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Sat Oct 27th (Cheshire Cup) Stockport Georgians 2 Styal 1; Styal Res 4 Rylands Res 0, (Cup) Bridge Inn 2 Styal 'A' 1
Oct 28, 2007, 10:46 pm
Stockport Georgians 2 Styal 1

Styal started with 5 changes from the previous outing and 2 players, Luke Scary and Danny Gregory making Styal debut's. Styal started well and Graham forced 2 outstanding saves from the Georgians keeper in the first half. Young Gregory nearly netted when running onto a through ball and poking it past the keeper only for a Georgians defender to make a last gasp clearance. With only 10 minutes to go in the first half Styal were finally rewarded when Brennan unleashed a fine shot from the edge of the box firing Styal into a 1-0 half-time advantage.

The second half saw the home team come out all guns blazing,.but to little effect until 20 minutes from the end. Described by manager Morrison as a ‘volleyball' goal the referees opinion that a chest and not a hand despatched the ball into the net was the one that counted. This deflated Styal slightly and with 10 minutes to go Styal's keeper Aldred was beaten by a deflected shot which gave Georgians a 2-1 lead. In the last couple of minutes Styal came close to equalising. McDonnels mazy run ended in him firing the ball across the home teams box but no-one could apply the slightest touch to take the game into extra time. Styal will now concentrate on the league

Styal Res 4 Rylands Res 0
Team :- R Harrison, E Chandler, J Heywood, N Capel, L Tueart, S Laffley, M Filson, R Buckley, M Barnes. C McCormick, P Adkin. Subs :- T Magdjinski, P Livingstone, M Johnson
Styal took on Rylands for the third time this season and looked to maintain the 100% record against them, however it was Rylands who made the early move and a ball over the top caught the Styal defence flat footed and the Rylands striker saw his shot strike the post and luckily for Styal away from the goal. However it wasn't' t long before Styal started to stamp their authority on the game and started to cut open the Rylands defence. A set piece from a corner saw Joe Heywood rise to head home only for the goal to be disallowed, then it was Paul Adkin who broke free down the left with only the keeper to beat squandered his chance to open the scoring. It wasn't long before some more fine play saw Chris McCormick break free and with the keeper to beat put his shot against the post and Styal saw another golden chance to open their account wasted. However, it was only a matter of time before Rylands succumbed to the dominance of Styal, and with a fine cross from Ryan Buckley on the left saw a great header from McCormick put Styal in the lead and no more than they deserved. Styal struck again with Joe Heywood heading home again, but this time the goal stood and Styal went in 2-0 up at half time.
The next goal would clinch it for Styal and it came from a fantastic free kick from Mike Filson who swung in a stunning ball and the Rylands defender could only manage to dispatch it into his own goal. Styal were in complete control with Rick Harrison in the Styal goal having very little to do, he ordered his Pot Noodle and curry and rice from Sue in the clubhouse ! It was a matter of who and when Styal were going to score next, and Ryan came close with a stunning strike from 25 yards only to see his shot skim past the post, his next two efforts had manchester airport in trouble, one shot came close to landing on runway 2 ! The final goal came from some fine play and an unselfish ball cut back from McCormick to set up Steffan Laffley to tap home
from close range.
A fine result which capped off a solid performance and Styal now stand six points clear in their division ! November fixtures will prove how far Styal have come this season with the next game against second placed Linotype.
BRIDGE INN     2       V      1     STYAL A
Styal travelled to sale for this 1st round league cup game against a team who like them will be challenging for the league championship this season and it wasnt for the feint hearted. The first 25 mins was fairly even, the Bridge had a couple of chances and Styal played some good football at times, matching them in every department. But then we switched off for 10 mins conceding two soft goals.
The second half was all about character and I have to say Styal showed it in abundance. It was like the alamo. Styal just never said die and kept on applying the pressure. everyone was outstanding. Si Roberts, who had already hit the bar with a great free kick, finally scored with 15 mins to go, with a lovely little flick from the edge of the box, maybe a bit further. Styal kept on attacking, and were really unlucky when Alex kemp hit the post in the last minute. Out of the cup yes, chances of winning the league, very high if we keep playing like we did in the second half. Once again, a brilliant, for a load of different reasons, performance. You really couldnt single anyone out but Browny was given man of the match, for me it was everyone.

