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Knutsford 1 Styal 2; Styal Res 5 Eagle Sports Res 1; Styal 'A' 3 Salford 1
Nov 25, 2007, 2:18 pm
Knutsford 1 Styal 2
With styal drawing the last 2 games it was important that no points were dropped against last seasons runner up in the league. The game started with Styal defending against a strong wind but getting the better of the home team and creating 2 good chances which fell to Gavin Smith and Dave Graham but both were unable to convert, Then on 20 mins Gavin Smith broke the offside trap and curled the ball with the outside of his foot into the top corner to give Styal a deserved lead. This only spurred Styal onto greater things with wave after wave of Styal attacks going astray until on 30 mins when Dave Graham chased down a loose ball and converted the chance to give Styal a much deserved 2-0 lead at the break. With Styal now in control it was a case of seeing out the home team attacks which never really amounted to anything until 10mins from time when a free kick resulted in  Knutsford getting a goal back when Smith was caught ball watching at the back post. With something to go for an all out attack from the home ensued with Knutsford hitting the bar late on with their best effort Styal prevailed and earned 3 points to keep them in touch with the leaders. Outstanding performances from John Thornton, Darren Vernon and Andy Pownall.
 
Styal Res 5 Eagle Sport Res 1
Team :- R Harrison, L Tueart, S Laffley, P Moore, R Buckley, M Barnes, M Tueart, M Filson, C Massey, D Gregory, C McCormick.
Styal were looking to bounce back after their first defeat of the season last week, and bounce back they did with the perfect tonic a 5-1 win. With the team being shuffled about due to player availability, this showed the depth of the squad on what was going to be a test of stamina on a heavy pitch.
Styal got stuck in and opened their account after four minutes when a corner deliver in by Matt Barnes could only be punched as far as the edge of the box, only to find Craig Massey pounce and with one touch controlled the ball and hit a fine dipping shot from the edge of the area to put Styal in the lead.
Eagle we're about to buckle and fought back forcing some good defending from Paul Moore and Ryan "high tower" Buckley who were outstanding throughout the game. As Eagle pressed they forced a corner, which was whipped in and would have gone straight in the Styal goal but for some alert defending from Leigh Tueart who did his job defending the post and headed the ball off the line.
Styal struck back with a decisive move with the ball played out to Gregory on the right wing, he played the perfect ball into the Eagle box to find Mark Tueart take it in his stride with is first touch and slotted home with his second, very Peter Crouch !
Again Eagle pushed looking for a goal, and yet again forced a corned and it was identical to their first, with the ball whipped in and yet again the vigilante Leigh Tueart head clear off the line. Eagle then grabbed a goal back just at the end of the first half.
Styal needed a third to kill the game off but some frustrating passing in the final third made for tough going and Eagle kept plucking away, and but for some fine Styal defending from Moore and Buckley kept them at bay.
The breakthrough came with a stunning effort from Mark Tueart who hit a stunning 25 yard shot with flew into the stanchion and take some pressure off, it did look like he slipped when he struck it, but in an interview after the game he quoted "i was in total control when i struck the ball ! "
The fourth goal came deservedly to Danny Gregory who was tireless in his running all game, and as he made yet another run into the box he let fly only to see the keeper save it, but he couldn't keep hold of it and Gregory pounced to slot home number four. The final goal came from Chris McCormick who had missed several chances throughout the game but kept his nerve as he took control on the edge of the Eagle box to turn passed two Eagle defenders and slot home for a much deserved goal from a man of the match performance !
Styal almost made it six, with Ryan Buckley, who throughout the game had been counting down the minutes left for him to score. His chance came with only minutes left on the clock, he picked the ball up on the edge of the Styal box and set off on a stunning run. He ghosted past two Eagle players by the time he was into the Eagle half, he then swerved past a defender, he then drew the keeper and with arms aloft to celebrate, a last ditch tackle from an Eagle defender took the ball of his toes just as he was about to slot home.
Styal have a new web site for Matt Barnes and Ryan Buckley, please click on the following link www.howtoscore.com !!!!!
Man of the match was a close call between Paul Moore and Chris McCormick but McCormick wins it for a fine performance.  
 
Styal A    3    v     1   Salford afc

Styal A team met AFC Salford for the 3rd time this season, after winning the previous 2 and knew they had another tough game on the back of a run of 5 games without a win.

Player-manager Punk Takiar knew he had the change the team or the formation & opted to do both, moving to a 3-5-2 formation & giving last season's skipper his first game after almost 12 months out injured.

Styal knew they couldn't afford to drop any more points. Things havent being going their way in the last couple of games and this performance needed to see if they had the character & discipline to dig out a result, with confidence low all round.

