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Saturday 5th January Styal first team postponed. Broadheath Central Res 2 Styal Res 3; Northenden vics 5 Styal 'A' 2
Jan 7, 2008, 11:55 am
Reserve Team report on the way .....
NORTHENDEN VICS   5     V     2     STYAL A
Styals promotion hopes had a huge dent put in it after this game against a team fourth from bot tom of the league and who they had beaten 6-0 earlier in the season and it really was a kamikaze opening 25 mins that saw the home side open a three nil lead. Styal woke up for the last 15 mins of the half, in which Si Roberts scored and matty west had his effort cleared off the line and if they played like this for the first half hour then surely it would have been a different result HALF TIME 3-1

Player -manager Punk Takiar really la yed into the team at the break and asked for more commitment second half, but a penalty awarded to Nothenden half way through saw the home side stretch the lead to 4-1. Styal got one back though a penalty of their own, but in the final few minutes Northenden had made it 5 and a day to forget for Styal.

Takiar commented “This truly was the worst performance that I have seen as a player or manager of a Styal team. The team, on paper, was a strong one, but unfortunately some players appear to be relying on reputations only, as the commitment was non-existent! Although it is possible that this is merely a one-off, and is the result of a ‘Xmas hangover' I cannot take a chance so I will be juggling this team around for next week. I still believe in the squad that I have, but with so many players coming back after injury, some of these players need to be looking over their shoulders.”

Man of the Match…….in your dreams!

Saturday 29th December Styal 2 Rylands 1
Dec 30, 2007, 8:11 pm
Styal dominated Rylands for most of the the game but a failure to take chances led to a nervy last few minutes. Styal went 2-0 up in the first half with 2 similar goals. On both occassions Matthews on Styal's right wing beat the last man and crossed for Thornton who took advantage both times as he stole in at the far post to right foot home.
Styal never really looked threatened for most of the game but their passing was not up to scratch in the last third. Barnes always had the beating of Rylands left back and it looked like a matter of time befre Styal would get a third goal and wrap up the game. Manager Morrison shuffled the pack mid way through the second half and the most clear cut chance fell to sub Gavin Smith but he put his short range effort wide.
With only 5 minutes to go Styal contrived to lose the ball near the opposition corner flag and with players out of position Rylands went up the field and a speculative cross was despatched past his own keeper by Tueart. Some doubts seemed to set in and some poor decision making by Styal's defenders allowed Rylands a couple of late free kicks around the Styal box. Luckily Styal managed to cope with the opportunities they presented Rylands but Morrison will be disappointed that after dominating nearly all the game Styal gave Rylands a lifeline.

Sat 15th Dec Styal 4 Rylands 1; Bridge Inn 2 Styal Res 1; Brooklands 2 Styal 'A' 2
Dec 17, 2007, 12:01 pm
Saturday 22nd December--ALL Games were Frozen Out
Styal 4 Rylands 1
With styal's game called off last week it was a good chance to get the last defeat out of our system. With several changes to the line up it was the good reaction Styal's manager Morrison was looking for particularly. After 20mins Steve Boardman glanced in a cross from the right by Mathews to make 1-0 which the home team deserved. With Styal in control it came as a shock when Craig Massy got his 2nd yellow of the game in the 35th min to reduce the home team to 10 men. This only spurred Styal on and they went on attack after attack to try and get a second goal which came via Oliver Barnes who was upended in the box. Brian Mathews dispatched the penalty to give Styal a 2-0 half time lead..The 2nd half saw Styal continuing to pressure Rylands and creating several chances which all went astray. That was until the impressive John Thornton released Oliver Barnes who ran 20yrds down the left to fire into the top corner to kill the game off with Styal's third . With the introduction of Graham, Dickenson and Brennon it was the home team who continued to do all the pressing until Darren Vernon trying to be clever lost the ball and miskicked over his own keeper Cowle  to give the visitors some hope. However Oliver Barnes made it 4-1 with 10mins to go after good work by Brennon and Graham gave him an open net to roll the ball into. 
Styal res v Bridge Inn Altrincham Cup
Styal came into this game after a two week break and it showed ! Although Styal looked the brighter side in the opening ten minutes they didn't create any clear cut chances and wasted what possession they had with some poor passing.
However, a misunderstanding at the back saw Bridge take the lead after a back pass caught Harrison in goal flat footed as he watched the ball roll in to an empty net. Styal pushed forward but were kept to half chances until Ryan Buckley broke through and brought a fine stop from the Bridge goalkeeper.
The second half saw Styal push forward in search of an equaliser but on a very poor pitch this didn't suit Styal's passing game and saw pass after pass go astray. With Ryan Buckley showing good form in driving forward he was the only player causing any problems to Bridge Inns defence. It wasn't till ten minutes from the end when a free kick was awarded to Styal on the edge of the Bridge area, saw a free kicked thumped home to grab the equaliser, this should have been the spur that Styal needed and they nearly clinched it when Danny Gregory broke free with only the keeper to beat who pulled of a fine block to deny Danny his goal.
The twist in the tale came with three minutes to go when a  corner awarded to Bridge saw their man of the match head home to grab the winner.
A poor performance on a very poor pitch dampened Styal's day and no have to wait till the new year to make amends with their next game at home to Poynton on the cup.
BROOKLANDS  2     V     2   STYAL A

