After last weeks embarrassing display where the lads decided to mess about instead of playing football during the warm up; I thought I would put in the same amount of effort as they did and decided against writing a match report. Coming to a match half asleep and in the wrong mood is not acceptable for U11′s football. I’ve got better things to do on a Saturday if this ill discipline and immature behaviour continues. The lads need to realise that they are going to secondary school next year and a lot of growing up is needed.
We lost 3-1 to Huncoat United. Harry Cronshaw scored our consolation goal. The referee gave the man of the match to a Huncoat player, but their manager gave our man of the match to Sam Elliott who put in a tremendous display to keep the score line respectible on a day I would rather forget… Anyway; To today’s game: We travelled to Witton park to play Streets FC; A team we played last season albeit under their previous name of East Lancs FC. There always close games as both teams play great football, but like a battle as well. The pitch was in excellent condition, so credit to the council as it’s usually the worst pitch we play on. The team today was: Sam Elliott in goals; Eddie Scott & Will Ayres in defence; Will Vause, Harry Cronshaw, George Barnes (Captain) and Harry Dolton in midfield with Connor Walsh playing just in front but behind Maxwell Seedall up front. The subs today were Freddie Reader and Connor Eccleston who arrived late due to playing a morning game for the town team, which is a fantastic honour not only for the players themselves, but also for the club in general to have two of it’s players picked to play. The game kicked off with our midfield giving me the reaction I was looking for. The lads were definitely up for it and pushed hard to create an early foothold. The signs were good with some slick passing across midfield and everyone linking up well. After dominating the early exchanges, Streets found their own passing game and soon put a great move together to make it 1-0 with 10 minutes on the clock. The lads looked down, but they didn’t deserve it and soon got their heads back up to pile the pressure on again. This became end to end and a great spectacle of football for the parents on the side line. Our pressure soon paid off when we forced a corner after some great work on the wing. Harry Dolton took the kick and put over a great cross for Will Vause to get a touch resulting in a goalmouth scramble, only for Harry Cronshaw to get a foot in and make it 1-1. A great response and well deserved.
Both teams were now attacking more as tired legs started to show. We kept rotating the subs and this worked well keeping everyone in top gear. The Lions looked good. The best move of the game saw Harry Cronshaw dribble the ball through midfield then pass the ball to Will Vause who found Maxwell, who in turn passed to Connor Walsh only to find his shot go just over the bar. The referee blew his whistle to put an end to this exciting first half, with the score at 1-1. The lads were told to keep up the pressure and carry on their high energy pass and move game. Streets FC were bound to react stongly in the second half, so we had to dig deep if we wanted to get anything out of the game.
The second half started with Streets utilising their wide men and using every part of the pitch. They soon broke with good work down the right followed by a cross in to the box which was met well, only for Sam to be on top form and push the header wide. We had a game on our hand, but The Lions were not finished and again good work through midfield found Maxwell on the back post to slot the ball home to make it 2-1 to Langho. The pressure was truly on now and it was about to get worse when our defender Eddie had to come off with a cut knee. A quick re-shuffle moving Connor Eccleston in defence and this was our time to grind out our first win of the season. The lads didn’t disappoint. Maxwell was unlucky as he hit the back of the net again only for it to be ruled offside. The referee ended the game and The Lions got exactly what they deserved. Streets FC 1, Langho Lions 2. A great game of football where all the lads reacted well. Everyone of them came off the field knowing they had put in a shift and this is the standard we have to keep up. The referee gave the man of the match award to our captain and work horse; George Barnes, who never stopped running and lead from the front holding the midfield together. A fantastic performance from 11 courageous Lions. No let up next week, as we again play Streets FC but this time at home. well done lads. I can now collect all my toys and put them back in my pram. Cheers. Chris.
On Sunday we made the trip to East Lancs cricket club to play Mill Hill. Kick off was delayed for 40 minutes while we waited for the ref to finish another match which resulted in the longest warm up of all time. The surface was fantastic for football although there was a stiff breeze across the pitch.
