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Sat 29th Nov, Styal 1 Woodley 3; Reserves go down at Golborne
Dec 2, 2008, 5:02 pm

Styal 1 Woodley 3

Styal took an early lead from Danny Gregory and were denied a second when the referee decided the ball hadn't crossed the Woodley goalline,  which was hotly contested by Styal.

Woodley are flying high in the Cheshire League and 2 strikes before half time saw them take in a 2-1 lead. They went further head in the second half making it 3-1. Luck was not on Styal's side when a goal from a free kick was disallowed, the referee saying that it was indirect although it appeared to hit someone on its way through to the Woodley net. However this was an improved showing from Styal after the recent management upheaval and the signs are there that the standard of play is on the up and the results should follow. Meanwhile the Reserves had a disappointing day out going down 3-1 at Golborne.
Detailed reports to follow

Sat 22 Nov Reserves win but first team and 'A' team suffer defeats
Nov 25, 2008, 11:56 pm

After it became clear on Wednesday night that Styal's first team management duo Lloyd Morrison and Steve Hardy would leave the club and take charge at North West Counties side, Flixton, Styal's existing management structure and committee were challenged to prepare for Saturday's games with a degree of uncertainty about which first team players would remain for Saturday's game. On paper the first team game away against Woodley looked tough with the opponents flying high at the top of the Cheshire League and Styal dug deep with their resources. Styal competed well for the majority of the game but at 2-0 down mid way through the game good chances  weren't taken and tired legs and minds saw Woodley overcome Styal with a second half scoring spree. The Reserves drafted in players to bolster their efforts and put in a first rate display at Altrincham Road to win a game of 9 goals against Gamesley Res. Meanwhile the ‘A' team who have been a revelation this season went out with a patched up squad and suffered a defeat against a highly competitive Sale Rovers. Work is going on behind the scenes to strengthen all the teams for this coming Saturday's games after massive efforts from those within the club during the last few days



Styal Res 5  Gamesley.Res 4


Backs to the wall but Styal maintain top spot.



After the turmoil of the week that was,   the Styal Res result, was the only bright light that came from a weekend to forget. Despite missing 6 players from the previous week Styal managed to get a win in adverse circumstances,and keep the top spot. Anthony Osborne, Steve Boardman, Ryan Buckley, Ryan Morony and Dave Swindells, were all moved up to the first team squad whom had played the week before. Craig Massey was also missing and has joined Flixton.


New inclusion Mark Collins was a revelation in centre midfield, along with Danny Gregory. The two worked hard from the kick off and carved out two or three clear chances in the opening exchanges. Ricko Lamont beat his man two or three times to deliver the ball into the box only for Styal to miss chances. A breakthrough did arrive on 20 minutes with Danny Gregory scoring the opening goal. Styal continues to dominate and went looking for the second. The whole game plan almost came un done on35 minutes when James Spencer made a challenge on the edge of his own box, which was innocuous, only to be found rewarded with a red card. The referee deemed it was a foul and prevented the player from a clear scoring opportunity. Styal scored a second on 40 minutes when John Rickson thundered a corner directly into the Gamesley goal to make it 2-1 at half time.


The roller coasted ride then followed. Within 5 minutes of the re-start Gamesley were back in the game after scoring a well worked goal. Styal responded five minutes later making the score 3-1 with a further goal from Gregory. The game was open with 10 men Styal still forcing the play. Chris McCormack had a chance to make it 4-1 but show over the bar.

Gamesley stared to pile on some pressure and were rewarded with another goal to make it 4-2. Substitute dkin then got on the end of a cross to make it 5-2 after 70 minutes.


the inclusion of Scott Hawkins into centre midfield, allowing Gregory to move back up from appeared to make a difference. However with the extra man Gamesley started to get on top and scored from the penalty spot after 75 minutes to make the score 5-3. Styal were under pressure and tired legs were a factor. on 85 minutes Gamesley scored again after poor defending, in between goals, keeper Ozzie had made three or four outstanding saves to keep Styal in the game. Styal managed to hang on a secure a massive victory on the day.


Thanks to the boys that came in, and did more than just a job. Steff Laffly put in a solid performance at right back, in his first outing this season. As mentioned Mark Collins was very impressive and will cause the management team some headaches for next week... Scott Hawkins also was lively and passed the ball well at a time when it was needed, a special thanks to all three.


Mark Johnson.