Styal absolutely coasted through the first 30 minutes of this game, knocking the ball the ball along the back four, into the midfield, down the flanks but still they lacked the killer instinct in the final third where it matters. Possesion wise, it was total domination and they played like an outfit that was, at last, beginning to play to their potential. A fearsome strike from Adkin put them 1-0 up on 10 mins, then Marchbank added a second a few minutes later afer a deft one two saw him slide his shot into the bottom corner and everything was going swimmingly. However a harmless, Brooklands free kick from about 20 yards caught the Styal keeper in two minds and he couldn't decide whether to catch it or tap it over the bar, didn't do either and the ball crept over the line to make it 2-1 at half time.

A different Styal side came out for the second half and in a nut shell , the football went,the shape went, and they got outmuscled in the middle of the park and it was Brooklands who wanted the point more. It really was as simple as that. But in saying that, Styal's back four really wasnt stretched that much and it was another goalkeeping error that lead to Brooklands equaliser. A free kick from wide on the right managed to find its way inside and over the keepers head. 2-2 the final result leaves Styal in 4th but really needing to up performance levels if they are to achieve what they need to,and that is to bring the club on and play at a level that this Styal team deserves to be at  with the callibre of some of the players they have.

Sat 1st Dec Stalybridge Celtic Res 3 Styal 1; Trafford Utd 0 Styal 'A'
Dec 3, 2007, 9:08 pm
Stalybridge Celtic Res 3 Styal 1
With tempers still running high from the match 3 weeks before it was always going to be a tricky game for Styal. With the home team being able to pick from a vast squad which included a few 1st team players Styal had it all to do. It started well with Styal going on the attack trying to impose themselves on the home team and with no quarter given Styal were rewarded when Dave Graham was tripped inside the box to give Styal a penalty on 20 minutes. Brian Mathews dispatched it to give Styal  the goal advantage they deserved.
With the home team offering little in attack it was Styal who created 3 more good chances with Dave Graham unable to extend the margin when put through one on one with only the keeper to beat. With half time fast approaching it was in 43rd min when the home team winger waltzed past 3 attempted  tackles to fire in the leveller giving Cowle no chance in goal. Ht Stalybridge 1-styal 1.
The 2nd half saw Styal have 2 more good chances and  2 cleared off the line from free kicks and corners before the home team had a player sent off for his second bookable offence on 60 minutes. With Styal unable to control the game after that it was the home team who scored a deflected shot from 25yrds with Cowle left stranded. With Styal now going for all out attack with 4 forwards upfront it wasn't until the last kick of the game the home team scored a 2nd deflected effort to kill the game off  and give Styal there 2nd defeat of the season. If you don't take your chances in the game you wont win it.    
TRAFFORD     0     V     2     STYAL A

Styal really needed to win this if they were to stay in contention for promotion this year, which is the main aim and win it they did, but it was a scrappy affair. Styal were unlucky not to go 1 up early in the game, when a great free kick from the left by paul marchbank fell to bodders whos first time strike just whistled over .Trafford responded with one or two chances themselves, but like last week, Pat lyons and Alex kemp at the back were excellent.The deadlock was finally broken by Matty West with his 10th goal of the season when he connected perfectly first time with a ball in from the right sending the ball into the bottom right corner giving the keeper no chance.

