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U15 Girls – Barrowford Celtic 1-10 Langho FC

This Sunday the Langho U15 girls travelled to Barrowford Celtic on a bitterly cold morning. The pitch was very heavy and the goal mouths rather boggy puddles.  The U15 girls started strongly and the home team defended doggedly with Langho playing a high back line.  Annie put in the rebound from a save for 0-1.  Charlotte battled hard on the left and the keeper made some brave saves.  A jinking run from Amelia was smashed home for the team’s second.  Barrowford were settling and came more into the game, putting more demands on the back 3 and forcing well-timed sweeps from Hazel in the net.  A powerful long dipping shot from an angle saw Hazel dive at full stretch to gather the ball before landing with a splat in the ice-cold mud underneath; to score the first points in the ‘who can turn the brownest’ competition!  The home team continued to press and Laura and Bella did a fine job clearing up with Freya pressing forward when the ball went down the right, straight out of Friday’s training drill as Bella did on the left.  The passing and vision of the players today were superb.  With Misty and Amber subbed on for Ella and Freya the good work continued.  Amelia made another run and crossed for Katie to put in at the far post and later she did the same for Misty to make it 0-4 before the break.

With a swap of keepers Hazel went behind the striker and Katie between the sticks plus Ella and Freya subbed on the team was off again. A great throw from Misty to Hazel, pass to Annie then to Amelia for her to rack up her second.  A good run down the left saw the home team get a well-earned goal and Katie join the mud-pack competition.  Another string of passes from Hazel to Annie then Amelia saw her make her hat trick.  Bella now joined the mud tumbling completion with some tasty tackles that saw her scissor in the air and practice her roly-polies!  Annie’s run put a ball squared across the goal mouth for Hazel to guide home for 1-7.  Next a pass from Charlotte to Hazel then another break from the left beating a few players then she unleashed a scorcher from distance dipping over the keeper for her second.  The home team’s heads commendably didn’t drop and a great run down their left saw Amber, Laura and finally Bella clear up the serious danger with some fine support work at the back.  Langho won a series of well taken corners, but a comedy one saw Hazel slide on flat her back next to the flag digging a trench, the ball to find its way somehow through a forest of Barrowford players for Ella to determinedly scramble home.  The final major action of the game saw Hazel beat 3 players then wrong-foot the keeper to bring up her hat trick and 1-10.

Today the girls played really well.  Back up by the wing backs came straight out of Friday night training.  The communication and passing was wonderful from defence, through the midfield to the attack and great to see such a spread of scorers across the team.  Brilliant girls!

U12 girls – St Annes 1 – 4 Langho

A team of 14 Langho U12 girls travelled through the Sunday morning fog to the always welcoming St Annes. Early on there were chances at both ends and Emily cleared some danger.  Persistence paid off for Jade as the home team keeper fumbled and Jade put Langho ahead.  Charlotte J picked up a loose ball on the left but the keeper deflected the shot off to the left of the upright.  With Eva, Charlotte and Jade off, on came Molly, Heather and Evie.  A golden chance for Molly was put wide as she pushed it onto her favoured left just giving enough time to St Annes to recover, but minutes later  her speed put the ball on her left and she made it 0-2.  Aleasia battled for the ball supporting defence as the home team right hand side was strong as they connected some well-placed passes and crosses.  A cross the other end saw Issy make it 3, then St Annes finally pulled one back from the right.  Just before the break Issy hit the post and the shot was scrambled away.

In the second half Charlotte W went in the net and put in some confident kicks and saves, the team was rotated again and Molly scored a real scorcher from distance to make the final score 1-4 and confirm the U12 girls second place in the league. Well done again!