However Styal soon found themselves 1 down to a very scrappy goal against the run of play, and yet again it appeared their run of bad luck was continuing. The manager then moved back to a 4-4-2 formation, and Styal soon wrestled the majority of the posession
From their skilful opponents, with Kenney marshalling the midfield superbly, and Alex Kemp & Pat Lyons bossing the defence, and Si Roberts leading the forward line majestically.

Styal drew level half way through the first half. A thirty second onslaught on the salford goal saw the their keeper make a great save, then si roberts's shot was cleared off the line,then a great strike from the edge of the box hit the inside of the post and rebound again t si roberts who finally struck it home.

half time 1-1

The second half was really where Styal dug in, Salford came at them with some good, direct attacking football but the exceptional back line performances from Pat Lyons, alex kemp and Paul Marchbank made it look very easy.Their positional play and composure in certain situations was outstanding. This allowed Styal to hit salford on the counter what is something they are very good at. Matty West ( who really looked like his confidence was back today) made it 2-1 on the hour with a cool finish. and there was one moment in the game today where he reallt showed what he's capable of, turning two centre half's inside out before unleashing a shot that was saved by the keeper. Scotty Hawkins finally killed the game off in the last 10 mins when he found himself in space,  a deft touch controlled a difficult ball, and allowed him to pick his spot, give the keeper the eyes , and place it in the opposite corner, albeit off the post in the end from 8 yrds.

Overall Styal are back on track. Player-manager Punk Takiar said "This was probably our most important game of the season, with confidence low & the leading teams getting away from us. However the shape looked right today, and I told the players they had to show a bit more ageeasion to go with the football they have been playing. They certainly got stuck in today and were lifted by a superb battling performance al around. This game should be a turning point and set is off on another winning run."

player ratings.

Jamie Alfred (Liam) - didn't put a foot or a finger wrong in goal on his debut....7

LOZ ...6....LOST TO INJURY BUT STARTED WELL.

PAT LYONS.......8....TREMENDOUS, SOLID, NEVER GOT BEAT

'ALEX'.......8....OUTSTANDING COMPOSURE IN TRICKY SITUATIONS.

PAUL M..8.....GETTING FITTER, REALLY STARTING TO LOOK THE PART

MATTY C........7.......A TYPICAL BUSY DISPLAY

Man of the match : 'MARCUS'- tackled like a man posessed, added steel to the midfield & protected the defence superbly - .........9

LEE MC...7.......ASKED TO DO A JOB AND DONE IT WELL.

SCOTT HAWKINS  6......CAME INTO IT THE LAST 30 AND DONE OK.

'BOD' - ran his marker ragged and unlucky to have a goal disallowed......7

'SI'..........7.....BUSY AND ALWAYS LOOKED A THREAT.

'WESTY'........7.....LOOKED LIKE CONFIDENCE IS RETURNING.

Styal 1 Stalybridge Celtic Res 1, Poynton Res 1 Styal 0, Styal 'A' 2 Cringlewood Athletic 4
Nov 19, 2007, 9:19 am
Styal 1 Stalybridge Celtic Res 1
The game started with Styal in a relaxed mood thinking all they had to do was turn up and they would win.This was not to be the case with Celtic playing the better football in the first half without ever really asking too much of Cowley in the styal goal. Things changed though  on 30 minutes when a corner by the visitors resulted in free header which was cleared off the Styal line. The linesman flagged for a goal and although no-one was convinced the ball had crossed the line Styal ended the half 1-0 down. The second half saw Styal coming out of the blocks with wave of attack after attack without too much quality or end product, but at least trying to improve on a limp first half  performance. The reward came via a penalty which looked a bit harsh from the defenders point of view which was converted by Brian Matthews on 65 minutes. With styal now going for the winner the game was called off/abandoned on 84minutes  due to serious injury to Celtics defender who needed hospital treatment for a knee injury. With the game finishing 1-1 it is now up to Cheshire League to replay the game or uphold the result. This was a poor performance from a tired looking team who will need to improve.
 
