A major £200,000 project to improve the drainage at both our Rydings and Northcote pitches started today at the Rydings, it is anticipated that this part of the project will consist of a two week work programme before they move onto Northcote.
This project has been made possible thanks to grant funding the club has secured from Sport England as part of its Protecting Playing Fields scheme and The Premier League & FA Facilities Fund which is administered by the Football Foundation, the balance of funds required has been raised by the club.
It is envisaged that the improved pitches will be available for use at the start of the 2015/16 and should ensure that there are a reduction of the number of games that are postponed as a result of waterlogged pitches.
After a good win on Tuesday night the under 11s Greens were in good spirits but todays match was against Burnley. And after the last encounter with them there was a little bad blood. With almost a full squad Paul did the picking. Ishy was in goal after Barney’s injury on Tuesday night, Joel, Matthew & Zac were the back 3, Ben Nielson & Max as the wingers, Tom in midfield, Joseph & Marco the strikers. Straight from the off Langho looked the better team, the memories of the last visit were soon forgot. Joseph soon got his 1st 8 minutes in and soon after a 2nd and 3rd taking us into half time at 3-0. With very little pressure on our goal Ishy stayed in for the second half, Jacob subbed Ben Neilson and the second half continued much of same with more pressure from Marco which resulted him scoring his 1st on 35mins. Matthew Curry got a knock and had to be subbed by Joseph filling his role in defence. The Burnley lads did seem to get a little desperate in frustration with the constant pressure. Marco maintained the tension which resulted in a penalty which their keeper saved. However Max scored his first of the day after the keeper dropped it after a good save, and not long after a run from Joel past 3 or more players resulted in a foul in the box, giving Joel the chance to score. And Joel did indeed convert the penalty into a goal taking it to 6-0. A fantastic result and our boys did not descend into dirty play even under some testing tackles from the Burnley lads. A real team display and just one more match to play to round off a great season.
Man of the match Joel
Following the girls knocking out Red Stars earlier in the season, today’s match was the League Cup Semi-final against Myerscough over at the Prairie in Burnley. As the other side were short we played 8v8 with 4 rolling substitutes.
Smiling Langho U13 Girls before their cup semi-final clash
Following a ‘Langho shout’ the girls started strongly, but there were chances created in front of the Myerscough net which their keeper frustratingly kept out. Katy was playing really well down the left, Amelia dazzlingly down the middle and Annie battling on the right with, Issy up front running at their high-line defence. Laura was having a fantastic game in central defence with Tyla and Alice. The distribution and passing was great from the keeper right through to the striker. The deadlock was broken on 12minutes with a huge drop kick out from Hazel, the slightest touch by Annie onto Amelia who dribbled her way through to smash the ball home 1-0. Charlotte came on for Katy, then more chances went unconverted including a goal mouth scramble before a beautiful attack saw Amelia square the ball round the keeper for Issy to calmly pass into the net as a textbook version of a Friday night training drill 2-0. Hazel made a brave dive on the ball under pressure at the other end and supported the defence by using her whole box to assist the defence. Annie took the ball off 2 players on the right and surged into the box only to put the slightly ball wide. Charlotte harshly had a goal disallowed and Chloe came in for a growingly impressive Alice. The girls held up well against physical play across the park and Freya came on for Tyla who’s game is also coming on leaps and bounds.
At half-time Katy moved into the net and the game continued to sway end to end with midfield backing up defence and putting in their characteristic effort at both ends with Misty holding the ball up nicely on the right. Chloe hit a goal-bound big probing clearance from the halfway line which a defender glanced with her head over their keeper 3-0. Issy then scored her second with 18mins to go. With a switch of Alice and Chloe then bringing on Hazel the game went into the final 10minutes and both teams continued to probe, but the final score was settled at 4-0 setting up a winnable cup final clash against the league leaders – Cadley.
Katy was again awarded man-of-the-match. Apart from a deserved score line, the whole team should take credit today for the effort and countless examples of beautiful football. They also coped really well with the substitutions attempting give everyone a run. A stunning performance girls: – We are so proud of you all.
Please note with Jason and Lisa running the club now, Langho FC clubhouse opening times are 6pm-9:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please use the clubs great facilities for drinks and snacks to help make them a success, whether or not you and your children are playing and spread the word.
Please note the following events are taking place at the club as fund raisers….
25th April 8pm – Singer Alex Johnson. Tickers £5 each including supper and available from Jason or at the bar. The singer used to perform at No1 when Jason and Lisa used to run it.
15th May – Ladies Night. Contact Lynne for more information and tickets for this popular event.
Langho Lions U11’s Cup Semi-final Squad
With our usual pitch being dug up for drainage work, it was great to make the short trip down the road to our Northcote pitches. The weather was fantastic, the grass had been freshly cut and the pitch looked superb.
This was our Cup semi-final game against bottom of the league Crown Paints. On paper it should have been easy, but in such a competitive league, you have to work hard and grind out results. Crown haven’t played a league game for quite a while, in contrast to The Lions who have been playing Saturday, Monday & Wednesday for the last two weeks because of earlier postponements.
The team today was: Sam Elliott in goals; Dominic McGrath, Eddie Scott & Will Ayres in defence; Freddie Reader, Will Vause, Harry Cronshaw & Benjamin Taylor in midfield with Connor Walsh up front. The subs were Maxwell Seedall, Connor Eccleston, George Barnes(Captain) & Thomas Cameron. With all the games the lads had played and playing on a larger than normal pitch I was glad of the extra players and looking forward to the game.
