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.
Langho Juniors U11 Green vs Crown Paints Black Sunday 19th October 2014
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.
Marco had his shooting boots back on, and he opened the scoring after 5 minutes, and after a couple of close calls in the Langho box with some Crown paints pressure we pressed again and started to create chance after chance.
Marco made it 2-0 after 9 minutes but Crown wouldn’t be brushed off and they pulled one back after 15 minutes. Ben N notched his first of the season after 22 minutes and that’s the way it stayed until half time. The hard work was done after playing uphill, and there was still plenty in the tin.
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.
Another strong performance from the greens – a couple of assists from Max and another from Ben N. Every player played a role in the performance and despite getting all the lads on for a good part of the game we dominated throughout. Second in the league – and we should have beaten Pendle Forest too!
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.
The second half was more of an even contest and Globe scored 2 great goals, the first a dipping shot into the top corner. We had scored goals in between through Nick again and a third for Ishan. The second half was a really entertaining, open game. We continued to create chances with the Globe keeper making some good saves. The match finished with a pile driver from Nick that crashed off the bar and over.
Another good team performance and a very entertaining matchl
Sunday 12th October
U11 Greens 14 – 0 vs Earby Town (away)
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.
The greens were firing on all cylinders today with a 3 – 3 – 2 line up. Marco made it 1-0 in the second minute. Langho dominated from then on with Joseph getting the second quickly, and Marco making it 3-0 soon after. Parky made it 4-0 on 14 minutes and Langho were really starting to play like a well – oiled machine. Ben Martin and Matthew Curry were really in the driving seat at the back and Max further extended the lead to 5-0 with a great effort from the left after 16 minutes.
After a couple of changes in the engine room of the team Earby started to put us under a bit of pressure and Barney had a very safe pair of hands on a couple of occasions.
It really was a question of keeping a clean sheet and seeing how many we could put away at the other end and the answer came quickly. After just missing with a great header from a corner Joel made it 6. Joseph Parkinson made it 7-0 after 20 minutes and then number 8, and 9 quickly followed. 9-0 at half time.
Neal had to keep the lads motivated at half time. Dan couldn’t be seen on the pitch until he re appeared with a couple of coffees from the Rolls Royce dressing room.
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.
Zac was finding his feet well and deservedly got on the score sheet with number 11. Jacob nearly made it 12 with a couple of great shots but Joseph Parkinson hadn’t taken his shooting boots off yet and he made it 12 with about five minutes to go. Ishy drove through from midfield with a determined run that said he wanted a goal and he was rewarded with number 13. Not unlucky for the young Isherwood. Tom was rewarded for a his consistency over the season with goal number 14 in the last few minutes.
A great performance from the greens. This team really is growing into a tight unit who work hard for each other on the pitch. Roll on next week.
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
Continue reading U11s Langho 2 – 3 Pendle Forest
This was a fantastic team performance. Compared to a relatively slow start to the season (in terms of results) we started this match at a real pace. We set the team out with the intention of getting more support forward and quicker, whilst keeping our solid defense, and it worked really well.
We gratefully welcomed Jacob back in goals after injury and he showed how good a keeper he is with some good saves in the 2nd half whilst also organising and encouraging the team vociferously. Eddie and Will gave us a really strong base, ably supported by Rowan in his defensive midfield role, which gave the rest of the team the freedom to break forward quickly. This freed Up Nick and Ishan to give great support in the middle with the wide players Tom, Ben and Roman attacking at pace and getting plenty of crosses in for Max to feed off.
The lads really took on board the training from Tuesday – putting crosses into dangerous areas, getting the midfielders into the penalty areas and following up all the shots for rebounds. In the end Max 4, Tom 3, Ben 2, Ishan 1 and Nick 1 were the goalscorer but this was only the end product of a great team performance. The energy, pace and skill shown by all was great to watch.
I also need to mention the Blue Star keeper who made a number of fantastic saves whilst never letting his head drop.
Swinden playing fields in Barrowford was the location of this Under 14 encounter. Located by the canal, and flanked by the brand new floodlit Steven Burke cycling track, the adjoining footpath allows dog walkers the opportunity to take their pets for a gentle stroll. Twice our match was interrupted by dogs running out of control around a children’s football match. One day someone will be bitten by a dog at a football match, or a child scared by dogs will suffer some form of trauma. Sports fields are no place for dogs and dog owners should be respectful of that fact when exercising their dogs.
It was back to league action today for the Under 14′s. Three changes to today’s squad gave Harrison the chance to play his first game of the season, and Ben Hope to take over for the day in goal. Barrowford Celtic were new to Langho, having played in the league above last season, and posed a different threat. This game was a scrappy affair particularly in the first half, where the Langho boys looked very disjointed, and a little sleepy at times. The shape, passing and movement that was spoken about wasn’t in evidence in the first half, as we forgot to put into practice what had been worked on both individually and as a team. Chances were created and not taken, defenders stood back and gave the opposition too much time on the ball. Nil – Nil at half time, and in all fairness to the boys, they knew, like us, they could play better.
The game was settled in the second half with a fabulous right foot strike by Max Livesey, and after the goal, a little more determination and belief returned, and with a little more composure those chances that were missed could and should have been taken. Barrowford continued to press for an equaliser right up to the final whistle, but Jack and Elliott Bates marshalled the defence superbly, and Ben Hope showed some good handling in the goals.
Today we were a little rushed in our play, too often sat off the opposition, and generally played too narrow. Training moves to the astro turf at Pleckgate on Tuesday night, and whilst there is plenty to work on and improve, another clean sheet and hard fought victory is very pleasing to note. Matt Neilson took the man of the match award for his holding play in midfield, closely run by the defence who grew stronger and more determined as the game progressed. Well done to the Under 14′s.