Sat Oct 20th Styal 1 Middlewich Town 0; Eagle Sports Res 0 Styal Res 1; Sale Amateurs 4 Styal 'A' 0
Oct 21, 2007, 8:46 pm
Styal 1 Middlewich Town 0
This was a game between 2 sides that will  be in or around the top of the table come the end of the season.  The game started with both sides playing at 100miles per hour with more individual battles than craft being displayed in what can only be said was a fairly even 1st half with little in the way of chances for either team . with no tackle  The second half saw  Styal the much more composed with a couple of half chances going astray from  Sefu  Chambers  who ma de a good 1st team home  league debut.  With  Styals defence well marshalled by  Pownall and Boardman , the mid field of  Tu eart and Dickenson and forwards  Graham and  Chambers  Styal had a very solid spine which made life difficult for the  Middlewich team.  The breakthrough  for Styal came  through a counter attack . The ball broke to  John Thornton on the right  who  cooly waited for  Chambers to arrive at the far post  deliver ing the inch perfect ball which was dispatch ed into the  Middlewich net  on 75 min utes. With  Middlewich now having to go for broke Dave  Graham broke away to l eave himself 1 on 1 which the keeper  who pulled off a fantastic save to keep  Middlewich in the game . In the last 5  min ute Middlewich hit the bar from a free kick and had a goal disallowed due to the offside rule .  With  Cowell in the  Styal  net not having anything else to do it proved a well deserved 3  p oints for  Styal to  go joint top in the league
Eagle Sports Res 0 Styal Res 1
Team :- R Harrison, E Chandler, J Heywood, N Capel, L Tueart, S Laffley, M Filson, M Barnes, T Magdjinski, P Adkin, D Gregory. Subs :- S Scarry, D Oates
Styal looked to take their cup form back into the league, but with three changes from the week before showed the depth and strength of the current squad. Styal started brightly showing good control of the ball with some neat passing and a good tempo which soon caused Eagle problems, with a fine ball to Steff Laffley who took on the Eagle leftback who brought him down just inside the box, leaving the referee no alternative but to award Styal a penalty. Matty Barnes (There's no truth in the rumour he's growing his eyebrows to look like a pair of glasses ! well that's what he tells us ! ) stood up to take the kick, but a fine save from the Eagle keeper made it three misses from three penalty for Styal. Styal were in complete control but couldn't break the Eagle defence, another mazy run from "Bod" Adkin almost opened the deadlock but his shot flashed over the bar. A fine cross soon after from Bod saw Steff Laffley arrive at the back post only to head over bar from close range.
The second half continued pretty much in the same vain with Styal in control but with Eagle content to defend in numbers making it hard for Styal to break them down. It was going to take something special to beat the in-form Eagle keeper and it came from "Rocky" Filson with a sweetly struck shot which squeezed between the despairing dive of the Eagle keeper and the post to put Styal ahead.
This seemed to spur Eagle on and they soon started to attack and created a few good chances, but for the fine reaction save from Rick Harrison in the Styal keeper from point blank (He puts it down to the Pot Noodle!) . However this left Eagle open to the Styal counter attacks which came from Tom Madginski on the left side and new comer Sean Scarry on the right, but again chance after chance went begging. With five minutes left player manager Oates came on to add some pace and flair to the attack (well that's his version of it !) The score remained 1-0 and Styal continued their fine start to the season.
MOM :- Eagle keeper
Sale Amateurs 4 Styal 'A' 0
In what was a early season top of the table clash (Styal going into it unbeaten) Sale started the better and had the best of the first twenty min. Styal took a while to get going, showing in bits,  but that said had the better of the 1st half chances. Matty West was denied by a brilliant save from the Sale keeper then a minute later was denied again. It they had gone in the outcome may well have been different but as it was the 1st half ended deadlocked at 0-0.
The second half was all about who took their chances and Sale did that. Styal looked stunned as they soon found themselves 2 down and to be fair couldn't really find a response. Sale added two more and ran out deserved winners although the scoreline was slightly flattering.
MOM.....Jimmy Vince.

