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Sat 8th May Styal 3 Pilkingtons 1
May 10, 2010, 7:35 am

Second half goals from McGowan, Matthews and Thornton saw off Pilkington's on Saturday as Styal guaranteed their First Division status

Sat 1st May Styal 2 Knutsford 3
May 3, 2010, 9:04 am

Styal squandered an early lead conceding 2 second half goals against Knutsfords more creative game in a game where they needed the points. When considered with another home midweek beating from Gamesly by 3-0 with all the goals coming in the second half, it leaves Styal needing to take the points against Pilkingtons in this coming Saturday's fixture

Sat 24th April, Middlewich Town 0 Styal 1
Apr 24, 2010, 9:05 pm

“Styal’s Walking Wounded ‘Wup the ‘Witch”


The prospects didn’t look good when Styal arrived at what hasn’t been a particularly happy hunting ground for the Altrincham Roaders in recent years;  with that in mind and on the back of a 7 – 1 humiliation Styal arrived with their manager missing, their centre forwards in plaster casts and the comedy night still fresh in their memories.


As eight members of the Styal squad warmed up in their Fulham shirts, they had the pleasure of watching Middlewich’s 24 man squad equipped with matching bibs, an array of cones and match quality balls under the supervision of the manager and extended coaching staff, the rest of the visitors were still in the changing room trying to put themselves together again in the hope that they might be in some sort of state to start the game – finishing it hadn’t even crossed their minds.  The injury list read like an episode of Band of Brothers, Garvey (blisters like dinner plates), Simmo (Groin), Sefton (Groin), Hammy (all sorts wrong with him), Harrison (ankle), Capel (easier to mention the parts of his body not hurting), Marchbank (misplaced his heart – suspected it had dropped down the toilet).  To say it was a sorry site is an understatement.


With 3pm getting closer decisions needed to be made about who was fit to start, no one backed down and as Capel was wheeled on to the pitch to lead the team out there was air of confidence flowing through the men in yellow, a win was the only outcome as far as they were concerned and all was needed was a bit of belief and a bit of magic.


As expected Middlewich started the game with nice flowing football, and even though it looked pretty it quickly became apparent it was pretty ineffective against the solid back four, Capel playing through the pain, and after an early scare that he might be forced to hobble off, the nurofen kicked in and a captains’ performance was put in – a boost for the team who started the game second from bottom.  Styal grew with confidence as the half progressed and started to realise that there was nothing to fear, the bibs may have looked good in the warm up, but they didn’t count for anything on the pitch and the chances started to fall.  Sefton tested the keeper with a superb header, Matty O’Toole, who proved to be too much for the Middlewich defence to handle, also pulled good saves from the keeper.  And it was O’Toole’s hard work and class that led to what would be the decisive goal.  Released by Garvey down the right the stocky striker twisted and turned is way into the box and his low driven cross was met by Thornton ghosting in at the back post to head the ball home – the 3 points were there for the taking.  Simmo worked tirelessly along the line to hold the ball up and bring in the wide men, his only reward for his efforts was a yellow card and an invitation into the ref’s room at half time.  


Styal were slow out of the blocks in the second half, lacking shape and organisation, nevertheless the game could have been sealed if it wasn’t for the bobbley pitch that made Thornton’s one on one almost impossible to finish, latching on to another Garvey through ball but failing to convert; two more chances quickly followed but Styal just didn’t want to finish of the tie, and the longer it stayed 1 – 0 the more it looked like Styal might go home disappointed.  To their credit they held strong, Osbourne and Kemp were a welcome return to the defence and with Swindells putting in another outstanding performance at the heart of the defence alongside the skipper, thankfully keeper Harrison was left with very little to do, and when called upon he did enough to take the sting out of one close range effort and the evergreen Thornts was there to clear the ball of the line with composure.


Simmo still had time to miss another close range effort before he was given his marching orders, but he made sure he took one of theirs with him, after what felt like at least 8 minutes of added time, the whistle finally blew and the aches, pains and blisters hurt no more.  An all round fantastic team performance, with no one leaving anything on the pitch, and in Marchy’s case not leaving anything in his stomach.  With Billinge losing and Golborne getting a surprising draw Styal moved out of the bottom two, nevertheless there is still work to do, nothing less than a win is good enough against Gamesley tomorrow night and even then 3 more points still need to be found from the remaining 3 games to ensure safety.

1st Team away this weekend
Apr 23, 2010, 4:16 pm

Styal seek some more points to remain safe this season. Away Saturday (24th) at Middlewich and then there are 3 home games starting Tuesday night (27th). Come down and support.

