On Sunday Langho 15’s played away at Burnley college 3G against league leaders Fulledge Colts. In the previous game at Northcote the game finished 2-2 and that was the scoreline once again! Fulledge dominated possession in the first half but didn’t cause Will Wrathhall any trouble in the goals. Late in the first half it was Langho who took the lead after Ben Harltey whipped in a great freekick which wasn’t cleared and Josh Tetley was there to smash the ball home. The goal sparked a great end to the first half for Langho as the lads worked harder to press the ball and stop Fulledge playing there brilliant football. In the second half Fulledge made a substitute and he caused the Langho defence all sorts of trouble and he was rewarded 10 mintues in to the second half with a goal after taking it around the Langho goal keeper. 5 minutes later Fulledge took the lead after a communication error between the goal keeper and centre half, the striker nipped between them both and slotted the ball home. The game looked to be over but the Langho boys dug in and on the 70th minute mark Max Cane headed the ball towards the back post and Josh Tetley was there again to tap it in. Both sides had chances to win it in the last ten minuts. Fulledge were very impressive with the football they displayed but the point for Langho keeps them in the hunt for the league title. Win our games in hand and we will be 3 points behind the league leaders.
Finally we’ve found somewhere as cold and wet as Everton – Blacksnape!
Wind, rain, sleet and the occasional break in cloud for blue sky (but the sun wasn’t working). This was in stark contrast to the match which was played in a good spirit by both teams, some excellent passing and good goals. Thomas, Ishan and Ben all scored good goals in the first half but the second half was even better.
Ishan scored a very good goal rounding the keeper before rolling the ball home, Max scored from the touchline with a cross come shot, Ben scored his second before Thomas slotted perfectly into the corner late on. In between this Blue Star scored a spectacular long range shot but undoubtedly the highlight for me was our keeper running the full lEngth of the pitch when we got a penalty shouting it was his. Jacob smashed it in off the bar and set off running again – he’s very popular and was soon caught!
Today visit of the league leaders was always going to be tough but buoyed by a good performance the week before we started the game well. We played some good football and created a couple of good openings but couldn’t finish the moves off. Pendle are a well organised strong side and worked their way into the game after our good start took over mid way through the first half. A corner which we failed to clear was converted and towards the end of the half a spectacular over the shoulder shot from another corner flew into the top corner.
We competed throughout the second half but Pendle Forest were a bit quicker to the ball and were stronger in the tackle and wore US down. Two more goals followed late on (again from corners that we had chances to clear). However, no complaints as the pressure took its toll. Sometimes, on the day, the other side are just better – today was one of those days.
The lads gave it their all (as always) and I’m sure will bounce back soon.
Benjamin Taylor unleashing a great left foot shot to bring us back in the game at 2-1.
After two weeks without a game The Lions made the short trip to the memorial pitches at Great Harwood for our away fixture agaist Rishton United. They have been unbeaten in the league for 2 years and have strengthened again this season to make their team one of the strongest in the area. To make matters worse, we were without our goalkeeper and only had 9 players in total, which meant no subs. It was going to be a challenge, but one “The Lions” would hopefully be up for.
The team today was: Will Vause in goals; Connor Eccleston, Eddie Scott & Will Ayres in defence; Connor Walsh, Harry Cronshaw, George Barnes(capt) & Benjamin Taylor in midfield with Maxwell Seedall up front.
Before the game the lads were reminded about Rishton’s quick powerfull counter attacking football. In our previous encounter, we were 4-0 down within the first 7 minutes. Lessons had to be learnt and everyone had to be switched on.
The game started slowly with both sides finding their feet until a breakaway from the Rishton forward forced an early corner. We’re not at our best at corners, as nobody wants to take responsibility and the opposition constantly have free headers. Today was no different, as we failed to win the ball and a Rishton player had a free header to make it 1-0. Thats one for the training ground, so hopefully we can improve as the season goes on. The last thing we wanted to do was gift them a goal so early in the game. The Lions seemed to regroup and with our captain George Barnes driving everyone on, the team seemed to start again. We upped our work rate and started to win the midfield battles. The teamwork was fantastic to see. Our best chance came from a Rishton attack that was headed out well by Connor Eccleston on to Connor Walsh, who threaded a ball to Maxwell who hit a great shot that forced the keeper to tip it past the post for a corner. The effort the lads were putting in was superb. With half time looming and The Lions in need of a well earned rest, Rishton broke away and scored a second to make it 2-0 and it was unfortunate as you could see how deflated the lads were. The Referee blew the whistle and it was time for reassurance. I told them how well they played and to get their heads up and carry on the hard work. We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down and the lads just had to believe in themselves and keep battling away.
