Today saw the U12 girls return to league action after a five week break with a tough trip to Euxton. We have been on the look out for new players since the season started and today’s game saw Bailey, Danielle, and Cailin all making their debuts for Langho. Welcome to the team girls! Euxton started the game strongly playing some neat football and were soon leading 3-0. However, Langho created some really good chances with Eloise and Niamh both going close and Scarlett getting some great tackles in in midfield. As the half continued Euxton continued to be clinical in front of goal, but Langho created further chances with Chloe having a chance that just went wide and Niamh having a good chance saved by the keeper as Eloise followed in for the rebound. All the new girls were introduced during the first half and all worked really hard as Euxton pressed forward with a comfortable 8-0 lead at half time.
The second half saw Bailey replace Amelia in goal. All the girls displayed lots of character in the second half and continued to work very hard. The start of the second half was fairly even with Chloe, Olivia, Danielle and Cailin all performing well in defence in front of Bailey who was performing really well to keep Euxton out. Eventually Euxton scored a further four goals but Langho continued to create chances of their own with Alice hitting the post. With two minutes remaining Langho got just reward for their efforts with Alice firing the ball into the Euxton goal. The final score was 12-1 but all the girls should be really proud of their efforts, they never once let their heads drop and continued to work hard right until the end. Bailey was awarded the opposition’s man of the match for an excellent second half goal keeping display.
After several weeks without a match, thanks to the weather, the U11 girls trooped over to St Annes for an early morning kick off. The 8 Langho girls faced a home team of 13, so were up against plenty of substitute fresh legs. The generally bigger more physical home team proved the most threatening, although Langho held the own and had several shots wide or saved, but most attacks were well shepherded out by a well drilled home team. Eva fought bravely up front and Charlotte chased and battled down the right wing. Ellie and Lillie held firm in defence with Issy behind in the net initially. Concerted pressures lead to a home two goal lead scored in fairly quick succession before halftime.
The second half saw some good runs from Heather, long balls from Emily and Issy was involved in a goal mouth scramble the home team clawed away. Langho had a series of corners, but St Annes held firm once again with a sound keeper which has been a feature of the opposing teams in the league. Aleasia fought hard throughout the game, but despite the team’s efforts a couple of lapses saw the home team find the back of the girls net twice more. Once again the girls came off smiling. The opposition team was well drilled, skilful and seemed to have more strength to put away their chances. Langho are definitely improving and learning match by match. They were a little rusty but the results will come for sure. Well done girls for a brave and battling performance. Next week the girls are away at Clitheroe Wolves.
As most games across the area were postponed with all the rain, we all waited for the chance to stay in the warm rather than having to trundle early doors off to the Bolton Arena. With no such luck, off we all went to play a top of the table clash with Academy Juniors on a flat but very heavy pitch.
The game was very tight from the off, with chances both ends. Amelia couldn’t quite connect with a cross and good passing from Academy forced an important pickup from Hazel in the net. Annie had a wonderful shot saved with the keeper’s feet and the home team launched one over the bar. The girls were playing rather deep leaving Issy a bit isolated, although there was some nice interplay between Annie down the right wing with Issy. Katie was battling for the ball down the left and the defence, well led by Laura, held firm with determined tackles from Tyla and Amber with Misty playing ahead of the back three laying off forward passes. Hazel made a few dives and one nearly slipped through which she snuffled out in time and she played sweeper well again this week. Amelia made a neat run and passed to Issy, who then put one over the bar the other end. Then as Langho continued to probe, Amelia made yet another characteristic jinking run through the Academy defence to have a good shot well saved putting the rebound just outside the left hand upright. Laura launched in a tasty free kick after Katie was brought down. Some great passing followed by a superb lob from Annie finally put the girls ahead, on balance deservedly, before the break.
