As the score suggests this was a very tight match between 2 teams at the top trying to keep pace with Hyndburn and Rossendale. A draw would probably have been a fair result but even though we lost the lads should take great credit in putting on a fantastic display of skill, passion and commitment. The pace of the game, especially in the first half, was incredible but this didn’t detract from the flowing football.
Chances were pretty even in the first half with a number of good passing moves from Langho resulting in shots from outside the box being well saved by the keeper. Clitheroe frequently left 1 attacker a long way upfield which really stretched the game and a few fast breaks nearly caught us out – Max, in nets, and Eddie and Will remained strong. 0-0 at half time.
The football in the second half was equally as good as the first. Clitheroe scored the only goal about 10 minutes into the second half and whereas we continued to attack we couldn’t quite create the real clear cut chance that our efforts deserved. Nonetheless this was a fantastic football match between 2 equally matched teams
Another home fixture this week against Feniscowles & Pleasington; who are a big, skilled and physical team cherry picked from a range of schools in Blackburn that the girls lost 4-1 away to earlier in the season.
After a ‘Langho Shout’ (minus the Noddy hat) with a team of 8 with a match debut for Alice, the game started with the girls threatening from the off, but just not quite finding the final finish. Both Feniscowles defenders were remarkably tall girls, but were forced to put the ball out and behind as a result of Langho pressure, often resorting to 6 outfield players behind the ball to keep Langho out. The away team attacked strongly too, but competent defence from Laura, Annie and tracking back from Amelia plus a range of great saves from Hazel in goal kept the score 0-0 at the break, with Langho probably edging the chances creating many examples from the whole of the team of great distribution, passing and dogged tackling including from the substitutes Chloe and Alice. There was even a shot from a yard over the halfway line from Laura’s mighty boot and a mighty long throw from Amelia into the middle of the box!
After the break Langho played a higher line, but the score remained deadlocked until finally the girls were rewarded for their efforts to take a 1-0 lead with another goal from Issy upfront to the delight of the crowd (some being louder than others)!
Further pressure from the ‘hoops’ required more stern defence, a goal-mouth clearance from Laura and some brave dives from the keeper and at the other end more corners with Annie menacingly pushing up to pick up their clearances and sustain the pressure, but the ball just would not go in. Then a solid reflex save was then put in by Feniscowles on the rebound to level the score into the last 15minutes. Issy went off hurt for a period and bravely came back on. 5minutes from the end, after their right winger slipped in behind our defence came their winner, in a game where Langho deserved at least a draw standing up to a side drilled in physical tactics.
So a narrow 1-2 defeat this week that made all the spectators very proud of the team again: The end of match team photo said it all – 8 smiling faces. An ever stronger team that came very close to beating one of the 2 best teams in the league. Hazel was voted player of the match this week.
Thanks to Gary and Karl for standing in as managers and Mick on the side-lines with his characteristic encouragement for the girls. Next time the ‘lucky hat’ might make all the difference.
Team smiles after a tough match.
Harry Dolton spent the 1st half sorting out his hair to come on and give a battling 2nd half performance.
After last weeks frustrating Postponement; It was time for The Lions to come up against East Lancs JFC. Their second in the league and have already beaten us in a close fought game at the start of the season. This was an away fixture, on the dog poo riden council pitches at Witton Park. After removing two lots from our half of the pitch before kick-off and witnessing Crown Paints assistant doing the same on the adjoining pitch, it makes us realise how lucky we are at Langho to have such good facilities. The team today was Freddie Reader in goals, as Sam was away at Lion cub camp; Eddie Scott & William Ayres in defence; Thomas Cameron, George Barnes & Connor Walsh in midfield; Harry Cronshaw up front & Harry Dolton as Sub. The team were reminded before kick-off about not giving East Lancs time to play the ball around, as they soon get into their stride and have known to finish teams off in the first 15 minutes. The game started at a high tempo with both teams comfortable on the ball and showing great passing from defence, through midfield and linking up well with their forwards. From past experiences of playing against Mill Hill sides, only the strongest survive and to get a result you have to work harder than them to win the game. I’ve noticed this year that the defenders in the league have become better, as the progression from development football in to knowing your best position becomes clearer. Harry Cronshaw up front did a text book job showing great energy in closing down the space for the defenders to pass the ball. Before they could lift their heads and look for a pass he was on them, letting our midfield pick up the stray ball. This happened time and time again, but as the ball was played back through, the East Lancs defence stood tight. It was a classic stalemate with