The second half started with The Lions winning the early battles and beginning to get success driving forward. The hard work paid off when George won the ball in midfield and found Connor Walsh, who in turn passed to the advancing Benj who unleashed a great shot in the corner of the goal to make it 2-1 and The Lions were back in the hunt. The lads had a new belief and the crowd could sense an upset on the cards. This was the hardest they had worked all season and with no subs, we had to make possession count as legs were getting tired. We came close on three occassions with shots from Harry Cronshaw, Connor Walsh & Will Vause, but the Rishton defence are solid and their stand in keeper was also in top form. We just couldn’t break them down, no matter what we threw at them. As predicted with no subs, we just couldn’t keep up the pace and Rishton came back at us with their quick counter attacking play to score three goals. The scorline didn’t reflect the game, but their class showed in the end. The Referee blew for full time and it was Rishton Utd 5, Langho Lions 1. A great battling performance from Langho and I was so proud of them. To play Rishton with no goalkeeper and no subs is a big ask, but every one of the players were superb and could come off the pitch with their heads held high. Even though the scoreline was 5-1, it was testement to our team work that the Referee gave the man of the match award to Eddie Scott, who consistently puts everything on the line for the sake of the team and got a well deserved Lion Bar for his troubles. The Rishton manager must think I’m made of money as he also gave the man of the match award to Connor Eccleston, who never gave up and did well building attacks from his defensive clearances, so too got a Lion Bar. The Lads finally cleared me out of chocolate, as our three goalkeepers used today also got Lion bars for their heroics as stand in keepers. On reflection we gave our all and if the same effort is used for the rest of the season, it will be a successfull one. Well done to all who took part. Cheers. Chris.
Langho Juniors Under 11 Green vs Crown Paints Blue 30th November 2014
On a bright and warm(ish) morning at Blacksnape we had nearly a full squad to select from. Three subs means three less than happy chaps on the touchline. The greens coped well with the changes and everyone got a decent run out.
Greens went in front early when Tom Lightbown played a through ball for Marco who slotted the ball into the bottom left corner for 1-0. The next few minutes were scrappy before Ishy drove forward again to force a corner. From that corner the ball broke out for Ben Martin to have a great shot saved. After 8 minutes Ishy drove forward again, but the ball broke to Marco who doesn’t miss many. 2-0. Langho were beginning to take charge of the game and for once Marco missed a one on one.
3 changes were made half way through and Joseph Parkinson didn’t waste any time making his mark with a poacher’s goal on 20 minutes. 3-0 at half time. A steady back line marshalled by Joel and Matt made 3 points look a safe bet.
3 more changes were made at the start of the second half. Jacob nearly got on the score sheet after Joseph Parkinson laid a ball of for him to run on to and shoot. A great save from the keeper kept it at 3, but from the corner Drew pulled the ball across for Joseph to net his second for 4-0 on 35 minutes. Joseph and Marco combined five minutes later for Marco to make it 5-0. Max was finding more and more space on the left and was unlucky to put one wide.
Crown didn’t lie down though and Barney (supported by the rest of the greens on the goal line) made a great save from an indirect free kick from inside our own box. Zac was working tirelessly in the middle of the field breaking up Crown’s play. Crown were under pressure again and Marco pounced on a weak goal kick to make it 6-0. The constant change to the line-up took its toll with minutes to play when we conceded one, but Marco made it 5 for the day a minute from the end to make it 7-1.
A solid performance again from the greens. Shame about the goal conceded. We would rather win 5-0 than 7-1!
Man of the match Marco. Match report written by Bernie Mooney.
Langho U13 Girls after another win
The sixth league fixture of the season away at St Annes Red Stars; a team who the girls beat a few weeks ago in the cup. The teams played 9v9 with Langho with 1 sub and the home team 2 on a beautiful sunny morning. Langho had Charlotte in goal following a training injury to Hazel and the team welcomed Freya’s match debut.
Langho attacked from the whistle playing straight into the sun, although St Annes pushed forward too and intercepted balls well in midfield. The thing that set the 2 teams apart in the cup match began to shine through again: There was great passing between Amelia, Annie, Hazel and Issy slashing holes in a big determined home team defence. The Langho defence played an advanced straight back line and Laura, Tyla and Alice had a great game with all 3 girls putting in determined tackles and passing accurately out well even under pressure. Tyla showed a never-say-die attitude making her a real contender for man-of-the-match today. Hazel put a great ball through to Issy who buried it the back of the net for Langho’s first. After more exchanges a well-placed pass from Misty through to Amelia then on to Issy for her second leaving the girls 2up at half-time.
The second half was tighter forcing a few more saves off Charlotte and she distributed the ball well both from goal and from long drop-kicks. The defence remained strong with support from midfield including Freya and once again there was some wonderful 1-2s presenting lots of opportunities including bursts where Hazel hit the post twice and had a lob well saved. Issy then made her hat-trick and there were two occasions when the ball went tantalisingly right across the goal mouth. There were some desperate goal mouth scrambles too in front of the home team’s net. Amelia ran virtually the whole length of the pitch beating players to put the ball undeservedly into the side netting.
The final score ended 0-3 to Langho with impressive performances all over park, particularly in the passing and tackling. The girls played against a skilful team with ex-Rovers players and did not give them time to get comfortable on the ball. The girls played with a high tempo too and the opposition’s head did not drop this time. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match playing on the left wing and this result leaves the U13 Girls firmly second in the League Table. Well done again girls. Next week is the reverse home fixture against St Annes.