You have to take the positives out of this game, the result was the only thing that mattered. Danny Gregory bagged another hatrick and played out of his skin. New inclusion Mark Collins was a revelation and at this level seemed very much at home. With eleven men I think we would have won at a canter and by a country mile, as it was we stuck it out and got the result, I'm absolutely delighted with that. We have to stay strong as a club and adopt a siege mentality, this is about character and determination, all our players today ticked those boxes.




All about the result and nothing else. We have a week to re-gather and hopefully we can   be strong next week and continue winning.

Styal FC 19th Nov 2008
Nov 19, 2008, 10:29 pm
Styal FC Management Team of Lloyd Morrison and Steve Hardy have moved on to pastures new stepping up a couple of levels and taking the helm at Flixton FC. All at Styal FC wish them success in their new challenge.
This Saturday, John Thornton will take responsibility for the first team game against Woodley. Nothing else within the club structure will change and we ask all players to give John and the rest of the management team for all 3 teams their full support for the coming weeks. This months motto is 'Styal til I die' 
Contact Points
1st team John Thornton 07711 954403
Reserves Mark Johnson 07768 852790, Tex 07712 772120
'A' team Loz 07885 116546, Poch 07881 586877

Sta 15th Nov-Styal draw with Pilks, Reserves beat Garswood 3-0, 'A' team beaten narrowly
Nov 16, 2008, 8:40 pm
Styal 2 Pilkingtons 2
Pilkingtons had 3 shots on goal in the 90 minutes, the only one which didn't go in was a disputed penalty which was fired against the Styal crossbar. Styal dominated the game territorially for the first half but the ball never dropped kindly for them in the Pilkingtons box. Plkingtons struck late on during the half with the goal actually coming from a Styal corner. When the ball was cleared out the Pilkingtons centre forward got clear of Scarry and beat Harrison with a low drive.
The second half saw Pilkingtons strike again early against the run of play, taking a flattering 2-0 lead. Styal changed things around introducing Thornton to link up with the forwards and Mairs going into the midfield. This created chances and soon Styal were back in the game with a stunning Matthews left footer. Graham added another and during the last 10 minutes the game opened up as both teams went for the win.
Honours were even and this competitive contest didn't see a solitary booking, credit to both sides.
Garswood Res 0 Styal Res 3 Await report
King George 2 Styal 'A' 1

After beating our reserve team last week King George will have fancied winning this and were given a real fright by a spirited A team that in truth should have come away with at least a point. However they had an inspired Cowley to thank for a string of fantastic stops including a penalty that never should have been. Mark Collins and Jim Vince had great chances but both planted headers wide and it was KG who took the lead with a goal that nobody could quite believe - the KG forward pulled a long ball down on the volley flicked it up and smashed a 30 yarder into the top corner with Cowley and everyone else just stood in amazement. Harsh on Styal but they rallied well and Danny's pinpoint free kick saw a rejuvenated Marcus Kenny rise to head a deserved equalizer. Whilst on top this was the time to capatilize and force a winner but a poor clearance allowed KG to strike a winner instead. Heads didn't go down and a Stapleton header came close then Chris Brown, coming on as a sub was left all alone in the box but sliced wide and the score stayed 2-1.



Once again we competed well and should have taken something from the game. Now we need some points to back up our improving performances. All round we were committed and it was good to see Marcus back in the midfield but outstanding for Styal was Cowley and rightfully MOM.

Sat Nov 8th Greenhalls Padgate SO 1 Styal 0; King George 3 Styal Res 2
Nov 6, 2008, 10:44 am
Greenhalls Padgate S.O. 1 Styal 0
This was always going to be a hard game against a team that always finish in the top 3 and so it proved to be with Styal welcoming back Brian Mathews from his tour of the north west for which included charity work for Mosley and New Mills FC warming the benches of several grounds. Padgate started like a rocket with no real system to call of; just people interchanging positions at will and causing Styal to be on the back foot for the first 20mins but with only 2 half chances going there way with no end product. As Styal stemmed Padgates flow and started to apply pressure themselves it was Brian Mathews and Sefu Chambers having the best 2 chances for Styal. With the game becoming a stalemate it was a mistake by John Thornton 30 yards from goal which resulted in the defence being caught out of position and a cool finish by the Padgate forward gave the home side an undeserved lead at half time. The second was totally different with Styal going all out and pinning Padgate back at all times with several good chances going astray. Missing several 1 on 1's  and even an open goal at the mercy of Thornton which he was unable to stretch to suggested that it would not be Styal's day. With the Padgate keeper in unbeatable form, even keeping out Dickenson's 30 yard pile driver tipping it around the post it just was not meant to be no matter how hard Styal pushed. The full time whistle went much to the relief and the Padgate management who couldn't believe they had won all 3 pts. Manager Morrison was pleased with Styal's game today and was unable to recall a game that wasn't won with so many chances being created. Sometimes you need a bit of luck to win a game and Padgate had it on the day. If styal play like this for the rest of the season we wont be far off winning it again!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat 11th Nov -- Styal beat Trafford; Styal Res put 6 past Pilks, 'A' team go down 2-0
Nov 3, 2008, 6:29 am
Trafford Res 0 Styal 1
Trafford started off the better side and dominated the first 20 minutes without creating. A Trafford effort lobbed just wide on 20 minutes was their only real effort. Styal came into the game as the half went on. First Warrender had chances hitting the post with Trafford's keeper beaten and then having a one on one saved by the Trafford keeper. Thorton thought he had scored on 40 minutes but the effort was ruled out for offside. A few moments later Thornton lobbed the Trafford keeper again and this time the goal stood giving Styal a 1-0 lead.
The second half saw further tyal chances with Barnes, Graham and Thornton going close. The last 20 minutes saw Trafford apply constant pressure to tyal who were forced to defend manfully to see the game out and gain the points.
Styal Res 6 Pilkington Res. 1