The second half wasn't much better from a spectators point of view, but styal stuck to the job but on occasions were fortunate that the trafford finishing wasn't brilliant and next goal really was going to be important and yet again it was from the clinical right boot of Westy who is now responsible for 11 of stayls 26 goals this season.He chased a ball over the top, took a touch and fired it in the bottom left corner from just inside the box.

Punk Takiar's boys remain in 4th place and are beginning to return to winning ways.


PAT............8......MOM....A SOLID DISPLAY.









SCOTTY H...0.....SUB AND DIDNT GET ON.(i blame the manager.)

Player-manager Punk Takiar said "this was not a convincing performance at all, and the team chosen should have killed this game off long before they did. However its another 3 points in the bag & we are only 3 points off the leaders. Our aim is maximum points in December which should see is back to the top of the league by the new year."

Knutsford 1 Styal 2; Styal Res 5 Eagle Sports Res 1; Styal 'A' 3 Salford 1
Nov 25, 2007, 2:18 pm
Knutsford 1 Styal 2
With styal drawing the last 2 games it was important that no points were dropped against last seasons runner up in the league. The game started with Styal defending against a strong wind but getting the better of the home team and creating 2 good chances which fell to Gavin Smith and Dave Graham but both were unable to convert, Then on 20 mins Gavin Smith broke the offside trap and curled the ball with the outside of his foot into the top corner to give Styal a deserved lead. This only spurred Styal onto greater things with wave after wave of Styal attacks going astray until on 30 mins when Dave Graham chased down a loose ball and converted the chance to give Styal a much deserved 2-0 lead at the break. With Styal now in control it was a case of seeing out the home team attacks which never really amounted to anything until 10mins from time when a free kick resulted in  Knutsford getting a goal back when Smith was caught ball watching at the back post. With something to go for an all out attack from the home ensued with Knutsford hitting the bar late on with their best effort Styal prevailed and earned 3 points to keep them in touch with the leaders. Outstanding performances from John Thornton, Darren Vernon and Andy Pownall.
Styal Res 5 Eagle Sport Res 1
Team :- R Harrison, L Tueart, S Laffley, P Moore, R Buckley, M Barnes, M Tueart, M Filson, C Massey, D Gregory, C McCormick.
Styal were looking to bounce back after their first defeat of the season last week, and bounce back they did with the perfect tonic a 5-1 win. With the team being shuffled about due to player availability, this showed the depth of the squad on what was going to be a test of stamina on a heavy pitch.
Styal got stuck in and opened their account after four minutes when a corner deliver in by Matt Barnes could only be punched as far as the edge of the box, only to find Craig Massey pounce and with one touch controlled the ball and hit a fine dipping shot from the edge of the area to put Styal in the lead.
Eagle we're about to buckle and fought back forcing some good defending from Paul Moore and Ryan "high tower" Buckley who were outstanding throughout the game. As Eagle pressed they forced a corner, which was whipped in and would have gone straight in the Styal goal but for some alert defending from Leigh Tueart who did his job defending the post and headed the ball off the line.
Styal struck back with a decisive move with the ball played out to Gregory on the right wing, he played the perfect ball into the Eagle box to find Mark Tueart take it in his stride with is first touch and slotted home with his second, very Peter Crouch !
Again Eagle pushed looking for a goal, and yet again forced a corned and it was identical to their first, with the ball whipped in and yet again the vigilante Leigh Tueart head clear off the line. Eagle then grabbed a goal back just at the end of the first half.
Styal needed a third to kill the game off but some frustrating passing in the final third made for tough going and Eagle kept plucking away, and but for some fine Styal defending from Moore and Buckley kept them at bay.
The breakthrough came with a stunning effort from Mark Tueart who hit a stunning 25 yard shot with flew into the stanchion and take some pressure off, it did look like he slipped when he struck it, but in an interview after the game he quoted "i was in total control when i struck the ball ! "
The fourth goal came deservedly to Danny Gregory who was tireless in his running all game, and as he made yet another run into the box he let fly only to see the keeper save it, but he couldn't keep hold of it and Gregory pounced to slot home number four. The final goal came from Chris McCormick who had missed several chances throughout the game but kept his nerve as he took control on the edge of the Eagle box to turn passed two Eagle defenders and slot home for a much deserved goal from a man of the match performance !
Styal almost made it six, with Ryan Buckley, who throughout the game had been counting down the minutes left for him to score. His chance came with only minutes left on the clock, he picked the ball up on the edge of the Styal box and set off on a stunning run. He ghosted past two Eagle players by the time he was into the Eagle half, he then swerved past a defender, he then drew the keeper and with arms aloft to celebrate, a last ditch tackle from an Eagle defender took the ball of his toes just as he was about to slot home.
Styal have a new web site for Matt Barnes and Ryan Buckley, please click on the following link www.howtoscore.com !!!!!
Man of the match was a close call between Paul Moore and Chris McCormick but McCormick wins it for a fine performance.  
Styal A    3    v     1   Salford afc

