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Sat 17th Oct Styal 1 Golborne Sports 3; Daten Res 2 Styal Res 2; Styal 'A' 1 Old York 3
Oct 18, 2009, 6:27 pm


Styal Res missed out an a needed win when daten scored a last minute equaliser.

The first team and 'A' teams both went down 3-1 in home fixtures

Daten Res 2 Styal Res 2


On the back of 5 defeats including last weeks comical refereeing decision that cost Styal dearly this was a game Poch’s men needed something from. In the event they had to settle for just a point as Daten scored with the last kick of the game to punish Styal for a string of second half missed chances, including 4 one on ones.

With late cry offs and injuries once again playing their part Poch started himself in front of the back 4, Michael, younger brother of Anthony Osbourne came in on the right with Stewart coming back into centre half.

Adkin gave styal the lead with a clever chip to give Styal an early lead and Daten were denied an equalizer by a brilliant Harrison save from a point blank header. Few minutes later they did equalize, but when Matty seized on a defensive error his shot squeezed in under the Daten Keeper to give Styal a 2-1 lead at the break. The back four of Styal stayed really solid in the second half and were untroubled. At the other end a series of one on one chances went begging and the inevitable happened when Daten won a corner with seconds remaining and poor marking meant a free header to cost Styal maximum points. Good full debut from young Michael on the wing, Calum growing in maturity in the middle of the park were positives as was the return of Poch and fine performance from the two centre halves.

Styal 'A' 1 Old York 3

Styal gave a better account of themselves and wth more belief and conviction should have taken something from this game. 

Styal stuttered with the ball early on but the defence was well organised with Paul Moore’s return and some committed defensive tackling kept Styal in the game. Styal had some good moments in the first half with Ben Watts and Justin Smith creating openings, but this was a generally scrappy affair with no flow to the game. Nil-nil at half time was about right.

The second half started with increased pressure on Styal’s defence as the midfield wall of 5 were increasingly opened up. Sub Will McLeod came on to play upfront and create an additional outlet in a traditional 4-4-2 and that seemed to have the desired effect as midway through the half Watts set up Pugh who fired home right footed past the Old York keeper from outside the box.. However that simply stung Old York into action and Styal’s legs seemed to go as the opposition walked through Styal’s midfield time after time racking up 3 goals in a short burst.

Based on recent performances this was an improvement but players will need to raise their games another level or two if they are going to start getting points on the board. It badly needs a cmpetitive midfield player who can set an example and motivate those around him whn the going gets tough. Training Wednesday…..


Sat 10th Oct, Eagle Sports 3 Styal 5; Styal Res 2 Eagles Sports Res 3; Styal 'A' 0 Quarry Bank 9
Oct 12, 2009, 7:55 am

The 1st team gets back to winning ways and the reserves are thwarted by a contentious penalty.

Styal 'A' 0 Quarry Bank 9  The scoreline suggests a mismatch and this was the case with Quarry Bank a couple of levels better than Styal and better by far than anyone Styal have come up against this season. Besides an outstanding goalkeeping display with a number of wonder saves Styal played with much better discipline as a team throughout the game and have given themselves something to build on for next week.

Sat 3rd Oct Styal 0 Middlewich Town 4; Golborne Sports Res 3 Styal Res 1; Styal 'A' 0 Atlantic 6
Oct 5, 2009, 7:47 am

Golborne Sports Res 3 Styal Res 1

On a blustery day in Golbourne Poch made no fewer than 8 changes from the 8 goal debacle the week before. With the wind Styal looked solid at the back and menacing going forward on the break with Chambers and Morony in particular causing problems. In the first 5 minutes Sefu had the ball in the back of the Golbourne net only for the ref to declare it hadn’t crossed the line. The Golbourne defenders on the line already had their heads down having apparently conceded couldn’t believe their luck. To Styal’s credit they made the break thru not long after loz newman found ryan moroney down the right and his cross was smashed in brilliantly by MattyStyal looked comfortable going in 1-0 up and vital away win was on the cards.

