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Saturday 16th February Styal 4 Trafford Res 0; Daten Res 2 Styal Res 3; Styal 'A' 7 Old Alts 0
Feb 16, 2008, 9:50 pm
Styal achieved a fine hat trick of victories on Saturday and ALL 3 teams sit at the top of their respective leagues.
 
Styal 4 Trafford Res 0
Trafford and Styal fought out a tough 3-3 battle only 2 weeks ago. However, Styal's display on Saturday saw them totally eliminate Trafford as a threat and Styal goalkeeper Cowell's involvement was limited to taking occasional goal kicks.
An early goal by Graham set Styal on their way. The second mid way through the first half saw Thornton lob Trafford's keeper after some good Styal build up play involving Graham and Dickenson. This was the pick of the goals.
The central midfield was dominated by Styal through Massey and Dickenson and as a result Trafford's options were limited to balls over the midfield where unfortunately they found Vernon and Pownall snuffing out any forward threat. Styal's full backs were able to play the supporting roles to Matthews and Thornton playing in front of them as they terrorised the Trafford full backs. A goal before half time from the penalty spot by Chambers seemed to guarantee the points for Styal and if there was any doubt a goal early in the second half by Matthews after Traffords keeper had a 'Paul Robinson' moment sealed it.
Styal sat back on the lead but always carried a threat when they advanced with more chances falling to Chambers and Graham. The management team of Morrison and hardy were able to bring Boardman, Barnes and Filson into the game from the bench late on. As well as being delighted with the points the clean sheets and the +10 goal difference gained in the last 2 weeks could also be an important factor at the end of the season. Styal stay top.
 
Styal Reserves stay top after defeating Daten 3-2 at Daten. Team :- R Harrison, Matt (Jack the ripper) Barnes, J Heywood, P Moore, N capel, S Laffley, N Griffin, R Buckley, G Smith, D Gregory Subs:- C McCormick, D Swindells, D Oates
 
What a fine first half performance ! Styal looked to get back to winning ways after a poor performance the previous game. With Nial Griffin making his first appearance for Styal and Gavin Smith returning to the line up the team had a good balance and started the game with a good tempo and it wasn't long before Styal took the lead after a fine corner from Simon Roberts found Moore's head and with Laffely on hand to stab the ball home Styal to the lead. Daten hardly entered the Styal penalty box in the first twenty minutes and when they did they saw a swift move from Styal who turned defence to attack with a neat ball to Smith who drove forward to slip an inch perfect ball to Buckley who coolly slipped the ball under the keeper to make it 2-0. Its taken Buckley 1260 minutes of football to open his account, Barnes is still counting !
Daten to their credit didn't sit back and before half time a fine strike saw them cut the lead and get back into game, but again Styal pushed forward and on the stroke of half time a nice ball into the box saw Griffin put his head in where it hurts to nod home the third.
The second half saw Daten take the game to Styal and were much the better team, it was a case of the next goal would be crucial to the way the game swayed, and it went to Daten who cut the lead back yet again. Daten created several clear chances but squandered them and it proved costly. Styal created two good chances to wrap the game up, the first fell to Gregory who muscled his marker of the ball to break free but side footed the ball wide. The second chance fell to Smith who linked up well with McCormick he turned his marker only to put his shot wide of the best.
Styal were glad to hear the final whistle and with Poynton drawing put them in good shape.
Barnes is still looking to open his goal account and has threatened not to cut his hair till he does ! He looks more like Peter Sutcliffe every week !

STYAL A    7     V   0    OLD ALTS.

 

TEAM NEWS.....

 

Styal A fired themselves back to the top of the league in emphatic fashion with a convincing 7-0 win against Old Alts. For the first time this season, player-m anager Punk Takiar was able to name an unchanged team after last weeks 1-0 victory despite four players being available again.Paul Marchbank was injured during the warm up and was replaced at left back by Ed C.Poach continued at centre half and Matty Cook, Browny and Houghy started from the bench.

 

JR hit Styal 's 1st goal after 20 mins after initially being denied by the keeper in a one on one and the chance looked gone, but he showed a bit of class and determination to go chasing the ball, cut back inside and fired a fierce low drive into the far corner. It was JR again ten minutes later, this time from the spot. H / T 2-0 but in reality it should have been at least 6, with one on one chances being missed from Andy C, Scotty Hawkins and Ed C somehow missed from 3 yards.

