Following 2 home postponement our cup semi final was moved to Everton playing fields to face the champions elect from our league who had a season record of W10 D1 L0 and had beaten us twice. Langho were by no means worried by this and started the match at a tremendous pace, winning most tackles and forcing P.F back with very fast breaks. After 1 break we won a corner and Max head home. We continued to press and a swift move down the right between Ishan, Max and a volleyed through ball from Tom found Ben on the edge of the box with the ball on his trusty left foot. He hit a good shot to the keepers right. The keeper looked beaten but somehow managed to stretch out his leg and scoop the ball over the bar for an amazing save.
P.F then broke down the left and won a throw in close to the corner flag. The resultant long throw ricocheted of the uneven surface and was eventually turned in to make it 1-1. The remainder of the first half saw Langho on top, playing with great tempo with the defence standing firm to the sporadic quick breaks.
1-1 at half time and was delighted with the performance and unfortunate not to be in front.
The second half was similar to the first with Langho controlling large parts of the game, but chances were few and far between on a difficult surface. Both sides defended well and desperately at times and the ball just wouldn’t quite fall right. With 10 minutes left following a scramble in our box and after 1 good save the P.F left sided attacker scored to make it 2-1.
We threw everything at P.F in the last 10 minutes but it just wasn’t to be. The relief of the opposition was obvious and we wish them well for the final.
Very proud of a fantastic team effort, especially in this match, but throughout the season.
Langho Juniors Under 11 Green vs Crown Black
Starting line up: Barney, Joel, Matt, Ishy, Zac, Max, Ben, Marco. Subs Tom, Joe, Drew
A great morning to get back into playing! A sunny but cold morning at Blacksnape saw us go a goal ahead after 5 minutes through Ishy assisted by Max. Ishy went on another trademark driving run through the centre after 10 minutes to make it 2-0. The game evened out for a long period with Langho nearly conceding a couple of times. As always Barney had a safe pair of hands and kept the sheet clean. At the other end Crown’s keeper was having a great game too. We finally conceded from a long range Crown effort but the two goal cushion was back when Marco broke forward to make it 3-1 at half time.
Second half saw us go further ahead with Joseph holding the ball up well to bring in Marco, who passed to Max to make it 4-1 on 32 mins. Marco soon made it 5-1, and max got his second to make it 6-1 before Parky made it 7-1.
We thought it was all over, but Crown snatched a couple of late goals to redeem some pride in what was a comfortable win for the greens. Roll on the last 4 games !!
Match report written by Bernie Mooney
Today’s match was at home league game against Myerscough. We agreed to play 8v8 as the away team were short and our girls had 2 subs. We would like to welcome Katy to the team bringing our squad up to 12.
The girls started strongly and within 2 minutes Annie struck Langho into an early lead. The away team then metered out a series of effective use of the off-side trap, something Langho have used brilliantly well throughout the season. Myerscough attacked strongly, but Katy in goal and the defence with midfield support were up to the task. Katy distributed the ball well including doing some strong drop kicks. Langho lost their way a bit for a fashion after some substitutions and particularly when Laura came off to our team’s first blood injury of the season thanks to an argument with the ball! After some mopping of her lip she later bravely stepped back into the fray, but not before Myerscough equalised: 1-1. Annie was having a great game on the right, but Hazel put a series of balls over the crossbar to ‘synchronised eye covering’ from the coaches plus the girls put a few shots directly at their keeper after some great passing moves. Hazel was brought down just outside the box and Issy floated the free kick brilliantly over the wall to strike the crossbar but it was sadly then cleared.