Six of the best for Styal....


Cup competitions often bring welcome relief from the rigours of a tough league campaign, not so for Styal Reserves who thrashed Pilkington's in a totally one sides affair on Saturday.

Making a number of changes to the side to give everyone a chance to stake a claim for a place meant a slightly different look to the team.

The result however was never in doubt. Danny Gregory score a fantastic five goal haul.


Styal opened the scoring within the first five minutes and from then on looked like scoring with every attack. Marchbank limped off after 8 minutes with a pulled muscle and Ricko Lamont came on as the replacement. More shuffling of the pack for Styal but it seemed to make little difference. Styal passed the ball well and had pace on the flanks which the visitors found difficult to cope with. Chris McCormack went close twice in the first half before the second was scored by Capel after 25 minutes from a free kick from Boardman. The perfectly flighted cross saw stayl go two up at the break. In reality they could have been four or five up.


The second half saw much of the same, with Styal dominating midfield, with the impressive Massey returning to the Frey after three weeks break,   in the centre of the park with Boardman made an impressive unit.

Caple and Swindells were impressive at the back and full backs Barnes and Osbourne were outstanding as attacking outlets. Wingers Ryan Morony and Ricko Lamont were also causing havoc with the slow Pilkington defence, the pace was clearly too much for the visitors to handle and Further strikes from Gregory after 50 minutes and 60 minutes put the game way beyond Pilks. At 4-0 Styal were still not finished and should have a penalty when Gregory was fouled inside the box. Styal score the fifth after 70 minutes. Pilkington finally got on the score sheet after

75 minutes when Styal switched off at the back letting Pilks in to score a solitary goal. Keeper Alan Osborne saved a penalty shortly afterwards, and Styal rounded off the day with a sixth after 85 minutes to complete the rout.


Mark Johnson.


Fantastic performance, everyone contributed, the players that came in did a terrific job and we now have some headaches ahead in terms of picking players. Our passing was good, our movement was impressive and the finishing was first rate. Pilks have played six and won six, and we have just given them a lesson in total football, lets hope we can continue in this form and carry on winning.


Ian Tetler.


The players are listening and adopting things we talk about before games. We have a winning mentality and confidence is high, lets keep things on that level and we can go on and win things.



Styal ‘A'  0 Cringlewood 2


Even a strong ‘A' Team wasn't enough for Styal to get anything against a Cringlewood side likely to win this league. That said, first half Styal were always in it and it was a surprise coming in at half time seeing the side look a little downbeat at 0-0. Had Simon Guest capitalised when put clear it may have been different but in the event he was caught in two minds and fired wide. Cowley had to come to Styal's rescue on several occasions and his handling was excellent throughout and it took Cringlewood til midway thru the second half to break the deadlock. Once they did it was hard to see Styal getting back on level terms with their midfield dominant and a second goal killed the game with Styal pushing on.


Loz -We can't be too disheartened against what many see as one of the best sides to have played at this level. In truth, there never seemed to be the belief we could win the game and that shouldn't be the case as we have competed against every side in this league. Missing a little bit of fire power up front too at the moment but many positives to take from it and 100% effort from all those that played.




Another good performance on the whole, we need a little more belief in our own abilities sometimes. We were the better team in the 1st half but they wanted it more than us in the 2nd half. In the end that's what proved the difference. Looking forward to the next game so we can take this performance forward.

