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U14 Girls – Langho 4-0 Brandlesholme

Sunday’s Langho U14 Girls game was a home fixture against Brandlesholme where we welcomed Amy to the squad. The game opened up with 2 saves from Langho crosses and shortly after Amy impressively held onto the ball despite lots of attempted tackles. Amelia made a superb jinking run down the middle stepping through attempted tackles only to narrowly launch her shot over the left hand post. She then intercepted a goal kick, mimicking loads of other occasions in the match where she picked the ball out of the air, passed to Issy who just shot wide. After some exchanges at both ends, Amy opened her Langho account with a shot into the top corner 1-0. Katy had a shot saved onto the bar then there were periods of great interplay between Amelia, Katy, Issy and Amy. At the other end Hazel was acting as a sweeper again with some training ground communication with Laura, both clearing up some dangerous moments. Long goal kicks from the keeper drove the away team back and both Misty and Amber alternatively helped out in front of the back 3. Tyla made some crucial tackles and Freya some well-timed passes to Katy ahead of her. Things were getting hotter in the away team camp, but Katy battled for the ball, passed to Amelia and Issy ran it deservedly into the net for 2-0 before the break.

Playing downhill after the restart with Katy and Hazel swapping positions, quickly saw Langho hit the bar. Hazel had a driven shot deflected in for 3-0. Issy had a goal disallowed for offside before an excited dog pitch invasion broke the tension. After another foul, this time on Hazel on the edge of the box after a burst down the wing from Langho’s own half, the home team put the free kick over the cross-bar in a rugby style. Amelia broke through again and got a well-deserved forth.

So a final score of 4-0 was the reward in a physically challenging match. This sees the girls with 5 wins from 5; well clear at the top of the league. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match and Amy made her mark. A different kind of game than the girls are used to, but the U14 were simply brilliant.

U12s Girls – AFC Darwen 7 Langho 0

Today saw a trip to Witton Park for the meeting with AFC Darwen. Niamh was unavailable so Lillie and Charlotte stepped up from the U11s to play in their first game for the u12s. There was a slight mishap in the pre match warm up when Amelia saved the ball with her face but managed to gather herself in time for kick off. The game started with Langho under pressure from the start but the first half defending from the whole team was excellent as they absorbed lots of pressure by closing down the Darwen attacks and making vital tackles and blocks. In attack Charlotte was working hard to chase any balls that came her way, Eloise and Scarlett were energetic in midfield and there were good runs by Lillie and Chloe. At the break Langho trailed 2-0.

The second half saw a slight change of formation with Alice moving into attack and Langho trying to push forward as much as possible. The girls managed to create a number of chances and corners, unfortunately this left us slightly exposed at the back and Darwen caught us on the break a number of occasions with Olivia showing some excellent defensive abilities to close down many of these attacks. In her third game in goal, Amelia, who was named man of the match by the opposition, was making some excellent saves and the pre match warm up obviously worked as she saved another one with her face. In the end the game ended 7-0 to Darwen but the incredible spirit of the girls showed in the final minute when Darwen broke up field from a Langho corner and the whole team charged back to thwart the Darwen attack. Many thanks to Lillie and Charlotte for helping the team out.

James Buckley


U12s Girls – Langho 0 Feniscowles and Pleasington Blue 7

Another warm sunny Sunday saw Langho U12s girls welcome Feniscowles & Pleasington Blue to The Rydings. This was expected to be another tough encounter against an experienced team who did well in the league last year. The away team started well and put the Langho girls under pressure and soon took the lead. However the Langho girls tried to push forward and created a number of half chances. Chloe had a great chance from a free kick just outside the penalty area but put it narrowly wide. At half time the away team led 5-0 but the Langho girls were feeling positive for the second half.

Again for the second week running the girls kept their heads up and produced another really determined second half display. The girls continued to create chances as they pushed forward with Niamh and Alice both going close and Eloise chasing everything energetically. The girls still got back to defend with Scarlett getting back on a number of occasions to make clearances and assist Olivia in defence. Feniscowles scored two further goals to make the final score 7-0. Amelia again showed she has the makings of a goal keeper with a sound display. Chloe received the opposition’s man of the match award. The away manager did comment after the game how the girls never let their heads drop and tried right to the final whistle. Now on to AFC Darwen next week.

We are still on the lookout for players to bolster the squad.

Interested? Contact James Buckley on 07967-039001, e-mail jebuckley68@gmail.com or just turn up to the U12 girls (year 7) practice on Friday Evenings (6-7pm) on the clubs 3G pitch at The Rydings and join in to see if you enjoy it.