Sat April 3rd; Styal 7 Garswood Utd 3; Eagle Sports Res 2 Styal Res 2; Styal 'A' 0 Sale Amateurs 5
Apr 4, 2010, 7:24 pm

Eagle Sports Res 2 Styal Reserves 2

On a very heavy pitch Styal started with a young looking side but had the luxury of keeping 7/8 starters from the last couple of weeks and this showed as the side began to gel playing some fantastic football. In a fairly even contest a typically physical Eagle Sports took the lead but were quickly pegged back when Sam Copeland latched onto a defensive mix up to continue his own fine run of form in front of goal. A great move down the left thru Gaz Burns set the busy Aspinall free, playing in a new role behind the forward, and he brilliantly slipped assistant manager Loz Newman in to score a rare goal and give Styal the lead. The Eagle keeper then made a series of superb stops to keep Eagle in the game and really Styal should have killed the game off and been out of sight. As is so often the case one goal isn't enough when you don't take your chances and Eagle pinched an equaliser late on to give them a share of the spoils.

Given the state of the pitch Styal played some flowing football and for the Eagle keeper would have won comfortably but this was another step in the right directions for Poch's men. Alex Platt and Mark Aspinall had their best games since joining the club and could well have scored if they had brought their shooting boots. Gaz Burns looked comfortable down the left in a new advanced position and the 3 big lads at the back Tall Paul/Arwel Jones and Luke May are starting to gel. Luke in particular showed a never say attitude that is rubbing off on the side and he took the armband when Kenny was replaced late on.

What was also encouraging was that 7 of the side were at training and Styal looked by far the busier and fitter side in the final 20mins, this needs to be double figures next season and then it will start to pay dividends.

Comedy Night
Mar 25, 2010, 10:28 am

Comedy Night

At the club Saturday 17th April

Maximum support needed!!


Sat 20th March; Styal 1 Billinge 0; Billinge Res 2 Styal Res 4; Styal 'A' 2 Salford 11
Mar 22, 2010, 1:49 pm

Styal 1 Billinge 0

Styal get 3 points just when they need it.


Styal wrapped up 3 points against billange to strengthen the gap between Styal and bottom of the league Garswood this weekend.

The return of John Thornton to the left wing and keeper Harrison was a boost for manager Cowley, but then the strike force was given a blow as Mccormak couldn’t shake his illness so centre half Simmo was put upfront alongside Callum Whelan who made his first start for the Styal’s 1ST 11.

Styal started the game with a high tempo, and were rewarded when Whelan scored his first goal, in his first start, poking the ball in from a fumble by the Billinge keeper. The half went Styals way, with chances being carved open, only for the Billinge keeper to deny any further score line.

The second half started withBbillinge piling on the pressure, but, for the first time in a long time, Styal’s back 4 looked good, and held firm. Styal continued to make chances, but again, couldn’t find the end product and put the ball past the Billlinge keeper. For the last 15 minutes Styal started to tire, a couple of long balls cut the back 4 open, but last ditch defending saw them home. A valuable 3 points that were long awaited were gained.

With no game this week and Garswood lying in wait on 3rd April it will surely be a game to decide which team rises considerably above the relegation place

Billinge Res 2 Styal Res 4

Billinge's new pitch is probably as good as it gets in the Reserve Division and on reflection Billinge would probably have preferred to play Styal on a smaller uneven surface as Poch and Loz selected a youthful looking side with plenty of pace and width. Styal lined up with a new formation well marshalled by Tall Paul at the back with Arry and Luke alongside him. Sam and 'Aspy' up front gave Styal a fresh new look with Callum back in form and Loz Newman and Marcus Kenny providing the older heads. Alex looked the part in the centre of midfield and began to show some of the class we see in training and Gaz Burns seemed to enjoy are more advanced fullback role.


Styal got off the worst possible start when Billinge took the lead in under a minute, a swift move down the right and a flashing header flew past John in goal. Instead of being shell shocked Styal threw everything at Billinge and played some of their best football of the season, Sam equalised from close range and at half time 1-1 didn't really reflect Styal's dominance. It wasnt long before it was 2-1  - this time a superb 25 yard curler from young Callum Gardner. This should have seen Styal push on but a rare Billinge attack lead to a undeserved equaliser. Luke May restored the lead from a corner and this time Styal pushed on and added a well deserved fourth from Sam Copeland. It could have been more, Loz hit the cross bar, Marcus had a blistering shot well saved and Aspy ran them ragged all day without managing to find a killer finish that his work deserved.


Poch and Loz asked for 110% first knowing that with that basis the quality in the side would do the rest. For the first time in recent weeks that commitment paid off and the boys should be commended for lifting themselves. This is the type of level we expect week in week out.

Sat 13th March, Garswood Utd 2 Styal 0; Styal Res 0 Poynton Res 3; Heaton Moor 4 Styal 'A' 2
Mar 15, 2010, 9:57 pm

Another black day.... Where are the goal scorers?

Styal 'A' dominated Heaton Moor Phoenix for the first 45 minutes but a lack of cutting edge cost them as Heaton Moor scored 2 breakaway goals. Styal pulled one back to make it 2-1 to Heaton Moor at the break.

Styal's second half performance into the wind was better but despite Stuart Davies' fine strike from the edge of the box they allowed the home team to score twice again. Declan Cavanagh had another solid game for Styal whilst full backs Cooper and Whelan played well.

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