A swap of keepers with Katie going in and a more attacking formation signalled the start of the second half playing with the wind as the sky got even more angry! Academy launched a shot over the bar and then Hazel had a drive well parried the other end. Langho started turning the screw winning more corners and Annie’s cross went begging. Hazel swung a corner in that the keeper had to block on the line in almost a carbon copy of Laura’s classic goal last season and Eden’s – for those who’s memory goes back that far! Laura continued to make some vital tackles, clearances and through balls and Issy put a great angled long loopy pass for Annie to get onto which the home team somehow kept out. Katie, after a couple of wobbles in the conditions at the beginning of the half, made a crucial diving save at the edge of the box as the lead still was a narrow one. Annie then made a long run down the middle and smashed home her second to extend the lead and put some space between two teams. Issy had a goal unfortunately disallowed for offside, before she got a deserved third. In a comedy moment a loan of my drink saw the poor keeper’s face washed with Ribena in a misunderstanding. A long ball from defence saw Issy’s shot saved and Hazel and Amelia both also hit the side netting. Katie came out sweeping from the net in the dying minutes and Langho finished the match attacking.
This was a really tight game and a well fought 3-0 win in particularly tough conditions. Annie was awarded man-of-the-match again but the girls were all brilliant again; racking 8 wins from 8. What a team! Next a week is a home game against Barrowsford.
An un-seasonably warm (tee-shirt weather) morning for Derby day at the Rydings. Today’s captain Theo won the toss and opted to kick downhill. And that’s where it started going downhill for Wilpshire! Sean was straight into attack with industrious runs down the left leaving the Wilpshire defenders spinning. All Wilpshire’s clearances seemed to find Theo in midfield to keep them pinned back. It wasn’t long before one of the attacks led to a corner. Noah crossed, Harrison nodded on and Sasi tapped home to put the home side in front. Shortly after, a defensive error was pounced on by Noah to open his account. Langho found a passing rhythm and attack after attack ensued. A good tackle and pass from Meechai set Noah off down the right, his cross found Sean who slotted home at the second time of asking. Noah grabbed his second with a long range looping shot that the very muddy Myles (in the Wilpshire goal) couldn’t quite reach. Wilpshire had their chances, but Will and Jack at the back were mobile and in top tackling form. Max made some great runs forward from his position as sweeper, and Meechai and Finn worked as hard as usual with tireless runs up and down. Langho’s 5th came from a lovely combination between Noah and Sean who made the finish look simple. Sean claimed his hat-trick just before half time when Wilpshire cleared their lines only to find him lurking just outside the box, and he finished brilliantly.
Half time Jaffa cakes, and chance for a re-shuffle. The previously not too busy Thomas swapped his number 1 shirt with Jack for a 15 minute run-out, during which he very nearly bagged a goal. Sasi dropped in to sweeper role and along with Will and Max they kept Wilpshire out all morning. At the other end Theo was peppering the goal. One of his thunderous shots found the back of a Wilpshire defenders head and nearly took it off! No harm done though thankfully. Harrison got his rewards after a decent shot from Finn was turned away. Finn recovered it and crossed for Harris to tap in. His second was created from a Thomas through ball which Harrison took forward and slotted past the keeper. The defenders worked hard to keep our clean sheet and turned defence into attack with some great passing. Langho’s final goal fell to Theo who’d bossed the midfield all morning.
Wilpshire were definitely spooked on Halloween morn, and left hoping the ghost of this game doesn’t come back to haunt them next Saturday when we face them again for the reverse fixture :)
The Langho U11 girls were at home to Cadley this week on a foggy morning. Cadley started strongly but the girls put on a brave defence, particularly from Allicia. Issy made some dangerous runs down the left wing. The away team tactically encamped a player beyond the Langho defence and this paid off on several occasions with balls played beyond the home teams’ back line. Lillie made some really good clearances and passes together with Emily and Maddie. Charlotte battled for the ball and made some determined runs despite being outnumbered. Allicia played really well in the net which seemed to stem the Cadley tide. With Eva back on the field, she too made some threatening runs and the game started to turn in Langho’s favour. Issy hit the post and the Cadley keeper came under increasing pressure which she did very well to deal with.
After the restart, with players more forward Langho continued to improve, the away team’s defence became more desperate and the keeper increasingly challenged. Issy lobbed the keeper breaking Langho’s goal drought. She also put a shot narrowly wide leaving the keeper floundering. Eva then scored a hard earned goal to put Langho within a goal of the opposition. Charlotte made a couple of brave blocks in the net and Alicia made a key clearance when the keeper was beaten. The away team converted another opening the gap again, but Langho continued to battle. Ellie then went in the net and showed some impressive skills, dives and defensive clearances.