Saturday 13th October Rylands Res 3 Styal Res 6 (CUP), Styal 'A' 5 Northenden Vics 1
Oct 14, 2007, 11:16 am
Rylands Res 3 Styal Res 6
Team :- N Capel, S Laffley, E Chandler, J Heywood, L Tueart, M Barnes, M Filson(C), R Buckley, D Gregory, S Chambers, C McCormick. Subs :- T Magdjinski, P Adkin.
Styal had a break from league duties and took on bottom of the league Rylands, and looked to improve on the last few games, but with keeper problems the gloves were passed to Neil Capel would this hinder their chances? Styal got of to a flyer with some fine first time passing from defence to midfield to Barnes on the left who played a perfect ball into the box to find McCormick who slotted home within the first five minutes to open the account. Styal looked comfortable with fine passing and movement and wasn't long before a fine ball through from McCormick to Sefu Chambers who coolly slipped the ball around the keeper to increase the lead after nine minutes. Styal were flying and really shook the home team when a poor back pass was latched onto by Chambers who used his strength and pace to slip
passed the keeper to notch his second and Styal's third after 14 minutes. It didn't stop Rylands from coming forward to force their only attack and saw their shot slide home. Rylands then got a stride on and forced a corner which was met with thunder header from the Rylands player to head home and make it 3-2.
Styal then picked up the pace and dominated again and again more fine passing and slick movement forced another corner and when Rylands failed to clear the ball fell to Filson who thumped the ball home to restore the two goal advantage.
The second half saw Rylands come at Styal and dominated the opening 15 minutes and grabbed a third to put the pressure back on Styal who lost their momentum and discipline, and looked at odds unlike the first half. It wasn't long before Styal started to settle down again and some fine play by Gregory on the right slipped a ball to McCormick who in-turn touched it onto Chambers who again used his pace and control to round the keeper for a third time to slot home Styal's fifth and his hatrick !  As Rylands slowed down Styal brought on fresh legs with Adkin and Madgjinski to pick up the pace and it wasn't long before super sub Adkin made amends from his horror miss of the week before to pick the ball up in his own half then beat one player then another, and with several Styal players streaming forward he continued his run to beat a third then coolly round the keeper and slot home to make it six and continue his fantastic record of scoring every time he has come on off the bench. (That's six times now ! )
MOM Sefu Chambers. Hatrick boy!
STYAL   'A'    5     V     1    NORTHENDEN VICS

Styal continued their fantastic start to the season with their fourth straight win and another emphatic one it was against a big, physical northenden outfit. Captain marvel Adam Brookes opened the scoring stabbing home a corner at the back post. In form striker Matty West then added two more goals to his seasons tally. The first, a great flick over the defenders head which he ran on to and dispatched from just inside the box.The second was all about jimmy Vincy's work rate (Which was non-stop for 90 mins) Great work down the right flank saw him drive into the box and shoot, the keeper could only parry it and Westy pounced, tapping home from close range.


concentration and disipline was the message from manager Takiar at the break and the need to score again to really put the game to bed. It was Massey who duly obliged with not one but two strikes straight from the top drawer labelled quality goals. Both from over 25 yards, one with the right, one with the left and both finding the top corners with the keeper at full stretch.Goals of the season contenders without a doubt. Northenden scored a consolation in the final minute and almost came close to second as well and maybe styal need to concentrate for the full ninety. But once again another decisive win and a big test next week in a top of the table clash against unbeaten Sale Amatuers.


Results Sat 6th Oct. Styal 0 Curzon Ashton Res 1; Billinge Res 1 Styal Res 1; Styal 'A' 2 Salford 1
Oct 8, 2007, 8:32 am

