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Styal 2 Linotype/CHN 1
Aug 13, 2008, 7:51 am
Styal's opening game of the league season against Linotype on Tuesday night was a tough fixture and credit is due to Linotype who played some good football for periods.
Styal missed a golden opportunity blazing over from close range early on and Linotype scored midway through the half with a well taken shot on the turn from the inside right position to stun Styal. Styal evened things up 5 minutes later when Boardman rose heading home a corner. Both teams had chances before half time but the game seemed generally flat.
The second half was much more eventful and better to watch with both teams looking to impose themselves but Styal had the edge. Styal's full backs Scarry and McDonnel did better against the tricky Lino forwards and although the Styal midfield never dominated, the Styal forwards hold up play enabled them to build attacks. The winning goal came from a penalty scored by Dickenson after a Lino defender handled a cross ball into the box midway through the second half and Dickenson almost scored a wonder goal just after when a left foot volley from 'miles out' hit the Lino crossbar. Styal soaked up pressure late on but always looked more likely to score a further goal with a number of breakaways.

Jun 17, 2008, 5:16 pm
Pre-season training is scheduled every Saturday 11am at the club and every Wednesday 7pm at the club. Trainers and moulded soles (boots) needed.
Training starts on Saturday 27th June
As usual new players are always welcome, just ask to speak to one of the managers on arrival.    A number of pre-season friendlies are also arranged, details will be advised at training.

May 29, 2008, 9:42 pm
Styal FC, It's all about enjoying it. Go to Manager's corner for the final 'A' team report and player profiles which is loaded as a PDF file or click here A TEAM MANAGERS REPORT
You dont win trophies without a good spirit through the club
Apologies that we have some issue with the 'support our club' links. It is related to a change of servers from our providers and we will try to fix the problem asap. ( 4/6/08 THIS IS NOW FIXED)

May 19, 2008, 9:17 pm
Styal nail Cheshire League Div 1 Title with 6 second half goals
Woodley 1 Styal 7
Styal gave a powerful display on Monday night at Woodley. Styal created chances in the first half, a turning point coming midway through the half when Dave Graham was through with only the Woodley keeper to beat. He was brought down from behind and the referee sent the Woodley centre half off for the professional foul. With half an hour gone Matthews split the back 4 with a crossfield ball and Barnes made a classy chip over the home keeper.
Woodley tried to get something out of the game in the second half but this left openings in their rearguard which were exploited with 6 well taken goals, Barnes' hat trick was supported by Graham (2), Thornton and Matthews. Woodley scored a consolation mid way through the half.
A superb achievement by Lloyd Morrison and Steve Hardy who have built a team and club spirit that has seen the first and reserve teams glorious in tough leagues.
Congratulations to all players that have played part in the team and club effort this season

Monday 12th May Styal Res 7 Broadheath Res 0
May 12, 2008, 8:57 pm
With a winning target of 4 goals to seal the title on goal difference Styal piled on the pressure for 90 minutes in a one sided affair. A second half 6 goal blitz wiped out Broadheath as captain Capel inspired his team to victory. Congratulations to Dave Oates, Mark Johnson and the Styal players that have all contibuted over a hard season.
Match Report
Team :- R Harrison, N Capel, M Filson, S Boardman, R Buckley, M Barnes, C Massey, J Thornton, B Mathews, C McCormick, D Gregory subs :- P Moore, S Laffley, S Roberts, P Marchbank, J Moore
Styal entered this game with the knowledge that anything less then a win by more than three goals would end their title campaign.
Starting with an attacking formation of 3-4-3 Styal set the pace of the game and showed their determination to make a real go from the start. With some flowing football early chances fell to Buckley who tried to side foot home from ten yards only to flash at the ball and missed the first clear chance, within minutes a square ball across the box saw another chance fall Barnes who again flashed his shot wide from six yards. Broadheath broke free after intense early pressure to create a good chance which rolled across the Styal six yard box but with no one following in Styal breathed a sigh of relief.
The deadlock came in the 40th minute when some flowing one touch football cut open the broadheath defence to see Thornton slot home to settle the nerves
With Broadheath glad to hear the half time whistle the watching Poynton team must have felt confident that Styal wouldn't find the necessary goals required to win the league title outright.
The second half saw Styal set off with electric pace and took only three minutes to grab the second goal and that was soon followed by a third on the sixth minute. From then on the flood gates opened with Styal totally outclassing a weakened Broadheath team, but non-the less some of the football was outstanding, the pick of the goals came from Danny Gregory who's solo effort saw him skip past three Defenders to slot in the seventh and his hatrick.
Goals :- Danny Gregory Hatrick
            Jon Thornton 2
            Ryan Buckley
            Brian Mathews
Congratulations to all the squad on a well deserved victory !!!!!!!!
CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!
Presentation pictures are available on website in photo gallery

