Although we lost 2-1 I was very proud of the team (Harrison and Nick put in good shifts in their dual role as keepers and midfielders, Eddie, will and Dom defended heroically, the midfielders Ishan, Roman Tom and Ben worked really hard as well as creating chances and Max never gave the defenders a rest). It was a fantastic performance in really exciting match against a good Readstone side. The result could have gone either way.
We started the game kicking down the slope and quickly found our passing game which had evaded us the week before. We attacked strongly down both wings and created a lot of pressure and soon we started to create chances. Some good, and some times last ditch defending, stopped a number of chances from open play but from resulting corners we hit a post, sent another header just over the angle and then the keeper made a truly remarkable save from the top corner. Readstone were a constant threat and possess quick and skilful strikers. Our stand in keeper (both did fantasticly Well covering for Jacob who was unfortunately injured last week) managed to repel a 1 on 1 chance following a swift counter attack but from the resulting corner Readstone scored at the back post. The ref almost immediately blew for half time.
Although we were kicking up the slope in the second half we continued to press and create chances. Readstone still threatened on the break. We had a number of dangerous attacks but then Readstone scored again but with plenty of time left we were still in the game. We changed formation and pushed Thomas into attack with Max. We continued to threaten and a quick inter-change of passing saw us break free only to be fouled. It was at the far end and even the Readstone managers thought the ref was giving a penalty. However, it was a free kick right on the edge of the box. Max smashed the shot goalwards only for their keeper to tip another excellent save over the bar. We never gave up and another good move saw Thomas feed Ben for a fine finish into the bottom corner. We still had chances to equalise but it just wasn’t our day.
EVeryone (both Langho and Readstone) played their part in what was a superb game. If we continue to play as we did today I’m sure our first win is not far away.
The second fixture of the season was a home game against Brandlesholme Warriors; a new team to this age league, but a team the original girls team met a couple of seasons ago. Today both teams played 9v9 with no subs and the away team won the toss so Langho were given the first half high ground!
The girls started off strongly dominating possession and passing and moving well, although Brandleshome attacked too assisted by lengthy goal kicks. Issy had a few thwarted shots before Laura pushed forward from the back and spectacularly blasted one from distance buckling the underside of the crossbar, ricocheting out of the goal with so much spin when it hit the ground it amazingly bounced in giving the girls the lead, leaving half of the ‘Stooges’ mystified what had happened and Tony thinking about the overtime he needs to put in to pay for a season with more blinders like that one. Charlotte’s efforts combining with Issy upfront gave the newcomer (wow) a second for Langho and then last year’s goal machine Issy put in a third before halftime. The lead was well deserved and with Laura drilling in long balls and free kicks with Alice and Tyla closing in at the back when Laura pushed forward. Midfield with Misty, Annie and notably Amelia were strong and Amelia burst through on many occasions.
After filling up with Jaffa Cakes, the 2nd half kicked off against a team intent on using physical tactics to blunt our girls’ efforts. Brandesholme began to have the run of the play, and with our girls a bit rattled they finally pulled a goal back after a lot of brave defending and visionary keeping from Hazel. The pressure continued with several nervous moments, but with a more defensive formation set (thanks to Carl) with a lone striker, made the ‘shield wall’ hold and the girls got more attacks on the counter. As the half progressed Langho began to put in more concerted pressure. Reward came with a fourth from Issy and a fantastic run almost up the entire wing from Annie beating several players before being dumped to the ground which she bravely got up from. Payback came a little later with Charlotte picking up a ball on the far side of the pitch picking out Amelia who scored a blinder from an acute angle into the roof of the net: 5-1 Langho!
This was an amazing result and showed a real team spirit bloom which thrilled the crowd and earned the admiration of the managers. It was summed up appropriately with Garry’s words in a text for the girls: ‘I’d just like to say how fantastic you all were today, you should be proud of yourselves… I am very proud of you all and I’m sure your parents feel the same. Well done.’ Amelia was voted man-of-the-match by the opposition which she richly deserved.
The Lions were all over the place today, as they got mauled by Rishton United.