On Sunday Langho U15′s travelled to Fullwood Academy to face a strong Longsands Lynx side in the 3rd round of the Lancashire cup. In the 20th minute new signing Charlie Dewhurst opened the scoring after a well worked corner. For the rest of the first half Langho continued to impress with there superb football and were rewarded with 2 goals in 2 minutes from Owen Gould and Man of the Match Simon Wharton.
The second half was going to prove tricky for Langho as they knew Longsands would come out firing and that they did. In the 60th minute they pulled one back to make the score 3-1. Langho regrouped and 2 minutes later Ryan Duffy tapped in from 4 yards out after superb individual skill by Josh Tetley. Will Wrathhall put in another excellent performance in the nets covering for an injured Daniel Curran.
A real team performance that firmly puts the under 15′s in the last 16 draw.
The greens started today by kicking uphill in the first half at the Rydings vs Crown Black. The opening minutes looked fairly even and all the Langho lads were up for it today – meaning 4 subs desperate to get on the pitch.
Joseph P opened his account for the day with a goal on 32. At 4-1 you would think that it was all over. It wasn’t yet and a great save by Barney that was cleared up field by Ben M was a sign that Crown were not finished yet. They made it 4-2 before Marco started to run riot with two more on 46, and 47 minutes.
Joseph wasn’t finished either and made it 7-2 on 50 minutes. Marco got his fifth on 53, then Joseph got his hat –trick on 54, before Marco got his sixth on 58 minutes.
Crown were not ready to lie down yet though and pulled another back to make it 10-3 at the final whistle.
Man of the match : Marco.
Blog written by Bernie Mooney
I was glad to see group keeper training start up again for the Langho Junior goal keepers training at Pleckgate School astroturf pitches last night (6-7pm) run by the goal keeping coach Andy Dawson. He is a fantastic coach and the kids, including my own daughter, clearly enjoy the sessions and it really helps improve their game beyond what can be achieved in normal team training session which are for the whole team rather than the unique skill required to be a keeper. The sessions are open to all players for a small fee subsidised by the club, so feel free to come down and join the fun.
Will (U13 Blue) and Hazel (U13 Girls) were recently rewarded for their performances during the 2013/2014 season. The keepers have been part of a larger group that have been working with Andy Dawson from Get into Keeping on a regular basis since January 2014.
Andy explained ‘I have been working with keepers from the U8′s up to U14′s since I became involved with the Club in January this year. All of the keepers have been fantastic. It was extremely pleasing to note that several won awards at the annual presentation evening. I can’t fault their commitment and attitude to what I wanted to achieve. I aim to improve their basic technique which includes handling, footwork, positioning, diving, kicking, communication and most importantly, confidence. Every one of the keepers made considerable progress and it made for a brilliant year. I look forward to working with them all again over the Autumn and Winter period. The keepers are a credit to the club. I thought it would be an idea to try and put some kind of award together, and with the help of our glove partner, The One Glove Company, we awarded two pairs of gloves and a bag to the best performing boy and girl. It was a difficult one to call, but in the end, I chose Will following his selection for the East Lancs Alliance U12′s Inter League Side in which he played a major part, helping the team win in the final at Bolton Wanderers. He was also part of the U12′s side that won their league and promotion. I chose Hazel after she was named the Best Keeper in the League, despite playing in an older age group. To be fair, Hazel had only recently joined my sessions, so I can’t take all of the credit. I know she has worked with coaches at the club previously. It shows just how well everyone performed when you look at what Will and Hazel achieved to scoop the awards.’
On Sunday we reverted to an early start at home against Globe. A few players missing due to cub camp but the lads continued where they left off against Blue Star. Although we had a Lot of the possession early on we didn’t create too many chances. However a screamer from Ishan opened the scoring after about 15 minutes and we continued to play good attacking football for the rest of the first half with a plethora of chances created. Dominic with a poachers goal, a Nick header at the far post and another goal from Ishan and we were 4 up and seemed to be coasting. A break away right on half time reduced the score but it was a great first half.