Poynton Res 1 Styal Res 0
Team :- R Harrison, L Tueart, N Capel, P Moore, S Laffley, C Massey, M Filson, R Buckley, M BArnes, D Gregory, P LIvingstone. Subs:- C McCormick, T MAgdjinski, P Adkin
Styal came to Poynton with a five point lead and had the potential to stretch this over second placed Poynton but this was going to prove a tough test, Styal had to make a few changes from the previous week with Paul Moore returning in the centre of defence and Craig Massey wide right.
The first opening fell to Styal with a fine free kick delivered by Mike Filson to find Ryan Buckley arriving at the back post unmarked only to head wide after ten minutes. Poynton tried to reply but never quite had the cutting edge up front to break down the resolute Styal defence with good performances from all the Styal back four. The next chance fell to Phil Livingstone, a fine ball from Danny Gregory saw Livingstone break into the Poynton box but failed to beat the keeper, as Poynton pushed forward Styal were on the counter attack but never managed to pick the right pass to unlock the Poynton defence.
0-0 At half time was a fair reflection on the first half with very few chances being created from either team Poynton pushed again but never created any chances to trouble Harrison in the Styal goal. Styal brought on Chris McCormick to try and change to play but on a sticky pitch any chance of playing good passing football was always going to be difficult. Poynton created two half decent chances but Harrison in goal was equal to them and pulled of a fine point blank save from the second effort with the first chance being hit over the bar from ten yards. Styal saw a couple of half chances go to waste but never really created any clear chances. The game looked to be heading to a 0-0 draw but in the last minute Styal had several chances to clear the ball from the box, but the Poynton forward managed to get a toe to the ball to poke it into the bottom corner to take the lead. This was a cruel blow and Styal ran out of time to pull anything out of the bag, this was Styal first defeat in 14 games and will look to bounce back next week with a home match to Eagle sports.
 
Styal 'A' 2 Cringlewood Athletic 4
Another disappointing result for Styal's 'A' team but manager Takiar thought his side deserved the points and questioned the late stand in referee's decision making, which had its influence on the game.
Styal scored from the kick off through Vince only for the goal to be disallowed and the game restarted as the Crnglewood keeper 'was not ready'. This early injustice set the tone for the game.
Vince was hospitalised with a deeply gashed shin shortly after after a tackle from an opposition player before the opposition opened the scoring with a hotly disputed goal as the scorer was well ofside. Styal managed to equalise with a penalty to go in 1-1 at half time.
Styal took a 2-1 lead early in the second half before Cringlewood hit back. 2 of the 3 goals they scored in the second half were again fiercely contested by Styal due to their offside nature. Styal rued a missed chance that fell to Matt West that would have made it 3-3 and altered the course of the game.
 

Sat 10 Nov. Middlewich Town 1 Styal 1; Styal Res 3 Atlantic 1 (Altrincham Cup); NCC Group 0 Styal 'A' 0
Nov 11, 2007, 5:00 pm

Middlewich Town 1 Styal 1

With both sides having played each other only 3 weeks ago; this was not going to be a classic and with the result more important than the performance the game started with both sides not wanting to make any mistakes. With styal especially toughing it out in the first half going against a very strong wind they were hardly able to break out of their own half. Much to the frustration of the home team, Styal defended superbly closing down everywhere. Styal's front men, Graham, Chambers, Thornton and Brennon did a lot of hard work in this respect without seeing much of the ball and as a result the only time the home team looked dangerous was from set plays or when the Middlewich winger had the ball. When he got one on one with Styal's full back MacDonnell, MacDonnell had to foul him on more than one occasion resulting in a yellow card. The first half ended pretty non eventful at 0-0. The second half Styal go on the attack with Chambers and Graham causing all sorts of problems but without having a clear chance on goal. However, then on 65 minutes the home team forced a corner and when the ball came out to edge of the box it was volleyed  into the top corner giving the Styal keeper Cowell no chance; a fantastic goal. The game now opened up and Styal went all out for attack with Gavin Smith and Brian Matthews brought on to give Styal more attacking options. With 10 minutes left Chambers was put through and beat the keeper only for the ball to be cleared off the line. The final 10 minutes saw Middlewich players going down like flies all over the pitch in an effort to waste time. In a rare counter attack, Middlewich netted late on but the referee ruled that it was offside. Then, in the 93 rd minute Styal scored their deserved equaliser. Luke Scarry fired a free kick into the Middlewich box. The impressive Darren Vernon headed it cross goal and Gavin Smith volleyed the ball to totally burst the Middlewich net.

 

Styal Res 3 Atlantic 1 (Altrincham Cup)

