Today a team of ten U15 girls were away at Feniscowles on an intermittently rainy fast St Bede’s 3g pitch. This home team have beaten all the strongest teams in the league so far and came with 4 subs. Apart from being a local derby, Freya faced her cousin, so family rivalry too! The girls fought hard and Hazel was kept busy in the net making some fine saves and Laura accelerated to the aid of Freya and Amber in defence. Amelia was driven back from midfield to help out and Katie battled down the left. Katie put a shot wide and Laura launched one from distance. The girls were struggling to play their usual game on a fast pitch not suited to their strengths. Annie put a shift in down the right and Iola and Charley battled with a very solid home defence. Fenny won the aerial battle and Langho conceded a penalty after an accidental hand ball in the box which they dispatched before the break. Rebecca came on for Freya and she coped well with her first real taste of a physical side of the game too.
Hazel and Katie swapped positions again as the home side continued to rotate various team members. Langho started stringing more passes together and continued to contend, winning corners but their defence sadly held. A mistake saw the home team double their lead but Langho fought on. Hazel beat 3 players only to lose it to the forth as the ball ran away slightly and she had a driven shot clatter the joint between the upright and the inner cross-bar and somehow stay out. Iola too forced a save from their keeper.
At the final whistle we applauded a solid performance from the girls and the best result any team has had against Fenny this season. This was the first league defeat in about 17 months so I don’t think anyone could ask any more! More experience for the new girls and a christening of Jackie’s bonnet in the car park from a stray ball!
No match next Sunday as Langho has a cup buy to the quarter finals but Friday winter training moves onto the Langho 3G starting promptly at 8-15 under floodlights. New Year 9 and 10s always welcome to just come down too FoC to see if they enjoy it.
After 2 wins and a loss for Langho U12 girls, Pendle Forest visited the Rydings on Sunday afternoon. The team welcomed Evie D for her first game. Langho won the toss and elected to play up the Eiger first. The game started pretty end to end and both teams had shots. Emily made some saves and Aleasia was solid in front of defence again. Pendle seemed to have the edge backing one and other up and broke the deadlock before the break. Langho had a range of shots including a long range effort from Evie.
The second half saw Charlotte W go into the net and she put in a couple of saves and some very solid goal kicks. Despite the girls conceding a second goal their heads did not drop. Heather, Charlotte J and Jade ran at the opposition and Lillie, Issy as well as Jade had a good chances saved as Langho continued to press and win corners. In fact Langho had the bulk of the shots over the game, but the Pendle defensive 4 held well, cleared several desperate goal mouth scrambles and their keeper was really on form.
Today was just not the U12s day; perhaps feeling a little rattled after last week’s ‘experience’. The girls were smiling as usual whatever the result. Well done girls. So the season rolls on to Cadley away next Sunday.
A sunny Sunday afternoon at Northcote saw Langho U15 girls take on Myerscough with debuts for Iola and Rebecca as well as Charley’s second ever match. The girls were dangerous from the off and Annie opened her account with a goal from a very tight angle. Some beautiful passing saw Amelia double the lead and a drive forward her further extend it. The midfield and attack were passing much more fluidly which was really pleasing to see. Katie unluckily narrowly put a shot wide and Laura guided Rebecca and Charley in holding the line at the back. Laura stepped in skilfully dealt with danger in front of the net and showed the usual understanding with the first half keeper Hazel who also made a range of saves to keep the opposition out. Amelia and Annie both scored one more each making it 5-0 at the break and bring up Amelia’s hat-trick.
A change of keeper saw Hazel and Katie swap positions, some great passing for Amelia to rack up 2 more before Hazel’s driven shot opened her account too. Determined efforts from the Myerscough squad finally paid off as they pulled a goal back. Rebecca seemed to be enjoying her first match after making the switch from netball and was getting stuck in as was Charley. Katie in net even dribbled past the away team’s attack. Freya again played her visionary part down the right before swapping later to left back. After Amelia slotted another away, Iola had a cracking shot and picked up the rebound to mark her first goal for the club in the league and make it 10-1. Hazel broke through again for her second, then Annie made her second hat-trick in 2 matches after Amelia squared across the face of the net. Hazel’s corner saw Amelia volley home (for her 7th!) and Hazel added 2 more to bring up her 4-goal tally and a final score of 15-1.
