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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.

St Annes 2- 4 Langho U15 Girls

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.

Adults in Junior Football Workshop

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


  1. Challenges parents and/or coaches to explore their role in youth football
  2. Examines why children play and how they learn
  3. 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.

Lynne Harrison

Langho U15 Girls at 5-a-side Burscough Tournament

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.

Langho U11 and U13 Girls at St Annes Tournament 22 May

In May the U11 girls and a Langho U13 girls team, taken from the younger U14s and the U12s, travelled to the St Annes tournament. For both squads this was their first ever tournaments.

Langho U11 girls at St Annes

Langho U11 girls at St Annes Tournament

The U11 girls in their group they beat Academy 1-0 and Cadley 2-1, before drawing with Burnley Girls 2-2 and St Annes 2-2 to jointly top their group. They then met an imposing team in the quarter final and the girls gallantly bowed out.  The team of Aleasia, Jade, 2 Charlottes, Heather, Lillie, Emily and Issy played fantastically.  The team has come so incredibly far in their first season since the early results.  Well done girls!

The U13 girls, specially formed only for the tournament, started really well beating St Annes with a goal from Katie having brought on Chloe into defence which helped spread the game out and push the opposition back. Hazel scored against both Cadley and Haslingden to secure their third straight 1-0 victory. A draw against Fillies guaranteed progress to the final stages and Fife beat the girls in the final fixture with freak goal.  Langho won the 6-team group and secured a bye to the semi-finals. They faced the daunting prospect of Bootle, the stand-out team who, in the semi, knocked out Burnley Girls and were full of Liverpool Academy players.  Langho held their nerve and all the girls bravely battled well with standout performances from Katie and Hazel plus Bailey between the sticks and Amber in the gritty mix on the goal-line.  The girls were only 1-0 down at halftime and after conceding another goal Hazel was brought down outside the box.  She launched a curling shot over the wall, but didn’t quite dip enough to sneak in under the bar.  This was the team’s best performance and they all should be justifiably proud of what they achieved at St Annes.

U13 girls Langho v Cadley

U13 girls Langho v Cadley

The day was really enjoyable with footie stalls, a bouncy castle, Langho colours daubed on many of the smiling girls’ faces and great company all round. Dive of the day came from Claire off one of Hazel’s practice crosses knocking her off her clean off feet.  Sorry Claire!  Thanks also go to St Annes for organising a superb tournament on a lovely sunny seaside day.

Langho U11 Girls at Year 5-6 Schools Tournament

Last Thursday it was great to see almost all the Langho U11 girls playing in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Schools Year 5 and 6 tournament for different local schools. To help grow girls participation in girts football at the club a group of about 14 girls from St Leonards in Langho have been regularly attending Monday lunchtime since the new year coached by Langho FC coaches on the club’s 3G pitch.

The St Leonards team with goals from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte beat both schools in their group (1-0, 7-0) and proceeded through quarter finals 2-0 and 2-0 to reach the final. A terrific display of concerted attacking and passing from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte was plain to see and solid defence from Lillie and Heather keeping threats largely away from their goal although Emily made a few important saves.  In the final St Leonards put loads of pressure on the St Mary’s Osbaldeston goal which featured 3 more Langho players (Ellie, Aleasia and Eva) but could not quite put the ball in the net and so the match went to a penalty shoot-out.  With both Aleasia and Ellie confidently converting their penalties St Marys took the crown.  It was fantastic to see so many skills on display and such a brilliant team spirit between the players at different schools.  Langho FC had bred some lovely friendships.

Free girls football training from 6pm Friday night at The Rydings Langho throughout the summer for all Ages – Contact the  coaches or just come on down and join in.

U11 Girls – Langho v St Annes Match and Party

Back to the 70s - Halftime Oranges all round

Back to the 70s – Halftime Oranges all round

Today’s U11 girls game was a combined home match with Charlotte’s post-confirmation party, so it was off with the fancy shoes and on with the footie boots to play St Annes at the Rydings! The girls had a record turnout of 11, so Jason was faced with the fun and games of substitute dilemmas for 7v7.  Langho started off on the front foot, but both sides kept attacks at bay for a fashion.  Heather had tussles on the right with her opposite number and Emily made some good saves and a sweeper clearance.  Aleasia and Jade were their characteristic battling selves and Sanya made 2 goal-line clearances and at the other end she made a superb overhead kick which lobbed the keeper for goal of the season probably.  Issy got on the score sheet, as did Eva upfront and Charlotte buried a shot in the corner of the net from an angled pass across the goal mouth from Jade.  St Annes had goals too and Langho survived several goal mouth scrambles to add to the nerves.  Ste resurrected halftime oranges from the 1970/80s and the girls gobbled up the lot; this could be a feature going forward. It was an exciting game to watch and Charlotte was awarded man-of-the-match which completed her day.

St Annes parents, coaches and girls joined in the party in the clubhouse afterwards as well as the bouncy castle Grand National as did the coaches – completely non-competitively of course! This was a great day girls’ football between 2 really friendly community teams.  Thanks go out to Gavin and all at St Annes for helping complete this a really enjoyable day for the kids and parents.  Thanks also to Dawn for all her cooking and organising plus Jason for opening the bar!

Langho attack moments before a cross and goal

Langho attack moments before a cross and goal

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