Team :- R Harrison, L Tueart, D Talbot, J Aldred, N Capel, M Barnes, R Buckley, M Filson, S Laffley, C McCormick, P Adkin Subs :- E Chandler, P Livingstone, D Gregory
This was going to prove a tough test for undefeated Styal Res, but with a very strong squad available to select from Styal had to make sure that complacency didn't set in against a physical Atlantic team who were here to claim a scalp ! The opening ten minutes proved frantic with some fiery tackles from Atlantic trying to unsettle a balanced Styal side and to stop them from playing any football. The early chance fell to Atlantic but a weak finish left the Styal goal stay intact. The game never got into any rhythm, mainly due to some rather petty refereeing. Styal's best chance fell to Paul Adkin who broke through the Atlantic back
line only to be thwarted by the Atlantic keeper, but after the clash Adkin took a heavy knock and took no further part, this saw Danny Gregory enter the field of play, and what an instant impact he made ! With some neat football down the Styal right flank saw a delightful ball from Laffley release Gregory from just inside the Atlantic half to break through and slot a home a delightful goal with his first touch !
The second came soon after due to a misunderstanding from the Atlantic left back who played a sloppy ball which was intercepted by McCormick who broke free down the Styal right flank, with only one defender to beat he slipped a perfect  pass to Gregory who slotted home from eight yards.With a two goal cushion Styal looked to be in total control but Atlantic weren't giving up the fight and on the stroke of half time the Styal defence failed to clear the ball and got caught napping and Atlantic grabbed a lifeline.
The second half continued in the same vein with neither side managing to string together more than a handful of passes with neither side threatening to score, but with fresh legs on the pitch with Chandler and Livingstone Styal always looked like they could step up another gear. Solid defending from the Styal back four with Chandler settling into center half and Talbot being a thorn in the Atlantic side with his pace and well timed tackles.The nail in the Atlantic coffin came with seven minutes left after some fine footwork from Laffley down the Styal right turn his defender inside out and pick out the perfect cross for Gregory to head home for Styal's third and his hatrick !
Styal progress into the next round of the cup and have another tough test next Saturday with an away trip to second placed Poynton, this will not be a game for the faint hearted !

 

NCC GROUP    0     V     0   SYTAL  A

Styal travelled to a team one place below them in the league and can count themselves extremely unlucky that this finished goalless. On a pitch that wasn't the best and in windy conditions, Styal very rarely looked in trouble with Lee Mcdonald in net having virtually nothing to do all game. The 1st half saw Styal play some decent stuff at times despite playing into the wind and they created a few chances but just couldn't apply the end product. The second half was pretty much the same, although Styal did take about ten minutes to get going. The best chance of the game fell to Matt West after some good work down the left, the cross fell to him about six yards out but his effort hit the crossbar and over. Nine times out of ten they go in. But Styal kept on pressing, were quick into the challenges, and if they played this game again I think 3 points would have been in the bag. Now they have two tough games coming up and cant really afford to drop any more points this month.


Sat Nov 3rd Styal 4 Pilkingtons 3; Linotype CHN Res 2 Styal Res 2; Styal 'A' 2 Timperley Wanderers 3
Nov 4, 2007, 8:47 pm

Styal 4 Pilkingtons 3

Forget Arsenal v Man Utd. The place to be on Saturday  was at Styal's home ground to watch what can only be described as the game had everything. It started out as 2nd in the table versus 4th encounter and the first 15 minutes were fairly even. Then on 20 minutes Pilkington's took the lead from a corner which Styal didn't clear properly. Then on 35 minutes Nick Challinor was pushed over in the Pilkington area but the referee waved play on. Nick's decision to discuss this in more detail with the referee suddenly appeared rather ill judged when his marching orders were given. With Styal reduced to 10 men with just under a hour to go it became a tall ask. However the home team rose to the task, doing all the pushing and Styal were rewarded with a penalty for handball on 40 minutes which Sefu Chambers slotted away to level the score at half-time.1-1.

The second half saw Styal go for broke playing 3 at the back and attacking Pilkingtons and they were rewarded when Dave (soft bounce) Graham did an overhead  kick from the edge of the box into the top corner of the net to give Styal the lead on 55 minutes. Pilkington's responded 5 minutes later with a 25 yard shot which nestled into bottom corner of Styal's goal to level the score 2-2. Styal's 3rd came from a back pass and when the Pilks keeper missed the bounce of the ball, Paul Robinson style it rolled into the empty net for a 3-2 advantage to Styal with 15 minutes remaining. Pilks went for a leveller and fired in a quality strike from 20yrds to give Cowell in Styal's net no chance on 80 minutes. Styal then thought they had found the winner when Brian Matthews found himself only 3 yards out infront of an empty net but fired wide. Then with only 2 minutes left Dave Graham bundled the ball over the line after good work by Macdonnell and Matthews to give Styal a fantastic 4-3 win

 