 

Manager Takiar's message at half time was to stay focused , and to use the ball more cleverly and if his team scored the next goal early enough the flood gates would open. It was Andy Chalinor who had the key to the gates as he slotted home the 3rd goal but was left in a heap as he was hit with a disgraceful challenge from an Old Alts player just after the ball had already hit the back of the net.This resulted in a straight red card and now Styal faced 10 men. With the game in the bag and Styal looking extremely comfortable, chance after chance came, but somehow the away teams goal led a slightly charmed life. Paul ‘Bod' Adkin made it 4 -0, with a powerful finish, although it is unclear whether this was actually one of the 6 touches he needed to control the ball. Then Punk rang the changes with inspired substitutions. Vinny made way for Matty Cook, Bodders went off for browny and scotty hawkins was replaced by Houghy and it was 2 of these 3 subs who added Styal 's 5th 6th and 7th goals. Matty Cook scored two and went close to his hat-trick and Browny also fired in from close range.

 

Punk Takiar said “the boys are finally starting to play the way I want them to. We are believing in ourselves again, and enjoying our football. I still feel there is more to come from us, and it ‘will' have to come if we are to win this league, but it is well within our control. I would particularly like to comment on our keeper Joe Morrell, who didn't have a touch today, but his talking & kicking was superb. He has added confidence & stability to the whole team, and his contribution cannot be under-estimated.”

 

OUT OF 10.

 

1......JM......7....ANOTHER QUIET AFTERNOON FOR THE KEEPER

2......DEANO 7.....STEADY PERFORMANCE.

3......ED C....8....POLISHED PERFORMANCCE.USING THE BALL WISELY.

4......POACH..7.....EASY AFTERNOON.

5......PAT ....7.......EASY AFTERNOON AT THE BACK.

6.....VINNY...7......BUSY AS ALWAYS.

7.....SCOTTY...7....MISSED A COUPLE OF CHANCES,BUT SET SOME UP AS WELL

8.....MARCUS....7...ALWAYS INVOLVED AND VERY ORGANISED.

9.....JR.......... 9......SCORED 2 , ON ANY OTHER DAY HE'D SCORE 10.

10....ANDY C...7.....ANOTHER STEADY PERFORMANCE.

11....BODDERS..7....GREAT FINISH FOR HIS GOAL.

12...COOKY.....8.......ON FOR 20 MINS,SCORED 2 LOOKED A THREAT.

13...BROWNY...7......SCORED AND BUSY WHEN HE CAME ON.

14...HOUGHY...7......GOOD TO SEE HIM BACK & EVEN BETTER TO FIND A PAIR OF SHORTS THAT FITTED HIM!

 

MOM â€" JR : kept going and hit every post& bar on the pitch, but was very unlucky not to get his hat-trick!


Sat 9th Feb Rylands 0 Styal 6, Styal Res 0 Poynton Res 2 (CUP), Styal 'A' 1 Sale amateurs 0
Feb 9, 2008, 10:44 pm
Styal go top of the Cheshire League with a convincing win at Rylands. This was a must win game for Styal after dropping 2 points last week at Trafford, and win Styal did! Warren Dickenson fired in a free kick from 25 yards giving the keeper no chance after only 4 minutes. The second came via a left foot strike from the same distance from Mark Tueart and the same player hit the underside of the crossbar 5 minutes later with a even better strike which cannoned back out to safety. With the impressive Mathews, Thornton and Barnes causing mayhem whenever they got the ball it was a credit to Rylands that it stayed only 2-0 until half time.
The second half saw the tempo increased. Styal were rewarded when Barnes fired home the 3rd to kill the game off on 50mins and with the home team all over the place Styal took full advantage. The ever green John Thornton pops up again to fire home the 4th in the 65min. The 5th goal came via Steven Boardman when tapping in from close range after good work by Gavin Smith on 70mins. The 6th goal was from a short corner which found its way to Darren Vernon to carry on his scoring run and 5th goal in 5 games. With the Rylands keeper also pulling off 3 outstanding saves it could have been a lot more for Styal but the clean sheet was a bonus. Full time  Rylands 0- Styal 6. Man of the match Oliver Barnes/ Brian Mathews.
 