After a slightly rocky performance in the first half compared to their normal high standards, Charlotte took over in the net and the girls restarted after the break more focused. Amelia jinked past some defenders then blasted the girls into a 2-1 lead to reset the tone. After Hazel forced a corner by harrying their keeper, Amelia got hold of the cross and powered it in, but the shot was parried which Annie picked up to score her deserved second. Laura, Katy, Chloe and particularly Alice, under some pressure, held firm at the back and Charlotte made some good saves. Katy even put in 3 impressive controlling headers setting off runs down the left. After a change of keeper, Misty made a solid save despite issues with her gloves. Hazel put in long corner which Amelia impressively smashed in from distance and another corner was converted our predator Issy after a goal mouth scuffle. After some substitutions the girls held on for the remaining minutes to give a final score of 5-1.
Well done girls after turning round a little disjointed first half to achieve a convincing win and maintain their 9 point lead ahead of the 3rd place team (who the girls play next Sunday at home). Katy was impressively awarded man-of-the match by the opposition on her Langho debut; undoubtedly a loss to ballet, but a gain to Langho girls football! Today showed the mark of a great team, winning despite a bit off an off day. In fact the only real downside was when I looked in the mirror at home revealing my first lobster look for the year: Sun in Langho – never!
After some toothless displays, The Lions had their Teeth checked to see where their Bite had gone.
On a fantastic morning for Football, we welcomed the undefeated Champions of the last two seasons Rishton United. With only 9 Langho players available and no subs this was going to be damage limitation and a time for The Lions to find some Pride. It’s been a frustrating Yo-Yo season with poor displays followed by hard fought wins resulting in a lack of consistency.
The team today was: Sam Elliott in goals; William Ayres, Eddie Scott & Dominic McGrath in defence; Connor Walsh, Harry Cronshaw(captain) & William Vause in midfield with Benjamin Taylor & Maxwell Seedall up front. We’ve tried every different tactic against Rishton in the past with the same result. If you let them play football, there is no team in the league to match them, so we played two up front and decided to take the game to them. The instructions were just to keep moving and close them down as soon as they had the ball. We had to work harder than them to get anything from the game.
The match started well for both sides with good passing throughout the teams on a pitch that had been scraped midweek to give a great playing surface. In the past against Rishton we have been a couple of goals down before our lads have woken up… It was different today as The Lions looked up for it and we were attacking well. Our pressure paid off early as a corner from Benj resulted in the ball getting cleared in the path of Dominic who hit a great shot in the corner to make it 1-0 to Langho. I don’t know who was more surprised, me or Dom as he turned away skipping and waving his arms around like a man possessed. It was superb to see and well deserved. We just had to believe now and continue the good work. You could see the lift Dom’s goal gave the team and more pressure followed. We had to take advantage and it wasn’t long before we went 2-0 up with a fantastic left foot shot from Harry Cronshaw after dispossessing a Rishton player, chesting it down and lining up his volley. Wow, this was awesome and it was all down to hard work and not letting the Rishton lads settle on the ball.
Rishton are not unbeaten in the league two years running for nothing and now you could see them coming out of shock mode and wanting it. There’s no better footballing team in the league and they started stringing passes together and making us look like statues. We were standing off them and had forgotten the work rate that made The Lions Roar just before. It had to come and in no time it was 2-2 with Rishton playing quick passing football that the Langho lads just couldn’t match. The Lions looked down, but they had to dig deep again. They did and now this was a proper battle with both sides going for it and our defence throwing everything in the way of the Rishton attacks. The half time whistle couldn’t come soon enough as The Lions were running on empty after giving their all in the fist half.
So at half time it was 2-2 and I couldn’t have been more prouder of the lads. They were superb and just needed to recharge their batteries and go again. They were reminded again that they will get out of the game what they put in, so their destiny was in their own hands.
