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.
Well what a game the U13 girls had today! A home league match against St Annes who we have seen a lot of lately due to fixture shifting and last week’s friendly. What coaches and parents saw was a performance from the whole team on a heavy pitch.
Langho won the toss and elected to play up the slope in the first half. The girls settled quickly this week again playing a high back line. The girls didn’t give the away team much time to settle on the ball and after a few thwarted attacks Charlotte opened the girl’s goal account from inside the box. Issy later put in her first and Laura had a great flighted free kick from the left hand side deflected over the bar. We saw decisive and effective tackling, backing up and most pleasing was the passing and movement. Hazel made some important diving saves and came out when St Annes made some dangerous breaks. Alice’s game continues to improve and Tyla made some well-timed tackles, clearances and passes. Amelia and Annie covered brilliantly too and Laura was instrumental in central defence. Chloe and Misty were substituted on and contributed to the midfield with Chloe making tackles and unleashing a shot or two plus Misty’s positioning was good to pick up crosses. Amelia scored her first and then Issy racked up 2 more goals to bring up her hat-trick before the half-time whistle: 5-0 up.
With Charlotte in the goal in the second half and Hazel down the left the game restarted. Amelia the stepped over several attempted tackles and buried the ball in a fabulous individual goal. Red Stars then pulled one back before Issy got her fourth. Annie put on a great run down the wing and put a tantalising cross right across the goal mouth which could not quite be converted. Laura was pushed ahead of the defence to allow her to launch from distance and better distribute the ball and we saw Laura shine further up field. Annie dropped into central defence where she was outstanding too supported solidly by Freya and Tyla. Hazel ran two-thirds of the length of the pitch on the counter, then hit the post before later converting a good cross for her first goal for the team. Amelia racked up her hat-trick then Hazel beat a couple of players and slotted home her second and the team made double figures. Issy then scored her fifth rounding off a match showing great understanding between midfield and the attack. Misty had the last word putting a driven shot over the bar.
So the final score of 11-1 which was a delight to watch. An outstanding team performance by the girls leaving us all feeling very proud against a good team as we have seen over the last 2 weeks. Thanks again to St Annes for an enjoyable game played in the right spirit; whatever the result.
The teeth were out for battle between The Lions and The Wolves
After many months without football, it was great to finally see a break in the weather and take the short trip to Clitheroe to take on the Wolves. The pitch was in great condition and the sun was out too. The Wolves have only lost once this season and with The Lions missing a few players, we had to battle hard and work together to get anything out of the game.
The team today was: Sam Elliott in goals; Dominic McGrath, Eddie Scott and Will Ayres in defence; Benjamin Taylor, Thomas Cameron, Will Vause and Captain Harry Cronshaw in midfield with Maxwell Seedall up front and Connor Walsh as sub.
The game started and it wasn’t long before we saw our first chance with Max seeing his shot go just wide of the post. This was followed by two more long range shots from Will Vause and the game was becoming very open and exciting to watch. With our shots just missing their mark it was time for Clitheroe to have their own chances, only for Sam to be in top form tipping their next two shots over the bar. The Lions were definitely up for this game and the team spirit and work rate was great to see. Our passing from defence to midfield was beginning to create gaps and this brought our next chance when Will Vause found Max who turned well to hit a great cross field ball to Thomas who controlled the ball well, only to see his shot go just wide of the post. We were getting closer and with both sides playing attacking football it was end to end stuff. Our break came when Thomas found Will Vause who crossed to Harry, who then found Benj who made no mistake in hitting a left foot shot in to the corner of the net to make it 1-0. This was a well deserved goal that was down to shear hard work and perseverance with great passing a long the way. Clitheroe were not finished and kept counter attacking well only to find Sam and our defence in top form. Sam again frustrated the Wolves attack by tipping another shot over the bar which gave the whole team a lift and now every player was winning their individual battles and showing what playing for Langho Lions is all about. At 1-0 the next goal was going to be key and we tried our best with shots from Maxwell and Thomas, but the Wolves keeper was also in top form and saved well to keep two great strikes out. The half time whistle blew and it was a relief to see us still 1-0 up, but that was down to the shear determination of every player on the pitch. I saw The Lions come off the pitch puffing and panting, which I’ve not seen for a long time. This was down to them working so hard for each other and they were reminded to carry on the good work in the second half.
The second half started with The Lions still in top form with Captain Harry Cronshaw taking on the responsibility of sitting deep and controlling the game, whilst Will Vause sat just in front to play perfect through balls time and time again. It was one of the through balls from midfield that saw us get our second goal. It was perfectly picked up by Benj, who unleashed a trade mark left foot shot to get past the advancing Clitheroe keeper. 2-0 to The Lions and we looked like the winter break had done us good. The energy on show was lovely to see. The Wolves looked shell shocked, as every time they had the ball, The Lions were on them and throwing everything on the line.