both sides evenly matched with very few chances. Our best chance came from a header by Thomas Cameron, who met a cross from Connor perfectly only to see his effort go just over the bar. With our defence as solid as ever and the midfield showing a tremendous work rate in breaking up the East Lancs attacks, the first half ended at 0-0. The lads were shattered, so time for a change. Thomas came off for Harry Dolton, Harry Cronshaw moved back to midfield & Connor up front. The second half started with the same vigour as the first, with both teams cancelling each other out all over the park. To win this game, I think it was going to take something special. Unfortunately by chasing the game we left gaps at the back and East Lancs passed the ball well and scored to make it 1-0. We’re used to this and I think the lads do it on purpose just to wind me up, so they can go on an all out attack. East Lancs immediately put three in defence, which meant we now had a game on our hands. We threw everything at them with some fantastic high energy pass & move football from midfield through to Connor up front. The Lions could now sense a panic in the East Lancs defence. It was just a matter of time before the energy & passion was rewarded. Our luck changed as a clearence from the defence hit the ref only for the ball to be picked up by Harry Dolton, who passed to George who then passed to Connor who turned on the ball and put a left footed shot right in the corner of the net. 1-1 and this was just reward for the hard work the lads put in. What a game. Even the dog walkers stopped to watch the game as both sides were now playing end to end football which was a delight to see. Another well worked move by East Lancs resulted in a thunderous shot, only to be tipped over the bar by our stand in goalkeeper, Freddie Reader. He is our most versatile player, who you can put anywhere on the pitch and know he wouldn’t let you down. Unfortunately after pulling off the save, he landed in a large mound of dog poo that turned his blue shorts brown. With the East lancs attack not keen on going close to our goalkeeper, it was our chance again. The best move of the match with great passing from defence, through midfield and resulting in a shot from Connor that just went wide. With both Manager’s, players & supporters worn out, the Referee blew the whistle. 1-1 was the result and it was a pleasure to be part of a game, by two very commited teams who were evenly matched. The Referee and the Pennine Service Station Lion Bar Man of the Match went to George Barnes, who gave a faultless display of old fashioned midfield play showing true grit and determination along with great awareness and vision. This was the hardest i’ve seen Langho Lions work and it paid off. Thank you everybody who took part. It makes running a team worthwhile. Cheers. Chris.
Langho Juniors Under 10 Green vs Crown Paints
Everton – 1st December 2013
On a bright and sunny morning at Everton the Under 10 Greens assembled looking to put last week’s game behind them.
Kicking uphill we started brightly and although both teams had chances we looked more likely to score. Max was unlucky not to put us ahead after ten minutes, but shortly after he played the ball forward deep into the opposition half for Marco to finish. A deserved lead was extended two minutes later with an own goal from an unlucky Crown defender. Langho were well on top at this point and although Crown did have some chances Barney was steady as a rock and well supported by Matt and Joel. As usual Tom was always ready to cover.
Crown came back strongly at the start of the second half creating a few more chances. It looked like we had conceded a goal as the Crown fans and dog went wild but the ref didn’t give it.
They even themselves out over the season don’t they?
We were still creating chances and the Crown keeper made a steady stream of saves, but Crown pulled one back ten minutes into the half. Langho threatened again with Marco pulling a shot across goal that Drew nearly converted at the far post. One shoe size bigger and it would have been in.
Daley and Zac were getting into the game well in the second half and Marco put the game beyond doubt with another goal. With 5 minutes left Tom went on a weaving run through the Crown defence before pulling the ball across for Jacob to score our fourth at the far post.
Well done Langho again. Next week vs Great Harwood at home.
Man of the match Max Richards.
This match report was written by Bernie Mooney.
A few tickets, £10, remaining it would be great to sell out this our first fund raising event to enable work to start next spring on the 3G Floodlit Pitch at the Rydings.
Another tight game against an ever improving Feniscowles side – their result the previous weekend in only losing by the odd goal on top of Rossendale was obviously not a flash in the pan. Although we were on top for most of the first halfances chances were at premium and the game was still scoreless at half time.
We welcomed back Rowan into the side in the second half, after 8 weeks out with a broken ankle and he performed admirably in defence.
Feniscowles had a great chance to take the lead early in the second half when awarded a penalty following a flicked on corner which was saved by Ishan at the back post – the ball was going wide and he claims he doesn’t like going in goals (it was quite funny). Thankfully Nick saved the penalty.
2 goals from Ben won the game – we,’ll call the first a volley and the second followed our own penalty which he bundled in from the rebound off the bar.