The match kicked off with some great passing, but it soon became apparent that we were playing too defensive and when we got a break, there was no support and our early attacks seemed to fizzle out. We persevered and played some lovely football and thought we got the breakthrough when Benj met a through ball and slotted it home, only to be ruled offside. Crown soaked up the early pressure and started to get in the game themselves. They broke the deadlock with a well placed side foot shot at the edge of the box right in the corner of the net to make it 1-0 to Crown. No panic as there was plenty of time left and we were playing well.
The best move of the game saw us draw level when Dominic won the ball in defence and went on a run, passed to Benj on the wing who gave the ball to Connor Walsh then on to Freddie, who threaded the ball through for Will Vause to slot home. A fantastic team goal that gave the lads confidence and put a spring back in their step. We seemed to up the tempo and started attacking more. We nearly drew level when Freddie hit a great shot from the edge of the box to hit the cross bar and then see the ball bounce on the line. So unlucky, but we were making chances. Just before half time, we had another chance with a free kick just outside of the box. Connor Walsh took it beat the keeper, only for the same result as before with the ball hitting the cross bar and bouncing on the line. So unlucky again. Unfortunately the half time whistle blew and it was all square at 1-1.
I decided to take off one of our defenders and try and give more help to our forward, by adding to the midfield. Fresh legs were added and it was time to step it up. The second half started and it very much even with both sides thwarting each others attacks. This was going to be a case of who goes all out for the win first and gamble on throwing players forward. Crown added to their attack and with our defenders and Sam holding the fort, it was time for our counter attacking football to reap rewards. From a throw in, Max found Freddie on the edge of the box who dribbled well to make space for a shot only to see it go wide. Our next chance saw Thomas hit a great shot, but this time over the bar. Crown then had a great chance of their own, when a through ball gave them a one on one with Sam in goals. As ever this season he has been superb and he didn’t let us down again when he ran out to force the ball out for a corner. Time was running out now, so we threw on another attacking player in the hope of snatching a win. It didn’t happen. Crown attacked well and a lovely glancing header saw them go 2-1 up with 10 minutes left.
Time to throw everything at them and it was more rotation to get fresh legs on. Unfortunately the Crown keeper came out well on a number of occasions to pick up every through ball that was laid on and in the end the referee blew for full time and Crown won the game 2-1.
I had no problem with the result. We just didn’t get the breaks and I think all the games we’ve recently played finally took their toll. The last two games we had just 9 players and no subs, so players I wanted to rest for this game couldn’t be. The referee gave the Man of the Match to Connor Walsh, who was unlucky not to score from his free kick and passed the ball well during the game, so a well deserved Lion Bar for him. Good Luck to Crown Paints in the Final. They deserved to win with two great well taken goals. We now have two games left in the League before we put an end to our Yo-Yo season. Thank you to all the players who took part, you did the club proud and lets hope we can finish the season with two wins. Cheers. Chris.
After having so many games called off and a having to play three times a week; I didn’t want to take over the website with our match reports, so here is our results over the past weeks:
Streets FC 2, Langho Lions 0. Freddie Reader Man of the Match.
St Josephs 0, Langho Lions 3. (Cup Quarter Final)Connor Walsh 1 Goal, Benjamin Taylor 1 Goal, Maxwell Seedall 1 Goal, Man of the Match Connor Walsh.
Langho Lions 1, Wilpshire Wanderers 1. Connor Walsh 1 Goal & Man of the Match.
Wilpshire Wanderers 4, Langho Lions 2. Freddie Reader 1 Goal, Connor Walsh 1 Goal.
This Saturday we entertain Crown Paints in the Semi-final of the Cup to be played at our Northcote pitches. Kick-off 10-15am. There will be a full match report for this game. Cheers. Chris.
After a poor result last weekend against Pendle Forrest losing 5-0, maybe a wake up call or maybe they were just the better team.
But on a beautiful summer evening we had almost a full squad turn up to play Rossendale Utd. After finally kicking off a little later than expected, due to the ref turning up late we did seem a little slow and Rossendale seemed to be far more switched on. They did have the downhill advantage and after a few presses on our goal Barney received an injury with an incident in his goal area. Barney is not one for being soft, but unfortunately we had to sub him. By putting Ishy in the goal, soon after the speed picked up a bit and play was much better with many more efforts on goal from Marco, Joseph & Max. Their keeper made some great saves to keep it 0-0 until Marco broke the deadlock on 21min and then the flood gates opened Max got one on 24 mins, Marco got a 2nd to bring half time 3-0. The second half was much the same, their keeper was also injured therefore had to be subbed, such a shame as he had been their best player. Ben Neilson obtained his 1st of the night just on 35 mins, Marco got 3 more in close succession then Ben N got his 2nd. Marco popped a final goal taking his tally to 6 for the night. Final score 9-0, which was a fabulous result after what seemed a slow start.
But the bad news and after a visit to hospital it did turn out that Barney had broken his collarbone. I am sure I speak for all the parents in wishing him a speedy recovery. He will be a massive loss to the team, but thank goodness we only have two games to complete the season.
Man for the match for bravery Barney
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!