Styal A team met AFC Salford for the 3rd time this season, after winning the previous 2 and knew they had another tough game on the back of a run of 5 games without a win.

Player-manager Punk Takiar knew he had the change the team or the formation & opted to do both, moving to a 3-5-2 formation & giving last season's skipper his first game after almost 12 months out injured.

Styal knew they couldn't afford to drop any more points. Things havent being going their way in the last couple of games and this performance needed to see if they had the character & discipline to dig out a result, with confidence low all round.

However Styal soon found themselves 1 down to a very scrappy goal against the run of play, and yet again it appeared their run of bad luck was continuing. The manager then moved back to a 4-4-2 formation, and Styal soon wrestled the majority of the posession
From their skilful opponents, with Kenney marshalling the midfield superbly, and Alex Kemp & Pat Lyons bossing the defence, and Si Roberts leading the forward line majestically.

Styal drew level half way through the first half. A thirty second onslaught on the salford goal saw the their keeper make a great save, then si roberts's shot was cleared off the line,then a great strike from the edge of the box hit the inside of the post and rebound again t si roberts who finally struck it home.

half time 1-1

The second half was really where Styal dug in, Salford came at them with some good, direct attacking football but the exceptional back line performances from Pat Lyons, alex kemp and Paul Marchbank made it look very easy.Their positional play and composure in certain situations was outstanding. This allowed Styal to hit salford on the counter what is something they are very good at. Matty West ( who really looked like his confidence was back today) made it 2-1 on the hour with a cool finish. and there was one moment in the game today where he reallt showed what he's capable of, turning two centre half's inside out before unleashing a shot that was saved by the keeper. Scotty Hawkins finally killed the game off in the last 10 mins when he found himself in space,  a deft touch controlled a difficult ball, and allowed him to pick his spot, give the keeper the eyes , and place it in the opposite corner, albeit off the post in the end from 8 yrds.

Overall Styal are back on track. Player-manager Punk Takiar said "This was probably our most important game of the season, with confidence low & the leading teams getting away from us. However the shape looked right today, and I told the players they had to show a bit more ageeasion to go with the football they have been playing. They certainly got stuck in today and were lifted by a superb battling performance al around. This game should be a turning point and set is off on another winning run."

player ratings.

Jamie Alfred (Liam) - didn't put a foot or a finger wrong in goal on his debut....7






Man of the match : 'MARCUS'- tackled like a man posessed, added steel to the midfield & protected the defence superbly - .........9



