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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.

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.


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.


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.


Curzon Ashton Res 1 Styal 3; Styal Res 2 Gamesley Res 2; Styal 'A' 3 Brooklands 1 Saturday 29th September
Oct 1, 2007, 3:47 pm
Curzon Ashton Res 1 Styal 3
This was always going to be a tricky away game in the Tameside stadium to a good Curzon team sitting just behind the leaders. The game was as expected with Curzon having a lot of the ball but doing little with it in the last third and styal creating 3 good chances which fell to Graham who snatched at the ball with just the keeper to beat. Styal opened the scoring with a corner from Matthews which Mark Tueart flung himself at forcing the keeper into a fine save and pushing the ball against the cross bar only for Dave[I've got a soft bounce] Graham to head into a empty net after 25mins. With Styal in the lead and looking comfortable it was a mistake by Brennon which nearly resulted in Curzon equalizing. Then Boardman tried to be a smart alec by heading the ball back to Cowley in the Styal goal only for the ball to be picked up by the Curzon forward who was denied by the Styal curzon 0- styal 1.
The second half saw the home team come out all guns blazing but they were well marshalled by Styal's midfield and defence. Then on 65mins Matthews broke down the left and hit a 30yrd cross field ball onto the runner Barnes and Barnes coolly placed the ball past the keeper to make 2-0. 10minutes later a deep cross by the home team resulted in a header being placed into the bottom corner to make the final 15mins quite nerve racking with Syal's lead cut to 1 goal. However a long over the top resulted in Dave Graham being fouled by the keeper to give Styal a penalty which was dispatched by Matthews to make the final score Curzon 1-Styal 3. 
Styal Res 2 Gamesley Res 2
Team :- R Harrison, D Talbot, J Heywood, N Capel, L Tueart, P Adkin, P
Livingstone, M Barnes, M Pochin, C McCormick, C Smith Subs :- A Chandler, M Jaklin
With no game last week Styal should have been fresh, but looked far from it, as Gamesly looked the sharper team showing more determination and fight.
However against the run of play a ball through to Smith in the box saw him manhandled and brought down for a Styal penalty. Smith picked himself up to take the penalty only to see the Gamesly keeper make a fine stop. At the other end Gamely were breaking the Styal defence but couldn't beat Harrison in the Styal goal who made two stunning saves.
The half time team talk fell on deaf ears as Styal continued where they left off with sloppy marking and passing and as Gamesly pushed and controlled the early part of the second half their dominance payed off as the Styal defence stood off and allowed a free shot to open the score.
Soon after Styal made a change and brought on Andy Chandler and changed to 3-5-2 which saw an immediate improvement, with more passion and urgency started to create chances with Talbot missing from 5 yds ! However Talbot soon made amends smashing the ball  into the roof of the net to level the score. With 10 minutes felt a ball through from Barnes saw the Gamesly keeper spill it and substitute Chandler pounce and finish from a tight angle to put Styal 2-1 up. With Styal playing with more confidence a fine ball through to smith saw him beat his defender and smash a shot from the edge of
the box only to see it hit the post and away from the goal.
With full time up Gamesly mounted one more attack and a rash challenge from Harrison in goal brought down the Gamesly forward leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty, with Gamesly smashing the ball home to level the score and saw Styal drop their first points of the season.
STYAL     'A'       3      V     1             BROOKLANDS.
Styal mantained their 100% start to the season   with 3 wins in 3 against a spirited Brooklands team that were relegated from the 1st division last year, albeit with a slightly under par performance. It did at times, look a bit messy and the tempo was a bit stop start, but that said, it was another 3 points. Si Roberts opened the scoring with a sweetly struck 20 yarder that nestled in the bottom corner.Then Matty West added his 5th and 6th goals of the season with two quite exceptional finishes, that really defy his 17 years of age (though we're not sure where  he's got a groin strain from!).  Styal went into the break 3 nil up.

The second half was a bit non-descript. Lee "gangster" McDonnell came on and tried to unlock the Brooklands defence from the right which, unfortunatley fell on his weaker foot (we're still looking for his stronger one!) and stabbed it just wide.  Brooklands scored an undeserved consolation goal in the last minute.

Overall the Styal back line was very organised and to be honest, didn't look like conceding. Another outstanding display by the accomplished Alex Kemp at centre half, backed up superbly by Paul Moore, Chris Brown  and Paul "sicknote" Marchbank . The game also saw the first appearance of the season from Punk Takiar,showing his versatility at centre forward leading the line in exemplary fashion. I managed to get him after the game for a quote.

' I feel that this performance was below the usual high standards we've been setting ourselves,  and the game really should have been dead and buried long before and we should have added to the goals tally. However if we can play below par and still win comfortably then this is a good sign of things to come. '


Styal 4 Mersey Royal 3 Cheshire Cup Saturday 22nd September
Sep 23, 2007, 10:56 am
Manager Morrisson's Benitez style squad rotation looked flawed at half time with the home side 2-1 down against opposition from the Wirral. However, Styal came through thanks to a improved second half display.
A Wirrall free kick from Styal's right was misjudged by Styal keeper Cowell who arrived late and was left stranded as the opposition forward flicked his header into an empty net. Graham netted after a good Styal move to make it 1-1 but on the stroke of half-time Wirrall netted again. Tueart and Barnes were outfoxed in the midfield and the pass over the top of Styal's centre-back twosome, Heywood and Pownall was latched onto by Mersey Royal's centre forward who arrived before Cowell and placed the ball over him into the net.
Styal started the second half much better and soon raced into a 4-2 lead. Dickenson was introduced to the midfield at half-time and this made a difference. Graham soon latched on to a through ball and shot low into the corner of the net to restore equality. A free kick 25 yards from goal was despatched by Dickenson into the roof of the net with the away keeper never having seen it. The fourth goal was the best with a fluid move ending with Tueart who shot from the edge of the box into the top corner. Despite having more chances to stretch the lead it was the away team who scored with 15 minutes to go to make it 4-3 for Styal. It was a good chance for Morrisson to assess his fringe players but a more disjointed display than usual as a result

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