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)!
It was a Christmas Hangover today for the lethargic Lions
Today was our fist game back after Christmas against Huncoat United. A team we have not beaten in the league in our two seasons together, but who we pipped to third place last season on goal difference.
The pitch looked amazing considering the amount of rain we recently had and the weather was supprisingly mild.
With our inspirational captain breaking his ankle on a Ski-ing trip, it was a chance for the rest to roll up their sleeves and show us what they’ve got. The team today was: Sam Elliott in goals; Connor Eccleston, Eddie Scott & Will Ayres in defence; Freddie Reader, Will Vause, Harry Cronshaw(captain) & Harry Dolton in midfield with Connor Walsh up front and Dominic McGrath as sub.
The game started slowly with both teams guilty of giving the ball away trying to do too much individually and not passing the ball. Our first chance came when a clearance came out for Harry Cronshaw to pick it up and unleash a great right foot shot that was saved well by the keeper. Our next came from a great solo run by Freddie Reader who dribbled the ball from the right to the left and hit a tremendous left foot shot that was again tipped wide as it looked to be going in the top corner. The game had become a stalemate with both teams getting half chances without anyone really dominating the game. This was about to change when on 20 minutes Huncoat managed to win the ball, string a few passes together and score to make it 1-0. Not to worry, we just needed to refocus and do exactly the same. This was not to be as the last 10 minutes of the first half saw Huncoat score another two to make it 3-0 at half-time.
With the weather changing the Lions looked cold, wet and down, but they just needed to believe in themselves and start passing the ball instead of trying to do too much on their own. Huncoat scored three goals by good passing between all their players and we had to do the same. We were now going to be playing down the slope, so goals should come.
The second half started and you could see the difference in the two sides. Huncoat looked up for it and The Lions were shivering and looked like they didn’t want to be there. As in the first half Huncoat passed the ball well and soon got in their stride and scored another two goals to make it 5-0. This was time for pride now and forget the conditions and knuckle down. We finally got a reaction and the last 10 minutes saw us pressurise the Huncoat defence and keep the ball in their half. This was good to see and resulted in Freddie picking the ball up on the edge of the box and hitting a brilliant shot in the corner to make it 5-1. We started playing better football and could easily have scored another three if luck had gone our way. One ball beat the keeper to get stuck on the line only for the Huncoat defence to react quickest to clear it and we had shots well saved and others just over the bar. Unfortunately it was too little, too late and the referee blew his whistle for full time with the score Langho Lions 1, Huncoat United 5.
On reflection the Zebra like black & white stripes of Huncoat should have been easy meat for our Mighty Lions, but they were quicker to the ball, passed it better and played as a team. We’ll see this as a Christmas hangover and try and rectify it next week. The Referee gave the man of the match to a Huncoat player, but their manager made Freddie Reader our man of the match and he gets a well deserved Lion bar for his energy and skill he brought to the game. One to forget for The Lions, but we’ve been there before and showed our spirit in fighting back the week after. Thanks for everyone who had to experience the arctic conditions and see you all next week. Cheers. Chris.
On Sunday Langho 15’s played away at Burnley college 3G against league leaders Fulledge Colts. In the previous game at Northcote the game finished 2-2 and that was the scoreline once again! Fulledge dominated possession in the first half but didn’t cause Will Wrathhall any trouble in the goals. Late in the first half it was Langho who took the lead after Ben Harltey whipped in a great freekick which wasn’t cleared and Josh Tetley was there to smash the ball home. The goal sparked a great end to the first half for Langho as the lads worked harder to press the ball and stop Fulledge playing there brilliant football. In the second half Fulledge made a substitute and he caused the Langho defence all sorts of trouble and he was rewarded 10 mintues in to the second half with a goal after taking it around the Langho goal keeper. 5 minutes later Fulledge took the lead after a communication error between the goal keeper and centre half, the striker nipped between them both and slotted the ball home. The game looked to be over but the Langho boys dug in and on the 70th minute mark Max Cane headed the ball towards the back post and Josh Tetley was there again to tap it in. Both sides had chances to win it in the last ten minuts. Fulledge were very impressive with the football they displayed but the point for Langho keeps them in the hunt for the league title. Win our games in hand and we will be 3 points behind the league leaders.
Finally we’ve found somewhere as cold and wet as Everton – Blacksnape!