Issy was voted man-of-the match for Langho. Today the U11 girls scored their first league goals and they never stopped smiling. The team continues to improve, is becoming more match-savvy and their passing involves every player on the pitch. It is clear the girls enjoy their matches, only surpassed by their capacity for a good pre-match chat! Oh and the bacon butties hit the spot too: Thanks Dawn!
Today’s U14 girls league match was at home against Myerscough on a Misty afternoon at Northcote. The girls started strongly with Amelia putting an early shot wide. Annie then opened her account from the right to put the girls ahead then Amelia had a shot from distance saved. Annie followed with both her shot and dogged rebound saved from an away team keeper who was really on form today. Annie surged down the left again, Katy drew away a defender and Annie crossed beautifully for Issy to tap in at the far post from the perfect position. With Laura out injured, the defence was different than normal with Katy playing centrally at the back and often pushing forward. Freya and Tyla seem to be gaining in confidence as the season continues and were winning more tackles and particularly taking players on: Both girls beat the opposition and laid off balls down the wings numerous times. Balls were played back to Hazel in the net to make clearances under pressure and she made a brave dive in front of a determined attack. Amelia then made it 3-0, then she put one wide after Annie had a shot saved. Misty came on for Amy and Amber for Freya. Katy put through a nice pass to Issy who then converted her second. Amelia got a deserved second then Annie had another shot saved but followed in the rebound to score her deserved second leaving the girls 6-0 at half time.
Langho U14 Girls score through the mist
With a swap of Katie and Hazel in net, the girls continued to push forward. Issy laid a ball off for Hazel which she smashed in from the edge of the box for 7-0. After more rattling of the bar, post and quite a few rugby 3-pointers from Hazel, Issy lobbed the keeper to make her hat-trick. Misty then went into the net and Amber was pushed into midfield. Misty made a save just after coming but before she was ready, comically launching both ball and glove from a throw out. Amber made a superb chase after Myerscough break, blocking and shepherding the ball out and let fly a few shots including one narrowly wide of the top right hand post. The away team scored a constellation on the break for a final score of 8-1.
Amber was awarded her first man-of-the-match for Langho. The girls passed brilliantly today and bossed the game throughout. They have now racked up 7 wins from 7 league matches. Phenomenal!
Today Langho welcomed Barrowford Celtic to The Rydings for what was sure to be a hard fought game with both teams looking for the first win. This was the first game where the girls wore their new kits kindly sponsored by Napthens Solicitors. In what was a very tight first half Langho produced some really good football at times with one passing move between Niamh and Alice almost producing the opening goal. At the back Olivia and Alice looked very solid in defence with Amelia showing up well in goal yet again. However neither team could break the deadlock and it was 0-0 at half time.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first with some great end to end football with both teams creating chances but defences were on top. The midfield trio of Scarlett, Niamh and Chloe were working hard at both ends of the pitch and Eloise was chasing every ball in attack. The best chance of the second half fell to Barrowford as they went close when they rattled the Langho post with a great shot. At the end the game finished 0-0 which was a fair result for the fantastic efforts of both sets of girls. Amelia was awarded the Langho man of the match as was the Barrowford goal keeper.
We are still on the lookout for players to bolster the squad. Contact James Buckley on 07967-039001, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a sick Sasi out for Saturdays’ trip to Padiham. We started strongly, and a really good run up the left by Sean, followed by good pressure from Meechai , Finn and Theo to keep Padiham pinned back, led to an early Noah goal. Slicing through balls from Theo to Noah was the format for the next two goals and Noah’s hat-trick. There were a couple of Padiham attacks which the defence dealt with well, and Thomas made everything stick in goals. Good goal kicking cleared our lines and led to more attacks on shell-shocked Padiham. It was good to see the lads having the confidence to pass backwards and re-cycle the ball, with good communication too. We could have had a bag-full first half, but just before half time, Padiham were clean through, only thwarted by a well-timed Harrison sliding tackle in the box.