The second half started and both sides attacked well, playing some great football. It was end to end stuff with our defence on top form and a stalemate looking a possibility. The lads got a lift when a goal kick was picked up by Connor just inside the half and volleyed back over the defence and goalkeeper only for it to hit the crossbar and come back out. We raised our game again and with the defence at their battling best, we threw more men in to attacking positions and counter attacked well. This brought us our third goal when a through ball found Connor, who took the ball towards the keeper and put it in the corner. Unbelievable and fully deserved. It was relentless with chance after chance for both sides. The next goal was going to be vital, as Rishton were now throwing everyone forward to get back in the game. Sam in goals and our three defenders never gave up and it was now a battle to try and thwart all the Rishton attacks. Every time we got the ball, we looked for Max up front who never stopped running and was always an option. It was this counter attacking that got us our third with Benj hitting a great shot to make it Langho Lions 4, Rishton United 2. Now the lads were beginning to believe and they were urging each other on. Ten minutes left and the attacks were coming thick and fast. We were brilliant and the frustration was beginning to show for Rishton, who knew they had been in a battle. We continued to battle hard and the final whistle blew to give The Lions a memorable victory against one of the best teams in the county. The Lions got their Bite back and every one of them should be very proud of themselves. The referee made Maxwell Seedall the Pennine Service Station Lion Bar Man of the Match, who throughout the game never stopped running and kept the Rishton defenders on their back foot to produce a faultless display. I was so proud of the lads today and the consistency is finally coming.
A big thank you to the Rishton Manager (Lee) who helped me put both goals up before the game and I’m sure they will now go on another winning run to clinch the title and secure three league titles on the trot. Today The Lions wanted it more and showed great character in never giving up, so lets hope we can have a winning run of our own till the end of the season. Well done The Lions. Cheers. Chris.
Today a group of seven Langho 6-10 year old girls cheerfully went to the Hyndburn Sports Centre new astroturf as part of the Lancashire FA girls mini soccer project. This comprised a fun hour training session run by Lancs FA for all the girls and they got to meet and Under 17 England player recently signed for Liverpool Ladies to sign their certificates. The girls showed off the skills they leant a Mick’s U7-
Langho U10s at Lancs FA U9girls project
U11 girls train sessions on Friday night (6.30-7.30).
This session was organised by Accrington Ladies to encourage more young girls to play the game and bring together younger girls, coaches and team for friendly matches and girls-only leagues. The sessions will be monthly at different grassroots clubs and Mick suggested that Langho FC could host a similar event soon on our 3G pitch, which was warmly received by the FA. The next session is in late April just after Easter. I made contact with Burnley Girls and team called Academy interested in playing Langho’s younger girls in friendlies or in mini soccer tournaments. Lancs FA are also keen to forge links between East and West Lancs teams.
So today’s outing was a final league trip over to play St Annes. A chilly damp start greeted the girls despite the BBC’s promise of sunshine, but a hot chocolate sorted that!
The 9 Langho girls played with no subs against a 13-girl home team; who recently have signed 2 new players. Langho were in for another fitness test following Mick’s beep test at practice on Friday night (which I am still aching from)! Charlotte started as lone striker with Amelia, Annie plus Alice in midfield for a change. Laura, Tyla, Misty and Chloe completed the defence with Hazel in the net. From the whistle whilst the girls had the more dangerous attacks, they seemed a little shorthanded in the final third and the Midfield had to do a lot of work as the home team rang in the changes which left some gaps in the middle of the park. Langho’s defence remained solid with particularly outstanding effort from Laura and Tyla and Hazel’s decision making was rock solid. Goal kicks clearing the halfway line were common and there was even a long ball out from Hazel which Charlotte picked up directly but their keeper bravely stopped. Red Stars’ corners were well defended and also met by the keeper and apart from a couple of communications misunderstandings at the back St Annes only had a few clear chances. Amelia and Annie passed beautifully and at 20minutes Amelia, after some neat footwork, buried a fine shot to break the deadlock then Charlotte put a great run wide so the girls finished 1-0 up at the break.