With Benj looking for his hat-trick and a bonus of £5 from his dad, he was ready to pounce on every through ball. Twice he came close with one fine save and another shot going just wide. We tried to keep rotating the midfield and forward line to keep the players fresh and this proved worthwhile when a great kick from Sam found Max, who in turn played a one two with Thomas to reach the byline and pull back a great ball to Connor to make it 3-0. An excellent well worked team goal that again was well deserved. Clitheroe carried on throwing everything at us, but they came up against a dogged defence and a keeper who was on fire. Sam again pulled off another great save when a goal looked certain and you had to feel sorry for the Wolves players; They did everything right, every time hitting the target but finding Sam in remarkable form. With Sam licking his lips waiting for the Lion Bar treat for a clean sheet, his luck ran out. I take full blame for the conselation goal, as I took off Will Vause for a rest and he was pivotal in clearing corners on the near post all throughout the game. So it happened that they got one back from a ball that would normally be cleared. It was just rewards for the Wolves, as on another day they could have easily won this game with our keeper saving at crucial times in the match. The Referee finally put an end to the game and it was Clitheroe Wolves 1, Langho Lions 3. It was no surprise when the Referee gave the Pennine Service Station man of the match Lion bar to Sam Elliott. Anybody watching the game would agree he gave the perfect display of goalkeeping. His handling was good and his distribution was the best I’ve seen from him. Along with 5 shots tipped over the bar, his performance was faultless and he is getting better as the season goes on. Today The Lions were hungry and with so many players missing, the squad was utilised to the full. The lads who played today have deserved to be the first 9 on the team sheet for the next game and I am so proud of them all. Well done and lets keep this work rate up. Cheers. Chris.
After a long break from footy it was great to get a game today to blow off the cobwebs. We turned up at Lower Darwen to play Darwen Rangers with a little bit of nip in the air, but at least it was dry. This cup match knock out style starting line up of Ishy in goal, Joel, Tom & Matthew in defence. Ben Neilson left wing & Jacob on right wing. Max in midfield, Drew & Marco strikers. With us off to a slow start Darwen Rangers got their first goal after 4 mins but as soon as Barney arrived he swiftly swapped places with Ishy. Not long after Marco found the back of the net making it 1-1. The game ran pretty even with changes at both ends then Marco got his second bringing it at half time 2-1. Matthew had a bit of a knock so he swapped with Ben Martin who slotted in at the back.
Ishy, Joseph & Zac were on for the second half taking off Drew, Jacob & Ben Neilson. Straight after the kick off we were asleep again which meant they scored their second making it 2-2, and things were at a stalemate for most of the second half. This took us into extra time 10 minutes each way. Again we seemed to be pushing up more and having the better chances, going into the second 10 minutes of extra time and we eventually got a well deserved goal from Tom, then a minute later a great cross from Max was headed in by Joseph. Then to wrap things off Joel slotted one in to bring the tally to 5-2. A well deserved victory!
Man of the match Joel Sumner.
The recent rough weather meant the Brandlesholme away match was cancelled, so the girls were invited to a friendly at St Annes Red Stars. Another sun-blessed but slightly chilly pitch awaited and kick-off saw a few minutes of Langho finding their feet, until settling down to solid team performance starting with 3 at the back, 4 in the middle and Misty as a striker. Alice and Annie had a great game down the right, both passing and supporting each other and Amelia was on-fire in the middle with Freya alongside boldly shooting like last week. Laura was giving another very strong performance at the back making critical tackles, clearances and passes. Hazel and Laura were communicating well and showed great understanding. Hazel came out to make well timed clearances, saves and smothered the ball under pressure despite playing into the sun. Laura’s corner perfectly flighted from the corner flag saw it in the back of the net, and Tony claiming it was a ‘wind assist’ to save his pocket, to put Langho ahead. Shortly after Amelia followed in her shot, which was well saved but spilled, and she followed it in to put the girls 2-up. More play at both ends then saw Amelia skip some tackles and bury a wonderful shot in the left-hand roof of the net from the edge of the box. The home team pulled one back just before half-time with a powerful shot from short range.