After last weeks impressive start to the new season, It was another home game against the most consistent side in the league. Unbeaten in the division last year and league and cup winners the year before; It was always going to be a struggle. The side today was: Sam in goals; Eddie & Harry Dolton in defence; Connor Eccleston, Will Vause, Harry Cronshaw, George(captain) & Dominic in midfield with Maxwell up front and Will Ayres & Connor Walsh as subs. The only down point of last weeks game was the lack of communication between all the players, so before kick-off we got the outfield players together and played a 5v3 game of keep ball. This was to improve the communication between all the players and get them used to passing & moving. It was soon visable that most just wanted to mess about and be silly. The lads got in to their positions ready for kick-off and it was plain to see that this attitude was taken to the pitch. When you’re playing a team like Rishton; You have to be on top of your game and focused. The Lions got taught a tuff lesson, as time after time we gave the ball away and lacked concentration. Before we knew it; It was 4-0 to Rishton and a big wake up call for the lads if they want to improve on last seasons hard faught & well earned third place finish. It just didn’t make sense. Maxwell up front was up against four defenders, so this should have left gaps in midfield for us to dominate the play. During the half we continued to rotate the players to freshen things up, but without success. I couldn’t wait for the half time whistle to go, so the lads could re-focus and stop feeling sorry for themselves. The whistle finally came and the lads were told that their behaviour before the game was unacceptable and this ill discipline is why we are 4-0 down. When your playing against a top class side you need communication on the pitch even more, as space is soon closed down. Rather than playing a defending midfielder, we decided to move the two defenders further up the field and have a traditional sweeper behind them. The second half started just like the first with little talking between the players, but better interplay between the midfield four. We struggled to get any momentum and Rishton moved up a gear to score another two goals. This was definitely a day to forget and I’m just glad it happened against Rishton. They took pity on us and swapped their keeper round and gave their defenders chance to attack more. This resulted in us getting three chances of our own, where Will Vause struck the cross bar and Maxwell & Connor Walsh came close to scoring with shots. The Referee finally put us out of our misery and blew the final whistle. 6-0 to Rishton on a very dissapointing day for The Lions. The Referee gave the man of the match to a Rishton player, but their Manager gave our man of the match to Eddie Scott, who never stopped trying and put everything on the line for Langho when needed. Last season The Lions showed true spirit, courage and pride with a fantastic work ethic that blew a lot of teams away. I think a game of Netball at training on Tuesday wouldn’t go a miss, to improve the lads communication and teamwork. One to forget, with little positives to take away. Sometimes defeats like this can be great for character building, so lets hope The Lions can lick their wounds and get their Roar back for next week’s game against Crown Paints away. Cheers. Chris.
It’s 9.15 am at Northcote, the first game of the season, and as I stand in the car park, I struggle to see the far end of the pitch. By 11.30am, bright sunshine and blue skies are much in evidence overhead, as the Under 14′s begin there season with a cracking win over Lowerhouse.
First half goals from Cameron (x2), Josh (with his first touch), Matt and Max were followed up with second half strikes by Ben Hope and two from Ben Bleasdale to give Langho an opening day eight goal tally, whilst solid defending from the whole team, and sound keeping from Jenson kept an all important first clean sheet of the season.
With a big squad of players to choose from this season, with Charlie, Max and Jenson adding onto last seasons 15 man squad, I felt it really important to remind the boys before this game that there attitude, behaviour both at training and matches would earn them the right to play, and once selected, they need to show the right desire and energy levels on the field to add to the teams performance. To their credit, each of today’s 15 man squad played their part in the win. The passing and movement of the ball around a big Northcote pitch was crisp at times and pleasing to see, and whilst there was a little rustiness particularly in front of goal, the four substitutes came on and lifted the teams performance levels during the first half and kept the pressure on Lowerhouse. To Lowerhouse’s credit, in warm conditions their heads never dropped, and after the half time break in particular, they did create a spell of pressure on the a Langho goal, and went close to scoring.
At the end, it was pleasing to see the boys still working hard to track back and cover one another. There will be sterner tests ahead, but this was a really good start to this season, and will hopefully give the team the belief to have a good season once again.
On his debut, Max Livesey was awarded the man of the match for his all round performance from the centre of midfield. There were many other good performances particularly Jamie Stamp at right back, Jack Haworth at centre back, Matt Neilson in the centre of the field, and Cameron Darcy, Charlie Ainsworth Josh Connelly and Morgan Smith who shared the wingers roles, and never stopped running.
Finally, a special mention to the referee Peter Richardson who handled the game perfectly, and spoke and encouraged all the players on the field of play. There can’t be many better referees at his age in the league!
A trip to Barrowford is never easy. First game of a new season wih bigger pitches, offsides and 9 a side especially so. And so it proved.
The opening exchanges were reatively equal with very few chances created. After 15 minutes we lost our keeper to a freak injury when making a routine save. Jacob, who had dealt with the few long range shots with ease, dived to his left but unfortunately got his hand stuck under his body. A trip to Burnley hospital required. X rays showed no break but his hand was swollen and very sore. I wish him a speedy recovery.
This disrupted our game and we had to revert to prior years tactics of taking turns in the goal. Barrowford were on top for the rest of the first half without creating too many chances.
Barrowford started the second half well and went in front from a long range free kick. For the rest of the half the game was end to end and although we created a lot of pressure Barrowford always had 1 more defender blocking shots. As we chased the game Barrowford broke and scored again. Both teams could have added to the score but some terrific defending stopped any further goals.