Charlotte and Hazel swapped positions for the second half, Alice moved to her more familiar right back slot with Misty and Chloe ahead of defence (3-2-2-1) to close some gaps. Armed with choc-chip cookies the girls set off again. The changes soon showed there were more attacking options, the midfield were less shorthanded and the defence remained solid bar a few wobbles which Laura or Amelia were often involved in clearing up. A series of corners and breaks followed. Hazel, Annie and Amelia were playing more fluidly and the other girls all looked more comfortable backing up. Hazel then broke through down the middle and buried a powerful shot high into the roof of the net left of centre: 2-0 Langho. More attacks followed and Annie put a great cross in from the right wing which the striker put narrowly wide. The home team continued to threaten though, Charlotte made some good saves, Laura received praise from the opposition coaches as ‘best defender in the league’ plus Alice and Tyla defended determinedly with trademark committed tireless support from Amelia. Finally St Annes’ efforts were rewarded with a high looping shot into the Langho net to set spectators’ nerves jangling again. Langho stood firm and the final score was 1-2 bringing up the girls third straight league win.
Laura deservedly was awarded man-of-the-match in a game where the girls ground out a win built on their fitness and skills. Perhaps Langho deserved another goal or so, but St Annes are an improving side. Langho move on to an away fixture at Brandlesholme next Sunday morning.
Langho U13/U12 girls (Years 6, 7 and 8) are looking for a few more players to join in the fun so contact the coaches or just come along to team practice on Friday evening for a free taster.
On another cold and windy day at Accrington Academy we faced Readstone in the cup quarter final. This was a re-played match following the abandoned game from the week before due to blizzards. That was evenly poised at 1-1 when the correct decision was made to halt proceedings.
We have had 3 cracking but unsuccessful matches against Readstone in the last 12 Months’ only losing by the odd goal twice and drawing once and this promised similar.
We were 3 defenders down and had a bare 9: Jacob in goals, Thomas, Eddie and Nick in defence, midfield of Harrison, Ishan Roman and Ben with Max in attack. We played with the wind in the first half and the first 10 minutes was quite even. As the half wore on we started to take control, penning Readstone back. A number of dangerous corners from Ben followed and Ishan eventually turned 1 home. As ever when we played Readstone their pacy forwards and counter attacking style always causes problems and today was no different. A shot thudded off the bar and a few dangerous corners flew across the 6 yard box threatened but the defence held tight superbly marshalled by Jacob.
We wanted more of an advantage kicking with the wind and so pushed Thomas into midfield and Roman to attack. After 20 minutes Max scored and our grip tightened. We really wanted a cushion and were rewarded when Nick converted a penalty following a mazy Roman run.
At halftime we reminded this lads they had only done half a job. We ‘re-organised with Thomas and Ben taking on wing back roles to support the defence. All the lads battled very hard against the wind. Jacob was excellent in goals, good saves excellent distribution and a vocal organiser that gave all confidence. The Readstone keeper also had an excellent game making a number of good saves throughout.
There were no more goals but chances at both ends and the quality of football played by both sides in trying conditions was excellent and resulted in another exciting match against Readstone.
It was a bitterly cold morning at the Rydings for this Under 11 Shield Quarter Final match. Could the greens get through to play Feniscowles or would the Rossendale lads have a sting in their tail?
Starting line up: Barney, Matthew, Ishy, Ben Martin, Max, Tom, Ben N, Marco, Zac,
On the (lengthy!) bench Jacob, Drew, Joel, Joseph
Some early pressure from Wasps came to nothing as the greens kicked up hill. Zac had a great effort saved – a curling right footed shot that the keeper just got his hands to. Rossendale put us under some pressure again but we managed to break through after some good work in the Rossendale half. Marco looped it over their keeper to make it 1-0.
With 4 lads on the bench we had to make changes. Joel came on for Ben M at the back and Joseph on for Zac. The Rossendale pressure was beginning to build. We just couldn’t seem to keep the ball in their half and Wasps made it 1-1 o around 20 minutes. 1-1 soon became 1-2 with a gift of a scrappy goal. This very soon became 1-3. The greens had lost their momentum and had to get a grip of the game. Wasps had their tails up and were hungry for more.