Thanks to particularly Misty and Amber for stepping up and helping make a game of this match and build our team. Amber put in some determined tackles, runs, passing and a great dipping shot from distance that went narrowly over the bar. Misty played as a battling striker, carving passes and made several important saves in front of goal. Langho U15s played particularly well today and all the girls pleasingly played their part on a really hot day. They were once again a joy to coach and it is really great to see all the girls smiling and joking together.
After last Sunday’s opener with a 6-2 away win at Fleetwood Town, the Langho U12 girls were away on Wednesday night at Pendle Forest for their second 9v9 game. Pendle proved strong and dangerous with some powerful shooting taking at 2-0 lead until a pass from Charlotte saw an ever determined Jade pull one back before the break. Langho got stronger as the match progressed and Ellie defended well with support from Fran and later Amber. Emily made some brave saves in goal and put in plenty of decent drop kicks. Aleasia stood out battling in defence, assisting with goal kicks, tackling and she pushed forward too with Issy, Eva, Lillie, Charlotte and Jade.
After Jason’s half time team talk the girls were off again and as the game progressed the girls strung together some great passes, movement and some decent runs even hitting the opposition on the break. A corner from Jade after an attempt to clear from Pendle was volleyed home by Charlotte for 2-2 and we all stood on the side lines amazed at the comeback. Heather made some good runs helping the team push forward and the midfield played their part keeping the opposition out, brilliantly assisted by Aleasia’s head by the side-lines. Just when the parents would have settled for a draw, up steps Jade with a lob and what turned out to be the winner for Langho 2-3.
Charlotte was awarded man-of-the-match, but this was a superb performance across the whole team against a very strong team. Well done to the new and experience players ….And not a cartwheel in sight! Lots of chatting, but that’s allowed in this friendly smiley team. All topped off by a beautiful orange sunset.
Sunday saw the U15 girls’ first game of the season was away at St Annes: New to the West Lancs Girls League, but still a Ground Hog Day opener as in the last 2 seasons! It was another beautiful sunny day on the coast, so backed by air show jets screaming behind the pitch and landing at Blackpool airport, we were treated to an end to end game with chances thwarted at both ends by Hazel, our defence and the St Annes keeper. There were a few nervy moments, a 2-on-1 which Hazel made herself big and saved, chances squandered and good corners won but the girls were not quite so confident or fluid in their passing as has become the team’s trademark, but completely normal so early in the season. Then in another Langho attack, Amelia drove down the right and smashed in her season opener from an impossible angle. Just before the break the home team broke brilliantly from a Langho corner and equalised: On balance this was a fair score at the turn-around.
A switch of keepers at halftime saw Hazel behind the striker and Katie between the sticks. This marked a turning point in the game with visionary passing and better use of the wide channels. Annie opened up down the right and Charlotte down the left with Amelia and Hazel up the middle with the support of the whole team. Annie racked up a hat-trick as the girls showed their class. Laura had a shot from miles out well saved and her distribution also helped open up the home team. Hazel put a volley over the bar and one wide and Katie made a fine finger-tip save wide which earned her man-of-the-match. Amber defended strongly, Misty played well too and Freya’s connected seamlessly with Annie in front of her. St Annes got a conciliation goal towards the end to bring up a 4-2 win for Langho, and a second half performance to be particularly proud of across the squad once the rust / cobwebs from the summer match break were blown off. A solid start to the season for the girls – well done.
Langho FC are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for parents/spectators and coaches to attend a workshop which explores the role of adults in the provision and support of youth football. The workshop will be facilitated by Neil Yates, Lancashire Football Association County Welfare Officer.