3-0 up as we started the 2nd half, and chance for Max to push forward to bag a goal. Then Padiham woke up! They capitalised as we failed to clear from a goal-kick, then shortly after bagged a second after some neat passing. A great Noah finish from a Max pass down the wing steadied the ship. Finn claimed his goal following a lovely passing move that came all the way from Jack in defence. Jack, Connor and Will worked hard in defence all morning taking on players and turning defence into attack, but a goal-mouth scramble led to confusion as Will saved on the line – but he wasn’t in goal! Padiham slotted home the penalty for their 3rd, followed shortly after by their well-crafted 4th. Langho weren’t done yet though. Sean hit the bar after another bursting run, then Meechai netted Langho’s 7th as he ripped the top of the net when he found himself one on one with the Padiham number 1. An exciting finish to a game of 2 halves!
Sunday’s Langho U14 Girls game was a home fixture against St Annes played at Northcote for a change. The girls had a full squad of 9 plus 2 subs today up against 4 subs on the other side.
Langho U14 girls Squad at home vs St Annes
After 1 minute of applause in remembrance of Cadley’s sad loss a year ago, the game kicked off with Langho having the majority of the attacks. Amelia had a shot that was well headed onto the bar and Freya was playing well down the right in defence and passing to Annie. St Annes survived a goal mouth scramble and several crosses across the face of the net. Defence was playing a high line and Hazel from goal acted well as sweeper again clearing at opportune moments including directly to Issy up front. Laura was rock solid at the back again with big clearances and made a few powerful runs too whilst Katy battled bravely for the ball at both ends of the pitch. A comedy moment kicked off between me, a St Annes warm-up ball and a bunch of drinking bottles that saw a recreation of an episode of Scooby Do – Splat on my back to rival Garry’s Mud Angel last season. Amy hit the crossbar and at the other end St Annes hit the bar too. 7 minutes before the break the deadlock was finally broken by Annie – Phew!
At the break Hazel and Katy swapped position then Amelia put the girls quickly 2 up shortly after the restart. Amber showed some defensive persistence and Hazel had 2 shots saved the other end. Annie made some superb runs down the right wing and later had a shot saved. A corner to Langho saw Amelia pass to Annie and the cross converted by Issy 3-0, shortly followed by a more individual effort by Issy tom make it 4-0. A lovely looped high cross from Hazel was smashed in by Annie for her deserved second of the afternoon. In the dying seconds Amelia dribbled and jinked her way, from an almost impossible position, along the goal line from the corner flag to score her second to give 6-0 at the final whistle.
Annie was voted man-of-the-match and Freya had a fantastic game too. Well done again girls. Thanks to Dawn for providing refreshments and tuck-shop again. The proceeds will be fed back to the girls teams in the way of prizes and trips etc..
Langho Girls teams are continuing to look for new players across all age groups from U6 to U16. Please Contact us on email@example.com if you are interested in coming down and joining in the fun.
Sunday’s Langho U14 Girls game was a home fixture against Brandlesholme where we welcomed Amy to the squad. The game opened up with 2 saves from Langho crosses and shortly after Amy impressively held onto the ball despite lots of attempted tackles. Amelia made a superb jinking run down the middle stepping through attempted tackles only to narrowly launch her shot over the left hand post. She then intercepted a goal kick, mimicking loads of other occasions in the match where she picked the ball out of the air, passed to Issy who just shot wide. After some exchanges at both ends, Amy opened her Langho account with a shot into the top corner 1-0. Katy had a shot saved onto the bar then there were periods of great interplay between Amelia, Katy, Issy and Amy. At the other end Hazel was acting as a sweeper again with some training ground communication with Laura, both clearing up some dangerous moments. Long goal kicks from the keeper drove the away team back and both Misty and Amber alternatively helped out in front of the back 3. Tyla made some crucial tackles and Freya some well-timed passes to Katy ahead of her. Things were getting hotter in the away team camp, but Katy battled for the ball, passed to Amelia and Issy ran it deservedly into the net for 2-0 before the break.
Playing downhill after the restart with Katy and Hazel swapping positions, quickly saw Langho hit the bar. Hazel had a driven shot deflected in for 3-0. Issy had a goal disallowed for offside before an excited dog pitch invasion broke the tension. After another foul, this time on Hazel on the edge of the box after a burst down the wing from Langho’s own half, the home team put the free kick over the cross-bar in a rugby style. Amelia broke through again and got a well-deserved forth.
So a final score of 4-0 was the reward in a physically challenging match. This sees the girls with 5 wins from 5; well clear at the top of the league. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match and Amy made her mark. A different kind of game than the girls are used to, but the U14 were simply brilliant.