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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.

Styal 4 Garswood Utd 0; Rylands Res 0 Styal Res 4 Sat 1st Sept
Sep 2, 2007, 9:27 am
Styal overcame Garswood in the cup with a solid performance at home.

The game started with Styal looking unlike their usual selves. Passes were going astray,  players looked tired and there was no real cutting edge upfront. Because of this it came as a shock when Oliver Barnes skipped past 2 defenders and placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the Garswood net to give Styal an underserved lead on 20 minutes. With the Styal defence having little to do some sloppy defending saw Daniel MacDonnell under hit a back pass forcing Styal keeper Cowley to concede a penalty on 35 minutess. The keeper redeemed the situation by saving it and Styal preserved their 1-0 lead at half-time. Smith was replaced by Graham who looked more dangerous as the game progressed and the 2nd half saw Styal go straight for the jugular with wave after wave of attack through Graham and Barnes. In the 55 th minute Dave Graham converted after good work by Brennon.and on 65 minutes Warren Dickenson ran from the centre circle to the edge of the Garswood box to fire in across the keeper to make the game safe at 3-0. With Styal now in total control Dave Graham bagged his 2nd of the game [6th this  season] from corner which gave him a free header from 4yrds to make the full time score  Styal 4-Garswood 0 

Rylands Res. 0 Styal Res 4
Team :-  J Aldred, D Talbot, J Heywood, P Moore, L Tueart, T Magdjinski, S Nolan, M Barnes, S Roberts, P Adkin, M Jaklin, Subs:- M Cooke, S Laffley, D Oates
Could Styal keep their impressive start ? With several players missing from the previous game it was all change with six new faces in the squad from the previous match. It was a poor start with some slack passing although Rylands offered very little in the way of a threat on the Styal goal. It took some neat footwork again by the in form Paul Adkin to skip past two defenders and slide the ball across to the unmarked Magdjinski to tap in the opening goal.
After a stern half time team talk the second half started poorly but after ten minutes a change upfront saw Steffan Laffley make his first start to the season and what a start ! A Long ball upfield reached Laffley who lost his marker and slipped the ball past the keeper to open his account. That seemed to settle Styal who then started to pass and move the ball and create more chances and it wasn't long before Laffley slipped past his man to hit his first shot at the keeper but took the rebound and slip the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it three. Styal not happy with three put their foot down and showed their quality again with some neat passing cutting the Rylands defence apart with the ball falling to Nolan on the edge
of the who smashed the ball under the keeper to make it four nil and four wins on the trot.

Styal Reserves 2 Poynton Res 1 Thursday 30th Aug
Aug 31, 2007, 2:14 pm

Team :-J Aldred, L Tueart, M Pochin, J Heywood, A Pownall, M Barnes, S Nolan, C Massey, P LIvingstone, C McCormick, P Adkin Subs :- M Jacklin, T Magdjinski, D McDonell
Styal reserves looked to maintain there solid start against a strong Poynton side and with a couple of changes to the team from the previous game showed the strength of the squad.
Styal started brightly with some neat work through the midfield with Nolan and Massey bossing the park (although it's difficult to spot the difference between them !) It wasn't long before in-form stricker Paul Adkin showed some neat forward to skip passed two defenders to slot the ball home. Styal took control of the first half keeping Poynton at arms lenght and reducing them to hardly a shot on target. 'It wasn't long before some neat passing set up Adkin to slot in Styal's second.
The second half was a quiet affair with Styal taking their foot of the gas happy to sit back and soak up any pressure from Poynton, although with 20 minutes to go Poynton made a breakthrough with a shot from the edge of the box which caught the Styal keeper by surprise and drop under the bar.
Styal stepped up a gear and created several more chances, the best falling to substitute "Tony" Jacklin who took a lovely touch in the box only to see his shot go wide from six yards.
However Styal saw out the game to maintain winning streak.

Gamesley 1 Styal 2 Sat 25th Aug
Aug 28, 2007, 12:16 pm

Gamesley 1 Styal 2

Despite losing their opening league game Styal have started another good run by beating Knutsford, Linotype/CHN and drawing at Greenhalls. On Saturday it came as surprise when home side Gamesley took a shock lead. A looping header over Styal keeper Cowlee following a free kick on 20 minutes caught Styal out. Within 5 minutes though, Styal had drawn level as Dave Graham latched onto a ball over the top and slotted coolly past the keeper. Styal missed a couple more good chances before the break and went in level for half-time.

The second half saw a rampant Styal create 5 good chances which were squandered by Graham, Barnes and Matthews and it looked like Styal might have to settle for a point. However, with 20 minutes to go Matthews broke the offside trap and slotted the ball past the keeper for a 2-1 lead. The home team responded and peppered the Styal area. Cowlee pulled off a great save pushing a shot onto the bar with 10 minutes left which represented Gamesley's only real chance of the half. Brennan had a great game on Styal's right creating a number of chances for the forwards.