Wind, rain, sleet and the occasional break in cloud for blue sky (but the sun wasn’t working). This was in stark contrast to the match which was played in a good spirit by both teams, some excellent passing and good goals. Thomas, Ishan and Ben all scored good goals in the first half but the second half was even better.
Ishan scored a very good goal rounding the keeper before rolling the ball home, Max scored from the touchline with a cross come shot, Ben scored his second before Thomas slotted perfectly into the corner late on. In between this Blue Star scored a spectacular long range shot but undoubtedly the highlight for me was our keeper running the full lEngth of the pitch when we got a penalty shouting it was his. Jacob smashed it in off the bar and set off running again – he’s very popular and was soon caught!
Today visit of the league leaders was always going to be tough but buoyed by a good performance the week before we started the game well. We played some good football and created a couple of good openings but couldn’t finish the moves off. Pendle are a well organised strong side and worked their way into the game after our good start took over mid way through the first half. A corner which we failed to clear was converted and towards the end of the half a spectacular over the shoulder shot from another corner flew into the top corner.
We competed throughout the second half but Pendle Forest were a bit quicker to the ball and were stronger in the tackle and wore US down. Two more goals followed late on (again from corners that we had chances to clear). However, no complaints as the pressure took its toll. Sometimes, on the day, the other side are just better – today was one of those days.
The lads gave it their all (as always) and I’m sure will bounce back soon.
Benjamin Taylor unleashing a great left foot shot to bring us back in the game at 2-1.
After two weeks without a game The Lions made the short trip to the memorial pitches at Great Harwood for our away fixture agaist Rishton United. They have been unbeaten in the league for 2 years and have strengthened again this season to make their team one of the strongest in the area. To make matters worse, we were without our goalkeeper and only had 9 players in total, which meant no subs. It was going to be a challenge, but one “The Lions” would hopefully be up for.
The team today was: Will Vause in goals; Connor Eccleston, Eddie Scott & Will Ayres in defence; Connor Walsh, Harry Cronshaw, George Barnes(capt) & Benjamin Taylor in midfield with Maxwell Seedall up front.
Before the game the lads were reminded about Rishton’s quick powerfull counter attacking football. In our previous encounter, we were 4-0 down within the first 7 minutes. Lessons had to be learnt and everyone had to be switched on.
The game started slowly with both sides finding their feet until a breakaway from the Rishton forward forced an early corner. We’re not at our best at corners, as nobody wants to take responsibility and the opposition constantly have free headers. Today was no different, as we failed to win the ball and a Rishton player had a free header to make it 1-0. Thats one for the training ground, so hopefully we can improve as the season goes on. The last thing we wanted to do was gift them a goal so early in the game. The Lions seemed to regroup and with our captain George Barnes driving everyone on, the team seemed to start again. We upped our work rate and started to win the midfield battles. The teamwork was fantastic to see. Our best chance came from a Rishton attack that was headed out well by Connor Eccleston on to Connor Walsh, who threaded a ball to Maxwell who hit a great shot that forced the keeper to tip it past the post for a corner. The effort the lads were putting in was superb. With half time looming and The Lions in need of a well earned rest, Rishton broke away and scored a second to make it 2-0 and it was unfortunate as you could see how deflated the lads were. The Referee blew the whistle and it was time for reassurance. I told them how well they played and to get their heads up and carry on the hard work. We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down and the lads just had to believe in themselves and keep battling away.
The second half started with The Lions winning the early battles and beginning to get success driving forward. The hard work paid off when George won the ball in midfield and found Connor Walsh, who in turn passed to the advancing Benj who unleashed a great shot in the corner of the goal to make it 2-1 and The Lions were back in the hunt. The lads had a new belief and the crowd could sense an upset on the cards. This was the hardest they had worked all season and with no subs, we had to make possession count as legs were getting tired. We came close on three occassions with shots from Harry Cronshaw, Connor Walsh & Will Vause, but the Rishton defence are solid and their stand in keeper was also in top form. We just couldn’t break them down, no matter what we threw at them. As predicted with no subs, we just couldn’t keep up the pace and Rishton came back at us with their quick counter attacking play to score three goals. The scorline didn’t reflect the game, but their class showed in the end. The Referee blew for full time and it was Rishton Utd 5, Langho Lions 1. A great battling performance from Langho and I was so proud of them. To play Rishton with no goalkeeper and no subs is a big ask, but every one of the players were superb and could come off the pitch with their heads held high. Even though the scoreline was 5-1, it was testement to our team work that the Referee gave the man of the match award to Eddie Scott, who consistently puts everything on the line for the sake of the team and got a well deserved Lion Bar for his troubles. The Rishton manager must think I’m made of money as he also gave the man of the match award to Connor Eccleston, who never gave up and did well building attacks from his defensive clearances, so too got a Lion Bar. The Lads finally cleared me out of chocolate, as our three goalkeepers used today also got Lion bars for their heroics as stand in keepers. On reflection we gave our all and if the same effort is used for the rest of the season, it will be a successfull one. Well done to all who took part. Cheers. Chris.