On a cold and misty morning at Rolls Royce playing fields in Barnoldswick it looked like the pitch had shrunk back to a 7 v 7 size but Mick paced it out and assured us it was regulation size.
As the second half got under way Earby were trying hard to get back into the game. To be fair they didn’t let their heads drop but the pressure was starting to build as the greens were hungry for more. Joel made it 10-0 five minutes in and then Barney pulled off a Banks –like save diving high to his left to parry the ball away from danger.
Man of the match Barney Peacock , Match report written by Bernie Mooney.
After last weeks win spirits were high and a home game against Fleetwood was our test today. A slow start for us Fleetwood hit us early with their first attack scoring almost from the kick off. And again a few minutes later scoring their second. We did seem to steady the boat a little for most of the first half. They still managed to get a third goal, more by luck than skill. Half time 0 – 3.
Second half subs on Salvina on for Rachel & Liv on for Eve.
The second half started stronger with some great runs from Eden,Liv, Sal & Elle, with a few good chances almost converted. Fleetwood did break through with a few chances but the back four held firm and tough in the second half, with some crouching tackles. A good solid second half drew to an end with a final score 0 – 3. Again an all round better team effort, with each week progress being made to compete on a equal level.
Girl of the match Lara Isherwood
After a few weeks break, today’s game was the first girls’ first away match of the season with a full turnout of 10 against a team of 8 at Myerscough College. Amazingly, for those hardened followers, it was not a mud bath and in fact was a lovely fresh dew covered morning. We agreed to play 8v8 with our 2 rolling subs; something we have never had the luxury of being able to do ever since our girls started playing league fixtures.
Both teams started with a series of attacks, but Langho had the balance of play in the opening exchanges. Amelia opened her account by scoring followed, after a fashion, by another corker from Laura from outside the box. Annie, Amelia with Charlotte playing just ahead of them with Issy’s support bossed the midfield and Issy was continuingly breaking down the middle and right. We saw some great passing across the park between the girls, good defence from Laura, Chloe and Alice and some characteristically spirited and robust battling from Tyla. Laura pushed up when we won corners pumping balls back in and Annie’s efforts were rewarded with a third goal. Myerscough clawed one back, but fast interplay from the restart immediately gave Amelia her second to make it 1-4 at the halftime whistle.
After the restart and an exchange of home team keeper, Issy continued to harry and run at their defence forcing a whole series of saves and hitting the post, as did Charlotte. Our midfield pressed home many attacks but tired and the home team’s change round of players put more pressure on our defence which Laura, Chloe and Misty dealt with well. In goal Hazel picked up shots and loose balls, distributing well from the back. Amelia notched up her hat-trick and then Annie scored again before Issy’s efforts were rewarded with our seventh goal. Amelia then got her fourth to close our account for the day until Myerscough got a consolation deflection off Tyla on the volley in her brave effort to block a good home team shot.
So a fantastic final score of 2-8 reflected a great team performance, nice interplay and increased match understanding from the newer players. Annie was voted man-of-the-match. The girls worked so hard today on a 9-a-side pitch and thoroughly deserved the result against a skilful, hardworking and pleasant opposition. Well done girls!
Well after our unlucky loss last week, a game against Pendle Forest who are at the top our league posed a tough test. With us kicking up hill Pendle scored a early goal, which caught us cold. But the lads picked their heads up and pushed on with some great attacks. It was not long before a well taken corner from Max was converted by Marco on the 12th minute to bring it to 1-1.
Pendle then got their 2nd on the 17th min, after that we did seem to threaten Pendle’s goal but did not convert this pressure. Barney made a great save just before half time to keep the score 1-2 to Pendle.
Second half subs Joel on for Ben Martin, Drew on for Zac & Ben Neilson on for Max. And with the down hill in our favour we certainly had a few chances with some fabulous runs from Marco, Drew & Tom and eventually this resulted in Marco getting his 2nd of the day taking it to 2-2. Again with some pressure from Pendle they struck a wonder goal from the right-wing. A bitter pill to swallow for such a close game.
Man of the match Barney Peacock