Sat 10th May Styal 4 Woodley 1
May 11, 2008, 8:14 am
On a hot day and a hard pitch Styal played their 4th game in 8 days against a Woodley side that started well playing good football. Despite the heavy legs Styal's attitude was right and when Woodley had any sight of goal there was always a Styal player to get a foot in or block the ball, Matthews and Massey made timely blocks. Any forays up the field by Styal lacked the final killer ball and the first Styal goal came from the dirct approach. Cowles goal kick was headed on by Dickenson and Chambers got in behind the Woodley defence to lob the keeper with 25 minutes gone. Ten minutes later good approach play by Styal ended with Matthews firing home left footed and Styal went in 2-0 up at the break.
The visitors pushed Styal hard in the second half but Styal competed for anything loose with Massey and Dickenson winning the midfield tussle and Scarry and Pownall winning all their headers.The 3rd goal came midway through the half from Barnes and Challinor poked home a 4th after a goalmouth scramble. The visitors replied late on with a consolation as Styal had a rare lapse of concentration. This was another good Styal performance with the team playing as a unit. Filson returned at left back and inspired his team mates whilst McDonnel was reliable on the other side of the pitch always looking for opportunities to attack.
It now goes to the final game where due to earlier postponements Styal face Woodley again on Monday 19th May. For league tables go to tables and results on the link left

Thurs 8th May; Styal 1 Crosfields 1
May 8, 2008, 9:15 pm
Styal dominated the game and always carried a menace upfront. After the eartly sparring a pattern soon emerged with Styal looking solid as a team and the pace of Matthews, Barnes and Graham creating a host of first half chances. The deadlock was broken after 20 minutes when Barnes shot from the edge of the box and the ball deflected off Graham into the Crosfields goal. Graham missed 2 particularly good first half chances but wasnt the only culprit as the Crosfields defence was at 6's and 7's. The second half continued in the same manner with Styal holding firm at the back and the midfield looking to get the forwards in behind the Crosfields back line. Styal's persistance resulted in an early second half penalty but Challinor saw his shot saved and was unable to put the rebound into the net in the melee that ensued. Thornton saw the Crosfields keeper save his well placed volley towards the top corner. With 10 minutes to go Styal tended to ease back but always looked in control. However with 2 minutes left the concentration lapsed for the only time in the game and Crosfield solitary shot on goal was precisely slotted wide of Cowle into Stytl's goal to make the game level.
Styal launched an onslaught forcing 2 quick corners and the last moment of the game saw Dickenson blaze over from close range with another golden opportunity. It was harsh on Styal after all their domination but without the second goal to secure things there would always be the threat...............

Tues 6th May, Styal 6 Poynton 3
May 6, 2008, 9:07 pm
Styal maintained their momentum after a shaky start last night. Giving away an early goal, Styal dominated the play and equalised going in 1-1. The second half saw Styal give away a soft goal after Poynton won a corner straight from the kick off.; but again they struck back this time immediately to level at 2-2. Then poor Styal defending allowed Poynton's centre forward to round Cowell and leave Styal 3-2 down. Again Styal marched up the pitch and scored through a Challinor penalty after Barnes was upended in the Poynton box when through on goal. This also saw Poynton reduced to 10 men as their centre half received his marching orders.
A Dave Graham overhead kick and a classy JohnThornton finish over the keeper after Barnes had beaten 2 Poynton defenders to set it up on a plate were the pick of the goals.
Styal's excellent season continues with home games against Crosfields on Thursday and Woodley on Saturday

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