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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.

Sat 6th March Styal 2 Eagle Sports 4
Mar 9, 2010, 9:59 pm

Styal were 3-1 down at half time and after fighting back to 2-3 conceded in the last 10 minutes. Anybody want to send a fuller report?

Sat 27th Feb Games Postponed, waterlogging except Styal 'A' 0 Old Alts 5
Feb 28, 2010, 8:22 am

Styal 'A' 0 Old Alts 5

Thanks to Gary Aspinall for refereeing this game when the scheduled referee failed to show up.

Styal as usual grafted throughout and had spells when they put some good football together. 2 early injuries in the back 4 didnt help Styal with Gideon and Anderson both replaced within the first 20 minutes. Styal had chances to score and with an early goal things might have been different.

Sat 20th Feb Knutsford 7 Styal 2; Styal Res 1 Garswood Res 2; Styal 'A' 2 Kartel 7
Feb 21, 2010, 12:18 pm

Styal were 2-0 up away a Knutsford with 30 minutes left before a late Knutsford onslaught caused mayhem. The reserves lso lost but in a much tighter affair

Styal ‘A’2 Kartel 7

Things looked good for Styal when Si Ghassemi finished of a good move with a strike into the top corner giving Styal a 1-0 lead with 20 minutes gone. Despite the good start though Styal were too easily picked off by quick through balls after losing possession further up the pitch and Kartel took a strong 3-1 lead into the half time break.

Styal made a change at half time moving Joe Gideon up the pitch and slotting Matt Turner into the back 4. However this took time to gel and Kartel scored 2 further goals straight after the break effectively putting the game out of Styal’s reach.

It was only during the last 10 minutes when Styal started making inroads into Kartel’s back line and Matt Davies headed home a second for Styal after a fine cross from Paul Anderson. Again there was no lack of effort from Styal. Cavanagh pulled of some fine second half saves but Styal need to retain the ball better when in possession to avoid the sort of pressure they put themselves under again.

Styal 2 Greenhalls Padgate SO 2; Denton Town Res 7 Styal Res 4; Sale Amateurs 6 Styal ‘A’ 0
Feb 13, 2010, 10:07 pm

Sale Amateurs 6 Styal ‘A’ 0

Styal went into this game on the back o a good performance against Cringlewood the week before. However, their performance was not helped by forced changes to the team prior to kick off. Styal seemed to be settling into the game quite well but after 25 minutes Davis was disposed infront of the back 4 and Sale finished mercilessly with a quick passing movement. This seemed to sow some seeds of doubts in Styal’s minds and Sale scored a quick second when Styal’s defenders tried to win the ball further up the pitch and got caught out.  At this point Styal seemed to steady things but Sale struck again with 2 quick strikes before half time meaning Styal faced an uphill battle at 4-0 down in the second half.

Again, Styal continued to work all over the pitch. The efforts of all the players is high but often possession was given away cheaply and Sale won more of the 50-50 balls as they were a bit sharper when it mattered. Pugh and Nundie grafted hard in the middle of the park. Taylor and Cruse again had good games at the back but with the ball so often coming back quickly the pressure continued and Sale scored a further 2 second half goals. With no pressure on, the last 10 minutes saw Styal play their best football. Stu Davis put Matt Davies through and Sale’s keeper pulled off a fine save. Some good passing between Ghassemi and Pugh created another chance and some late Cooper long throws should have resulted in chances if Styal had gambled on the second ball.

Sat 6th Feb; Billinge 2 Styal 2; Styal Res 1 Rylands/Crosfields 2; Styal 'A' 2 Cringlewood 3
Feb 7, 2010, 10:24 pm

Styal ‘A’ 2 Cringlewood 3

Styal provided Cringlewood with more of a contest than they would have expected after suffering 2 heavy defeats at Cringlewood’s hands before Christmas. With keeper Anderson injured Declan Cavanagh made his debut. Styal kept the same back 4 for the first time this season and shuffled the midfield and forward line to cope with injuries. Styal started slowly and it was Cringlewood who struck first after 20 minutes when Cavanagh saved a free kick only for a Cringlewood forward to poach a goal from the loose ball which followed. Styal stuck to the task and started to get used to playing a midfield 5. Pugh and Ghassemi managed to get forward down the flanks supporting Davies upfront. Cringlewood hit the bar again before half time but Styal carved out a good chance for Pugh and then Davies was upended in the box in what looked a nailed on penalty; nothing was given.

Starting the second half 1-0 down, Styal dug in and Davies was rewarded when he nutmegged the keeper to level the scores. Cringlewood struck back to take a 2-1 lead but Styal were always in it. In the last minute a Whelan long throw was attacked by Taylor. When the ball dropped he was the sharpest to react and fired a low hard shot into the net. Unfortunately, you don’t always get what you deserve and when Cringlewood kicked off to restart the game a quick movement down their left flank ended with a pinpoint cross which was sidefooted home at the far post by their right winger. The last kick of the game.

Dan Cruse won everything and he and Lee Taylor were outstanding for Styal at the back. Infact there were good performances all over the pitch for Styal

Sat 30th Jan Crewe Res 1 Styal Res 1; Quarry Bank 4 Styal 'A' 0
Jan 31, 2010, 8:17 pm

Crewe Res 1 Styal Res 1


On as good a pitch as you will see in the reserve division Styal started like they were in thick mud on hough end! Poor attitude and commitment in a first half best forgotten and were lucky to go in just a goal down against a poor Crewe side. Poch and Loz read the riot act at half time quite rightly and threatened substitutions if things didn’t change quickly. Whilst Styal lifted their tempo a little an equaliser looked unlikely although Crewe were making no impression either. Adkin came on to give Styal more purpose up front, Poch added himself to the midfield and Loz came on to push Osbourne further up the pitch. With ten to go a short corner on the right from Osborne saw Loz beat his man and cross for Kemp who crashed home a header to lift everyone. The expected surge for a winner showed what should have been the attitude from the outset but despite a lot of possession the closest Styal came was Adkin’s blocked shot on the edge of the six yard box. A win would have been undeserved.


Styal’s overall inability to do the simple things right all over the pitch cost them, as did a general lack of desire and workrate needed in this division as a minimum requirement. That isn’t good enough. Let put this behind us and move on.

Quarry Bank 4 Styal 'A' 0

Styal ‘A’ conceded a soft goal in the first minute against league leaders Quarry Bank as they failed to adjust the bumpy frozen pitch and simply put a foot through the ball. This was not a pitch for playing football on and with a reorganised back 4 safety first would have been the better option.

Despite this setback they gave as good as they got and caused Quarry Bank some concerns of their own at the back up, Craig Smith having the best chance. When Styal’s left back, Whelan took a knock, Quarry Bank seized on the advantage putting in a second goal and then a third just before half time and giving Styal a major uphill challenge for the second half.

To their credit, again Styal never stopped working in all areas of the pitch. The defence settled down much better as the game went on and Cooper, Taylor and Cruse helped by veteran Oates limited Quarry Banks chances. Styal’s best chance fell to Bill Pugh who only had to pass the ball into the net from the edge of the box with the Quarry Bank keeper stranded…but he only managed to hit the fence behind the goal. With 10 minutes to go Quarry Bank sealed their win with a fourth (offside) goal.

Quarry Bank are now 12 points ahead of the second placed team at the top of the Altrincham League

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