If ever there was a case of a game of 2 halves this was it, right from the start Styal were under pressure and only a series of outstanding saves from young John Harrison prevented the equaliser. When it did come there was an air of inevitability about it. The Golbourne winner came with 10 to go and a 3rd followed to kill the game. Golbourne did have their ctr half sent off for hauling down Sefu when clean thru near the end but styal couldn’t capitilise from the free kick and the game finished Golbourne 3 Styal 1. Impressive debuts from Mark Stewart and Chris but MOM the match was keeper John Harrison outstanding


Second time in 3 weeks the league leaders have beaten Styal but on both occasions it could have been different if the errors could have been avoided. Styal need to get back to winning ways and quickly.

Styal ‘A’ 0 Atlantic 6

Styal played well for the first 45 minutes of this game creating more chances their opponents but failed to net. Turner had a good first half prompting a number of attacks from deep and Regan made the keeper save twice early on. Although Styal played with more conviction as the game went on they relied on some late interventions by sweeper Sam Cooper who kept things tidy at the back. An injury to Joe Cooper forced Styal re-adjust the team and it was Atlantic that took a 1-0 lead into the break as they took one of a couple of sights of goal they had in the first 45 when Styal failed to clear despite numerous opportunities to put a foot through the ball.

For some reason Styal’s discipline went early on in the second half as the defence pushed on and the now flat back line was exposed by Atlantic’s strikers who were played in by Atlantic’s midfield. Three quick goals in a short 10 minute burst essentially killed the game but to their credit Styal kept battling until the end. Styal showed in the first half that they are capable of competing. Although some players performed well individually the collective unit is still some way away.


Black Saturday as all 3 teams go down
Sep 29, 2009, 8:26 pm




Another Loss in Styals Poor Start to Season

After winning last week in the Cheshire Cup, Styal looked to build momentum going into Saturdays fixture against Club AZ, a game which in some ways has turned into a bit of a derby between the Alderley Edge and Styal based clubs.

With First team manager Cowley away, Deano ran the line, and a strong team came out for Styal, bar the suspended Scotty.

Styal wanted to get off to a good start, straight out of the traps. This didn’t happen. Wave after wave of AZ attack tested Styals back line, slack marking and sloppy group defending lead to AZ penetrating the Styal goal early on, fortunately for the hosts, the AZ forwards didn’t have their shooting boots on and chances went hurling over or wide.

Styal carved open 1 or 2 chances but didn’t test the AZ keeper.

25mins in and AZ got there second corner of the game, Styal knew AZ were renowned for their set plays, and set up the defence accordingly. However, slack marking lead to AZ Heading in from the back post, needless to say, Deano and absent manager Cowley (when he finds out) will be extremely annoyed as it was a very very soft goal to concede despite knowing AZ’s approach to their set plays.

Styal then managed to get forward and forced a corner, and as the ball dropped down in the box from the original corner McCormack was just about to unleash a shot when he was kicked from behind. Referee didn’t hesitate. Penalty. Chris stepped up and coolly slotted home to end the half 1-1.

After an improvement in the last fifteen of the first half Styal came out wanting to prove a point in the second half and take the game to AZ.

5 mins in, and a blow to Styal. Swindells indicates to the bench he needs to be subbed. Some thought it was his knee, others his back, or was he just not over his illness from mid-week. Marchy was brought on in his stead.

They second half began well contested, challenges coming in form both sides and some nice football from Garvy & Tueart started to be played.

Just as Styal started to feel they were getting a grip on the game, AZ broke. Marchy backed off his man giving him space to run at him , the ball was slipped down the wing where AZ’s winger whipped in a low driven cross, Kemp & Capsey didn’t track the runner and were left to watch as the defender ran in between them only to slot home for AZ. Another soft goal conceded by Styal.

Some thought this may do Styal a favour and make then pick up a gear. 10minutes later, good news for Styal. An AZ player was given  his marching orders for swearing at the ref. They we down to 10 men with 25mins to play!

Styal pushed hard, but the quality was lacking, crosses were too direct and Styal weren’t playing with the right tempo, or desire to get the result they wanted.

Then on 75mins, Styal were let off the hook again. Capsey misjudged a clearance from the AZ keeper, missing the header AZ’s forward latched on and tried to place the ball over keep Harrison into the top corner, somehow Harrison managed to turn it over the bar – even he doesn’t know how.

Styal were still in it, and this seemed to be another kick up the backside they needed, they raised the effort and tempo for the last 15 but despite being a man up and attacking in waves the final product didn’t emerge, and the AZ keeper remained untroubled.