The greens did well to bring it back to 2-3 with a great effort from Max, but Wasps managed to get their two goal advantage back seconds later to make it 2-4 just before half time.
Two changes again as Jacob came on for Ben N, and Drew for Marco. The greens now having the downhill advantage started to apply pressure. Ishy nudged a shot over bar when it looked easier to score, and carried the good work later with a run down the right wing. It looked like it couldn’t go in but Ishy must have giot all his angles right as the ball snuck in the bottom corner to make it 3-4.
Could we pull another back to take the game to extra time?
Greens had another break away at the end when Marco was taken down on the edge of the Rossendale box. Was it in or out? The ref decided it was just outside and nothing came of the last chance.
A valiant effort against a team half way up the league above. The game was lost in 5 crazy first half minutes!
Man of the match Ben Isherwood. Match report witten by Bernie.
On a cold and very heavy pitch, Langho U13 girls had a home fixture against Cadley this week. Cadley had not dropped a point all season, including 2 earlier games against our girls, although the last away game was very close.
Langho, playing uphill in the first half, started strongly in what was to prove an end to end match. After a few sharp passes from the back and a great break from Annie, the ball was fed to Issy who smashed Langho into an early lead. More cut and thrust between the teams was followed by a cross from Amelia which was deflected in by Cadley; 2-0. Thwarted chances followed at either end with Hazel making some fine saves, Tyla was committedly chasing down their attackers and Laura was solid as a rock again at the back. Amelia, Annie and Charlotte were tracking back, tackling and pushing forward. A marking error centrally from a corner gave Cadley their first goal and later a second corner was saved but the rebound bundled over the line to equalise, 2-2, before the whistle brought the game to a nervy halt.
Following a round of choc-chip biscuits and another ‘Langho shout’ the second half got underway. A foul centrally outside their box gave Issy a free kick which she brilliantly buried in the top left-hand corner. Up the other end Chloe made a critical tackle in the box and clearance and Misty and Chloe were backing one and other up nicely. Hazel made a series of great saves including diving to push a screamer past the far post and meeting crosses increasingly taking command of her box. Another counter attack saw Issy going down under pressure, now Hazel’s mud colour from the waist down, which released Amelia to step over several tackles and wonderfully bury her second: 4-2. Another foul at the side line 10 yards from the halfway line saw Laura wheeled up who unleashed another shot which flew in to the far post and Issy made sure there was no argument that it was in. More exchanges and Cadley clawed another goal back. In response Annie made a run up the right and hit a low bullet ground shot inside the left post racking up the teams sixth.
A final score of 6-3 to Langho and Cadley’s unbeaten record was shattered. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match for her keeping efforts, and not for how much dirt she was wearing largely thanks to the gravity-defying wetter mud at the top of the pitch! The girls had put on a stunning display of football and teamwork against the highly talented physical league leaders. Their superb fitness showed where the 9 Langho girls had played and beaten a team of 9 and 4 subs. The girls are firmly in second place in the league now; 6 points ahead of the next team.
With the pitch just about playable with the overnight frost and a little fog, we were back to a league match today. Another good turn out with a full squad available to pick from, we were playing Colne Jnrs who pinched a win from us when we last played them. But this time kicking up hill we did go behind after 6mins and this did wake our lads up. Zac receiving the ball on the left wing and running straight at goal hit a fabulous shot scoring our first of the day on the 12th minute. Then on 27mins Joseph got himself on the score sheet taking us to halftime at 2-1. We started the second half with the down hill advantage and it was not long before Joseph got his second of the day. It was mainly one way traffic with Tom getting our 4th on the 18th min of the second half and just to polish things off Ben Neilson chipped over their keeper to make the final score 5-1. This was another all round good team effort, we really are becoming a difficult team to beat. With the hard work from the lads at the back keeping the opposing strikers chances to a minimum. It was possibly the best performance this season against a decent side.
Man of the match Tom Lightbown.