U15 Girls Langho 5-2 Wigan Athletic

Sunday afternoon saw Langho U15 girls take on Wigan Athletic at the Rydings after the Christmas break. With a nearly full squad of 13, the girls came out of the blocks strongly and early on Ella had a good shot saved and Laura took a long range free kick which flew narrowly wide.  Particularly great defending from Laura and Bella and fantastic goal keeping from Hazel kept Wigan out, including commandingly picking corners out of the air and punching away too.  Another home team attack saw a mistake by their keeper and a predatory Annie put Langho ahead.  The current subs joined the coach in my cheesy mini-Mexican wave.  Iola smashed a beautifully crafted volley on the full narrowly wide of the left hand post and Freya continued to make a difference in the left of defence.  Annie doubled the lead from a tight angle as Langho proved so dominant on the break and Amelia stretched the lead to 3-0.  Katie throughout continued to battle for the ball in front of defence both on the ground and in the air.

After the break Wigan came out strongly, but the girls’ nerve held despite playing up the slope.  Wigan clawed a goal back when Hazel made a save with 2 hands on the ball but the attacker’s fall on her released the ball for it only to be nudged over the line.  Hazel’s kicking and distribution continued on song and Amelia had a great strike from the right well saved.  Then a well-executed attack down the Langho left to beat the home team midfield and defence saw Hazel get a hand on the bullet crafted shot to bring up 3-2.  Nerves wobbled!  Amber and Charley battled down the left against a fast and determined away team pairing.  In response a few more substitutions followed and the game turned again in favour of Langho then Amelia restored a 2-goal cushion.  Rebecca came on with some terrific throws and with Iola took on the might of the Wigan right.  Ella came back on and with virtually her first touch she made it 5-2:  Thoroughly deserved for her efforts before.

This was how the game finished. The post-match team photo says it all:  A proud and together team.  Away to AFC Darwen next Sunday….

Langho U15 girls after Wigan match - A great team

Langho U15 girls after Wigan match – A great team

U12 girls – Langho 3-2 Fleetwood Town Anchors

Today’s Langho U12 girls’ game at the Rydings saw the team take on the might of league leaders and to date unbeaten Fleetwood Town – Anchors.

Langho U12 girls vs Fleetwood Anchors

Coaches and Langho U12 girls vs Fleetwood Anchors

Langho kicked off downhill and although a little nervy started for find some shape even with unusually 4 playing across the back.  To the crowd’s astonishment Langho took the lead with a good goal from Issy.  Molly and Sanya featured strongly and the home team won a series of corners.  The defence held out with dogged efforts from Aleasia, Charlotte J, Heather, Ellie and Francesca as the subs rolled on and off across most of the park.  Molly then scored her first.  A corner the other end saw Sanya brilliantly clear a ball off the line and again Langho retorted with several shots but they went wide of the posts including one from Eva.

Shortly after Jason’s team talk at the break, the match was off again. Langho remained in the ascendancy.  The U12 strung some lovely passes together and Molly pulled the ball round a defender and smashed in the team’s third.  A Fleetwood break saw a shot wide of the left post.  Another attack from the visitors led to Emily save well with her feet.  Lots of tussles in the middle of the park saw Lillie and Charlotte W and other block and hack balls away as the opposition fought back.  A Langho corner was saved then a break saw Fleetwood make it 3-1.  They had the ball in the net again only to be ruled well offside and as the nervy minutes ticked by they made it 3-2.  Langho fought on and to the relief of the crowd of onlookers the whistle went.

So another nail biter for the U12girls, but brilliantly played against a side seemingly like giants to many of the smaller in stature Langho team. Molly got man-of-the-match after a great performance.  This result meant not only have Langho smashed the unbeaten record, but they have now managed to get wins against all of the teams in the league!  Roll on 2017…..

U15 Girls – Burnley 2-1 Langho

The Langho U15 girls were away at Burnley Girls on Saturday morning on a heavy Prairie pitch. The team of 10 kept their shape and width under early pressure and going forward.  After a tight game largely against the run of early play, Langho hit the home team superbly on the break with Amelia smashed the girls into a lead.  Amber lapped up the physical tactics on the left and Bella covered really well in central defence in Laura’s injury absence.  Annie, Amelia, Katie helped defend from the midfield and Hazel had a faultless half sweeping, saving, kicking from her hands and from the ground.  She commandingly rose above both teams picking the ball out of the air from a well flighted Burnley corner.  Just a moment of standing off saw the home team’s striker skip round 3 defenders to equalise.  A scything rapid passing attack from Langho saw the girls tear through Burnley’s defence with a well-timed final pass to Charlotte then saw her bury the shot but sadly the flag went up.