The game finished Styal 1 Club AZ 2

Not the result Styal were looking for, quality, determination & heart only seemed to emerge for the last 15mins and this needs to be upped for next weeks home game against Middlewich.

Points are now needed by Styal who after 7 games rest bottom of the table – a place where Styal definitely shouldn’t be with the quality of players they have.

Lets see what happens when Cowley gets back next week

Garswood Utd Res 8 Styal Res 3

A day of defensive woes!!!

Kartel 4 Styal 'A' 1

Despite the scoreline, a much better performance by Styal with several new debutants looking promising. After taking a early lead Styal conceded 2 poor late first half goals to go in 2-1 down at half time. However they carried more of a threat going forward and a save from the Kartel keeper from Pugh just after half time saved the equaliser and from that point Kartel managed to wrap the game up. Styal need to get points on the board against fellow strugglers Atlantic on Saturday.


Sta 19th Sept Lymm 0 Styal 2, Styal Res 0 Golborne Sports Res 2; Styal 'A' 1 Heaton Moor Phoenix 8
Sep 20, 2009, 7:24 pm

Normal services resumed.

 Styal 1stX1 travelled to Lymn AFC on Saturday in an attempt to get their season back on track – this time in the Cheshire Cup.

Lymn were an unknown team to Styal, and when Styal arrived at the pitch, some thought in was a Sunday morning game, rather than a Saturday afternoon fixture.

Harrison returned in goal, a back four of Ant, Capel, Kemp, and Swindells, Midfield was occupied with Garvy, Simo, Hampson and a long awaited return of Mark Tuert. Up front it was McCormack, and Scotty, hoping to do the business.

Styals sideline was also looking strong with Cowley, and new face Deano feeding good advise to the players.

Styal set out to start their season again, with a good cup run to kick start it.

The game started with quite a high tempo, with Lymn chasing down at every opportunity. The back 4 were put to the test, but nothing carved open with Lymn making half chances, if that.

As the game progressed Styal started to look the more threatening, Garvy & Ant teaming up well on the right, as numerous chances were created for Styal. The home keeper made save after save, and after 30 mins Styal were bemused how they hadn’t scored, chance after chance was either going wide, or straight down the keeps throat.

Scotty and Mccormak, were working well, and Tueart continued to make a nuisance of himself in the middle of the park breaking up every Lymn attack.

Keeper Harrison was made a spectator.

However the break through couldn’t be made.


Halftime  0 – 0

The second half started the same as the first half. Lymm pressuring for the first 10, and a couple of half chances were made, but the back 4 looked well organised and communicated well for the first time this season.

Styal still looked threatening on the break, with Hampson & Swinner teaming up well. Ant and Garvy were exactly the same as the first half  - causing Lymn problems. Simo and Tueart kept the midfield well organised, while Scotty ran around tirelessly upfront causing havoc in the Lymn defence

Lymn looked like they were getting tired, and Styal then took control of the game, keeping possession well, and forceing Lymn back into their own half. Chances kept being created and Styal’s pressure was paid off when Scotty ran down the right flank and whipped a ball across the area. Simo then slid in to meet the ball on the half volley which riffled into the right hand corner of the net.

Styal then slipped into cruise control, passing the ball well, and keeping possession, making Lymn work harder to get near the ball.

The nail in the coffin then came, Mcormack managed to keep his cool in the area, as a cross dropped down, adjusting well on the turn, he managed to power it into the bottom left hand corner. Good goal

The remainder of the game was then seen out with Styal passing it cooling and continuing to pressure the Lymn back four.

Further chances were created but ball greedy Hampson decided he was a superstar and couldn’t find the net after 3 shots on the bounce with a queue of players waiting on the edge of the box.

Needless to say – he was reminder later in the players lounge (some pub in Lymn) of that!


Full time Styal 2  Lymn 0


A good display from styals men, who needed a result to get their heads up. Good solid performances from all the team who will now need to carry on this winning habit.

Club AZ travel to Styal on Saturday - Styal spoilt their league title contention last year, a result AZ will be wanting to put right!