Our match this week was ay Accrington Academy. Given the heavy rain rain of Friday the pit h was remarkably firm. It was also a big pitch. Both teams contributed to an excellent open game. We started very strongly using the full pitch to pass the ball well and went in front mid way through the first half through Ben. We continued to press but Readstone were always a threat, sitting deep but then breaking at a fantastic pace. Towards the end of the half a good team move culminated in Ishan pulling the ball back to Ben who controlled and volleyed in for a very smart finish. Early in the second half Readstone again counter attacked and broke through their right channel and their striker converted excellently into the far bottom corner. Game on. What followed as a superb game of football, an end to end contest that I’m sure everyone enjoyed. With about 10minutes left Readstone equalised with a header from a corner. We had one more great chance to win it but a scuffed shot and a,scrambled save foiled us. Obviously a little disappointed we didn’t win after being 2-0 up at halftime but in the end happy with a point and really enjoyed another very close game with Readstone. Readstone shared their sweets at the end – much appreciated. Cheers.
We arrived at Fenscliffe playing fields to the sight of what looked like full size goals, however we were assured that the league had approved the use of these. From the off the Eagles were dominant for the first 10 minutes until we started playing. The Eagles scored their first goal after 15mins, this is when the competitive football started and resulted in us having several chances to even up a fairly physical game.
Second half was stronger and young Ishy began with what is becoming a fairly typical driving run from inside his own half resulting in a cracking shot leaving their keeper with no chance of a save. Max had a great chance which was unfortunately halted by their keeper. Then Jacob made a run up the right wing and crossed the ball to Tom who swiftly took control of it to deliver another great finish which took the score to 2-1.
The Eagles nipped one back, but on the balance of play a draw was probably a fair result.
Man of the match Matthew Curry
Thanks to the continued support of the parents.
Today’s match was an away league fixture where 8 Langho U13 girls took on Mysercough 8 plus 3 rotating substitutes; a team that have been getting stronger as the season continues.
Goal mouth tussles
The game kicked off fairly evenly matched then our midfield started coming under more pressure and the balance of play tilted towards the home team. However, our defence of Laura, Alice and Tyla held bolstered by a series of fine saves from Hazel in the net. Langho had a significant number of breaks thwarted and surges forward, but the girls tired as the other team took advantage of their numbers of subs. Laura stepped up to take plenty of corners plus a free kick which the others could not quite connect with. Eventually pressure told and Myerscough put in a loop shot, which despite diving and getting her fingertips to it looped skilfully into the far top corner. In the dying seconds after giving away a free-kick just outside the box, Hazel saved the direct shot and the half held at 1-0, but left a slightly downbeat Langho team.
After chocolate biscuits and encouragement, then swapping Misty into defence, Tyla into midfield and moving Annie into her more comfortable right the balance of play evened again. Issy equalised from a largely solo effort bringing more hope to our team as the flow of substitutions continued. The girls attacks, passing and pressing improved particularly from the back and Alice even tackled 3 players and came away with the ball. Laura was playing a pivotal role tackling and with long balls but the left looked vulnerable so Alice and Misty later were swapped. Hazel pulled off a whole series of clearances, dives and saves plus bravely diving on the ball off her line. Together the girls kept the home team at bay even when the girls became worryingly outnumbered at the back. Myerscough went 2-1 up, but the girls heads still did not drop. Annie scored a wonderful low drive from distance into the corner to level again. There were chances at both ends including a battling Charlotte putting a volley wide, until a goal-line technology moment when Laura cleared just off the front of the line so the game ended 2-2.
The girls fought hard today, putting their all into this game. A lesser team could have succumbed after half-time under pressure, but twice determinedly came from behind. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match by the other team for her key role stemming the tide, but the team did fantastically well to get a draw. Really well done girls – this showed real character and spirit. So it is away at Brandlesholme next week….
On Sunday Langho 15’s faced Highfield Grange in the last 16 of the LFA cup. First and foremost a big well done to everyone at the club because the pitch was in great condition to say how much it rained!
Langho started the game well creating 5/6 clear cut changes in the first 15 minutes which would have made the game comfortable but that wasn’t to be, it took until the 25th minute before Josh Tetley flicked the ball over the Highfield keeper after a perfect through ball from Max Cane. 8 minutes later Highfield equalised from sloppy marking and that gave the Langho boys a wake up because from the kick off Josh Tetley showed a tremendous touch to stop the ball dead out of the air, weave passed 4 defenders and slot the ball home.
The second half we had a few more great chances and Josh thought he had his hat rick after he curled one round the keeper but it hit the under side of the bar bounced down over the line but the referee didn’t give the goal. Langho showed great character and battled hard to grind out a 2-1 victory. The boys know to progress any further in the competition they need to play better but a win is a win and in the cup especially its all about the result.
I will let Lynne know the next round fixture and times and hopefully we can get as much support down to watch as possible.