Seven days ago, Langho’s U13″s showed just how much they have improved this season. A 1-1 draw at Highmoor against the previously 100% Clitheroe Wolves not only settled a few friendly schoolboy rivalries, but thanks to Jack Haworth’s equalising goal maintained an unbeaten run for the Langho lads stretching back to the first game of the season when Clitheroe Wolves had been victorious at Northcote. A steely determination to succeed is beginning to emerge in this team, something most appreciated by the parents, and whilst we need to increase numbers to cope with injury and unavailability, the challenge to remain unbeaten has been set.
Today on a heavy pitch at Northcote, a hard earned 2-1 victory against a big Globe team extended Langho’s unbeaten league run to seven games. First half goals from Ben Hope and Elliott Norman put Langho 2-0 up at half time. For 35 minutes, we pressed and attacked, looked to move the ball around wide and defensively were solid. Chances fell to Elliott N, Ben B, Ben H, Matt and both our fullbacks, Jamie and Declan got shots in on goals.
Globe came out fighting in the second half and attacked the Langho goal. With positional play stretched, tired legs on the heavy pitch evident, and a bit of panic setting in following a poor referring decision to overrule a clear offside flag and award a goal, it took a while for Langho to regain their composure and press the Globe goal. Elliot Bates had a long range shot saved, Harry B shot narrowly wide, and Josh forced a good save from the keeper.
As the final whistle blew, that long unbeaten run remained in tact. Jamie Stamp took the man of the match award for his sterling performance at full back, and he was ably supported by his fellow defenders, Declan, Jack and Elliott Bates.
Reporter: Mike Cook
A tough home game against Readstone the current leaders of the league. The score does not reflect our effort and determination throughout the match. Readstone scored a lucky first goal from a cross and other than that they had little pressure on our goal due to superb defending from Joel and Ishy in the first half. We however did have a goal disallowed just before half time which would have made it 1-1. We came back on and decided to try to press on for an equaliser which undoubtably made it easier for Readstone to counter attack. We were extremely unlucky to not score a couple of goals but our team spirit didn’t falter even when they scored another five in the second half of the match. Had it not been for Barney’s stirling work in the goals it would have been a far greater defeat. A courageous effort by all the Langho lads. Man of the match was awarded to Barney Peacock.
Today’s game was on a cold muddy pitch and followed the physical 2-2 draw at home against Myerscough in the League Cup a couple of weeks ago. The girls started with 1 sub this time against a Myerscough 7 with no subs. After some attacks by both sides, Amelia opened the scoring for Langho following the balance of play. Not put off by 1 saved attempt, Molly made it 2 high on the left hand post picking up a ricocheted blocked first shot from her team mate. Repeated offences from their number 3 gave away a penalty, which Issy calmly dispatched from the spot to leave the girls 3-0 up at the half-time whistle. This wrapped up a half of skilful performances all over the park, tracking back from Amelia, solid defence from Annie and Laura as well as Hazel in nets with a goal kick clearing the halfway line leaving half the Myerscough team the wrong side of the ball.
Following the break, Annie came back on in right midfield and after two strong powerful ‘3-point conversions’ she scored after some helpful advice from the side-lines. With great distribution from Laura and after skills from Amelia, Issy scored her second and then her hat-trick came from a long goal kick from Hazel, 1 short well placed pass before being buried. Chloe grew in confidence during the game, made determined tackles, some runs, hit the post and put one narrowly wide too. Amelia then got her deserved second followed by their keeper pushing another free kick over the bar. A rare defensive error led to a constellation goal for Myerscough, then the Langho girls continued to look dangerous after numerous thwarted attacks and near misses but the final score rested at a well-deserved 7-1 win.
Once again a thrilling game to watch from the side lines, where Amelia was player of the match. The game saw Lara integrating more into the team with sound passing and following up tackles. A resolute Molly was chasing the opposition and great efforts from the usual suspects. Determined tackling, many incidences of well worked passes and movement from the goalie at the back through to the striker upfront leaving the girls top of the table as it stands. Well done again girls and thanks Mick.
Feniscowles / Pleasington next week, so should be a thriller with the girls’ current form.
Although the score suggests otherwise, this was a pretty close match until the last 15 minutes during which we scored 3 goals. Langho controlled much of the first half and led through goals from Ben and Ishan. However as the half wore on Fulledge came into th ed game and passed the ball around well. The half finished 2-0 and we were seemingly pretty comfortable.
Fulledge had other ideas and started the 2nd half as they finished the first and scored a good goal to make it 2-1. This gave us the impetus required and we picked up our game and scored 3 goals in the last 15 minutes – Ben with 2 more to claim a hat trick and Nick.
Apart from a quiet period for 15 minutes either side of half time this was anoTher good team performance.