Linotype CHN Res 2 Styal Res 2

Styal Res :- J Aldred, LTueart, J Heywood, M Barnes, D Talbot, S Laffley, M Filson, R Buckley, P Livingstone, C McCormick, D Gregory. Subs :- P Adkin, D Oates
Styal went to second place Linotype still unbeaten and faced their toughest challenge of the season and with defensive changes forced this was going to be a tough local derby.
The first 15 minutes proved frantic with no team giving an inch and chances were far and few between, Styal started to force the game and created a few half chances but Linotype broke down their right flank and hit a stinging shot which Jamie Aldred got a good pair of hands to it and pushed it wide. With seven minutes left till half time Styal made the break through, and what a strike ! A nice build up lead to another Filson special with his left foot from 25 yards out, the ball left his boot like a bullet from a gun and
gave the keeper no chance. This was the perfect end to a hard fought first half but Linotype didn't give up and struck an equalizer bang on the stoke of half time.
The second half promised to be as hard fought as the first and it was Styal who came out all guns blazing! It wasn't long before a fine move down the left saw a great cross in and Chris McCormick latch on to slot it home and put Styal back in the lead. Styal looked the fitter team and piled on the pressure creating some good chances but the forward line couldn't find their finishing boots. Linotype hardly breached the Styal defence until with ten minutes left a clumsy challenge on the edge of the Styal box saw the referee award a free kick, it was going to take something special to reach the defence and it was ! The ball flew into the top corner with Adlred left with no chance.With only ten minutes left it was a cruel blow for Styal who had been in complete control but they didn't give up and the best chance fell to Chris McCormick who lost his marker and broke free bearing down on goal with only the keeper to beat could only manage to slot the ball straight at the keeper.
The game finished 2-2 with Styal putting on one of their better performances of the season only to come away with a point, however they still remain unbeaten after 11 games.
Next Game home to Atlantic in the Altrincham Cup

 

STYAL  ‘A'     2       V     3     TIMPERLEY WANDERERS.

 

After last weeks impressive second half performance all Styal needed to do was play the same way to win this and in a way they did the first half, Despite having six players missing and the disadvantage of having Scotty Hawkins in nets, Styal started brightly and had at least three really good chances to kill this game off before the break. Matty Cook missed a sitter, then hit the bar with a great strike, Matt West turned the centre half inside out but blasted high over the bar, unlike him, but then the ever dependable Si Roberts hit a shot which the Timperly keeper fumbled over line for the lead. Within a few minutes, though Timperley were level with their only effort of the first half. A weak shot really from the edge of the box that found the bottom corner.

Styal really didn't get involved enough second half, but did go in front once again when Jimmy Vince opened his account for the season after a scramble in the box. After that Timperley wanted it more, Styal were second to every ball in the midfield, weren't strong enough in the tackles and lost the ability to really kill off their opponents, which they should of done and conceded two late goals. The deciding one in the last 5 minutes. Overall Styal are still in a decent position in the league as teams are capable of beating each other, but games like this they really do need to win.


Sat Oct 27th (Cheshire Cup) Stockport Georgians 2 Styal 1; Styal Res 4 Rylands Res 0, (Cup) Bridge Inn 2 Styal 'A' 1
Oct 28, 2007, 10:46 pm
Stockport Georgians 2 Styal 1

Styal started with 5 changes from the previous outing and 2 players, Luke Scary and Danny Gregory making Styal debut's. Styal started well and Graham forced 2 outstanding saves from the Georgians keeper in the first half. Young Gregory nearly netted when running onto a through ball and poking it past the keeper only for a Georgians defender to make a last gasp clearance. With only 10 minutes to go in the first half Styal were finally rewarded when Brennan unleashed a fine shot from the edge of the box firing Styal into a 1-0 half-time advantage.

The second half saw the home team come out all guns blazing,.but to little effect until 20 minutes from the end. Described by manager Morrison as a ‘volleyball' goal the referees opinion that a chest and not a hand despatched the ball into the net was the one that counted. This deflated Styal slightly and with 10 minutes to go Styal's keeper Aldred was beaten by a deflected shot which gave Georgians a 2-1 lead. In the last couple of minutes Styal came close to equalising. McDonnels mazy run ended in him firing the ball across the home teams box but no-one could apply the slightest touch to take the game into extra time. Styal will now concentrate on the league

