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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.   

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!

Saturday 29th December Styal 2 Rylands 1
Dec 30, 2007, 8:11 pm
Styal dominated Rylands for most of the the game but a failure to take chances led to a nervy last few minutes. Styal went 2-0 up in the first half with 2 similar goals. On both occassions Matthews on Styal's right wing beat the last man and crossed for Thornton who took advantage both times as he stole in at the far post to right foot home.
Styal never really looked threatened for most of the game but their passing was not up to scratch in the last third. Barnes always had the beating of Rylands left back and it looked like a matter of time befre Styal would get a third goal and wrap up the game. Manager Morrison shuffled the pack mid way through the second half and the most clear cut chance fell to sub Gavin Smith but he put his short range effort wide.
With only 5 minutes to go Styal contrived to lose the ball near the opposition corner flag and with players out of position Rylands went up the field and a speculative cross was despatched past his own keeper by Tueart. Some doubts seemed to set in and some poor decision making by Styal's defenders allowed Rylands a couple of late free kicks around the Styal box. Luckily Styal managed to cope with the opportunities they presented Rylands but Morrison will be disappointed that after dominating nearly all the game Styal gave Rylands a lifeline.

Sat 15th Dec Styal 4 Rylands 1; Bridge Inn 2 Styal Res 1; Brooklands 2 Styal 'A' 2
Dec 17, 2007, 12:01 pm
Saturday 22nd December--ALL Games were Frozen Out
Styal 4 Rylands 1
With styal's game called off last week it was a good chance to get the last defeat out of our system. With several changes to the line up it was the good reaction Styal's manager Morrison was looking for particularly. After 20mins Steve Boardman glanced in a cross from the right by Mathews to make 1-0 which the home team deserved. With Styal in control it came as a shock when Craig Massy got his 2nd yellow of the game in the 35th min to reduce the home team to 10 men. This only spurred Styal on and they went on attack after attack to try and get a second goal which came via Oliver Barnes who was upended in the box. Brian Mathews dispatched the penalty to give Styal a 2-0 half time lead..The 2nd half saw Styal continuing to pressure Rylands and creating several chances which all went astray. That was until the impressive John Thornton released Oliver Barnes who ran 20yrds down the left to fire into the top corner to kill the game off with Styal's third . With the introduction of Graham, Dickenson and Brennon it was the home team who continued to do all the pressing until Darren Vernon trying to be clever lost the ball and miskicked over his own keeper Cowle  to give the visitors some hope. However Oliver Barnes made it 4-1 with 10mins to go after good work by Brennon and Graham gave him an open net to roll the ball into. 
Styal res v Bridge Inn Altrincham Cup
Styal came into this game after a two week break and it showed ! Although Styal looked the brighter side in the opening ten minutes they didn't create any clear cut chances and wasted what possession they had with some poor passing.
However, a misunderstanding at the back saw Bridge take the lead after a back pass caught Harrison in goal flat footed as he watched the ball roll in to an empty net. Styal pushed forward but were kept to half chances until Ryan Buckley broke through and brought a fine stop from the Bridge goalkeeper.
The second half saw Styal push forward in search of an equaliser but on a very poor pitch this didn't suit Styal's passing game and saw pass after pass go astray. With Ryan Buckley showing good form in driving forward he was the only player causing any problems to Bridge Inns defence. It wasn't till ten minutes from the end when a free kick was awarded to Styal on the edge of the Bridge area, saw a free kicked thumped home to grab the equaliser, this should have been the spur that Styal needed and they nearly clinched it when Danny Gregory broke free with only the keeper to beat who pulled of a fine block to deny Danny his goal.
The twist in the tale came with three minutes to go when a  corner awarded to Bridge saw their man of the match head home to grab the winner.
A poor performance on a very poor pitch dampened Styal's day and no have to wait till the new year to make amends with their next game at home to Poynton on the cup.
BROOKLANDS  2     V     2   STYAL A

Styal absolutely coasted through the first 30 minutes of this game, knocking the ball the ball along the back four, into the midfield, down the flanks but still they lacked the killer instinct in the final third where it matters. Possesion wise, it was total domination and they played like an outfit that was, at last, beginning to play to their potential. A fearsome strike from Adkin put them 1-0 up on 10 mins, then Marchbank added a second a few minutes later afer a deft one two saw him slide his shot into the bottom corner and everything was going swimmingly. However a harmless, Brooklands free kick from about 20 yards caught the Styal keeper in two minds and he couldn't decide whether to catch it or tap it over the bar, didn't do either and the ball crept over the line to make it 2-1 at half time.