'BOD' - ran his marker ragged and unlucky to have a goal disallowed......7



Styal 1 Stalybridge Celtic Res 1, Poynton Res 1 Styal 0, Styal 'A' 2 Cringlewood Athletic 4
Nov 19, 2007, 9:19 am
Styal 1 Stalybridge Celtic Res 1
The game started with Styal in a relaxed mood thinking all they had to do was turn up and they would win.This was not to be the case with Celtic playing the better football in the first half without ever really asking too much of Cowley in the styal goal. Things changed though  on 30 minutes when a corner by the visitors resulted in free header which was cleared off the Styal line. The linesman flagged for a goal and although no-one was convinced the ball had crossed the line Styal ended the half 1-0 down. The second half saw Styal coming out of the blocks with wave of attack after attack without too much quality or end product, but at least trying to improve on a limp first half  performance. The reward came via a penalty which looked a bit harsh from the defenders point of view which was converted by Brian Matthews on 65 minutes. With styal now going for the winner the game was called off/abandoned on 84minutes  due to serious injury to Celtics defender who needed hospital treatment for a knee injury. With the game finishing 1-1 it is now up to Cheshire League to replay the game or uphold the result. This was a poor performance from a tired looking team who will need to improve.
Poynton Res 1 Styal Res 0
Team :- R Harrison, L Tueart, N Capel, P Moore, S Laffley, C Massey, M Filson, R Buckley, M BArnes, D Gregory, P LIvingstone. Subs:- C McCormick, T MAgdjinski, P Adkin
Styal came to Poynton with a five point lead and had the potential to stretch this over second placed Poynton but this was going to prove a tough test, Styal had to make a few changes from the previous week with Paul Moore returning in the centre of defence and Craig Massey wide right.
The first opening fell to Styal with a fine free kick delivered by Mike Filson to find Ryan Buckley arriving at the back post unmarked only to head wide after ten minutes. Poynton tried to reply but never quite had the cutting edge up front to break down the resolute Styal defence with good performances from all the Styal back four. The next chance fell to Phil Livingstone, a fine ball from Danny Gregory saw Livingstone break into the Poynton box but failed to beat the keeper, as Poynton pushed forward Styal were on the counter attack but never managed to pick the right pass to unlock the Poynton defence.
0-0 At half time was a fair reflection on the first half with very few chances being created from either team Poynton pushed again but never created any chances to trouble Harrison in the Styal goal. Styal brought on Chris McCormick to try and change to play but on a sticky pitch any chance of playing good passing football was always going to be difficult. Poynton created two half decent chances but Harrison in goal was equal to them and pulled of a fine point blank save from the second effort with the first chance being hit over the bar from ten yards. Styal saw a couple of half chances go to waste but never really created any clear chances. The game looked to be heading to a 0-0 draw but in the last minute Styal had several chances to clear the ball from the box, but the Poynton forward managed to get a toe to the ball to poke it into the bottom corner to take the lead. This was a cruel blow and Styal ran out of time to pull anything out of the bag, this was Styal first defeat in 14 games and will look to bounce back next week with a home match to Eagle sports.
Styal 'A' 2 Cringlewood Athletic 4
Another disappointing result for Styal's 'A' team but manager Takiar thought his side deserved the points and questioned the late stand in referee's decision making, which had its influence on the game.
Styal scored from the kick off through Vince only for the goal to be disallowed and the game restarted as the Crnglewood keeper 'was not ready'. This early injustice set the tone for the game.
Vince was hospitalised with a deeply gashed shin shortly after after a tackle from an opposition player before the opposition opened the scoring with a hotly disputed goal as the scorer was well ofside. Styal managed to equalise with a penalty to go in 1-1 at half time.
Styal took a 2-1 lead early in the second half before Cringlewood hit back. 2 of the 3 goals they scored in the second half were again fiercely contested by Styal due to their offside nature. Styal rued a missed chance that fell to Matt West that would have made it 3-3 and altered the course of the game.

Sat 10 Nov. Middlewich Town 1 Styal 1; Styal Res 3 Atlantic 1 (Altrincham Cup); NCC Group 0 Styal 'A' 0
Nov 11, 2007, 5:00 pm

Middlewich Town 1 Styal 1

With both sides having played each other only 3 weeks ago; this was not going to be a classic and with the result more important than the performance the game started with both sides not wanting to make any mistakes. With styal especially toughing it out in the first half going against a very strong wind they were hardly able to break out of their own half. Much to the frustration of the home team, Styal defended superbly closing down everywhere. Styal's front men, Graham, Chambers, Thornton and Brennon did a lot of hard work in this respect without seeing much of the ball and as a result the only time the home team looked dangerous was from set plays or when the Middlewich winger had the ball. When he got one on one with Styal's full back MacDonnell, MacDonnell had to foul him on more than one occasion resulting in a yellow card. The first half ended pretty non eventful at 0-0. The second half Styal go on the attack with Chambers and Graham causing all sorts of problems but without having a clear chance on goal. However, then on 65 minutes the home team forced a corner and when the ball came out to edge of the box it was volleyed  into the top corner giving the Styal keeper Cowell no chance; a fantastic goal. The game now opened up and Styal went all out for attack with Gavin Smith and Brian Matthews brought on to give Styal more attacking options. With 10 minutes left Chambers was put through and beat the keeper only for the ball to be cleared off the line. The final 10 minutes saw Middlewich players going down like flies all over the pitch in an effort to waste time. In a rare counter attack, Middlewich netted late on but the referee ruled that it was offside. Then, in the 93 rd minute Styal scored their deserved equaliser. Luke Scarry fired a free kick into the Middlewich box. The impressive Darren Vernon headed it cross goal and Gavin Smith volleyed the ball to totally burst the Middlewich net.