Styal Res 4 Rylands Res 0
Team :- R Harrison, E Chandler, J Heywood, N Capel, L Tueart, S Laffley, M Filson, R Buckley, M Barnes. C McCormick, P Adkin. Subs :- T Magdjinski, P Livingstone, M Johnson
Styal took on Rylands for the third time this season and looked to maintain the 100% record against them, however it was Rylands who made the early move and a ball over the top caught the Styal defence flat footed and the Rylands striker saw his shot strike the post and luckily for Styal away from the goal. However it wasn't' t long before Styal started to stamp their authority on the game and started to cut open the Rylands defence. A set piece from a corner saw Joe Heywood rise to head home only for the goal to be disallowed, then it was Paul Adkin who broke free down the left with only the keeper to beat squandered his chance to open the scoring. It wasn't long before some more fine play saw Chris McCormick break free and with the keeper to beat put his shot against the post and Styal saw another golden chance to open their account wasted. However, it was only a matter of time before Rylands succumbed to the dominance of Styal, and with a fine cross from Ryan Buckley on the left saw a great header from McCormick put Styal in the lead and no more than they deserved. Styal struck again with Joe Heywood heading home again, but this time the goal stood and Styal went in 2-0 up at half time.
The next goal would clinch it for Styal and it came from a fantastic free kick from Mike Filson who swung in a stunning ball and the Rylands defender could only manage to dispatch it into his own goal. Styal were in complete control with Rick Harrison in the Styal goal having very little to do, he ordered his Pot Noodle and curry and rice from Sue in the clubhouse ! It was a matter of who and when Styal were going to score next, and Ryan came close with a stunning strike from 25 yards only to see his shot skim past the post, his next two efforts had manchester airport in trouble, one shot came close to landing on runway 2 ! The final goal came from some fine play and an unselfish ball cut back from McCormick to set up Steffan Laffley to tap home
from close range.
A fine result which capped off a solid performance and Styal now stand six points clear in their division ! November fixtures will prove how far Styal have come this season with the next game against second placed Linotype.
 
BRIDGE INN     2       V      1     STYAL A
 
Styal travelled to sale for this 1st round league cup game against a team who like them will be challenging for the league championship this season and it wasnt for the feint hearted. The first 25 mins was fairly even, the Bridge had a couple of chances and Styal played some good football at times, matching them in every department. But then we switched off for 10 mins conceding two soft goals.
 
The second half was all about character and I have to say Styal showed it in abundance. It was like the alamo. Styal just never said die and kept on applying the pressure. everyone was outstanding. Si Roberts, who had already hit the bar with a great free kick, finally scored with 15 mins to go, with a lovely little flick from the edge of the box, maybe a bit further. Styal kept on attacking, and were really unlucky when Alex kemp hit the post in the last minute. Out of the cup yes, chances of winning the league, very high if we keep playing like we did in the second half. Once again, a brilliant, for a load of different reasons, performance. You really couldnt single anyone out but Browny was given man of the match, for me it was everyone.
 
mom...Browny

Sat Oct 20th Styal 1 Middlewich Town 0; Eagle Sports Res 0 Styal Res 1; Sale Amateurs 4 Styal 'A' 0
Oct 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
Styal 1 Middlewich Town 0
 
This was a game between 2 sides that will  be in or around the top of the table come the end of the season.  The game started with both sides playing at 100miles per hour with more individual battles than craft being displayed in what can only be said was a fairly even 1st half with little in the way of chances for either team . with no tackle  The second half saw  Styal the much more composed with a couple of half chances going astray from  Sefu  Chambers  who ma de a good 1st team home  league debut.  With  Styals defence well marshalled by  Pownall and Boardman , the mid field of  Tu eart and Dickenson and forwards  Graham and  Chambers  Styal had a very solid spine which made life difficult for the  Middlewich team.  The breakthrough  for Styal came  through a counter attack . The ball broke to  John Thornton on the right  who  cooly waited for  Chambers to arrive at the far post  deliver ing the inch perfect ball which was dispatch ed into the  Middlewich net  on 75 min utes. With  Middlewich now having to go for broke Dave  Graham broke away to l eave himself 1 on 1 which the keeper  who pulled off a fantastic save to keep  Middlewich in the game . In the last 5  min ute Middlewich hit the bar from a free kick and had a goal disallowed due to the offside rule .  With  Cowell in the  Styal  net not having anything else to do it proved a well deserved 3  p oints for  Styal to  go joint top in the league
 
Eagle Sports Res 0 Styal Res 1
Team :- R Harrison, E Chandler, J Heywood, N Capel, L Tueart, S Laffley, M Filson, M Barnes, T Magdjinski, P Adkin, D Gregory. Subs :- S Scarry, D Oates
Styal looked to take their cup form back into the league, but with three changes from the week before showed the depth and strength of the current squad. Styal started brightly showing good control of the ball with some neat passing and a good tempo which soon caused Eagle problems, with a fine ball to Steff Laffley who took on the Eagle leftback who brought him down just inside the box, leaving the referee no alternative but to award Styal a penalty. Matty Barnes (There's no truth in the rumour he's growing his eyebrows to look like a pair of glasses ! well that's what he tells us ! ) stood up to take the kick, but a fine save from the Eagle keeper made it three misses from three penalty for Styal. Styal were in complete control but couldn't break the Eagle defence, another mazy run from "Bod" Adkin almost opened the deadlock but his shot flashed over the bar. A fine cross soon after from Bod saw Steff Laffley arrive at the back post only to head over bar from close range.
The second half continued pretty much in the same vain with Styal in control but with Eagle content to defend in numbers making it hard for Styal to break them down. It was going to take something special to beat the in-form Eagle keeper and it came from "Rocky" Filson with a sweetly struck shot which squeezed between the despairing dive of the Eagle keeper and the post to put Styal ahead.
This seemed to spur Eagle on and they soon started to attack and created a few good chances, but for the fine reaction save from Rick Harrison in the Styal keeper from point blank (He puts it down to the Pot Noodle!) . However this left Eagle open to the Styal counter attacks which came from Tom Madginski on the left side and new comer Sean Scarry on the right, but again chance after chance went begging. With five minutes left player manager Oates came on to add some pace and flair to the attack (well that's his version of it !) The score remained 1-0 and Styal continued their fine start to the season.
MOM :- Eagle keeper
 