A swap of keeper at halftime saw Charlotte and Hazel upfront and Katie going in the net. Langho had a shot scraped off the line and made some great passing moves between Amelia, Hazel, Annie and Charlotte plus great individual moves from all 4.  Misty had another shot from distance and Katie made a top corner save distributing the ball out well.  Bella had a great match making determined critical tackles including one in the box that sent her barrelling through the mud.  Ella too made some solid defensive moves with the same spirit she rode 2 fouls in the first half.  Burnley took the lead after a goal-mouth melee, then Langho pressed hard for the equaliser with Hazel stepping through 3 challenges to put the shot wide, plus Amelia landing another quality shot.  Despite Langho being increasingly on top, the home team clung on so the 2-1 score stood.

The match deserved at least a draw, but it was not to be. The girl’s performance was summed up by a comment from the Burnley coach: – ‘The best match they had all season.’  So well played Langho U15 girls – we are really proud of you all.  Next match in the New year against Wigan Athletic.

Langho U15 Girls 4-1 St Annes – Late report!

Last Sunday saw an unusually depleted Langho U15 girls team take on their old friends St Annes. The early exchanges in the first half saw a great cross from Annie that Charlotte smashed into the post but the girls were a bit too deep and narrow to play their normal pleasing to the eye expansive game.  A corner was determinedly bundled over the line deservedly by Iola for 1-0.  The away team pressed, Bella and Freya defended soundly and Hazel commanded her box from the net keeping St Annes at a distance sweeping and organising the back line.  A break saw a strong shot unluckily deflected off Bella to bring up the equaliser and the honour of a first OG for the home team, but smiles all round.

After the break Langho used the width much better. Iola and Amelia turned defence into attack and Annie put the girls into the lead again from the right wing.  Annie bossed the right side with her pace and a well-timed pass to Amelia saw her extend to 3-1.  Hazel made a superb dive low to her right as Bella tried to clear some danger.  Rebecca beat her first player as pleasingly her experience, skills and confidence grows from a netball player in the Summer.  She even had a shot well saved by their keeper as everyone willed it over the line!  Amelia brilliantly made it 4-1 jinking her way through the defence.

An enjoyable match again with St Annes and sweets swapped as a gesture of goodwill. Langho dominated the game in the second half and created loads of chances.  Well played again girls showing the team’s ever-growing strength in depth.  Proud coaches once more!

U13 Girls Langho 3-1 Whitworth Valley – Points Reward

The first girls game last Sunday at Northcote saw the Langho U13 girls, still lacking their keeper Bailey from injury with Amelia again stepping in, take on Whitworth Valley. Despite playing well this season, they have been unlucky not to get a point.  Would today be the turning point?

The girls all played well with big contributions and threats down the wings from Niamh and, bravely stepping up an age group and coping, Charlotte. There was battling all over the pitch including in defence from Danielle, Olivia and particularly Chloe clearing up at the back.  Alice skilfully played a massive key role and Lexie played a blinder at both ends of the pitch.  Juliette took on the defence with her efforts rewarded with a goal.  Alice scored a corker of a free kick and Niamh made a third whilst the team only conceded a single goal when the away team drew level for a period.

The girls achieved their first, and deserved, win of the season; 3-1 and brought smiles to the Coaches James and Tony together with the faithful parent posse! Well done girls:  Patience is rewarded.

The team is still looking for a couple more players.  Contact Langho Girls or come along free to Friday training if you are interested.

England Leaders Explain Four Steps to Safeguarding and Safeguarding at Langho FC

As part of The FA’s role in aiming to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football, a new film has been made outlining the four key steps to safeguarding.

The film, featuring Wayne Rooney, Steph Houghton, Jack Rutter and Nathaniel Chalobah, explains how both parents and children can raise concerns they have about adults working in football and centred around how the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take the following four steps:

  1. Checked – to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters
  2. Trained – from coaches to referees, all are given suitable safeguarding training.
  3. Hear – concerns from both children and adults will be listened to 4.
  4. Report – the importance of raising concerns about a child’s welfare

Following these simple but crucial steps means that there is a framework in place to ensure that, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, they can be addressed.