As I said at the start, a trip to Barrowford is never easy and with a league containing a number of very goods sides this will prove to be a challenging season.
I’m sure everyone is up for the challenge.
Training on Tuesday 6-7.
The first fixture of the season was a home game against Cadley. They have proved tough opposition last season and until today it was 2 wins a piece across the cup and league. The girls have now stepped up to 9v9 with bigger goals on a bigger pitch. They welcomed 2 new players Tyla and Charlotte and this was Misty’s first experience of a league match too building on the success the U12 girls had last season. Sadly Chloe was injured, so watched from the side-lines as our 9 girls took on 9+3 rolling subs on a sunny autumn evening with partisan positive encouragement from ‘the Parent Possy’ and family members. It was also the start of the adventure of the Garry, Tony and Steve as new managers (The 3 Stooges?) with Carl’s brilliant support too.
Cadley started off dangerously, taking control for the first 15mins but Hazel and the defence kept them out and then Langho came increasingly on the offensive with a 2 pronged attack of Issy and Charlotte which showed real promise. Cadley went 2 up although goal line technology may have thought otherwise from some closer than myself with the ball tipped onto the inside of the post! Annie, Amelia and Misty were grafting in midfield and Laura, Tyla and Alice battled in defence. After a fine attack Issy pulled one back and the girls frustratingly created a number of other great chances. Laura hit a powerful long range dipping shot which was saved in amongst the melee too.
The second half saw Misty and Tyla swapping positions, but the girls did get a bit tired as the game progressed and midfield was had to push forward to try to equalise and track back to cover against the counter. The girls fought on strongly against similar tactics to we have seen before and in fact created many more scoring opportunities putting shots wide and just not quite being able to put away several goal mouth scrambles. Laura had a great game in defence and her long ball once again served to drive the opposition back with help from the others. Cadley did seem to have the upper hand picking up clearances, but our girls dispossessed the opposition on many occasions and Annie, Issy and Amelia skilled the Cadley players too. Two more goals came from not picking up an attacker drifting beyond our defence but we had agreed to no offside this game to our cost.
Hazel was voted man-of-the-match for her efforts in goal. Charlotte and Issy looked good playing together as a bolstered front line and all the new girls showed real promise which will bear fruit as their match experience increases over the season. The final score was a little harsh (1-4) but over the 70minutes it looked like the correct result against a more experienced and physical team. However, the new players are a welcome and strong addition to our team giving the U13girls a chance to reverse the result later in the season. An exciting game to watch: Very well done girls. The smiles in the picture says it all.
The Langho U13girls and coaches would love to hear other girls that would also like to come and join in our team. Just call us or turn up on a Friday evening for the practice at 6 to 7.30pm at The Rydings, Langho.
Hi all, welcome back to a brand new season for the under 11s greens. Our first game of the campaign was against Blackburn Eagles, a team we have not played before. But on a sunny Sunday morning our lads started very well. Marco scored after only 4 mins.
They got a goal back on the 14th minute to make it 1-1. Then Joseph got his 1st for us with an assist from Marco at 22 minutes. Our 3rd goal coming from a corner and Marco scoring a header to get his 2nd taking it to a 3-1 half time.
The second half kicking up hill with two subs on, Zac on instead of Jacob & Joel on for Ben Martin. Joseph scored his 2nd on 40th min, then Marco scored his 3rd from a well delivered corner from Max.
Shortly after Max did a fabulous chip over the keeper to get his 1st of the day. Then after a few scares at the back with the down hill bouncing ball nearly catching the back 3 lads out. But they battled on well not to concede any in the second half.
Joseph got his 3rd of the day with a great goal in the top of the net, to take our final score to 7-1. What a fantastic start to the new season, with all players doing their bit.
Man of the match is Marco. But a well done to our two new lads Joseph & Ben .