Sale Amateurs 4 Styal 'A' 0
 
In what was a early season top of the table clash (Styal going into it unbeaten) Sale started the better and had the best of the first twenty min. Styal took a while to get going, showing in bits,  but that said had the better of the 1st half chances. Matty West was denied by a brilliant save from the Sale keeper then a minute later was denied again. It they had gone in the outcome may well have been different but as it was the 1st half ended deadlocked at 0-0.
 
The second half was all about who took their chances and Sale did that. Styal looked stunned as they soon found themselves 2 down and to be fair couldn't really find a response. Sale added two more and ran out deserved winners although the scoreline was slightly flattering.
 
MOM.....Jimmy Vince.

Saturday 13th October Rylands Res 3 Styal Res 6 (CUP), Styal 'A' 5 Northenden Vics 1
Oct 14, 2007, 11:16 am
Rylands Res 3 Styal Res 6
Team :- N Capel, S Laffley, E Chandler, J Heywood, L Tueart, M Barnes, M Filson(C), R Buckley, D Gregory, S Chambers, C McCormick. Subs :- T Magdjinski, P Adkin.
Styal had a break from league duties and took on bottom of the league Rylands, and looked to improve on the last few games, but with keeper problems the gloves were passed to Neil Capel would this hinder their chances? Styal got of to a flyer with some fine first time passing from defence to midfield to Barnes on the left who played a perfect ball into the box to find McCormick who slotted home within the first five minutes to open the account. Styal looked comfortable with fine passing and movement and wasn't long before a fine ball through from McCormick to Sefu Chambers who coolly slipped the ball around the keeper to increase the lead after nine minutes. Styal were flying and really shook the home team when a poor back pass was latched onto by Chambers who used his strength and pace to slip
passed the keeper to notch his second and Styal's third after 14 minutes. It didn't stop Rylands from coming forward to force their only attack and saw their shot slide home. Rylands then got a stride on and forced a corner which was met with thunder header from the Rylands player to head home and make it 3-2.
Styal then picked up the pace and dominated again and again more fine passing and slick movement forced another corner and when Rylands failed to clear the ball fell to Filson who thumped the ball home to restore the two goal advantage.
The second half saw Rylands come at Styal and dominated the opening 15 minutes and grabbed a third to put the pressure back on Styal who lost their momentum and discipline, and looked at odds unlike the first half. It wasn't long before Styal started to settle down again and some fine play by Gregory on the right slipped a ball to McCormick who in-turn touched it onto Chambers who again used his pace and control to round the keeper for a third time to slot home Styal's fifth and his hatrick !  As Rylands slowed down Styal brought on fresh legs with Adkin and Madgjinski to pick up the pace and it wasn't long before super sub Adkin made amends from his horror miss of the week before to pick the ball up in his own half then beat one player then another, and with several Styal players streaming forward he continued his run to beat a third then coolly round the keeper and slot home to make it six and continue his fantastic record of scoring every time he has come on off the bench. (That's six times now ! )
MOM Sefu Chambers. Hatrick boy!
 
STYAL   'A'    5     V     1    NORTHENDEN VICS

Styal continued their fantastic start to the season with their fourth straight win and another emphatic one it was against a big, physical northenden outfit. Captain marvel Adam Brookes opened the scoring stabbing home a corner at the back post. In form striker Matty West then added two more goals to his seasons tally. The first, a great flick over the defenders head which he ran on to and dispatched from just inside the box.The second was all about jimmy Vincy's work rate (Which was non-stop for 90 mins) Great work down the right flank saw him drive into the box and shoot, the keeper could only parry it and Westy pounced, tapping home from close range.

HALF TIME  3-0

concentration and disipline was the message from manager Takiar at the break and the need to score again to really put the game to bed. It was Massey who duly obliged with not one but two strikes straight from the top drawer labelled quality goals. Both from over 25 yards, one with the right, one with the left and both finding the top corners with the keeper at full stretch.Goals of the season contenders without a doubt. Northenden scored a consolation in the final minute and almost came close to second as well and maybe styal need to concentrate for the full ninety. But once again another decisive win and a big test next week in a top of the table clash against unbeaten Sale Amatuers.