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Styal 0 Curzon Ashton Res 1
With the same sides playing each other for the second week running, Curzon Ashton came well prepared. Styal were on the front foot for the first 25 minutes but some sloppy play by nick Challinor on the edge of his own box resulted in him giving away a free kick. The visitors took full advantage from 20 yards out and took an undeserved lead. Styal continued to press up until half-time but failed to equalise.
The second half started with Styal going for the kill. Gavin Smith went close on 55 minutes when it looked easier for him to score, putting his header over the bar. Things then became difficult for the home team. Nick Challinors altercation with officialdom (the linesman) resulted in the the referee taking the linesman's opinion and dismissing Challinor. 10 minutes later Styal were left with 9 men to play out the last quarter of the game as Pownall also got his marching orders after a rash tackle on the opposition centre forward gave hin a second yellow card. Tueart and Thornton were introduced to give Styal extra legs and the 9 men did manager Morrison proud almost clawing a late equaliser. The best chance fell to Tueart with 10 minutes to go but unfortunately his point blank shot was straight down the urzon keeper's throat. Credit goes to the 9 men that fought so bravely. The only positive was that this does not dent Styal's league ambitions but a run in the cup would have been useful.
Billinge Res 1 Styal Res 1
Team R Harrison, M Pochin, L Tueart, J Heywood, N Capel, M Barnes, M Filson, R Buckley, P Livingstone, P Adkin, D Gregory. Subs:- E Chandler, S Laffley, M Johnson
Styal went to Billinge with a strong squad with (Joanna) Buckley making his first appearance and DannyGregory coming back from injury and with their first draw of the season last week, Styal looked to getback on the winning track.
It was a sluggish start with billinge out to take a scalp and with Styal
making to many mistakes with some poor passing made life easy for Billinge, however Styal settled down and started to create a few half chances with Leigh Tueart working hard on the left linking up well with Barnes to put a good ball in on to see Danny Gregory's header hit the crossbar, not long later Livingstone let fly from outside the box only to see his effort hit the crossbar.
Billinge were restricted to only a few half chances but a misunderstanding in the Styal defence gifted Billinge for the opener as the forward lifted the ball over the keeper into an empty net.
Styal needed a much improved second half performance and they got it with more energy and a better tempo to the game, put Billinge under pressure the best chance falling to "BOD" Adkin. After some fine work by Danny Gregory cutting in from the left to round the keeper and lay the ball to Bod Adkin only to see him hit the bar from three feet ! This has to go down as the miss of the century! It wasn't long before Styal equalised with Mike Filson controlling the midfield to lay the ball wide to "Joanna" who crossed the ball to see Mike Pochin Loop a fine header of the keeper to level the game.
With ten minutes to go Styal saw center half Joe Heywood dismissed which gave Billinge an added incentive and but for a fine reaction save from Harrison in the Styal net kept it at 1-1.
Styal travel to Rylands for their next game in the cup looking to get back to winning ways.
STYAL  'A'     2     V    1     SALFORD

Styal A team took a break from their league campaign to embark on the first of this seasons cup exploits against a very strong, physical Salford side, whom they had already beaten 3-2 in the opening game of the league. Player-manager Punk Takiar made a few changes, Lee mcdonald started his first game, matty cook slipped into a central midfield role along with Alex kemp. Scotty (Worzel) Hawkins was relegated to the subs bench.and it was a close, hard fought game. The only goal of the first half came when a ball into the box fell to Alex kemp who found himself with time enough to control, have a look round, tie his boots and eat his dinner, before cooly slotting home. Styal should have gone in two up to be honest, when Jimmy (Tubby) Vince rounded the keeper, but was forced wide and saw his effort hit the side of the near post.

The second half saw some heavy tackles going in an Salford started to cause a few problems. the equaliser came on 70 mins when a corner wasnt dealt with particularly well and Salford central midfielder ran onto the ball towards the back post, to bundle it home.

Extra time beckoned, but with five minutes to go, a well worked corner routine from Si Roberts and  Scott Hawkins's feet, saw the veteran (and the rest!) midfielder, turn inside the full back and chip the keeper from an acute angle eight yards out. Styal rode their luck again at the end when the Salford centre forward managed to blast over from four yards. Overall it was a good win against tough opposition and made it 4 wins out of 4 for Takiar's boys.


