Another warm sunny Sunday saw Langho U12s girls welcome Feniscowles & Pleasington Blue to The Rydings. This was expected to be another tough encounter against an experienced team who did well in the league last year. The away team started well and put the Langho girls under pressure and soon took the lead. However the Langho girls tried to push forward and created a number of half chances. Chloe had a great chance from a free kick just outside the penalty area but put it narrowly wide. At half time the away team led 5-0 but the Langho girls were feeling positive for the second half.
Again for the second week running the girls kept their heads up and produced another really determined second half display. The girls continued to create chances as they pushed forward with Niamh and Alice both going close and Eloise chasing everything energetically. The girls still got back to defend with Scarlett getting back on a number of occasions to make clearances and assist Olivia in defence. Feniscowles scored two further goals to make the final score 7-0. Amelia again showed she has the makings of a goal keeper with a sound display. Chloe received the opposition’s man of the match award. The away manager did comment after the game how the girls never let their heads drop and tried right to the final whistle. Now on to AFC Darwen next week.
We are still on the lookout for players to bolster the squad.
Interested? Contact James Buckley on 07967-039001, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up to the U12 girls (year 7) practice on Friday Evenings (6-7pm) on the clubs 3G pitch at The Rydings and join in to see if you enjoy it.
A misty start with a definite Winter nip in the air for the 11:15 kick off at the Rydings between Langho under 11’s and Clitheroe Wolves.
Harrison was back following a long recovery from a shin injury, but Connor was only to make a brief appearance due to a sickness bug.
It was a cagey start, and the chances Langho got were comprehensively dealt with by the Wolves keeper. It was looking like being a frustrating morning until Finn broke through on the right and slotted home in the bottom corner. Soon after came Finn’s second, which was quite bizarre. A looping shot from just inside the Wolves half dropped into the net to a completely stunned silence!!
Cross or shot ? – they all count! Langho played some lovely passing football in spells, with Max and Sasi dancing through the Wolves, and some strong work from Sean and Theo in midfield. A well taken Wolves free-kick found Thomas’s net frustratingly, as yet again Tom’s one on one shot stopping had been faultless. Individual well taken goals from Harrison and Theo saw us 4-1 to the good at half time.
The second half was much closer. Will and Jack were tenacious at the back, and Sasi worked tirelessly up and down. Sean and Meechai began to click as a dangerous partnership. A lovely run and cross from Meechai found Sean in the box and we were cruising. The Wolves nicked a goal from a well-constructed move, but a second goal from Sean saw Langho run out 6-2 winners. The Wolves were tamed!
The Langho U11 girls team were away in the league at Cadley in Preston today; a club that always has strong teams. The girls showed a better passing game and cleared their lines throughout the game. Aleasia, Charlotte and Ellie chase and battled for the ball with some great runs from Eva, Ellie and Issy as well as Aleasia who bravely carved through the Cadley defence on many occasions. Madeleine and particularly Lillie made some crucial clearances and a long range passes down the wings. Emily, Aleasia and Eva made some key saves in the net too. The girls conceded only once in each half from some powerful Cadley breaks, but after the early quarter of the match Langho deserved more from the game.
Langho’s 8 girls showed their fitness against superior numbers and continue to improve match by match as the girls gain more experience. On balance they created more chances than the home team and deserved to score, but it will come. The girls’ improvement was marked and they were exciting to watch from the side-lines. All this and there is always time for a good chat, a mass trip to the loo at half-time and a bunch of somersaults before Mick’s team talk and the restart. Entertaining in the extreme and really well done girls!
Today’s league match was away at Myerscough. With some key players unavailable, this was a weaker Langho U14 team than usual and they only had enough to play 8v8. The home team played sportingly with 2 subs. The game kicked off and Issy created and converted an early chance after a pass from Misty. Issy unluckily looped one over the bar shortly afterwards. At the other end Hazel made some fine saves and was acting sweeper too supported by the ever-dependable Laura. Tyla demonstrated some nice touches showing how far she has come in her first full year, beating some good players and laying off passes to Katy and her other team mates. Katy played really well down the right demonstrating some close ball skills, passing and supplying crosses to Issy. She put a tantalising ball, almost in slow motion, right across the goal mouth which the girls somehow missed in one of those ‘Noooo’ moments. Our latest recruit put a shot narrowly wide of the left hand stick. Issy created and converted 2 more great goals, racking up her hat-trick, leaving the girls 3-0 up at the half-time whistle.