MOM.....JIMMY VINCE.
 
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Results Sat 6th Oct. Styal 0 Curzon Ashton Res 1; Billinge Res 1 Styal Res 1; Styal 'A' 2 Salford 1
Oct 8, 2007, 8:32 am

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Styal 0 Curzon Ashton Res 1
With the same sides playing each other for the second week running, Curzon Ashton came well prepared. Styal were on the front foot for the first 25 minutes but some sloppy play by nick Challinor on the edge of his own box resulted in him giving away a free kick. The visitors took full advantage from 20 yards out and took an undeserved lead. Styal continued to press up until half-time but failed to equalise.
The second half started with Styal going for the kill. Gavin Smith went close on 55 minutes when it looked easier for him to score, putting his header over the bar. Things then became difficult for the home team. Nick Challinors altercation with officialdom (the linesman) resulted in the the referee taking the linesman's opinion and dismissing Challinor. 10 minutes later Styal were left with 9 men to play out the last quarter of the game as Pownall also got his marching orders after a rash tackle on the opposition centre forward gave hin a second yellow card. Tueart and Thornton were introduced to give Styal extra legs and the 9 men did manager Morrison proud almost clawing a late equaliser. The best chance fell to Tueart with 10 minutes to go but unfortunately his point blank shot was straight down the urzon keeper's throat. Credit goes to the 9 men that fought so bravely. The only positive was that this does not dent Styal's league ambitions but a run in the cup would have been useful.
Billinge Res 1 Styal Res 1
Team R Harrison, M Pochin, L Tueart, J Heywood, N Capel, M Barnes, M Filson, R Buckley, P Livingstone, P Adkin, D Gregory. Subs:- E Chandler, S Laffley, M Johnson
Styal went to Billinge with a strong squad with (Joanna) Buckley making his first appearance and DannyGregory coming back from injury and with their first draw of the season last week, Styal looked to getback on the winning track.
It was a sluggish start with billinge out to take a scalp and with Styal
making to many mistakes with some poor passing made life easy for Billinge, however Styal settled down and started to create a few half chances with Leigh Tueart working hard on the left linking up well with Barnes to put a good ball in on to see Danny Gregory's header hit the crossbar, not long later Livingstone let fly from outside the box only to see his effort hit the crossbar.
Billinge were restricted to only a few half chances but a misunderstanding in the Styal defence gifted Billinge for the opener as the forward lifted the ball over the keeper into an empty net.
Styal needed a much improved second half performance and they got it with more energy and a better tempo to the game, put Billinge under pressure the best chance falling to "BOD" Adkin. After some fine work by Danny Gregory cutting in from the left to round the keeper and lay the ball to Bod Adkin only to see him hit the bar from three feet ! This has to go down as the miss of the century! It wasn't long before Styal equalised with Mike Filson controlling the midfield to lay the ball wide to "Joanna" who crossed the ball to see Mike Pochin Loop a fine header of the keeper to level the game.
With ten minutes to go Styal saw center half Joe Heywood dismissed which gave Billinge an added incentive and but for a fine reaction save from Harrison in the Styal net kept it at 1-1.
Styal travel to Rylands for their next game in the cup looking to get back to winning ways.
 
STYAL  'A'     2     V    1     SALFORD

Styal A team took a break from their league campaign to embark on the first of this seasons cup exploits against a very strong, physical Salford side, whom they had already beaten 3-2 in the opening game of the league. Player-manager Punk Takiar made a few changes, Lee mcdonald started his first game, matty cook slipped into a central midfield role along with Alex kemp. Scotty (Worzel) Hawkins was relegated to the subs bench.and it was a close, hard fought game. The only goal of the first half came when a ball into the box fell to Alex kemp who found himself with time enough to control, have a look round, tie his boots and eat his dinner, before cooly slotting home. Styal should have gone in two up to be honest, when Jimmy (Tubby) Vince rounded the keeper, but was forced wide and saw his effort hit the side of the near post.

The second half saw some heavy tackles going in an Salford started to cause a few problems. the equaliser came on 70 mins when a corner wasnt dealt with particularly well and Salford central midfielder ran onto the ball towards the back post, to bundle it home.

Extra time beckoned, but with five minutes to go, a well worked corner routine from Si Roberts and  Scott Hawkins's feet, saw the veteran (and the rest!) midfielder, turn inside the full back and chip the keeper from an acute angle eight yards out. Styal rode their luck again at the end when the Salford centre forward managed to blast over from four yards. Overall it was a good win against tough opposition and made it 4 wins out of 4 for Takiar's boys.

MOM.......MATTY COOK.
 


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