MEANWHILE--Styal Res went down in a close game against Golborne. Styal 'A' struggled without a recognised keeper in their home fixture (the future will be brighter)

Sat 12th Sept Styal 2 Rylands/Crosfields 5; Crewe Res 3 Styal Res 2; Cringlewood 7 Styal 'A' 1
Sep 14, 2009, 9:34 am

A tough day at the office with Styal fighting back to make it 2-2 and then conceding 3 late goals. The Reserves undone by a late Crewe strike and the 'A' team soundly beaten by a strong Cringlewood 11.

All at Styal FC wish Mark Collins a speedy recovery after he suffered a serious injury playing for his Sunday side.  We hope all goes well over the next few days and look forward to having him back playing in the near future


Sat Sept 5th Styal 1 Middlewich Town 3; Grappenhall Sports Res 1 Styal Res 3; Styal 'A' v Atlantic postponed
Sep 6, 2009, 7:45 pm

Reports to follow.




Grappenhall Sports es 1 Styal Res 3

 Styal moved up to 3rd just 2 points off the top with a comfortable 3 points in Warrington. With several moving up to first team action absentees Poch was forced to shuffle the pack, Loz came in for Anthony at the back and Collins started on the right side giving Nolan a start alongside Tottie in the middle. Paul Adkin made his return to play wide left and Barnes had to slot in at ctr half.


It started off all but comfortable with Grappenhall having the best of the first 15. But Styal changed all that scoring 3 quality goals to effectively kill the game, first Matt brilliantly beat his man on the left and found Sefu to head home, then just a couple of minutes later Barnes’s brilliant free kick was met by Tottie who headed the 2nd. The 3rd was quick to follow with a lightening break ending with Matt Turner coolly rounding the keeper.


As expected Grappenall came out 2nd half trying to get back in the game with an early strike but styal battled well. The back four lead by capt Barnes stood firm. In the event, one lapse in concentration gave Grappenhall a consolation. Styal were able to make a couple of changes including the return of Kenny after injury. A real MOM performance from Sefu up front is well worth a mention in a good all round team performance for Poch’s men.


Week up to Saturday 29th August Pilkingtons 2 Styal 1
Aug 30, 2009, 10:02 am

Pilkingtons 2 Styal 1

With Styal looking to get back to winning ways an away visit to Pilkington lay in wait on Saturday on a very windy afternoon.


Styal again started with another changed 11 to face Pilkington, even so, it was a strong side.


The game started fairly loosely, half chances at either end, but nothing too clear cut, the term ‘messy football’ comes to mind as both sides looked like they wanted to play with the ball in the air more than on the floor, something Styal wanted to change with the football talents of Garvy and Macha in the middle of the park.


First blood went to Styal, a long ball over the top which the Pilkington defender misjudged in the gale force wind, Chris Mcormack ran on to the end of it and ooly slotted the ball passed the keeper. 1- 0.


From this point onwards Styal looked stable, not many chances being created, but not receiving too much threat from Pilks forwards as the back line of Smith, Ari, Capsey, & Pownall stood firm.


Half time


After an encouraging team talk from player manager Cowley at half time Styal came out looking to seal the win. The gale force wind was into Styal faces and a few early long balls from Pilks lead to a few last ditch clearances, but Styal looked in control. Another chance fell begging as McCormak slipped through again only to be denied by a fine save from the Pilks keeper.

 All was looking good for Styal who looked more threatening, then newly signed Macha got through, surely the second, WHAT A TACKLE! The outstretched size 11 boot of the Pilks defender poked away for a corner, another chance gone begging.


80 mins on the clock, and Pilks grabbed the equalizer. An easy lay of from the forward man placed it backed to Pilks unmarked midfielder who half volleyed into the bottom corner. A draw looked the more likely outcome now.


Injury time approached, then Pilks were awarded a very soft free kick 25 yards from goal. The striker placed the ball down, Cowley set up a decent wall; surely not! In came the free kick and the ball finds its way through the wall and into the bottom of the net.


Full time Pilkington 1 Styal 2

Another blow to Styal’s start to the season, but a much more encouraging performance from a team who are starting to gel. A draw would have been a fair reflection of the game but it wasn’t to be.Styal need to get their heads up as Middlewich now await them in the league cup on Saturday. 2.30pmkick off at Styal’s Altrincham Road ground


Thurs 27th Middlewich Town Res 2 Styal Res 3; Tues 25th Styal 0 Trafford Res 2

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