Styal Res 3 Atlantic 1 (Altrincham Cup)

Team :- R Harrison, L Tueart, D Talbot, J Aldred, N Capel, M Barnes, R Buckley, M Filson, S Laffley, C McCormick, P Adkin Subs :- E Chandler, P Livingstone, D Gregory
This was going to prove a tough test for undefeated Styal Res, but with a very strong squad available to select from Styal had to make sure that complacency didn't set in against a physical Atlantic team who were here to claim a scalp ! The opening ten minutes proved frantic with some fiery tackles from Atlantic trying to unsettle a balanced Styal side and to stop them from playing any football. The early chance fell to Atlantic but a weak finish left the Styal goal stay intact. The game never got into any rhythm, mainly due to some rather petty refereeing. Styal's best chance fell to Paul Adkin who broke through the Atlantic back
line only to be thwarted by the Atlantic keeper, but after the clash Adkin took a heavy knock and took no further part, this saw Danny Gregory enter the field of play, and what an instant impact he made ! With some neat football down the Styal right flank saw a delightful ball from Laffley release Gregory from just inside the Atlantic half to break through and slot a home a delightful goal with his first touch !
The second came soon after due to a misunderstanding from the Atlantic left back who played a sloppy ball which was intercepted by McCormick who broke free down the Styal right flank, with only one defender to beat he slipped a perfect  pass to Gregory who slotted home from eight yards.With a two goal cushion Styal looked to be in total control but Atlantic weren't giving up the fight and on the stroke of half time the Styal defence failed to clear the ball and got caught napping and Atlantic grabbed a lifeline.
The second half continued in the same vein with neither side managing to string together more than a handful of passes with neither side threatening to score, but with fresh legs on the pitch with Chandler and Livingstone Styal always looked like they could step up another gear. Solid defending from the Styal back four with Chandler settling into center half and Talbot being a thorn in the Atlantic side with his pace and well timed tackles.The nail in the Atlantic coffin came with seven minutes left after some fine footwork from Laffley down the Styal right turn his defender inside out and pick out the perfect cross for Gregory to head home for Styal's third and his hatrick !
Styal progress into the next round of the cup and have another tough test next Saturday with an away trip to second placed Poynton, this will not be a game for the faint hearted !


NCC GROUP    0     V     0   SYTAL  A

Styal travelled to a team one place below them in the league and can count themselves extremely unlucky that this finished goalless. On a pitch that wasn't the best and in windy conditions, Styal very rarely looked in trouble with Lee Mcdonald in net having virtually nothing to do all game. The 1st half saw Styal play some decent stuff at times despite playing into the wind and they created a few chances but just couldn't apply the end product. The second half was pretty much the same, although Styal did take about ten minutes to get going. The best chance of the game fell to Matt West after some good work down the left, the cross fell to him about six yards out but his effort hit the crossbar and over. Nine times out of ten they go in. But Styal kept on pressing, were quick into the challenges, and if they played this game again I think 3 points would have been in the bag. Now they have two tough games coming up and cant really afford to drop any more points this month.

Sat Nov 3rd Styal 4 Pilkingtons 3; Linotype CHN Res 2 Styal Res 2; Styal 'A' 2 Timperley Wanderers 3
Nov 4, 2007, 8:47 pm

Styal 4 Pilkingtons 3

Forget Arsenal v Man Utd. The place to be on Saturday  was at Styal's home ground to watch what can only be described as the game had everything. It started out as 2nd in the table versus 4th encounter and the first 15 minutes were fairly even. Then on 20 minutes Pilkington's took the lead from a corner which Styal didn't clear properly. Then on 35 minutes Nick Challinor was pushed over in the Pilkington area but the referee waved play on. Nick's decision to discuss this in more detail with the referee suddenly appeared rather ill judged when his marching orders were given. With Styal reduced to 10 men with just under a hour to go it became a tall ask. However the home team rose to the task, doing all the pushing and Styal were rewarded with a penalty for handball on 40 minutes which Sefu Chambers slotted away to level the score at half-time.1-1.