Curzon Ashton Res 1 Styal 3; Styal Res 2 Gamesley Res 2; Styal 'A' 3 Brooklands 1 Saturday 29th September
Oct 1, 2007, 3:47 pm
Curzon Ashton Res 1 Styal 3
This was always going to be a tricky away game in the Tameside stadium to a good Curzon team sitting just behind the leaders. The game was as expected with Curzon having a lot of the ball but doing little with it in the last third and styal creating 3 good chances which fell to Graham who snatched at the ball with just the keeper to beat. Styal opened the scoring with a corner from Matthews which Mark Tueart flung himself at forcing the keeper into a fine save and pushing the ball against the cross bar only for Dave[I've got a soft bounce] Graham to head into a empty net after 25mins. With Styal in the lead and looking comfortable it was a mistake by Brennon which nearly resulted in Curzon equalizing. Then Boardman tried to be a smart alec by heading the ball back to Cowley in the Styal goal only for the ball to be picked up by the Curzon forward who was denied by the Styal keeper.ht curzon 0- styal 1.
The second half saw the home team come out all guns blazing but they were well marshalled by Styal's midfield and defence. Then on 65mins Matthews broke down the left and hit a 30yrd cross field ball onto the runner Barnes and Barnes coolly placed the ball past the keeper to make 2-0. 10minutes later a deep cross by the home team resulted in a header being placed into the bottom corner to make the final 15mins quite nerve racking with Syal's lead cut to 1 goal. However a long over the top resulted in Dave Graham being fouled by the keeper to give Styal a penalty which was dispatched by Matthews to make the final score Curzon 1-Styal 3. 
Styal Res 2 Gamesley Res 2
Team :- R Harrison, D Talbot, J Heywood, N Capel, L Tueart, P Adkin, P
Livingstone, M Barnes, M Pochin, C McCormick, C Smith Subs :- A Chandler, M Jaklin
With no game last week Styal should have been fresh, but looked far from it, as Gamesly looked the sharper team showing more determination and fight.
However against the run of play a ball through to Smith in the box saw him manhandled and brought down for a Styal penalty. Smith picked himself up to take the penalty only to see the Gamesly keeper make a fine stop. At the other end Gamely were breaking the Styal defence but couldn't beat Harrison in the Styal goal who made two stunning saves.
The half time team talk fell on deaf ears as Styal continued where they left off with sloppy marking and passing and as Gamesly pushed and controlled the early part of the second half their dominance payed off as the Styal defence stood off and allowed a free shot to open the score.
Soon after Styal made a change and brought on Andy Chandler and changed to 3-5-2 which saw an immediate improvement, with more passion and urgency started to create chances with Talbot missing from 5 yds ! However Talbot soon made amends smashing the ball  into the roof of the net to level the score. With 10 minutes felt a ball through from Barnes saw the Gamesly keeper spill it and substitute Chandler pounce and finish from a tight angle to put Styal 2-1 up. With Styal playing with more confidence a fine ball through to smith saw him beat his defender and smash a shot from the edge of
the box only to see it hit the post and away from the goal.
With full time up Gamesly mounted one more attack and a rash challenge from Harrison in goal brought down the Gamesly forward leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty, with Gamesly smashing the ball home to level the score and saw Styal drop their first points of the season.
STYAL     'A'       3      V     1             BROOKLANDS.
Styal mantained their 100% start to the season   with 3 wins in 3 against a spirited Brooklands team that were relegated from the 1st division last year, albeit with a slightly under par performance. It did at times, look a bit messy and the tempo was a bit stop start, but that said, it was another 3 points. Si Roberts opened the scoring with a sweetly struck 20 yarder that nestled in the bottom corner.Then Matty West added his 5th and 6th goals of the season with two quite exceptional finishes, that really defy his 17 years of age (though we're not sure where  he's got a groin strain from!).  Styal went into the break 3 nil up.

The second half was a bit non-descript. Lee "gangster" McDonnell came on and tried to unlock the Brooklands defence from the right which, unfortunatley fell on his weaker foot (we're still looking for his stronger one!) and stabbed it just wide.  Brooklands scored an undeserved consolation goal in the last minute.

Overall the Styal back line was very organised and to be honest, didn't look like conceding. Another outstanding display by the accomplished Alex Kemp at centre half, backed up superbly by Paul Moore, Chris Brown  and Paul "sicknote" Marchbank . The game also saw the first appearance of the season from Punk Takiar,showing his versatility at centre forward leading the line in exemplary fashion. I managed to get him after the game for a quote.