The film can be accessed and watched by following the below link:-

England Players speak about safeguarding and FA Stance

Referring a concern can be done via your club, league or County FA – all will have a designated safeguarding officer (DSO), at Langho FC this is Mike Cook  07703 941388. At Lancashire FA, our DSO is Neil Yates and any concerns can be reported to him via safeguarding@lancashirefa.com. Alternatively, you can email The FA directly via safeguarding@thefa.com.

If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact your club or Lancashire FA’s DSO, you can call The NSPCC 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 – or if it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care in your area.

If you are concerned that someone may be behaving inappropriately or seeking to groom a child in an online environment, then please use the CEOP reporting button that will take you directly to the team at the National Crime Agency, as well as informing Lancashire FA via safeguarding@lancashirefa.com  or The FA via safeguarding@thefa.com.

  • If you are a victim of historical sexual abuse in football, please call 0800 023 2642
  • If you are a child or parent concerned about safeguarding children in the game today, please call 0800 1111


U12 Girls – Pendle Forest 3 – 5 Langho

A lovely clear morning at Nelson Cricket club ground saw the Langho U12 girls take on Pendle Forest. With the clubhouse open and plastic seating what more could the enthusiastic Langho parents ask for?  Langho started strongly with some excellent passing against Pendle’s stronger kicking.  A pinball session around the goalmouth saw Eva opening the scoring somehow?  Aleasia’s goal that followed was an unstoppable corker launched from outside the box.  Langho ran their luck in defence, before a great pass from Molly to Lillie saw her bring up 3-0.  Langho’s luck finally ran out as the home team pulled one back before halftime.langho-u12-girls-at-pendle-f

After the restart Langho continued to battle but the home team clawed their way back to 2-3, then 3-3 and they even came close to taking the lead as the crowd started to feel defeat looming from the jaws of victory. But in the girls bit back in the last 5 minutes with a second goal from Lillie surgically following in the rebound from Charlotte’s shot and then a final shout from the girls in the dying seconds as Charlotte J put the ball in the bottom corner for 3-5.

A great game to watch again for the U12 girls with Molly voted man-of-the-match for Langho. The result brought the girls equal second on points in the league.  Well done girls and smiles all round as usual.

U15 Girls Langho 1-2 Feniscowles – What-a-Scorcher

A team of 13 Langho U15 girls took on the undefeated West Lancs league leaders Feniscowles at Northcote. Fenny had the balance of play in the first half as Langho played a little deep, but the girls still hit the away team on the break with Ella looking threatening and standing up to some physical challenges up front really well.  Hazel bossed her box and Laura too was doing a sterling job.  A split second miscommunication let Fenny in, which they converted for 0-1.  Sadly Laura went off shortly after due to injury.  Bella was pulled into central defence to fill Laura’s big shoes and she had a blinder.  Amber characteristically relished Fenny’s tactics in defence and Misty was bought on at left back and Freya to the right.  With Charley on for Ella upfront, she took up the mantle chasing balls down and looking threatening too.  An oh-so-nearly chance saw their keeper fumble but recover before the ball crossed the line.

After the break, Katy, Iola and Amelia battled for the ball and the passes started to cut through the opposition. As the game progressed Annie started to make more and more inroads down the right.  A slip in defence saw Fenny make an unstoppable 2-0, but Langho fought on and increasingly took hold of the game.  Hazel made more fine stops in the net and sweeping decisions.   Rebecca intercepted, tackled moved which was fab to see.  With Misty moved upfront she nearly put pulled one back in a goal mouth scramble, but clinically smashed one in the back of the net from distance for 1-2.  Langho just seemed to get stronger as Fenny continued to rock against a series of corners.  A post was glanced, but sadly the girls ran out of time (ode to Fergie time!).

So, so pleased with the girls efforts today across the park. It was a great match and the girls were terrific; right from the established to newest players.  We hope for a speedy recovery for Laura.

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