Hazel and Katy then swapped positions for the restart. Laura hit the post in an early attack from a corner and then shortly after a well weighted pass from Misty to Hazel was buried for 4-0. Issy then put in her forth and then Hazel ran the whole length of the pitch for a wonderful solo second. A well taken lob from the home team clawed back a deserved goal. A long throw from Amber, who was having a real tussle with the opposing team’s man-of-the-match, saw another shot saved from Hazel. The Myerscough keeper was having a good game. Inter-passing between the girls saw Issy then smash in her fifth and then Hazel picked off a fumble from their keeper for her hat-trick. There was more sound defence on display from Laura, Amber and Tyla and Katy made some brave dives plus dribbled the ball round an attacker after a pass-back. The final action was Hazel hitting the post and the rebound was put over the bar from the keeper’s outstretched leg.
So a final score of 8-1 maintained the U14 girls 100% record and Katy was voted man-of-the-match. The girls all played fantastically again today with a high tempo with all the players played their part; experienced and new. And this was a weakened team!……
After last week’s difficult game against BJFC, a feeder club for Blackpool with a very experienced squad, 8 Langho U11 girls bounced back and took on Clitheroe Wolves on a sunny afternoon. This was Wolves second season so they too proved an organised and experienced team with a full set of 5 subs.
Mick Salutes U11 Girls!
Langho put up a determined performance across the park, starting with Emily in goal, then Charlotte and finally Aleasia. Issy put in lots of great runs down the wing and showed some fine keepy-upy skills. Ellie battled particularly well upfront in the second half against swarms of defenders and often still coming out with the ball! Heather made several determined runs and Charlotte and Eva fought hard in defence and upfront too. Before halftime Clitheroe scored twice and after the break they missed a penalty and scored one more. So a much closer game for the girls this week and one they all learnt from. They forced saves from a skilled Wolves keeper and kept going despite being relatively short handed on a hot afternoon. Heather was voted man-of-the-match for Langho. Well done girls.
Today saw the U12s girls make the long trip to Whitworth Valley on a lovely sunny morning. After showing up well in training on Friday, Amelia volunteered to go in goal for today’s match and performed well. Have we found a goal keeper? Whitworth Valley started the game confidently and put the Langho girls under pressure from the start and got an early goal. Langho came more into the game as the half went on but Whitworth showed their experience with strength at the back and good finishing by the attackers to make it 3-0 at half time.
Some positional changes at half time saw a much more even second half and the girls came more into the game and started to test the Whitworth keeper. Eventually their persistence paid off as the Alice put a great curling shot into the corner to make it 3-1. At that point the next goal was going to be important and Whitworth scored again almost immediately to make it 4-1. The girls didn’t let their heads drop with Eloise chasing everything up front, Niamh, Alice and Scarlett showing lots of energy in midfield and Chloe and Olivia doing well at the back. Whitworth pinched a fifth goal late on to make the final score 5-1. The girls should be very proud of their efforts, that first victory will come.
Today’s match was a foggy morning home fixture at the Rydings against Academy Juniors. Langho kicked off downhill and looked the most likely to score in the opening minutes, with the defence keeping the attack more at bay and Hazel in nets acting as a sweeper and making some good saves. Annie had a cracking shot saved from the right after Issy laid a nice pass off down the wing. Amelia later put a quality pass through to Issy who drilled the ball in to the bottom left to break the deadlock. Hazel’s distribution out of goal was on song, including finding Amelia who turned and ran from the centre circle. Freya was having a good game doggedly defending down the right making tackles and passing to Annie, Issy and her other team mates supported by Misty in between. A weak goal kick saw Annie steal the ball through 2 defenders and make it 2-0. Amelia did some superb dribbling and put her shot narrowly wide and Katy put a shot over the bar as Langho seemed to have the game under control with Laura bossing the defence and Tyla tenaciously battling their winger on the left. Then came the move of the match with a pass from Freya to Amelia, lay off to Issy who smashed her shot into the inside of the right hand post for Katy to put in off the rebound after following it in: Brilliant. This left 3-0 at the halftime whistle and the usual biscuit munching session and words of encouragement from Carl and the coaches.
Half-time talk – No Carl your driver won’t help here!
Following the restart as the temperature rose as the mist had burnt away. Another dart down the wing from Annie, then she flashed another shot across the face of goal, just out of the reach of Issy at the far post. Annie then put a blistering shot over the bar before the high bounce finally defeated Hazel which was put the score to 3-1. The girls were tiring now. Hazel then put in several great saves before a mistake at the back saw Academy draw closer again 3-2. The girls dug in and in the dying minutes another Annie cross was converted by Issy giving a final score of 4-2 to Langho and a sigh of relief from the side-lines.