Langho Juniors Under 11 Green vs Crown Paints Blue 30th November 2014
On a bright and warm(ish) morning at Blacksnape we had nearly a full squad to select from. Three subs means three less than happy chaps on the touchline. The greens coped well with the changes and everyone got a decent run out.
Greens went in front early when Tom Lightbown played a through ball for Marco who slotted the ball into the bottom left corner for 1-0. The next few minutes were scrappy before Ishy drove forward again to force a corner. From that corner the ball broke out for Ben Martin to have a great shot saved. After 8 minutes Ishy drove forward again, but the ball broke to Marco who doesn’t miss many. 2-0. Langho were beginning to take charge of the game and for once Marco missed a one on one.
3 changes were made half way through and Joseph Parkinson didn’t waste any time making his mark with a poacher’s goal on 20 minutes. 3-0 at half time. A steady back line marshalled by Joel and Matt made 3 points look a safe bet.
3 more changes were made at the start of the second half. Jacob nearly got on the score sheet after Joseph Parkinson laid a ball of for him to run on to and shoot. A great save from the keeper kept it at 3, but from the corner Drew pulled the ball across for Joseph to net his second for 4-0 on 35 minutes. Joseph and Marco combined five minutes later for Marco to make it 5-0. Max was finding more and more space on the left and was unlucky to put one wide.
Crown didn’t lie down though and Barney (supported by the rest of the greens on the goal line) made a great save from an indirect free kick from inside our own box. Zac was working tirelessly in the middle of the field breaking up Crown’s play. Crown were under pressure again and Marco pounced on a weak goal kick to make it 6-0. The constant change to the line-up took its toll with minutes to play when we conceded one, but Marco made it 5 for the day a minute from the end to make it 7-1.
A solid performance again from the greens. Shame about the goal conceded. We would rather win 5-0 than 7-1!
Man of the match Marco. Match report written by Bernie Mooney.
Langho U13 Girls after another win
The sixth league fixture of the season away at St Annes Red Stars; a team who the girls beat a few weeks ago in the cup. The teams played 9v9 with Langho with 1 sub and the home team 2 on a beautiful sunny morning. Langho had Charlotte in goal following a training injury to Hazel and the team welcomed Freya’s match debut.
Langho attacked from the whistle playing straight into the sun, although St Annes pushed forward too and intercepted balls well in midfield. The thing that set the 2 teams apart in the cup match began to shine through again: There was great passing between Amelia, Annie, Hazel and Issy slashing holes in a big determined home team defence. The Langho defence played an advanced straight back line and Laura, Tyla and Alice had a great game with all 3 girls putting in determined tackles and passing accurately out well even under pressure. Tyla showed a never-say-die attitude making her a real contender for man-of-the-match today. Hazel put a great ball through to Issy who buried it the back of the net for Langho’s first. After more exchanges a well-placed pass from Misty through to Amelia then on to Issy for her second leaving the girls 2up at half-time.
The second half was tighter forcing a few more saves off Charlotte and she distributed the ball well both from goal and from long drop-kicks. The defence remained strong with support from midfield including Freya and once again there was some wonderful 1-2s presenting lots of opportunities including bursts where Hazel hit the post twice and had a lob well saved. Issy then made her hat-trick and there were two occasions when the ball went tantalisingly right across the goal mouth. There were some desperate goal mouth scrambles too in front of the home team’s net. Amelia ran virtually the whole length of the pitch beating players to put the ball undeservedly into the side netting.
The final score ended 0-3 to Langho with impressive performances all over park, particularly in the passing and tackling. The girls played against a skilful team with ex-Rovers players and did not give them time to get comfortable on the ball. The girls played with a high tempo too and the opposition’s head did not drop this time. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match playing on the left wing and this result leaves the U13 Girls firmly second in the League Table. Well done again girls. Next week is the reverse home fixture against St Annes.