A different Styal side came out for the second half and in a nut shell , the football went,the shape went, and they got outmuscled in the middle of the park and it was Brooklands who wanted the point more. It really was as simple as that. But in saying that, Styal's back four really wasnt stretched that much and it was another goalkeeping error that lead to Brooklands equaliser. A free kick from wide on the right managed to find its way inside and over the keepers head. 2-2 the final result leaves Styal in 4th but really needing to up performance levels if they are to achieve what they need to,and that is to bring the club on and play at a level that this Styal team deserves to be at  with the callibre of some of the players they have.

Sat 1st Dec Stalybridge Celtic Res 3 Styal 1; Trafford Utd 0 Styal 'A'
Dec 3, 2007, 9:08 pm
Stalybridge Celtic Res 3 Styal 1
With tempers still running high from the match 3 weeks before it was always going to be a tricky game for Styal. With the home team being able to pick from a vast squad which included a few 1st team players Styal had it all to do. It started well with Styal going on the attack trying to impose themselves on the home team and with no quarter given Styal were rewarded when Dave Graham was tripped inside the box to give Styal a penalty on 20 minutes. Brian Mathews dispatched it to give Styal  the goal advantage they deserved.
With the home team offering little in attack it was Styal who created 3 more good chances with Dave Graham unable to extend the margin when put through one on one with only the keeper to beat. With half time fast approaching it was in 43rd min when the home team winger waltzed past 3 attempted  tackles to fire in the leveller giving Cowle no chance in goal. Ht Stalybridge 1-styal 1.
The 2nd half saw Styal have 2 more good chances and  2 cleared off the line from free kicks and corners before the home team had a player sent off for his second bookable offence on 60 minutes. With Styal unable to control the game after that it was the home team who scored a deflected shot from 25yrds with Cowle left stranded. With Styal now going for all out attack with 4 forwards upfront it wasn't until the last kick of the game the home team scored a 2nd deflected effort to kill the game off  and give Styal there 2nd defeat of the season. If you don't take your chances in the game you wont win it.    
TRAFFORD     0     V     2     STYAL A

Styal really needed to win this if they were to stay in contention for promotion this year, which is the main aim and win it they did, but it was a scrappy affair. Styal were unlucky not to go 1 up early in the game, when a great free kick from the left by paul marchbank fell to bodders whos first time strike just whistled over .Trafford responded with one or two chances themselves, but like last week, Pat lyons and Alex kemp at the back were excellent.The deadlock was finally broken by Matty West with his 10th goal of the season when he connected perfectly first time with a ball in from the right sending the ball into the bottom right corner giving the keeper no chance.

The second half wasn't much better from a spectators point of view, but styal stuck to the job but on occasions were fortunate that the trafford finishing wasn't brilliant and next goal really was going to be important and yet again it was from the clinical right boot of Westy who is now responsible for 11 of stayls 26 goals this season.He chased a ball over the top, took a touch and fired it in the bottom left corner from just inside the box.

Punk Takiar's boys remain in 4th place and are beginning to return to winning ways.


PAT............8......MOM....A SOLID DISPLAY.









SCOTTY H...0.....SUB AND DIDNT GET ON.(i blame the manager.)

Player-manager Punk Takiar said "this was not a convincing performance at all, and the team chosen should have killed this game off long before they did. However its another 3 points in the bag & we are only 3 points off the leaders. Our aim is maximum points in December which should see is back to the top of the league by the new year."

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