This was a great game and a tiring hard fought win. This was the toughest game yet but the girls played fantastically. Issy was awarded man-of-the-match for, in the words of the opposition coach, ‘bossing the game.’ The girls head the league with a 100% record. Next a trip to Myerscough next Sunday.
The sun was shining and the morning dew had cleared for the 11:15 kick off at the Rydings between Langho under 11’s and visiting Ossy St. Mary’s. One could get used to these conditions!
Langho were down to bare bones with 3 absentees. Theo bravely started with a sore back but soon had to sit out; so we were playing with 8. It was a very close first half with chances at both ends. Thomas was in top form between the sticks, pulling off some fantastic one on one saves. Theo limped back on as a central defender, and Jack and Connor worked really hard to cover for him. (Jack put in a man-of-the-match performance for me). Finn kept the pressure on the defenders at the other end forcing mistakes, and creating opportunities for our midfielders to win the ball. Nil-nil at half time, but Meechai limped off after an earlier knock. His morning was over – we were down to 7 and a half, and kicking up-hill for the second half.
Ossy took the lead but Langho didn’t lie down. After a few missed chances, Finn tapped home a cross from Sasi to draw level. Ossy went ahead again shortly after, and that’s how it stayed for quite a while. Some industrious runs from Sean, tireless running up and down by Sasi and tenacious tackling by Will kept Langho in the hunt. But with the odds stacked against them, Langho eventually tired, and some lovely passing football from Ossy undid the defence with 10 minutes to go. This goal led to 2 more for an un-flattering 1 – 5 result. A good game overall though. Well done lads!
This was the new U12 girls team’s first home match of the season against Great Harwood. As last week the girls effort and enthusiasm was there to see right from the start. We created two good chances early on with Olivia and Amelia going close to opening the scoring. At the back we looking fairly comfortable with Alice looking her usual assured self alongside Scarlett and Eloise. Unfortunately we conceded two late goals to trail 2-0 at half time.
In the second half we created a multitude of chances with Chloe running from midfield and Niamh in attack. Eventually the girls got reward for their efforts with Niamh scoring to make it 2-1. As Langho continued to push forward the Great Harwood girls were getting plenty of chances as well in an end to end game and scored again to make it 3-1. We continued to keep the Great Harwood keeper who had an excellent game very busy and Niamh had another great chance which hit the post. Great Harwood scored a fourth near end and the game finished 4-1.
Alice was Langho’s man of the match. It was good to see all the girls still smiling at the end. Keep creating the chances and the goals will come.
Today’s league match was a trip east for the girls’ first ever fixture against Barrowford Celtic. Both teams were down players so it was played 8v8. Langho played up the slope in the first half on a slightly bumpy, dew-covered pitch. Issy put a shot wide early doors then Laura cleared up a home team chance the other end. A quick short corner then a cross was converted by Issy to break the deadlock. Their keeper then made one of what was to be the first in a series of good saves. On the first of a several drives from the back, Laura was brought down in the box and Issy converted the penalty. Misty put through a nice pass for Annie who fought through the defence and made it 3. Barrowford nearly retaliated with a well-shaped shot from the edge of the box over the right upright and Hazel made a few saves too. Amelia converted from goal kick error, then Annie crossed to Issy for 0-5. The home team next pulled one back from a tight angle. Annie then Issy then put 2 more in then Hazel made a fine save for 1-7 at the halftime whistle.
Langho U14 Grils Halftime Team Talk
With the slope in the girls favour, Issy and Amelia added 3 and 2 goals each before Issy and Hazel swapped striker and keeper positions. A lovely cross from Annie after another surging run down the wing was volleyed in by Amelia before again Annie notched another on her tally. Langho attacking and defending players were swapped. Hazel and Annie added 2 more goals each and then the home team scored a consolation on the break to give 2-19 at the final whistle.
A harsh score for the home team but the girls were outstanding today and sportingly showed no signs of bragging. Their experience and skills shone through. The passing was superb from the whole team including from Misty to Issy which set up several goals. Annie won man-of-the-match for her dominance down the right and raining in so many blistering shots and how Laura did not get on the score sheet we will never know. Freya had her best game to date and Tyla showed some great skills too. Fantastic girls.