Styal Reserves played poorly at home against arch rivals Poynton Reserves losing 2-0. Styal had thei chances but it was a disjointed display from a team that hold be full of confidence as they head the Cheshire Reserve League. The only blessing was that this was the cup but if they play this poorly again they can forget their title aspiratons
 
 

STYAL A    1     V    0    SALE AMATUERS

 

With Punk Takiar's Styal side lying fourth in the table and Sale in 3rd (2pts between them) this was the proverbial “6-pointer” and a must win for styal if they were to stay in contention for promotion.It was a game which was by no means a footballing spectacle , with both teams cancell ing each other out  early on with neither team dominating.   It was always going t o be a case of who finished their chances when they came along, which, as it goes were few and far between and this really summed up much of the first half. Marcus kenny and scotty hawkins worked hard in the centre of midfield up against 3 for much of the game and the back four were excellant throughout as was the def ending in general from all the players and this was probably the main reason why styal came out on top. Styal looked organised, with Poch coming in at centre half to play alogside Pat lyons.But the 1st half finished goal-less with neither side creating a clear cut chance of an note.

 

The second half was pretty much the same until the 65th minute when a great cross from the excellant Dean Rome at right back was fired in and headed home by Andy Chalinor as he outjumped both the Sale centre halfs and it turned out to be the winner. Styal certainly deserved the win, as keepr Joe Morrell didn't have a save to make and the Sale keeper made 2 or 3 good saves to deny further goals.

 

Overall a good, solid, organised peformance from Styal. Not pretty, but plenty of hard graft, organised team defending  and quick counter-attacking won this game effectively.

 

Player-manager Punk Takiar said “we are now getting back to our best. This was difficult game against strong, physical opponents, but we were better in all departments. I asked for more physical presence & I got this today. We are now joint second & 2 points of top, so it is up to us now to string some results together.”

 

 

1....JM.......(7)  QUIET DAY FOR THE KEEPER BUT KICKING WAS EXCELLANT.

2....DEANO....(8).....GOOD SOLID PERFORMANCE.

3.....MARCHY..(7)....STEADY PERFORMANCE AND LOOKED COMFORTABLE.

4......POCH....( 9)....EXPERIENCE SHONE THROUGH AND MADE IN LOOK EASY , A GREAT PHYSICAL PRESENCE

5....PAT LYONS.( 8)...AGAIN ANOTHER SOLID PERFORMANCE.

6....SCOTTY H  (7).....WORKED HARD IN THE MIDDLE TO KEEP THE SHAPE , LEGS WENT TOWARDS THE END!!!!

7.....VINNY......(7).....KEPT THE SHAPE AND WORKED HARD.

8.....MARCUS...(7 ).....HONEST PERFORMANCE AND PUT IN A GOOD SHIFT.

9.....ANDY C    (9)..... TIRELESS & UNSELFISH PERFORMANCE AND WAS REWARDED WITH HIS GOAL

10....JR.........(7)......LOOKED DANGEROUS AND WAS ALWAYS LOOKING TO SHOOT.

11....BODDERS..(7)...WORKED HARD AND LOOKS LIKE CONFIDENCE IS RETURNING.

12….COOKY (7)….CAME ON & GOT STRAIGHT INTO IT WITH SOME GREAT TACKLING

14….BROWNY (7)……AGAIN STRAIGHT INTO IT & SOME DECISIVE TOUCHES

 

MOM....ANDY CHALINOR , JUST PIPPING POCH...


Sat 2nd Feb Trafford Res 3 Styal 3
Feb 4, 2008, 10:55 pm

With a new manager in place and several new signings this was not going to be the Trafford that sit 3rd bottom of the table and so it proved with Styal again coming out of the blocks slowly. It came as no surprise when Trafford  scored the first goal. Barnes failed to track his runner and the resulting free header gave Styal keeper Cowell no chance with only 15 minutes gone. With Styal now upping the tempo the impressive Massey fired in to level the scores on 25 mins. Then a run by Barnes down the right resulted in John Thornton netted to keep his scoring record going and give Styal a deserved lead. With Styal now controlling the game it came as a surprise when Steve Boardman tried to control a through ball and slipped. This allowed a Trafford forward to coolly slot past Cowell in Styal's goal on 35minutes. Worse was to follow as 3 minutes later Cowell in Styals goal came for a ball he was never going to get and was left stranded on the edge of his box. The Trafford forward poked it past him to give Trafford a 3-2 advantage with 6 mins left until half time. To say the manager was upset was a bit of a understatement however, with the last kick of the half Dave Graham clipped the ball past the Trafford keeper to make the scores 3-3 at half time. With Brian Matthews coming on at half time this was message that Styal were going for Trafford's throat and with the extra attacker on it came as no surprise as Barnes was upended in the box to give Styal a penalty on 60 mins. Matthews took the penalty which was saved by the keeper. Styal pressed and Trafford made a number of goalline clearances but the home looked dangerous on the counter attack and hit the post in 75min. However with both teams unable to score again this was more a case of 2 points dropped. Now we shall see how strong the Styal squad is in the run in with several dummies well and truly spat out?     