The Lions took on The Wolves in this opening day cracker
It was a welcome return to Saturday football, for our first game of the season against Clitheroe Wolves. Last season they finished 10 points behind us, but are capable of beating anyone on their day. This season we have moved up to playing 9 a side on a larger pitch with bigger goals. Having only played one friendly and with the added pressure of off sides to cope with, it was going to be interesting to say the least. I think the longer playing time of 30 minutes each way is going to take it’s toll this year, so we are going to play with two substitutes and rotate the players every 10 minutes. Hopefully this will keep the players fresh, but also give the whole squad good playing time. The team today was: Sam Elliott in goals; Harry cronshaw, Eddie Scott & William Ayres in defence; Will Vause, George Barnes(captain), Harry Dolton & Benjamin Taylor in midfield with Connor Walsh up front and Maxwell Seedall & Dominic McGrath as subs. We started on our newly positioned playing surface, kicking up hill and soon got in to our stride passing the ball around well in midfield. Our first attack saw Will Vause get the ball on the edge of the box and curl the ball just wide of the post. This looked promising and with Harry Dolton relishing his new central midfield roll, he soon went on a trade mark driving run down the right wing and unleashed a shot that was saved well by the keeper. Another addition to the midfield is Will Vause who is a new signing and has slotted in really well on the right side and adds great strength to the squad. Again the ball was won by our battling midfield, that saw Will Vause put a through ball right in the path of Connor who raced towards goal, only to see his shot saved well by the Wolves keeper. After suffering an ankle injury midweek, Maxwell sat out the first 20 minutes and looked up for it when he came on. Not giving the defence much time to settle, Max showed great movement that saw him run on to a through ball again provided from our ever reliable midfield to shoot just wide of the post. The whistle went for half time and I was very pleased with the first half display that saw Clitheroe have very few chances. Sam in goals kept his concentration well and our defence were at their battling best. The rolling subs played their part well and the only complaint on my part was that it was very quiet with little communication between the players. The second half started with Clitheroe having the better of the early exchanges, but resolute defending kept our clean sheet intact. We soon got our passing game back on track and this resulted in a great move between Will Vause, Dominic and Maxwell to finish with Max slotting the ball home. Unfortunately the goal was ruled off side, but the signs were good. Clitheroe then came back with some great counter attacking football, which resulted in a looping shot that looked certain to go in. Sam just managed to get his fingertips to it and then again scrambled to get the rebound. Both sides were now getting close to breaking the deadlock, with more risks being taken. Our time eventually came when a long through ball, was met perfectly by Maxwell who sprinted towards goal. He kept his composure to hit a majestic lofted shot over the advancing keeper to make it 1-0 and a definite early contender for goal of the season. This seemed to give Max an added hunger and he was unlucky not to make it two when a great cross by Connor on the right was met perfectly on the volley; Only for the keeper to make a fantastic save. The whole team seemed to get a second wind and another breakaway with a great solo run by Connor saw his cross met by Will Vause, who forced another great save from the Clitheroe keeper. This football was great to see, as The Lions defence took everything The Wolves could throw at them and the midfield were counter attacking in numbers. It had to happen. We got another break with a lovely ball by Dominic to Connor who powered to goal and unleashed a shot that went just over the bar. The game could have been over. Clitheroe then moved more players in advanced positions for the final 5 minutes and with 3 minutes to go, they forced a corner. This was their chance. A great ball in the box was met by a tremendous powerful header that a premiership player would be proud of. 1-1 and only a couple of minutes left. I think both teams were happy with a draw after giving their all and it would have been a shame for either side to steal the points. We tried one more attack, but the Clitheroe defence stood firm and the final whistle eventually went. I think it was relief on all sides, as the lads put on a great specticle of football on the first day of the season. The Referee gave the man of the match to Connor Walsh, who played left midfield, right midfield and up front and was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet. A great display by all and the signs are good for the rest of the season. Well done lads. Chris.
Mick and Hazel at League Awards
Yesterday was the girls North Valley and Burnley Unity Youth League awards afternoon in Colne. Both the Langho FC U12girls and U14girls played in these leagues last season. The U12s had a great season as I hope the match reports demonstrated, and yesterday Hazel was awarded U12 Goalkeeper of the Season, a fantastic achievement, especially as this was her first season in the nets. In the previous 2 seasons the girls have been taking turns in goal with no regular keeper. Having said that, Chloe now has also enthusiastically started goalie training and I have seen and heard great things about Annaleigh for the U14 too. The keeper award was determined by opposition managers at each match scoring the keepers out of 10. Over the season Hazel has pulled off some great saves and shot stopping and her distribution of the ball has been coming on leaps and bounds. From the early days of the girls team she has been brave, something all the girls have shown, and she seems to have the ‘crazy goalie gene’ (no idea where that comes from)!
Thanks must go to Mick and the club for all the efforts to support keepers including the Keeper Coaching recently from Andy and before him Steve. Additionally thanks to Carl, as an ex-keeper, for his enthusiasm with Hazel and warm-ups on match days. Between them they have turned a position that can feel thankless and lacking in glory to a key position leading attacks from the back built on an U12 solid group of defenders and midfield tracking back. Keeper training has proved fun and bred confidence in all those participating (and kept the car valeting companies in the Ribble Valley in business too)! Thanks also go out to the crowd on the side lines for boundless encouragement; win, lose or draw.
Can’t wait for next season. The soon to be U13 girls steps up to 9-a-side and are looking for more players to join in the fun. If anyone knows any more girls that might be interested in joining our friendly team, just encourage them to come along to tasters at Friday evening practices at The Rydings including on the new 3G pitch. Matches will be on Sundays there too on the new 9-a-side pitch planned.