At the start of half term Langho U12 girls travelled over to Fleetwood Town to play their Sharks team. On this bitterly cold and windy Sunday, the girls came out 6-1 winners after a hat trick from Molly, 2 from Jade and a goal for Eva. Well done girls as the team continue to cement their second place in the North Valley and Burnley U12 girls Blue league.
Last Sunday, at the start of half term, saw a depleted Langho U15 girls visit AFC Darwen for their last but one main league fixture of the season. Rebecca was given the captaincy for the day and everyone except Katie in who played in the net were subbed as the team played 7v7 and Tony gave everyone a game and a short break. Laura opened Langho’s scoring, long overdue for her great efforts in defence again this season, then Amelia put one in before Charley brought up 3-0 before the break.
After the restart Charley then put in 2 more to bring up her hat trick and then Amelia buried 2 more. This was followed by the now regular Ella goal and finally Amelia notched her account up to 4 so at the final whistle the score was 9-0 to Langho. Rebecca was credited with doing an awful lot of running as her skills continue to grow, Iola had a few good efforts and Amelia had a goal disallowed for offside as well. The Darwen keeper made some good saves too. It is great that the match’s 8 Langho girls, despite missing some key players for holidays and sickness, did so well. It is a real credit to the strength of the U15 squad. The next fixture is away to Myerscough.
The U12 girls faced Pendle Forest in the first round of the League Cup at home at The Rydings. Langho were under pressure from the whistle and struggled to find their rhythm and normally characteristic passing. Aleasia came off with an injury, Ellie on and Anabelle made her debut for the team. The girls defended doggedly, including with Amber even heading, Charlotte W making tackles and Emily making several brave saves; so Forest remained frustrated. The home team found their form towards the end of the half and started to threaten, but the score remained goalless at the break.
Langho U12 Girls Celebration dive
After the whistle Eva put Langho ahead, but the girls conceded after a mistake from a restart. The game was more finely balanced and both teams threatened. Heather and Charlotte J made some good runs down the opposite wings and Ellie had a couple of shots from distance. Lillie forced a save from the Forest keeper off a free kick after clearing the wall and Jade continued to threaten but still the score was 1-1 at full time.
So on to two halves of 7minutes of extra time. Langho came out on fire and found their fluid passing. Charlotte J made a pass to Jade who buried the shot as the girls surged down the hill. After the turnaround the girls continued to look dangerous. Aleasia had a looping top corner shot saved but Pendle equalised in the dying minutes. As nails were gnawed to the bone, a run and perfect pass from Charlotte J saw Jade pick the ball up and bury the winner 3-2: Phew!
A gripping game to watch and even better with a pint in hand with the clubhouse open! Well played girls – Onwards into the final 8 (quarter finals). Thanks to the coaches Jason and Ste as well as the volunteers running the tuckshop and bar.
After a slow start to the season for Langho U13s girls they have been improving every week and are on an unbeaten three match run as they visited Euxton in the cup. When the two teams met in October it was a 7-0 victory for Euxton. Recent new signing Brooke was making her debut in the noon kick off. After recent rain the pitch was heavy so it was going to be an energy sapping day for the girls.
After an even start to the game where both sides created chances Euxton took the lead. However, Langho continued to get shots on goal with Juliet and Brooke both going close. Somewhat slightly against the run of play Euxton doubled their lead. It wasn’t long before Langho hauled themselves back into the game with a great solo goal by Niamh who ran down the left wing before cutting inside into the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net. The score remained 2-1 to Euxton at half time but at this point Euxton knew they were in a game.
The second half started with Langho causing problems for the Euxton defence and the Euxton keeper who was playing a great sweeper keeper role called into action on a number of occasions. However, it was long before Juliet with her electric pace latched onto a through ball before knocking it under the advancing keeper to make it 2-2. It was now anybody’s game, Bailey in goal and the defensive trio of Chloe, Lexie and Olivia were proving very difficult to break down. Alice, Scarlett, Niamh and Amelia were covering every blade of grass in midfield to support the attackers and provide cover for the defenders. However, neither team could get that winning goal and the tie finished 2-2 at the end of normal time.
The game went into 5 minutes each way extra time with both teams creating chances, but again the scored remained at 2-2. The game would now be decided by a nail biting penalty shootout. The girls had practised penalties at the end of Friday’s training session so were slightly prepared. The penalty shootout was as nerve wracking as the rest of the game with Euxton edging it 3-2.
This was an amazing contest and a great advert for girls’ football. The Langho girls should be incredibly proud of their performance and the improvements they are showing each week. The Euxton manager’s text said it all “All credit to your girls, they have improved immensely since we last met. If it wasn’t for our sweeper keeper, I think it would have been a different result”.
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.
Aged between 4 and 6, the current boys development squad has grown steadily in numbers over the season, with regularly 25+ boys attending training in the Sports Hall on Tuesday night’s between 6pm and 7pm at Pleckgate School.
Pictured are the current squad members with the Under 16 Lancashire Cup won by Langho last season just before its return to the Lancashire FA in mid January.
The current squad spans three different school years, and new players wishing to join in these development sessions are more than welcome. Please contact Michael Cook on 07703 941388 or email RJreadhall@aol.com
for more details.
Langho Under 7’s have a new kit and rain jacket kindly sponsored by CJP Northwest Limited, a plastering, rendering and dry lining contractor based in Lancashire. Many thanks to Olivia Byrom, and Curtis Johnstone for arranging the sponsorship for the whole under 7 squad pictured together.
The Under 7 squad trains at Pleckgate between 6pm and 7pm on a Tuesday night, and splits into a Blue and Maroon team playing in the soccer dome on a Sunday
The squad is run under the leadership of Chris Thompson and Matthew Finley, and their coaching assistants.
, and new players are more than welcome to join. For more information please contact Chris Thompson on 07879 40823.
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!
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!
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