Managers Corner
Feb 2, 2008, 2:09 pm
A new article is submitted by 'A' team supremo Mr Takiar

Saturday 26th January Styal 4 Gamesley 1; Gamesley Res 0 Styal Res 3
Jan 26, 2008, 6:05 pm
Good wins for both Styal teams. 'A' team postponed.
Styal 4 Gamesley 1

This was on paper a easy game for Styal but for the first 25 minutes it wasn't with Gamesley taking the game to Styal, moving the ball better and keeping it well. With Styal a yard off the pace this was going to be a tough game and so it proved with Gamesley taking a deserved lead when a mix up between Pownall and MacDonnell resulted in a free header to make it 1-0 on 20mins. This made Styal increase the tempo of the match and they were rewarded when Vernon hit a 40 yard ball to Barnes and his instant control allowed him deliver a pin point cross for the impressive Sefu Chambers to head home the equalizer on 25 minutes. His second on 35 minutes was even better this time with a diving header to give Styal  the lead before half time. The second half saw Styal totally dominate the game with the outstanding Graham and Chambers causing the Gamesley defence all sorts of problems and several more chances for Chambers went astray. Thornton and Barnes also missed chances set up by Graham and it wasn't until the 65th minute when John Thornton swivelled  and volleyed to make it 3-1 to Styal to carry on his recent goal scoring run. With 10 minutes to go Darren Vernon rose and headed home a McDonnell free kick giving the Gamesley keeper no chance making it 4-1 with 10minutes left. All In all a great result to keep Styal in touch with the leaders.  

 
Gamesley Res 0 Styal Res 3
Team :- R Harrison, N Capel, P Moore, J Heywood, M Barnes, S Roberts, S Nolan, R Buckley, M Filson, S Boardman, D Gregory. Subs :- T Magdjinski, D Oates
 
Styal travelled to the hills of Glossop for a tough battle against Gamesley looking to pick up from the away victory at Broadheath and with a very strong squad available confidence was high.
On a rough pitch Styal looked the better side from the kick off controlling the game from the word go, and with Sean Nolan making a return to the team, he showed his quality alongside a hard working Ryan Buckley the pair bossed the midfield and with Simon Roberts making his full reserve team debut and Mike Filson wide on the left the team had a good balance.
Styal made the breakthrough after 30 minutes when Matty Barnes played a fine ball to Filson who took one touch and threaded a fine ball to Boardman who broke the offside trap beat his marker then coolly rounded the keeper and slotted home from a  tight angle, this was no more than Styal deserved.
It wasn't long till Styal doubled their lead when Danny Gregory broke free after some fine football to slot home goal number two and take Styal into half time with a well deserved lead.
The second half started where it left off with Styal in control and playing some fine football on a poor surface, Simon Roberts worked hard on the right side and fed a fine ball through to Boardman who after beating his marker and the keeper put the ball wide of the target. It wasn't long before an identical chance fell to Boardman who managed to put it wide again and to put the game out of the reach of Gamesley.
The goal eventually came with Boardman grabbing his second and Styal's third with another cool finish, Gamesley found it tough going against a solid Styal team and with the defence looking solid and keeping any threat at bay plus keeping a clean sheet.
Styal take on Garswood next Saturday, who did Styal a favour drawing 2-2 with Poynton to give Styal a 3 point lead.   