' I feel that this performance was below the usual high standards we've been setting ourselves,  and the game really should have been dead and buried long before and we should have added to the goals tally. However if we can play below par and still win comfortably then this is a good sign of things to come. '


Styal 4 Mersey Royal 3 Cheshire Cup Saturday 22nd September
Sep 23, 2007, 10:56 am
Manager Morrisson's Benitez style squad rotation looked flawed at half time with the home side 2-1 down against opposition from the Wirral. However, Styal came through thanks to a improved second half display.
A Wirrall free kick from Styal's right was misjudged by Styal keeper Cowell who arrived late and was left stranded as the opposition forward flicked his header into an empty net. Graham netted after a good Styal move to make it 1-1 but on the stroke of half-time Wirrall netted again. Tueart and Barnes were outfoxed in the midfield and the pass over the top of Styal's centre-back twosome, Heywood and Pownall was latched onto by Mersey Royal's centre forward who arrived before Cowell and placed the ball over him into the net.
Styal started the second half much better and soon raced into a 4-2 lead. Dickenson was introduced to the midfield at half-time and this made a difference. Graham soon latched on to a through ball and shot low into the corner of the net to restore equality. A free kick 25 yards from goal was despatched by Dickenson into the roof of the net with the away keeper never having seen it. The fourth goal was the best with a fluid move ending with Tueart who shot from the edge of the box into the top corner. Despite having more chances to stretch the lead it was the away team who scored with 15 minutes to go to make it 4-3 for Styal. It was a good chance for Morrisson to assess his fringe players but a more disjointed display than usual as a result

Styal 1 Greehall Padgate SO 0, Golborne Sports Res 0 Styal Res 4, Styal 'A' 6 Trafford Utd 0 Saturday 15th September
Sep 17, 2007, 8:17 am

Styal 1 Greenhalls Padgate SO 0

This was a 6 pointer at the top of the table with both teams seeking to challenge league leaders Middlewich Town. With no tackles shirked, both teams tried to dominate the early play. With 10 minutes gone Dave Graham put the ball into the back of the Greenhall's net but for some still unknown reason the linesman flagged and the referee ruled it out. Both midfields were on top of their games and cancelled each other out for much of the first half. Although Styal had the lion's share of the ball they could not break into the Greenhall's defence.

The second half started with tyal upping the tempo and 3 good chances were created but Barnes and Graham failed to capitalise on them. In the 70 th minute a long ball up to Graham was laid off to Barnes who released Brennan. Brennan's pin point cross was headed in from 8 yards by Graham to give Styal a well deserved lead. The last 10 minutes of the game saw Greenhall's go man for man at the back and push on. Styal were untroubled though and Andy Pownall had his best game yet for Styal. A well deserved 3 points pushes Styal into second place behind Middlewich on goal difference only.
Golborne Sports Res 0 Styal Res 4
Team :- R Harrison, M Pochin, J Heywood, P Moore, L Tueart, P Livingstone, M Barnes, N Capel, M Filson, C McCormick, D Gregory. Subs : - P Adkin, S Chambers, C Brown

Styal went to Goldborne without midfield dynamo Sean Nolan but saw the return of Mike Filson and the first start for Neil Capel. Looking to maintain their fantastic start to the season took on unbeaten Goldborne which was going to prove a stern test.

The game wasn't more than 15 seconds old before a ball Joe Heywood cleared the Goldborne right back and saw Filson cut inside to rifle a shot which the keeper could only parry with Chris McCormick following in to make sure the ball crossed the line, it was the perfect start for Styal. With Styal putting good pressure on a shaky looking Goldborne defence a fine ball through to danny Gregory saw him turn two defenders only to be hacked down in the box for a clear penalty.Chris McCormick stepped up to take the spot kick but a weak penalty made an easy save for the Goldborne keeper.
Half time saw Styal bring on Sefu Chambers in place of danny Gregory (injury) and it wasn't long before he had the Goldborne defence on the back foot and should have scored within ten minutes of coming on. However, it was Chris McCormick who made amends for his missed spot kick with a fine taken goal to make it 2-0. Styal looked in total control with Goldborne creating very few clear chances and the Styal backline looking very comfortable. With 30 minutes to go saw Styal bring on super sub Paul Adkin, with his impressive record of scoring 5 goals from coming off the bench ! But before that Sefu was creating plenty of chances for himself and it was a matter of time before he broke through the Goldborne defence to slip the ball through the Goldborne keeper to put Styal in total control. But with less than ten minutes to go and true to form Paul Adkin latched on to a fine ball and smashed the ball into the net to make it 4-0 and finish a fine performance.