Date and time: Monday 26th September, 2016. 6.30pm – 8pm
Location: Langho FC Clubhouse, Rydings
- Challenges parents and/or coaches to explore their role in youth football
- Examines why children play and how they learn
- Examines strategies that improve the match-day environment.
Further information: http://www.lancashirefa.com/pages/welfare-courses#F04bs7FzKRMyy8Fj.99
Book a place: Email Lynne0105@outlook.com to book your place.
After Langho Girls winning the U14 league last season so convincingly and then loss of a few players, the now U15girls welcome some new faces and the return of 8 girls as they move over into the West Lancs Girls League. The team welcomes Charley and Iola plus the return of Charlotte after a season’s break. This Sunday the girls were invited to play in a 5-a-side Chairman’s Cup tournament at Burscough Sports Centre. 7 Langho girls stepped out today with Hazel and Katie sharing the keeper and striker roles in the tournament’s 5 mini-league fixtures, Laura as rock at the back and rotating Amber, Charlotte, Iola and Charley to involve all the girls and help them develop into the sqaud.
First up, after a ‘Langho shout,’ were Myerscough where the girls went behind but Katie equalised well to finish 1-1. Langho went behind against FUSC Panthers, then for Hazel to smash 2 in and rack up the team’s first win. A 1-0 loss against Dynamo Rangers red followed, then another 2 for Hazel racked up a second 2-1 win with a well-deserved late winner after being on the receiving end of some physical tactics. The girls lost their final fixture heavily, but finished third in the league meaning a quarter final against Dynamo Red. Charlotte smashed Langho into an early lead, then Katie made it 2. Hazel frustrated their attack and Iola scored her first for the team and narrowly missed out on another with an impressive 2-touch control, turn and volley narrowly over the bar. Katie made it 4 before the opposition got a constellation for 4-1 avenging the earlier league defeat in style. Amber was battling again and showed some good footwork and Charley made determined runs slotting impressively into the team shooting and narrowly putting a rebound over the bar. The semi-final was goalless at full-time after numerous Langho opportunities and the team only narrowly lost to a golden goal in 3 minutes extra-time to the eventual tournament winners.
This was an astonishing performance from the girls, despite missing some of their key teammates. The aim today was just to help forge ‘one team’ and they achieved this brilliantly and so much more: Smiles all round, players, coaches and parents. Well done girls – Tony and I were very proud of you all and a credit to the maroon and Blue shirt.
Training on this Friday at half 6:30 joint with the U13 as it. Any Years 8, 9 and 10 girls welcome free of charge to see if you enjoy it.
UNDER 12’S MAROONS SEASON FINALE
Yesterday, saw the Maroons take on Blackburn Utd, in a play off to determine the runners-up spot, in the Green division. Having already played out 3, very close games during the course of the season, it was always going to be a tense morning. However, the boys were all in good spirits going into the game, as the management team had fine tuned all the lads goal celebrations during Friday nights training session. It was my intention to stay calm and let that flow through to the lads on the pitch. Unfortunately, my good intentions lasted about ten minutes before my first emotional explosion! In my defence, I defy anyone involved with the Maroons, not to have been emotional during that wonderful hour of football.
The maroons started brightly enough, with Oliver Jarrett pressing hard in the early stages and Santino Passerini causing chaos down the right we kept the pressure on Blackburn Utds. back line. But during the first half, too many unforced errors and a lack of communication, saw our opposition take the upper hand. They took the lead midway through the first half, with a wind assisted cross come, shot that looped over the dependable Dom in the nets. Heads did drop at this stage and it was difficult to see a way back. Half time couldn’t come quickly enough and we finished the half on the defensive, but still very much in the game.
The second half brought a slight change of formation, pushing Tom and Oliver up front and sacrificing Sam Holt at the back. This did appear to work for a short time and we slowly got back into the game. Lucas and Joseph had a real battle on their hands in the middle of the park and our day got a whole lot worse 10 minutes into the second half. The impressive Blackburn Utd. midfielder collected the ball in his own half , he rode three tackles before coolly slotting the ball past Dom. A great goal and all you could do was stand and applaud. 2-0 down and running out of time.
