BALL-JUGGLING” THOUGH.

2...POCH.. 7...NICE, TIDY NO-NONSENSE PERFORMANCE , BUT NEEDS TO LOSE THE “CHINS”!

3...ED C.....8.....LOOKS A QUALITY FULL BACK & VERY COMPOSED ON THE BALL.

4...ALEX K..8.....ANOTHER CLASSY DISPLAY. LOOKED LIKE HE'D NEVER BEEN AWAY.

5...PAT LYONS.. 8. MR CONSTISTENCY.NEVER PUTS A FOOT WRONG . STRONG  & AGGRESSIVE TACLKING.

6...MARCUS..... 9.... RAN THE GAME & NEVER GAVE AN INCH IN THE MIDDLE. A REAL CAPTAIN'S PERFORMANCE.

7...BROWNY... 7.... GREAT MAN-MARKING JOB, COULD BE A NEW ROLE

8..COOKIE.... 8....ADAPTED WELL IN A DIFFERENT ROLE.NEARLY WON IT.

9..VINNY...... 7....EXCEPTIONAL WORK RATE. DID WHAT WAS ASKED.

10..ANDY C...8.....HELD THE BALL UP WELL,NEVER STOPPED RUNNING.

11...BODDERS.. 7...LOOKED GOOD WHEN ATTACKING HIS FULL BACK.

12..HOUGHY..... 8...GOT THE BALL DOWN WELL AND WANTED TO PLAY FOOTBALL. FITNESS IMPROVING

13..MATTY W.... 7.....A COUPL E OF DECENT TOUCHES WHEN HE CAME ON.

14...LOZ........... 7.....FOUND HIMSELF VICTIM OF THE OFFSIDE RULE UNFORTUNATELY , BUT LOOKED SHARP

 

MAN OF THE MATCH : MARCUS KENNEY â€" JUST PIPPED JOE MORRELL FOR MOM. HE IS NOW GETTING CLOSE TO FULL FITNESS, AND STAMPING HIS AUTHORITY ON EACH GAME. RAN THE MIDFIELD & HAD THE WHOLE TEAM ORGANISED. A REAL SKIPPER'S PERFORMANCE.

 

Takiar said “ I wanted to try something different today, and as league-leaders - a cup game is ideal for this. I also wanted to see some players in new positions & try some new attacking options. I also wanted to prove to my entire squad that every player is worth is starting place. The game itself was a real nail-biter, and the opposition were strong & up for it today, so the result was even more pleasing. In particular - Joe Morrell was outstanding again, and has not conceded a goal since he returned. Also Houghy will soon be ready for a full game & Browny showed he can be deployed as a very effective “man-marker. Our fitness also showed (apart form “cramp-king” Matt Cook), but I still need more of the boys at training! The boys appear to be up for it â€" both in the league & the cup and the atmosphere is buzzing again. We now need to keep it going.”


Saturday 23rd Feb; Linotype CHN 0 Styal 2; Styal Res 5 Greenhalls Padgate SO Res 2
Feb 24, 2008, 7:28 pm
Styal's first and Reserve teams record important victories and both continue to top their tables. The 'A' team were fixtureless but still head their division as we go into March.
 
Linotype/CHN 0 Styal 2
This was a tough game for Styal who dominated throughout. A determined Linotype team fought hard and made it difficult for Styal whose patience was only rewarded late on with 2 goals in the last 7 minutes.
Linotype keeper Merrick made an increasing number of good saves as the pressure mounted but his handball outside the box led to Styal's opener; the free kick was put into the opposition net by Warren Dickenson. With 3 minutes to go after good work by Gavin Smith, Ollie Barnes rounded the keeper to seal it for Styal. Linotype had 2 players sent off after each receiving 2 yellow cards. although the second sending off was in the dying minutes the first once happened at the end of the first half.
Styal's management duo of Lloyd Morrison and Steve Hardy were pleased that their side had remained patient against the dogged defending that faced them.
Best wishes to Lloyd and Bernice Morrison on the birth of their daughter from all at Styal
 
Styal Res 5 Greenhall Padgate SO Res 2
Team :- R Harrison, N capel (c), J Heywood, P Moore, D Swindells, S Roberts, R Buckley, N Griffin, M Barnes, C McCormick, D Gregory. Subs :- M Pochin, L Tueart, S Laffley
 
With a strong squad to select from Styal only made one change from the last game and looked to get off to a good start and that they did. On a bumpy but dry pitch it wasn't  a day for pretty football but Styal soon adapted well and had the Greenhalls defence on their heels. It was pressure from the word go from Styal and it took only eight minutes to unlock the Greenhalls defence when Si Roberts broke free down the right closing down on the Greenhalls keeper when he curled the ball home from just in side the box for a quality opening goal. This inspired Styal who went from strength to strength and kept pressing the ball high up the field and again the pressure paid off when the ball fell to Buckley who struck a sublime 25yard strike which almost took the nets off the goals ! This had the crowd buzzing ! Who is this player ? they were asking. There was more to come! Styal dominated the first half with Greenhalls lucky to get out their own half.
The second half saw Styal dictate the play and picked their way through the Greenhalls defence again when goal machine Buckley finished with a lovely side foot to get Styals' third and his third in two games, Barnes rushed over to congratulate him on his goal scoring prowess ! With the Styal on total control Greenhalls got a controversial free kick on the edge of the Styal box which was the closest they'd come all game to the Styal penalty area. The free kick that followed was a stunner, Harrison in goal could only stand and watch as the ball scorched past the wall and took the pegs out the net ! It was only a glimmer of hope for Greenhalls but it wasn't long before Styal increased the lead again when McCormick struck from five yards to make it 4-1 . Styal made three changes to freshen things up and saw the return of Mike Pochin after a long lay off, but it wasn't to long before he added his name to the score sheet with another quality finish.
Greenhalls grabbed a late second goal seven minutes into injury time after another controversial decision gave them a corner in which Styal failed to clear.
Styal Res take on second placed Pilkington Res next week in a vital top of the table clash.

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