Styal Reserves make a flying start to the new season
Aug 27, 2007, 8:38 am
Styal Reserves next game is at home this Thursday (30th August) against Poynton Reserves. They are hoping to make it 3 wins on the trot after winning their 2 opening games away.

Garswood Res 1 Styal Res 3 18/08/07
Team :- R, Harrison, M. Pochin, A Giblin, J Heywood, M Filson, P Livingstone, M Tueart, S Nolan, M Barnes, C McCormick, D Gregory. Subs L Tueart, P Adkin, T Madgjinski.
Styal went to Garswood for their first game of the season with a strong squad hoping to get the season off to a good start. Styal got off to a good start with some nice flowing moves and sharp passing through midfield, the first chance fell to Danny Gregory who saw his header tipped onto the bar, shortly after Chris McCormick broke free only to push his shot wide off the keeper and the post. With the score 0-0 at half time Styal came out and continued were they left off with some more fine sharp passing and started to cut into Garswood's defence. However chances came and went and with 8 minutes to go Garswood struck with what looked like a clear offside goal but the
decision stood.
Styal piled on the pressure with some fine crossing causing Garswood's defence problems and the breakthrough came with a fine finish from Substitute Paul Adkin who slotted the ball neatly passed the keeper. Shortly after another fine move put Danny Gregory through to slot the ball past the Garswood keeper for a deserved goal, then with only a matter of minutes remaining Styal put the game safely in the bag when Leigh Tueart slotted home the third to complete a fine comeback.


Greenhalls P.S.O 0 Styal Res 5 22/08/07

Team :-R Harrison, M Pochin, J Heywood, A Giblin, L Tueart, P Livingstone, M Barnes, S Nolan, T Madginski, C McCormick, D Gregory, Subs:- C Fussel, P Adkin, D Talbot.
It didn't take long for Styal to open their account with some fine play with the two front men Danny Gregory and Chris McCormick, this led to Danny opening the scoring with a slotted ball tucked into the corner. Shortly after a similar move saw Danny grab his second with another cool piece of finishing. Greenhall's attacks were kept at bay with chances few and far between. On a very wide pitch Styal carried on exposing a weak Greenhall's defence and it wasn't long before a cheeky lob from 20yards out from Sean Nolan beat the stranded Greenhalls keeper. At Half time Styal had the game in the bag and bar a major disaster looked like taking another 3 points home.
However a double substitution from Styal saw the lead increase with two goals of the highest quality, the first coming from Phil Livingstone. Anice ball played across the pitch from the left found Phil wide right who cut into the edge of the box to unleash a stunning shot which swerved away from the diving Greenhall's Keeper. The Final goal came from super sub Paul Adkin which saw him take the ball wide down the right into the corner then flick the ball past two defenders he then knocked it past the attention of another defender who forced him to the edge of the box where he unleashed a stunning shot into the top corner to complete another good performance.

Crosfields 3 Styal 2 Sat 11 August
Aug 12, 2007, 11:21 am

First game of the season felt great up until the 70th min of the game. Styal started with a great tempo moving the ball quickly and causing the home team all sorts of problems with Smith and Graham up front giving them no time to play. The front 2 were well supported by Thornton and Barnes on the wings, with Dickeninson and Massey controlling things in front of the back four. It came as no surprise when Graham chased a long ball over the top and coolly lobbed the oncoming keeper to put Styal 1-0 up in 8th minute.

With Styal now moving in for the kill it was Barnes who whipped in a terrific corner only for the home defender to slice past his own keeper to make it 2-0 to Styal with 20th minutes gone. Styal were now in total control of this game and it seemedwould go in to half time with 2-0 lead. However a lack of awareness lead to the home team getting one back 10 mins before the break to make 2-1 to Styal. Within 3 minutes of this Styal went straight up the other end only for Dave Graham to  be upended in the area. The ensuing penalty was taken by Barnes but saved by the home keeper.

The second half saw Styal create at least 3 more good chances which went begging until around the 70th min when for some reason the whole styal team took their foot off the gas to allow a soft goal from a hopeful cross giving new keeper Cowlee no chance. Within 10min Crosfields took a 3-2  lead when a run from the halfway line resulted in a free shot from the edge of the box to seal the win for the home side.

More recent results are posted on this website and reports will follow soon

Witton game
Aug 6, 2007, 9:11 am
The latest First Team Photo from Saturday's (4th August) match against Witton Albion is now posted on the website.
Styal were outgunned 5-1 by their opponents, Matthews scored early on for Styal to make it 1-1 on 20 minutes. Witton finished strongly to take a 3-1 lead in at half time, before finishing the job off. This was good chance for Styal to test themselves against a team that missed promotion to the conference narrowly last season.
Saturday sees Styal start the Cheshire League campaign at Crosfields.

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