  Following on from last weeks, hard fought 3-2 away win over Salford, where Matty West grabbed   an excellent opening game of the season hat-trick, which included two clinical finishes and a cool head to convert a last minute penalty, Styal faced Trafford at the Jim Evison .

Inspired by the team talk from player manager supremo Punk Takiar, Styal hit the ground running with a goal from Matty Cook in the first fifteen seconds of the game, a second   soon followed, before Matty Cook again blasted a half volley from just inside the box that flew passed the keeper for his second and Styals third. Total domination followed, with good passing and movement.Every area was rock solid, the back four brilliant, especially Adam Brookes and Alex Kemp. The Midfield, which included a man of the match performance from Scott Hawkins, made it look easy, Si Roberts and Matt Cooke on both flanks, tormented the Trafford defence all afternoon   led to Styal going in at half time 4-0 up.


The second half   saw Styal   take their foot of the gas a little but still remain in total control at a canter, with two more goals added, the fifth coming from Matty West   for his 4th goal in two games and the last one coming   from Si Roberts after a mazy run and shot.


In summary, Styal looked balanced   and well organised , the passing   and movement was good and we need to take everything out of the game into a very early in the season big game against Brooklands a week Saturday.


Player /Manager, Punk Takiar was unavailable for comment after the game as I forgot to ask him.



Witton Alb Res 1 Styal 2----Styal Res 3 Billinge Res 0---Salford 2 Styal 'A' 3 Saturday 8th Sept
Sep 10, 2007, 9:27 am
 'A' team report to follow

Witton Albion Res 1 Styal 2

The game got off to the worst possible start for Styal. With only 5 minutes gone a mix up between Barnes and Thornton gave Witton an opportunity to open the scoring, which they did from 20 yards; Cowley in the Styal goal having no chance. Styal responded well however, with Barnes, Graham and Brennan giving the home team all sorts of problems. In the 25 th minute Styal equalised when Barnes latched onto a through ball and beat the Witton keeper. Styal now started to dominate and on 35 minutes Barnes beat the offside trap, waltzed around the keeper and walked the ball into the empty net. More chances went astray from Graham, Brennan and Thornton before half-time.

In the second half Styal continued to push looking to wrap the game up with a third goal but the home keeper refused to be beaten. 5 minutes from the end Styal had a late scare when Cowley misjudged a free kick. This resulted in a Witton player presented with a volley from 10 yards out, which luckily he hit wide. Outstanding displays from Challinor, Brennan and McDonnel for Styal.

Styal Res 3 Billinge Res 0
Team :- R Harrison, M Pochin, P Moore, J Heywood, L Tueart, T Magdjinski, S Nolan, M Barnes, S Laffley, C McCormick, Sefu, Subs :- P Livingstone, D Gregory, P Adkin
Styal saw the return of several players from the previous week plus the addition of a new it man, Sefu who was making his debut. On a perfect day for football with a good pitch Styal started off with a determination to improve on the previous weeks performance. It wasn't long before Styal created some good chances with some fine deliveries from the wide although the front men couldn't capitalize. With Billinge making few ventures into the Styal box the back four were'nt put under any pressure and limited Billinge to a few half chances.
It was'nt long before the pressure paid off after a fine set play from a
corner with a near post corner flicked on with Sefu sliding in at the back post to open his account.
After half time Styal played some fine football with good movement and fine passing, however after a rash challenge on the Styal striker, Sefu, ended his debut and saw Danny Gregory come on upfront. A further two changes to the wide men brought fresh legs on and paid dividends with some fine crosses from Phil Livingstone causing allsorts of problems for the Billinge defence and brought out a string of fine saves from the Billinge keeper until a fine finish from in-form Danny Gregory who slotted home a fine shot from the edge of the box. This just emphasized Styal's dominance and the icing on the cake came from substitute Paul Adkin who bagged his 5th goal in as many games to wrap up another win.

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