The second half saw Styal go for broke playing 3 at the back and attacking Pilkingtons and they were rewarded when Dave (soft bounce) Graham did an overhead  kick from the edge of the box into the top corner of the net to give Styal the lead on 55 minutes. Pilkington's responded 5 minutes later with a 25 yard shot which nestled into bottom corner of Styal's goal to level the score 2-2. Styal's 3rd came from a back pass and when the Pilks keeper missed the bounce of the ball, Paul Robinson style it rolled into the empty net for a 3-2 advantage to Styal with 15 minutes remaining. Pilks went for a leveller and fired in a quality strike from 20yrds to give Cowell in Styal's net no chance on 80 minutes. Styal then thought they had found the winner when Brian Matthews found himself only 3 yards out infront of an empty net but fired wide. Then with only 2 minutes left Dave Graham bundled the ball over the line after good work by Macdonnell and Matthews to give Styal a fantastic 4-3 win


Linotype CHN Res 2 Styal Res 2

Styal Res :- J Aldred, LTueart, J Heywood, M Barnes, D Talbot, S Laffley, M Filson, R Buckley, P Livingstone, C McCormick, D Gregory. Subs :- P Adkin, D Oates
Styal went to second place Linotype still unbeaten and faced their toughest challenge of the season and with defensive changes forced this was going to be a tough local derby.
The first 15 minutes proved frantic with no team giving an inch and chances were far and few between, Styal started to force the game and created a few half chances but Linotype broke down their right flank and hit a stinging shot which Jamie Aldred got a good pair of hands to it and pushed it wide. With seven minutes left till half time Styal made the break through, and what a strike ! A nice build up lead to another Filson special with his left foot from 25 yards out, the ball left his boot like a bullet from a gun and
gave the keeper no chance. This was the perfect end to a hard fought first half but Linotype didn't give up and struck an equalizer bang on the stoke of half time.
The second half promised to be as hard fought as the first and it was Styal who came out all guns blazing! It wasn't long before a fine move down the left saw a great cross in and Chris McCormick latch on to slot it home and put Styal back in the lead. Styal looked the fitter team and piled on the pressure creating some good chances but the forward line couldn't find their finishing boots. Linotype hardly breached the Styal defence until with ten minutes left a clumsy challenge on the edge of the Styal box saw the referee award a free kick, it was going to take something special to reach the defence and it was ! The ball flew into the top corner with Adlred left with no chance.With only ten minutes left it was a cruel blow for Styal who had been in complete control but they didn't give up and the best chance fell to Chris McCormick who lost his marker and broke free bearing down on goal with only the keeper to beat could only manage to slot the ball straight at the keeper.
The game finished 2-2 with Styal putting on one of their better performances of the season only to come away with a point, however they still remain unbeaten after 11 games.
Next Game home to Atlantic in the Altrincham Cup


STYAL  ‘A'     2       V     3     TIMPERLEY WANDERERS.


After last weeks impressive second half performance all Styal needed to do was play the same way to win this and in a way they did the first half, Despite having six players missing and the disadvantage of having Scotty Hawkins in nets, Styal started brightly and had at least three really good chances to kill this game off before the break. Matty Cook missed a sitter, then hit the bar with a great strike, Matt West turned the centre half inside out but blasted high over the bar, unlike him, but then the ever dependable Si Roberts hit a shot which the Timperly keeper fumbled over line for the lead. Within a few minutes, though Timperley were level with their only effort of the first half. A weak shot really from the edge of the box that found the bottom corner.

Styal really didn't get involved enough second half, but did go in front once again when Jimmy Vince opened his account for the season after a scramble in the box. After that Timperley wanted it more, Styal were second to every ball in the midfield, weren't strong enough in the tackles and lost the ability to really kill off their opponents, which they should of done and conceded two late goals. The deciding one in the last 5 minutes. Overall Styal are still in a decent position in the league as teams are capable of beating each other, but games like this they really do need to win.

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