Yesterday afternoon saw the Langho U15 girls take on St. Annes on the Senior’s pitch at the Rydings in a friendly match with the clubhouse invitingly open for the families for snacks and drinks. This was the girls’ first game at the 11v11 format trying to give as much playing time as possible for both teams’ players.
Iola opened the home team’s account early into the fixture: 1-0. The girls broke well down the left and right and won numerous corners as the game progressed. A range of shots went wide, a post was hit and Katie found the side netting a few times. Freya and Rebecca played well at the back in combination with Laura and Bella to snuff out danger. Hazel made a fine dive to her left to save a shot in the far corner, plus came out sweeping and distributing the ball well from huge kicks and throws to her team mates. Langho’s passing was on form again and the vision between Amelia, Katie, Annie, Laura and others was impressive again.
After the half time chat around the dugouts, the substitutions continued to roll across 6 of the team, through strikers, midfield and defence and Katie went between the posts. The space was again used well with varying runs down the right from Annie and often from deep Hazel from the left. Annie made it 2-0 with a shot from distance and after further exchanges at both ends she scored another. Ella and Charley just missed getting on the end of 2 crosses before Ella made it 4-0 with her second for the team since she joined earlier this season. Misty defended well down the left and showed vision with some perfect passes to Annie amongst others. Amelia continued to connect passes between the midfield and Laura made some surging runs herself. Katie made a dive to help keep a clean sheet and a rare opportunity for Freya to play upfront saw her get her 1st goal this season and bring up the final score of 5-0.
Another enjoyable match against our friends at St Annes on a heavy and big pitch. Well played again girls with great effort and team spirit. Thanks to all those that helped out opening the bar and running the popular tuck shop too.
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.
On a cold and very heavy pitch, Langho U13 girls had a home fixture against Cadley this week. Cadley had not dropped a point all season, including 2 earlier games against our girls, although the last away game was very close.
Langho, playing uphill in the first half, started strongly in what was to prove an end to end match. After a few sharp passes from the back and a great break from Annie, the ball was fed to Issy who smashed Langho into an early lead. More cut and thrust between the teams was followed by a cross from Amelia which was deflected in by Cadley; 2-0. Thwarted chances followed at either end with Hazel making some fine saves, Tyla was committedly chasing down their attackers and Laura was solid as a rock again at the back. Amelia, Annie and Charlotte were tracking back, tackling and pushing forward. A marking error centrally from a corner gave Cadley their first goal and later a second corner was saved but the rebound bundled over the line to equalise, 2-2, before the whistle brought the game to a nervy halt.
Following a round of choc-chip biscuits and another ‘Langho shout’ the second half got underway. A foul centrally outside their box gave Issy a free kick which she brilliantly buried in the top left-hand corner. Up the other end Chloe made a critical tackle in the box and clearance and Misty and Chloe were backing one and other up nicely. Hazel made a series of great saves including diving to push a screamer past the far post and meeting crosses increasingly taking command of her box. Another counter attack saw Issy going down under pressure, now Hazel’s mud colour from the waist down, which released Amelia to step over several tackles and wonderfully bury her second: 4-2. Another foul at the side line 10 yards from the halfway line saw Laura wheeled up who unleashed another shot which flew in to the far post and Issy made sure there was no argument that it was in. More exchanges and Cadley clawed another goal back. In response Annie made a run up the right and hit a low bullet ground shot inside the left post racking up the teams sixth.
A final score of 6-3 to Langho and Cadley’s unbeaten record was shattered. Hazel was voted man-of-the-match for her keeping efforts, and not for how much dirt she was wearing largely thanks to the gravity-defying wetter mud at the top of the pitch! The girls had put on a stunning display of football and teamwork against the highly talented physical league leaders. Their superb fitness showed where the 9 Langho girls had played and beaten a team of 9 and 4 subs. The girls are firmly in second place in the league now; 6 points ahead of the next team.
The recent rough weather meant the Brandlesholme away match was cancelled, so the girls were invited to a friendly at St Annes Red Stars. Another sun-blessed but slightly chilly pitch awaited and kick-off saw a few minutes of Langho finding their feet, until settling down to solid team performance starting with 3 at the back, 4 in the middle and Misty as a striker. Alice and Annie had a great game down the right, both passing and supporting each other and Amelia was on-fire in the middle with Freya alongside boldly shooting like last week. Laura was giving another very strong performance at the back making critical tackles, clearances and passes. Hazel and Laura were communicating well and showed great understanding. Hazel came out to make well timed clearances, saves and smothered the ball under pressure despite playing into the sun. Laura’s corner perfectly flighted from the corner flag saw it in the back of the net, and Tony claiming it was a ‘wind assist’ to save his pocket, to put Langho ahead. Shortly after Amelia followed in her shot, which was well saved but spilled, and she followed it in to put the girls 2-up. More play at both ends then saw Amelia skip some tackles and bury a wonderful shot in the left-hand roof of the net from the edge of the box. The home team pulled one back just before half-time with a powerful shot from short range.
A swap of keeper saw Charlotte step up to the plate in the second half, with 4 along the back as they were playing into the wind. Charlotte put in some good saves and goal kicks and the defence played a disciplined high line. Annie put in some great runs down the right wing and Hazel down the left and middle beating 4 players at one point. The girls had plenty of well created chances, but a slip-up from a goal kick meant St Annes punished the mistake. The final score was a challenging 3-2 Langho away win. An improved team and individuals’ performance this week with confidence to shoot and better support and interplay. Well done again girls!
The Langho Girls played out of their skin today, with recent practice, including a Friday night pre-training run round Clitheroe !, paying dividends in the return home match Vs Lytham.
The familiar defensive line up looked established with notable performances from Emily and Lauren. A penalty blazed of the bar 10 mins in from Lytham gave the girls further encouragement – and their fighting spirit really came through. Lara was also awesome in the centre of defence, and our “get well soon” wishes go out to her following a nasty knock to the knee. The last I heard she was listening to 1D in the tub with a bottle of pop and bag of peas balanced on here head ?? – whatever the remedy, let’s hope for a speedy recovery!.
This week we welcomed the debut of Holly R, who after debuting in midfield, settled well in defence following Lara’s exit – well done Holly!
At 0-0 half time, the girls were in with a fighting chance. On the opening game of the season, we were 0-4 down at Lytham, so clearly this shows a massive improvement, and illustrating how far we have come in only 5 or 6 games !
It was a tough match – elbows, handbags and all – “go girls” !
Sal, Eden, Rachel, Niamh, Ellie & Liv also commended for 100% effort. Annaleigh, playing in goals for the whole match and pulled off some more remarkable saves, and was the deserved choice for the Lytham girls “G”OM? (Girl of Match !).
Two goals early in the 2nd half were just enough for Lytham. The result was far better than the 7-3 earlier in the season.
Well done girls – a few weeks off now, but let’s keep up the training. If you keep playing like that, then how can I choose to do anything on a Friday night other than train with you ?. With half term approaching, please use it as an opportunity to get some fitness runs in every 2 or 3 days please !!