Dances with Wolves

A misty start with a definite Winter nip in the air for the 11:15 kick off at the Rydings between Langho under 11’s and Clitheroe Wolves.
Harrison was back following a long recovery from a shin injury, but Connor was only to make a brief appearance due to a sickness bug.
It was a cagey start, and the chances Langho got were comprehensively dealt with by the Wolves keeper. It was looking like being a frustrating morning until Finn broke through on the right and slotted home in the bottom corner. Soon after came Finn’s second, which was quite bizarre. A looping shot from just inside the Wolves half dropped into the net to a completely stunned silence!!
Cross or shot ? – they all count! Langho played some lovely passing football in spells, with Max and Sasi dancing through the Wolves, and some strong work from Sean and Theo in midfield. A well taken Wolves free-kick found Thomas’s net frustratingly, as yet again Tom’s one on one shot stopping had been faultless. Individual well taken goals from Harrison and Theo saw us 4-1 to the good at half time.
The second half was much closer. Will and Jack were tenacious at the back, and Sasi worked tirelessly up and down. Sean and Meechai began to click as a dangerous partnership. A lovely run and cross from Meechai found Sean in the box and we were cruising. The Wolves nicked a goal from a well-constructed move, but a second goal from Sean saw Langho run out 6-2 winners. The Wolves were tamed!

Langho U11 Girls Away at Cadley

The Langho U11 girls team were away in the league at Cadley in Preston today; a club that always has strong teams. The girls showed a better passing game and cleared their lines throughout the game. Aleasia, Charlotte and Ellie chase and battled for the ball with some great runs from Eva, Ellie and Issy as well as Aleasia who bravely carved through the Cadley defence on many occasions. Madeleine and particularly Lillie made some crucial clearances and a long range passes down the wings. Emily, Aleasia and Eva made some key saves in the net too. The girls conceded only once in each half from some powerful Cadley breaks, but after the early quarter of the match Langho deserved more from the game.

Langho’s 8 girls showed their fitness against superior numbers and continue to improve match by match as the girls gain more experience. On balance they created more chances than the home team and deserved to score, but it will come. The girls’ improvement was marked and they were exciting to watch from the side-lines. All this and there is always time for a good chat, a mass trip to the loo at half-time and a bunch of somersaults before Mick’s team talk and the restart. Entertaining in the extreme and really well done girls!

Myerscough 1 – 8 Langho U14 Girls

Today’s league match was away at Myerscough. With some key players unavailable, this was a weaker Langho U14 team than usual and they only had enough to play 8v8. The home team played sportingly with 2 subs. The game kicked off and Issy created and converted an early chance after a pass from Misty. Issy unluckily looped one over the bar shortly afterwards. At the other end Hazel made some fine saves and was acting sweeper too supported by the ever-dependable Laura. Tyla demonstrated some nice touches showing how far she has come in her first full year, beating some good players and laying off passes to Katy and her other team mates. Katy played really well down the right demonstrating some close ball skills, passing and supplying crosses to Issy. She put a tantalising ball, almost in slow motion, right across the goal mouth which the girls somehow missed in one of those ‘Noooo’ moments. Our latest recruit put a shot narrowly wide of the left hand stick. Issy created and converted 2 more great goals, racking up her hat-trick, leaving the girls 3-0 up at the half-time whistle.

Hazel and Katy then swapped positions for the restart. Laura hit the post in an early attack from a corner and then shortly after a well weighted pass from Misty to Hazel was buried for 4-0. Issy then put in her forth and then Hazel ran the whole length of the pitch for a wonderful solo second. A well taken lob from the home team clawed back a deserved goal. A long throw from Amber, who was having a real tussle with the opposing team’s man-of-the-match, saw another shot saved from Hazel. The Myerscough keeper was having a good game. Inter-passing between the girls saw Issy then smash in her fifth and then Hazel picked off a fumble from their keeper for her hat-trick. There was more sound defence on display from Laura, Amber and Tyla and Katy made some brave dives plus dribbled the ball round an attacker after a pass-back. The final action was Hazel hitting the post and the rebound was put over the bar from the keeper’s outstretched leg.

So a final score of 8-1 maintained the U14 girls 100% record and Katy was voted man-of-the-match. The girls all played fantastically again today with a high tempo with all the players played their part; experienced and new. And this was a weakened team!……

U11 Langho Girls vs Clitheroe Wolves

After last week’s difficult game against BJFC, a feeder club for Blackpool with a very experienced squad, 8 Langho U11 girls bounced back and took on Clitheroe Wolves on a sunny afternoon. This was Wolves second season so they too proved an organised and experienced team with a full set of 5 subs.

Mick Salutes U11 Girls!

Mick Salutes U11 Girls!

Langho put up a determined performance across the park, starting with Emily in goal, then Charlotte and finally Aleasia. Issy put in lots of great runs down the wing and showed some fine keepy-upy skills. Ellie battled particularly well upfront in the second half against swarms of defenders and often still coming out with the ball! Heather made several determined runs and Charlotte and Eva fought hard in defence and upfront too. Before halftime Clitheroe scored twice and after the break they missed a penalty and scored one more. So a much closer game for the girls this week and one they all learnt from. They forced saves from a skilled Wolves keeper and kept going despite being relatively short handed on a hot afternoon. Heather was voted man-of-the-match for Langho. Well done girls.