Saturday 19th January ALL MATCHES POSTPONED WATERLOGGED
Jan 20, 2008, 11:21 am

Saturday 12th January Garswood Utd 0 Styal 5; Styal Res v Poynton postponed; Sale Rovers 0 Styal 'A' 0
Jan 13, 2008, 9:05 pm
 
Garswood Utd 0 Styal 5
This was going to be a crunch game with Garswood going into it 4 points behind Styal and with a game in hand. With everyone up for it Styal started like a house on fire with several close off side's going against the away team. It came as no surprise though as a born again John Thornton broke the off side to round the keeper in the 15th minute to slot home the opener. With Garswood now trying to get back into the game, Dickenson and the outstanding Massey made it hard for them to create anything of sorts in the midfield. Thornton again broke the off side but this time coolly lobbing the keeper on 30 minutes to give Styal a commanding 2-0 lead at half time. The second half saw Styal step up the pressure and they were rewarded when the impressive Sefu Chambers slotted past the keeper to make 3-0 on 55 minutes. Chambers then went on to miss 2 more clear chances when he failed to hit the target. On 65 minutes Mark Tueart missed a open net from 6 yards with what was his first touch but made amends 10 minutes later when he volleyed into the top corner to make it 4-0. In the 82nd minute Darren Vernon opened his Styal account with a headed goal from a corner to make it 5-0 to styal. Man of the match---take your pick!  
 
Sale Rovers 0 Styal 'A' 0

Styal A had to get their promotion chase back on track after a dismal result last week. They found themselves in a 6-pointer, against a young, skilful & organized Sale Rovers team, one place below them in the league. Player-manager Punk Takiar carried out his threat of changing the line up with JM in nets, Mike Pochin at full back & Paul Moore at centre half. The difference was obvious, with the defence looking very organized, and the midfield conceding very little space with skipper Marcus Kenny & Marchy both back to form with an outstanding display.

 

The game was very tight, and was played at a furious pace with both teams attacking swiftly. JM was superb in goals, launching several attacks with excellent kicking & also making incredible 2 one-on-one saves. Dean Rome was very unlucky in the first half, with the Rovers keeper denying him with a great save. Andy Chandler caused a lot of problems for the opposition defence, before having to come off injured in the 1 st half.

 

The second half was just as tight with both teams going close. Rovers went very close with a series of corners applying pressure on Styal, but the defence & keeper held firm, with JM making another outstanding save. Up front Si Roberts & Paul Adkin worked hard but the final ball often let them down. The defence of Craig Smith, Paul Moore, Pat Lyons & Mike Pochin held firm under great pressure and gave nothing away. Dean Rome had a great chance to steal the game in the dying minutes, but a nil-nil draw was a fair result in the end.

 

Takiar said “I asked the boys to stand up & be counted, which is exactly what every one of them did. The performance was 100% better than last week, and we just missed a cutting edge up front. I expect the team to move forward positively from this result, and hopefully put a winning run to take us back towards the top. It is certainly not beyond us.”

 

MOM â€" Paul Marchbank (shorter & fatter than normal)!!!


Saturday 5th January Styal first team postponed. Broadheath Central Res 2 Styal Res 3; Northenden vics 5 Styal 'A' 2
Jan 7, 2008, 11:55 am
Reserve Team report on the way .....
NORTHENDEN VICS   5     V     2     STYAL A
Styals promotion hopes had a huge dent put in it after this game against a team fourth from bot tom of the league and who they had beaten 6-0 earlier in the season and it really was a kamikaze opening 25 mins that saw the home side open a three nil lead. Styal woke up for the last 15 mins of the half, in which Si Roberts scored and matty west had his effort cleared off the line and if they played like this for the first half hour then surely it would have been a different result HALF TIME 3-1

Player -manager Punk Takiar really la yed into the team at the break and asked for more commitment second half, but a penalty awarded to Nothenden half way through saw the home side stretch the lead to 4-1. Styal got one back though a penalty of their own, but in the final few minutes Northenden had made it 5 and a day to forget for Styal.

Takiar commented “This truly was the worst performance that I have seen as a player or manager of a Styal team. The team, on paper, was a strong one, but unfortunately some players appear to be relying on reputations only, as the commitment was non-existent! Although it is possible that this is merely a one-off, and is the result of a ‘Xmas hangover' I cannot take a chance so I will be juggling this team around for next week. I still believe in the squad that I have, but with so many players coming back after injury, some of these players need to be looking over their shoulders.”

Man of the Match…….in your dreams!


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