Styal exit Cheshire Cup with heavy defeat, reserves win again, 'A' team go down
Oct 27, 2008, 11:01 am
Styal exited the Cheshire Cup on Saturday. A poor first half performance saw them outfootballed by West Kirby who took a 4-0 lead by the break. Although Styal raised their game in the second half, pulling 2 goals back, West Kirby scored another 3 late on to seal a 7-2 win. The Reserves continued their strong run...
Styal 2 West Kirby 7
This was the champs of Cheshire vs. the champs of west Cheshire which normally would have been a good contest, This wasn't the case as team changes 5 mins before kick off disrupted the Styal team (a lot more than they thought). West Kirby were a great example of how to play away from home  and destroy the opposition. Styal made individual errors all through the game and Styals best 2 players were Craig Brennon and Keith Maires who both came on at half time with Styal 0-4 down. With 20 mins of the second half gone it was 2-4 and with Styal going for it they were pick off by a fantastic West Kirby side who will take some beating in this years Cheshire cup. Hope we don't make the same errors in  league games or we wont be challenging for anything!!!!!!!!!

Linotype/CHN Res 1  Styal Res. 3

Styal March on....

Styal continued their impressive recent run by completing an away win at Linotype. Conditions proved difficult with heavy rain making the playing surface slippy and in the second half the pitch became heavy and it did cut up.

Styal started well creating a few chances in the opening 15 minutes and they should have been 2-0 up. However poor finishing meant the score stayed at 0-0. Linotype slowly began to get into the game and poor passing from the Styal side allowed the home team's confidence to grow.

Alan Osborne made two or three telling saves to keep the score at 0-0.

Styal finally broke the deadlock after 35 minutes with a goal from Duncan Warrender following a pin point pass from Mike Filson playing left side of midfield and his first start of the season.

The second half saw the game open up much more in the wet conditions, both sides had chances with keeper Osborne again making some decent stops. Steve Boardman and Ryan Buckley started to dominate the midfield and fowards Warrender and McCormack started to see chances come their way. Styal started to pass with more confidence and Warrender got his second after 60 minutes to make the score 2-0. Linotype had fleeting chances but struggled to make an impact. Left back James Moore scored on

65 minutes after a jinking run into the penalty area which he finished by sliding eh ball past the keeper. Linotype continued to press and scored on 75 minutes finally beating keeper Osborne, whom had made three or four outstanding saves in the second half and was duly named man of the match.

Mark Johnson.

We didn't pass the ball well today, in fact we gave it away all too easy giving possession to the home team, our confidence seemed to drain away.

The conditions made the contest much more even and in the end it was about the result and not how we played.

Ian Tetler.

We got the three points and sometimes you have to take the result. Our passing was poor and after the last two games or so when we really were moving the ball well it was a little disappointing. But a win away at Linotype is a good result, and we were more than happy with three more points.

Sale Rovers 3 Styal A 1

Coming after a good result this looked like another chance to take points. However an injury to our keeper Marc Wall in the warm up meant Paul Adkin had go in and the day started off pretty badly. The first half was one way traffic with Styal's midfield struggling to cope with Sale's tempo and greater urgency and the back 4 were repeatedly under pressure. Whether it was the bad conditions or just an off day, the ball just wasn't sticking, passes were misplaced and overall the 11 on the pitch looked like strangers for the most part. Rovers took the lead 30 minutes in and only two goal line clearances and some ‘improvisation' from Bod kept it to one. Poch had some harsh words at half time and Styal came out and played some good football and may well have drawn level but instead it was Rovers who took their chance and doubled the lead. To their credit Styal rallied again and when Matty Barnes capitalized on a 15minute spell of total dominance the comeback was on. Marchy saw a shot tipped over, Westy had a one on one but it in pushing forward a long ball caught Styal short at the back and that wrapped it up for Rovers.

Loz  - Hopefully just an off day but we now know that if we aren't really on our game we will get punished in this league. It's also very obvious who trains and who doesn't! Big game next week so lets move on

Sat 18th Oct CLEAN SWEEP
Oct 20, 2008, 8:19 am
Barnton 0 Styal 3
This was a must win game and so it proved to be with  Styal defending the hill in the first half it was always going to be hard against a team who are fighting for there lives.  It started with  Styal defending very well with a back 4 full of pace there seemed no way past for Barnton.  With  Styal looking good on the counter attack and  rewards soon came when some good work Dave  Graham and Leon Willis resulted in  John Thornton netting after 10mins. With  Barnton now going for it they left themselves open and a great move by  Thornton resulted in Oliver Barnes firing in on 20 mins to give the  Barnton keeper no chance.  With wave after wave of  Styal attacks it came as no surprise when  Thornton followed in a rebound off the post to make 3-0 to  Styal with only 35mins gone. ht- Barnton 0-  Styal 3.
The second half saw a battling performance with  Styal creating several more chances including 3 one on one chances go ing astray .  A clean sheet  was kept with the only real save  from Rick Harrison in goal was a 35 y ard effort which hit the post.  Full time. Barnton 0-- Styal 3. Outstanding games by  john Thornton, Dan MacDonnell and Andy pownall. Keep it up!!!!!

