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U15 Girls Langho FC 5-1 AFC Darwen

This Sunday the Langho U15 girls took on AFC Darwen at Northcote on a bright but chilly afternoon. The game was end to end with Langho looking particularly dangerous, with Iola surging down the left and Katie behind Charlotte in midfield.  Katie proved a handful for the away team, despite their size and hit a great dipping shot from well outside the box into the top corner for 1-0.  Hazel looked really solid as usual in net from corners and open play and Laura mopped up gaps down the wings with Freya and robust support from Amber and later Misty and Rebecca playing her part holding up a break and clearing well to the side line.  Darwen fought on, but despite a number of fantastic chances for Langho and Annie ‘megs’ 2 players and then a further 2 more before pushing the ball wide of the sticks, the away team equalised before the break; 1-1.

A swap of Katie for Hazel in net and a few other shuffles saw a determined Langho quick out of the blocks. Hazel surged through the defence from the right and unselfishly squared the ball past the keeper to Charley who had moved into the perfect position and hit the ball home for a 2-1 lead.  Hazel was brought down on the edge of the box for a free kick, which she flighted over the wall and dipped narrowly over the bar.  Charlotte opened her Langho account with a third and Annie followed in her parried shot skilfully burying the rebound.  Iola seemed to be doing everything today (but unluckily score) and we saw headers from Charlotte, Iola and particularly Hazel and Katie (in the 1st half).  Laura strode forward from defence running half the length of the pitch, but sadly the team could not make that attack count.  Another great cross saw Misty wonderfully volley home her first this season.  Hazel this week seemed again to be magnetically attracting late challenges  throughout the half and was brought down yet again at the edge of the box  for a final free kick before the whistle.  The free kick was well saved by the Darwen keeper.

Great result today in a hard game and brilliant to see goals from 5 of the 11 players, with only Annie having scored before: Charley’s first league goal for the team too.  A real team performance today without our central midfielder Amelia with leg muscle strains.  Great to see her turn up to support her teammates even though she spent the game (rightly) correcting names of my shouts to congratulate individual player’s efforts – too many brown pony tails for me to cope with!  Barrowford at home next Sunday.

U15 Girls Wigan Athletic 6-0 Langho

Saturday morning meant a depleted team of eight U15 Langho girls travelled to Wigan Athletic. Disapprovingly our hosts thought it appropriate to play 9v8 from the off.  It still seems some teams or coaches desire to win trumps following LFA and League fair play guidelines even when appeals are made to conform the same week.  None-the-less Langho battled bravely but the extra player and their speed down the flanks meant a lot of pressure down the wings which led to a 5-0 at half time.

Rather than give up, the girls came out more on the attack in the second half with Katie coming out to join Hazel out field and Misty bravely went between the sticks. With Wigan now having dropped to 8, the game became closer to the match it should have been.  Laura surged forward with Katie filling in for her.  Hazel looked very dangerous, Charlotte, Katie and Iola came close, forced saves and won corners.  Misty made some saves herself and Charley and Amber with their teammates held Wigan at bay until finally the home team scored for a last time.  Langho boldly battled on against ‘physical’ tactics until the final whistle.

Very proud of our U15 girls team today: When playing on a level playing field, even with key players away and injured, the girls held their own and should be able to reverse the result when they visit later in the season.

The next 3 weeks see a run of home fixtures against AFC Darwen, Barrowford and then a cup fixture against Hesketh Colts all on Sunday afternoons for the U15 girls. The team is still looking for a couple of extra players.  All welcome from Year 9 and Year 10. Please contact Steve on 07780-993286.

Langho Girls – U13, U12 and U10 Matches

Today the Langho U13 took on Cadley at home at Northcote over lunchtime today with Juliet making her debut. She marked this with her first goal for the team and despite lots of effort and impressively clawed their way back from 3-0 down to commendably lose 4-2.

The Langho U12 girls played St Annes at home at the Rydings. Despite a warm-up thumb injury to Emily ruling her out of playing in net, the team surged to a 6-3 win making 4 wins and 2 losses this season and an even happier Jason!  This is a great team with buckets of team spirit across the squad.

The Langho U10 girls were away at Cadley and marked the occasion with their first match goal of the season by Keisha and prompted and explosion of joy over the parents’ WhatsApp! Well done girls!

New girls continue to come down to training at the Rydings on Friday nights to the club’s floodlight 3G to see if they enjoy it as girls football continues to grow nationally and locally. Week by week new girls are joining Langho FC which is great to see; all with smiles on their faces.

U15 Girls: Langho 4 – 6 Burnley – A Cracking Game

Another sunny Sunday afternoon at Northcote saw Mighty Langho U15 girls host Burnley, an academy team in all but name. Langho had 1 sub with 2 girls nursing injuries for this 9v9 match against the visitors with 6 subs; so a real challenge which as usual the girls were up for!