A swap of keeper saw Charlotte step up to the plate in the second half, with 4 along the back as they were playing into the wind. Charlotte put in some good saves and goal kicks and the defence played a disciplined high line. Annie put in some great runs down the right wing and Hazel down the left and middle beating 4 players at one point. The girls had plenty of well created chances, but a slip-up from a goal kick meant St Annes punished the mistake. The final score was a challenging 3-2 Langho away win. An improved team and individuals’ performance this week with confidence to shoot and better support and interplay. Well done again girls!
Thanks from all the U13 girls and parents to Garry Bolton and SB Tippers for sponsoring the girls new strip. This week’s fixture was set to put it through its paces with a good splattering in mud on a heavy pitch at the Rydings.
U13Girls SB Tippers New strip
The girls played with 1 sub today against St Annes with 2 subs. We had a disjointed first 10minutes before settling down to a more end to end game with Langho playing a high line. The girls didn’t seem to be unleashing as many dangerous shots as we have seen in other games and found themselves a bit too drawn out of position. Red Stars pushed forward more and forced some saves and corners which gave them the lead, but largely against the run of play. In defence Alice had her best ever game and we saw some good passing between Issy and Charlotte who was looking remarkably fresh after her operation. Amelia was battling hard and with Annie they were putting in lots of runs and tackles. Then came the equaliser from Freya – her first goal for the team and level-pegging was how the half finished.
Defending a cross
The second half saw Langho playing up the slope, again having the balance of play. The girls couldn’t quite put away the final balls including a few tantalisingly across the goal mouth. Charlotte put a shot into the left hand post and Chloe hit a great longer range shot slightly wide of the top corner, saving Tony’s wallet a pasting. Issy characteristically put one away to put Langho 2-1 up. Red Stars continued to force saves from Hazel and her goal kicking was regularly clearing the half-way line. The game hung in the balance until a defensive error allowed St Annes to equalise 2-2 and this was how the game ended. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match this week for her efforts in the net. The girls put a lot of effort in again this week, they just were not quite so fluid as a team. Not to worry just a slight off-day.
Clown of the week award I suspect goes to me for kicking a muddy ball into my own face and losing the changing room key inside my own track suit trousers from a hole in the pocket – Dohh!
INTER LEAGUE FIXTURE- langho fc
All fixtures that are played at Burnley FC training ground will be either 7pm or 7.30pm KO
The games away at the USN arena (next to Bolton FC stadium) haven’t got a set KO time like our home games so I will send a text out when I know.
One way of 25 mins so both games completed in an hr
Subs as normal
Refs / linesman and venues paid for by the league
Langho U13 girls were away at Cadley in a long-awaited top-of-the-table clash today, but were 2 players down due to illness and Charlotte’s Boxing day operation that we hear happily she is recovering well from. Playing 4 across the back and Misty bravely in goal, a strong midfield and upfront, the intent was to try and win this fixture against a team that has not dropped a point all season.
Following the Christmas break and playing into the wind, the girls started understandably a little rusty under some pressure on a remarkably decent pitch after such stormy weather. After a fashion, the girls settled down more, but went 1 down against a drilled physical side. The girls fought on forcing saves from the Cadley keeper as the half progressed and some last ditch tackles from their sound defence. Langho pressure led to a back-pass and an indirect free kick with a home team wall on their line. Unfortunately the shot was deflected over the bar. Blowing off the post-festive cobwebs, the game was end to end with Issy upfront and the midfield threatening. Langho offside trap caught out the opposition many times and Tyla determinedly chased wingers down the line so it was run out of play. The score remained 1-0 at the half-time whistle.
After the ritual biscuit stuffing session, Cadley came out strongly and managed a second goal, but Langho heads did not drop despite more physical tactics and the ref even threatening a yellow card after 1 particular incident flooring one of one of our girls. Laura was having a blinding game at the back making critical tackles, clearances and both playing long balls and accurate passes. Amelia, Annie, Hazel and Issy continued to threaten and pulled off some great passing moves but couldn’t quite make the critical cross and the keeper managed to stop multiple shots. Following Carl, sporting the welcome return of Noddy hat comically losing his flag first in the hedge then to a gust of wind, orchestrated an even more offensive formation pushing Laura and then Chloe further up field. The girls efforts were rewarded with a goal from Amelia’s shot and a reported deflection off Issy. Apart from the home team hitting the left-hand post, the latter stages of the match saw a floundering home team as their organisation started to break down under pressure as Langho hunted for a deserved equaliser. Sadly it was not to be and the game finished 2-1 to Cadley.
This was the best result any team has pulled off against Cadley all season and the U13s can be justifiably proud of their efforts and achievements again today, despite the loss. Amelia was voted man-of-the-match by the other team, even with fingers bandaged up from another sporting injury! Once again we all stood proudly on the side lines (if a little cold)!