Styal Res 5   2 Poynton Res


Styal crush Poynton - Again.


Poynton must feel Styal Fc have the power of the Vodoo after another defeat to the title holders. Despite throwing everything but the kitchen sink during the first game of the season, back in August,   Styal eased past Poynton in that mid week clash to continue where they left off from last season, with a win 2-0 Poynton were last season league runners up, on goal difference and believed Styal had un fairly fielded some first team players in a bid to win the last game of the season by four clear goals, Styal won by 7, and won the league title. Poynton were particularly vocal and made an official complaint which was quashed, but clearly hostilities have continued......!!!!!


Saturday's match had an edge, as expected. Management team Johnson and Tetler sent out the team with a clear message, win at all costs and win well. The first half saw Styal take the lead within 3 minutes with a superbly worked goal seeing Cefu Chambers finish neatly after some good work by Chris Mac down the right hand side. Styal had more of the ball but didn't make the possession count. In an all too familiar tale Styal, took the foot of the gas and Poynton equalised after 20 mins. Styal continued to edge the half and scored again through Chambers on 35 minutes. The first half was probably won by Stayl on points but Poynton had been in the game.


However, the second half was a total contrast. Styal ran riot with Boardman and Buckley gaining a much better understanding in the centre of midfield and winning virtually every ball. Morony and Smith were causing problems wide and the industrious McCormack and the awkward Chambers were too much for Poynton. Styal increased the lead to 3-1 after 55 mins with a superb goal from Buckley, after a run from the half way line straight through the heart of the Poynton side. The fourth came after 65 minutes with Chambers making it a hat rick. McCormack then made it five on 70 minutes with a close finish. Styal continued to press and had further opportunities. Full backs Moore and Osbourne saw plenty of the ball and Styal's dominance was abolsoute and Total. However Poyton did score a second after 82 minutes but the game was dead and buried long before. There could be few complaints from Poynton after the opening day loss to Styal, in what was an absorbing game, and one that Poynton were desperate to win and avenge the title loss, however after Saturdays route, there was simply nothing more to say...


Manager Mark Johnson.


It's clear Poynton dislike Styal with a venom, so this was always likely to be a tough game. We played ok in the first half and deserved to be in front. However, we were superb in the second half, the best performance for me, in the last two seasons. We passed the ball well, movement was good, and we won the first, second, third and every ball possible. I still feel we leak too many goals, but we will always score goals. Our flowing style really got going on Saturday and this is where I feel we need to be in terms of performance.


Ian Tetler.

We are getting better, we played some terrific stuff, particularly in the second half, and the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game was quite electric, players know they have to work hard now to get a shirt in a team that grows with confidence each week. Well done to all the players it was a terrific result.

Styal ‘A' 3 Sale Rovers 2


Late cry offs including our goal keeper gave Loz and Poch a real headache pre match with some quick re adjustments to

the lineup - Gibbo helping out by putting on the gloves, Marchy and Loz into full back positions and Scott Stapleton given his

first full start.  Styal started reasonably brightly for the first minute or two! The next twenty is best forgotten with

Sale Rovers, a team who did the double over the ‘A' team last year taking the lead twice and dominating...Styal hit back

twice with goals from an Alex Kemp header from a long Marchbank throw and then a smartly taken left foot strike from

Mark Collins, his first for Styal. Realising 3 points were there for the taking, Styal upped the tempo and

started putting some excellent moves together and when Stapleton stabbed home from close range to make it 3-2 it was

just reward for their endeavor and character to come back twice.

Second half, as expected Sale came out strongly but the back four stayed solid with Styal winning most of

aerial midfield battle and Matt West and Stapleton working hard to keep the ball up top. It was a backs to the wall last

twenty and when the referee blew up seconds after Gibbo had seen the ball bounce off his upright it was a welcome



Loz refused to speak to the press after the game so it was left to Assistant Poch to make a comment:

Good win which was well deserved. Indeed we could have won by 2 or 3 more goals on another day. The team need to take this form into next weeks game so we can continue to rise up the table. Really pleased with the whole team's hard work.



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