U12s Girls – Whitworth Valley 5 Langho 1

Today saw the U12s girls make the long trip to Whitworth Valley on a lovely sunny morning. After showing up well in training on Friday, Amelia volunteered to go in goal for today’s match and performed well. Have we found a goal keeper? Whitworth Valley started the game confidently and put the Langho girls under pressure from the start and got an early goal. Langho came more into the game as the half went on but Whitworth showed their experience with strength at the back and good finishing by the attackers to make it 3-0 at half time.

Some positional changes at half time saw a much more even second half and the girls came more into the game and started to test the Whitworth keeper. Eventually their persistence paid off as the Alice put a great curling shot into the corner to make it 3-1. At that point the next goal was going to be important and Whitworth scored again almost immediately to make it 4-1. The girls didn’t let their heads drop with Eloise chasing everything up front, Niamh, Alice and Scarlett showing lots of energy in midfield and Chloe and Olivia doing well at the back. Whitworth pinched a fifth goal late on to make the final score 5-1. The girls should be very proud of their efforts, that first victory will come.

James Buckley

U14 Girls Langho 4-2 Academy Juniors

Today’s match was a foggy morning home fixture at the Rydings against Academy Juniors. Langho kicked off downhill and looked the most likely to score in the opening minutes, with the defence keeping the attack more at bay and Hazel in nets acting as a sweeper and making some good saves. Annie had a cracking shot saved from the right after Issy laid a nice pass off down the wing. Amelia later put a quality pass through to Issy who drilled the ball in to the bottom left to break the deadlock. Hazel’s distribution out of goal was on song, including finding Amelia who turned and ran from the centre circle. Freya was having a good game doggedly defending down the right making tackles and passing to Annie, Issy and her other team mates supported by Misty in between. A weak goal kick saw Annie steal the ball through 2 defenders and make it 2-0. Amelia did some superb dribbling and put her shot narrowly wide and Katy put a shot over the bar as Langho seemed to have the game under control with Laura bossing the defence and Tyla tenaciously battling their winger on the left. Then came the move of the match with a pass from Freya to Amelia, lay off to Issy who smashed her shot into the inside of the right hand post for Katy to put in off the rebound after following it in: Brilliant. This left 3-0 at the halftime whistle and the usual biscuit munching session and words of encouragement from Carl and the coaches.

Half-time talk - No Carl your driver won't help here!

Half-time talk – No Carl your driver won’t help here!

Following the restart as the temperature rose as the mist had burnt away. Another dart down the wing from Annie, then she flashed another shot across the face of goal, just out of the reach of Issy at the far post. Annie then put a blistering shot over the bar before the high bounce finally defeated Hazel which was put the score to 3-1. The girls were tiring now. Hazel then put in several great saves before a mistake at the back saw Academy draw closer again 3-2. The girls dug in and in the dying minutes another Annie cross was converted by Issy giving a final score of 4-2 to Langho and a sigh of relief from the side-lines.

This was a great game and a tiring hard fought win. This was the toughest game yet but the girls played fantastically. Issy was awarded man-of-the-match for, in the words of the opposition coach, ‘bossing the game.’ The girls head the league with a 100% record. Next a trip to Myerscough next Sunday.

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

The sun was shining and the morning dew had cleared for the 11:15 kick off at the Rydings between Langho under 11’s and visiting Ossy St. Mary’s. One could get used to these conditions!
Langho were down to bare bones with 3 absentees. Theo bravely started with a sore back but soon had to sit out; so we were playing with 8. It was a very close first half with chances at both ends. Thomas was in top form between the sticks, pulling off some fantastic one on one saves. Theo limped back on as a central defender, and Jack and Connor worked really hard to cover for him. (Jack put in a man-of-the-match performance for me). Finn kept the pressure on the defenders at the other end forcing mistakes, and creating opportunities for our midfielders to win the ball. Nil-nil at half time, but Meechai limped off after an earlier knock. His morning was over – we were down to 7 and a half, and kicking up-hill for the second half.
Ossy took the lead but Langho didn’t lie down. After a few missed chances, Finn tapped home a cross from Sasi to draw level. Ossy went ahead again shortly after, and that’s how it stayed for quite a while. Some industrious runs from Sean, tireless running up and down by Sasi and tenacious tackling by Will kept Langho in the hunt. But with the odds stacked against them, Langho eventually tired, and some lovely passing football from Ossy undid the defence with 10 minutes to go. This goal led to 2 more for an un-flattering 1 – 5 result. A good game overall though. Well done lads!

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