The game kicked off and Burnley attacked from the off but Langho returned the compliment. The game was tight but Burnley went ahead from a corner.  Hazel put in some great saves and kicks and distribution from the net.  Laura’s covering support was superb in defence although, the left and right backs appeared vulnerable today.   Langho hit the away team on the break with Amelia smashing one right across the face of the Burnley goal.  A foul in the box on Katie gave Langho a penalty which Annie bravely stepped forward to take:  Their keeper made the save but Annie followed through and buried the rebound for 1-1.  Hazel plucked some corners out of the air and continued to impress the opposition.  She made a fantastic dive to deflect a terrific shot, but a well drilled Burnley put it in at the far post.  Amelia came off to rest her injury and Langho, although battling on, lost their central midfield shape and defensive edge so shipped 3 goals in 10minutes.  None-the-less Iola was having her best ever game on the left as she really threw herself into the tie.

To add some extra teeth to the attack Hazel came out to play down the left, Iola upfront and Misty moved in front of defence as Katie went into the net. Amelia bravely came back on again.  The girls looked more settled and Hazel piled her way through to pull a goal back.  A swap of Laura and Amelia to rest her from so much running, saw Hazel smash home her second goal heralding the team’s never say die spirit and Katie made several good saves the other end.  Laura put one over the bar and one wide then Hazel was brought down well outside the box.  She launched her dipping shot over the 3-girl wall but the keeper held it.  Annie continued to surge and battle down the right and Iola had some chances too.  A defensive mistake gave Burnley their sixth, but Laura unleashed a shot from distance into the top left hand corner for her wonderful first goal of the season to rack up Langho’s 4th.

So a final score of 4-6 and comments from the Burnley manager that this was their hardest match of the season for them. Both Amelia and Rebecca were nursing injuries so this was another match where the girls showed brilliant commitment, fitness team spirit against 6 rolling subs.  They were the better team in the second half too.  Amazingly proud of all the Langho girls in the U15s.  So bring on Wigan Athletic next Saturday! (when I get the day right – thanks Tony).

U10 girls – Langho v Clitheroe Wolves

A second fixture for the new Langho U10 girls team hosting Clitheroe Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

A happy Langho U10 Girls Team

A happy Langho U10 Girls Team

The girls made a determined and battling performance as they learn to play on the 7v7 pitch as a team and different people take their turn in bravely goal with Kiesha and Isabel showing some good signs.  Rosie, and Evie M and Edith all looked particularly impressive with some surging runs against a well organised opposition, but the whole team played its part.  Smiles all round from this happy team.  Well done girls!

Thanks to Mick again as another young girls team come together and gel at Langho. With the numbers of girls growing week by week, the club, team and younger girls Development Squad are looking for some helpers and parents to step forward, even on a rota, at training on Friday night training and perhaps even take their FA Level 1 coaching badge funded by the club.  Please contact Steve Jenkins at training or e-mail langhogirlsfootball@gmail.com to find out more details.

Advantage Langho! – U12 girls Cadley 7 – 8 Langho

A bright but really early start in Fulwood for the Langho U12 girls at Cadley this Sunday. A nice welcome from the home parents, then from the whistle we saw Cadley make the first attack.  Jade pulled Langho ahead and then doubled the lead a while later.  Both Cadley’s keeper and Charlotte W were kept busy in the nets at either end.  She made a vital clearance as the ball was loose at the edge of the box. More cut and thrust from both teams, then the home team pulled one back then equalised for 2-2.  Jade’s cross was narrowly put narrowly wide from the edge of the Cadley box by Eva.  Jade reached her hat-trick from a surging break, before it was all square again as the Langho defence were feeling the effects of a birthday sleepover!  Jade then converted another for a 4-3 lead at the break.

Most of Langho U12 girls before a corker of a match at Cadley

Most of Langho U12 girls before a corker of a match at Cadley

Fired up by a round of Smarties and with a change of keeper to Emily the girls sprang into action again. Issy chipped Langho into a 5-3 lead, before Cadley clawed back another 2 making it 5-5.  There seemed to be no end to the twists and turns of this thrilling game.  Charlotte J had a shot saved, but Jade hungrily buried the rebound.  Emily made a crucial save with her knees in a 1 on 1, then Jade racked up her sixth for 7-5.  Could this be the end? – Oh no!  7-6 then 7-7 as Cadley fought back again.  ‘They think its all over….  It is now’ as Lillie made it 8-7 to Langho in the dying minutes.

Again battling performances from Aleasia and Charlotte J plus several piecing runs and crucial saving tackles from Heather with Fran making some timely clearances too. This was an amazing match to watch; with a score line like watching a Wimbledon tiebreak.  Well done girls!

U15 Girls Feniscowles 2 – 0 Langho FC

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.

U12 girls Langho 0-2 Pendle Forest

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.

Langho U15 Girls Emphatic Home Win vs Myerscough

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. u15girls-langho-vs-myerscough

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.

U12 Girls Pendle Forest 2 – 3 Langho

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.

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