However, what happened in the next 14 minutes will live in the memory for a very long time. This Langho team have become used to winning and were not about to finish the season with disappointment. We pressed hard with every single Maroon working their socks off to get back into the game. We were handed a lifeline when Blackburn’s defender handled in the box. Joseph stepped up and smashed home the penalty. 2-1 and back in the game! A few minutes later Sol Yates picked up the ball in his own half and set off on one of his trademark runs down the left. He outpaced his marker and managed to cross for Sam Holt to smash home from close range. The large Langho following went berserk and Mrs Holt had a tear in her eye! 2-2 and extra time looming. Step forward Oliver Jarrett. 4 minutes from time, he unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner. A goal worthy of winning any game and capping off a brilliant comeback from the boys. William and Sam then “shut up shop” for the remaining 4 minutes and Man of the Match, Charlie Harrison got on for the last few seconds.
At the final whistle, it was pure elation. What a finish to the season. Credit to our opponents today, you pushed us all the way. Credit to our supporters today, you were brilliant, but most of all, credit to the Maroons, you are awesome!
Team: Dom,Will,Sam F,Sam H,Santino,Joseph,Lucas,Sol,Oliver,Tom,Charlie.
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As the mighty Barcelona and the classy Clarets found out this weekend, all unbeaten runs must come to an end sooner or later. Today at Wilsons playing fields, the Under 13’s were up against it. Through illness and absenteeism a bare 11 took to the field, and through injury only 10 finished the game. You can’t play without players, and with Christmas just around the corner, top of the Christmas wish list for the under 13’s would be two new players to bolster the size of squad.
Gt Harwood Rovers themselves have had a good season, have some good players and are blessed with pace. When we played earlier in the season, the determination, hunger and desire in Langho’s players won us the game. Today we saw the reverse. Whilst we struggled to settle into the game, and create a team spirit and passing game, Gt Harwood set off with a purpose and wanted to win this game. Early chances fell to Gt Harwood, but none were taken. Sam Jones playing in goal had another excellent game, commanding his penalty area throughout the match, and made several excellent saves.
The deadlock was broken as the half progressed when the referee ignored a clear offside flag for a ball crossed in to the penalty area to an offside forward. As the ball was cleared from his feet, no advantage was given, and a mistimed shot found the corner of the net. Two minutes later, the referee once again ignored the linesman’s flag and failed to award Gt Harwood a corner kick when the ball had clearly crossed the line. Whilst decisions supposedly even themselves out over a season, the goal sapped some of the belief and energy from an overstretched Langho team.
Half time 1-0 down but still in the game. With organisation and belief Langho could have and did try to get back into the game. Gt Harwood kept attacking with pace and purpose, and a second goal came from another quick break. The turning point in the game came when Ben Bleasdale broke through the Gt Harwood defence, and chipped a 25 yard shot over the onrushing keeper, only to see the ball rebound from the foot of the post. Had the ball ended in the net, a renewed sense of urgency and energy would have come back into the Langho team. Instead, as tiredness crept in, and players struggled on the big pitch, we lost our heads and began criticising one another. Gt Harwood kept pressing, and scored two further goals, the second a rebound following an outstanding save from Sam.
From nowhere Elliot Bates pushed forward from defence, broke down the right wing, cut inside and slammed the ball into the net. Just rewards for Elliott who has been a very consistent performer this season for Langho forming a solid central defensive partnership with Jack Haworth.
4 – 1 remained the final score, with Gt Harwood fully deserving their victory, and Langho’s long unbeaten run coming to an end. It would be easy to criticise this performance and those watching from the sidelines know we didn’t play to our full potential. However the performances and improvement shown this season to date by the Under 13’s has been a pleasure to see, and we move forward with renewed ambition and determination knowing the next good performance is just around the corner. So too is Christmas … hopefully Santa has got us on his list!
Senior Reporter: Mike Cook