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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.”

 


Mangers Corner
Apr 5, 2008, 11:40 am
A NEW ONE IS POSTED SEE LINK LEFT

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."

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