Welcome back to the new academic year. Firstly I would like to announce that Langford Village Primary School has successfully built on last year's Bronze Sports Award and has been awarded GOLD!!! We are delighted by this and hope to consolidate the hard work that started last year and move forwards by introducing more Level 1 and Level 2 opportunities for pupils. We look forward to continuing our sporting partnership with Ignite Sport, who will continue to deliver high quality outdoor PE sessions as part of the sporting curriculum, as well as offering additional after school clubs to both Key Stages 1 & 2.
'Langford Village Community School is extremely committed to all aspects of the School Games, through participation, leadership, values and ethos. I consider them to be a strong Gold Award school'. Carl Hamilton - School Sports Coordinator
We pride ourselves on our participation in local and regional festivals and celebrate the many successes we achieve as well as engaging with local sporting groups who have provided opportunities for the pupils to sample different sports. Pupils from across the school participate in a range of Level 1 competitions each term as part of the planned curriculum. In addition to this, the school is part of 'The Cooper School Family Sporting Partnership' and teams regularly complete in Level 2 festivals. We ensure our planning and delivery support ALL pupils and are differentiated to ensure everyone takes part and develops to their own potential. We plan and support pupils with SENDS and Miss Fowler is the named contact for Inclusion. This academic year has seen us participating in the Year 5 & 6 Netball Festival at 'The Bicester School' (2 mixed teams), Year 5 & 6 Hockey Festival at 'The Cooper School' and winners of The Plate competition; Year 3 & 4 Football festival (2 teams). We also entered over 80 children in the Bicester Cross Country festival. Following the successes we had at this festival, we then qualified for the finals in Banbury taking 24 children who came in the top 20 in the heats. Last year saw us sending the Year 5&6 boys team to the finals and winning, this year sees us building on this success through our popular cross country coaching and will be sending Year 3 & 4 Boys team, Year 5 & 6 Boys and Year 5 &6 girls team to the County Finals on Friday 31st March. We have entered teams into the area tennis festival and were victorious in the U9 section. Selection is difficult as we have so many pupils (largest primary in Bicester) and are limited to taking 1 or 2 teams only. It is for this reason, that we are engaging pupils in Level 1 competitions and also providing more clubs and signposting pupils to clubs in the community (see new page with further details, including SEND groups).
To ensure ALL pupils are able to access the curriculum for PE, we have a lead contact. This is Miss Fowler who is PE Coordinator. This role ensures that planning is tailored and differentiated to support pupils with additional needs and that medical concerns and support plans are shared with practitioners to ensure ALL pupils can participate in physical activity. If you have any concerns regarding your child's participation in PE lessons, please see your child's class teacher in the first instance.
Within the 'Local Sporting Organisations and Clubs' there are listing for activities for children and young people with disabilities. Further information can be found by
Level 1 Competitions take place in school. They focus on the areas that pupils have been taught that term and are organised by teachers, IGNITE coaches and Sports Councillors. Children are grouped into House Teams to compete. Level 2 competitions are those where pupils are chosen to represent the school and compete against other local schools. It is very difficult to choose teams for these events as we are a very large primary school and we are only allowed to take 1 or 2 teams.
Wednesday 27th February - U11 Netball Festival at The Bicester School
Wednesday 6th March - U11 Hockey Festival at The Cooper School
Monday 4th February - U11 Girls and Boys Swimming finals at Banbury. The Girls came first and have qualified for the finals later in the Summer term. Well done to all the boys and girls who particpated.
Cross Country Finals in Abingdon - U11 Girls team and George Leach (U9 Boys individual)
On 11th February, the team of talented footballers from Year 6 travelled to the grounds of Oxford City Football Club to compete in the next round of the National League Football Competition. The girls had competed in the Autumn terms and had beaten a number of Oxfordshire teams to qualify. The girls were eager and excited and arrived as favourites.
They faced teams from Bath, Kidderminster, Torquay and Exeter. The girls played well and won the first game 1-0. They faced tougher opposition in the second game but managed to hold an aggressive striker at bay to come away with a 3-0 win. The girls then faced a very confident Bath team who had yet to be defeated. The girls pushed hard and played well, with good leadership from Lucy and Jess and dogged determination being shown by Belle in midfield and Laila in defence. The team moved well with good calls from Emily and Isla in defence.
Wednesday 22nd May - Years 3 - 6 Quadkids at The Cooper School
Wednesday 5th June - U11 Cricket tbc
Monday 11th June - Summer Fun
Wednesday 3rd July - Girls U11
On Wednesday, 3rd October, the school took a team of Year 5 and 6 pupils to The Cooper School to complete in the Inter-school's Tag Rugby Festival. The team were:: Jacob Neptune, James Bridge, Thomas Sames. Euan Steel, Arran White, Lucas Griffiths-Brown and Jessica gardside, Belle Webb, Charlie O'Hara, Erin O'Regan, Ava Wilkinson and Zuki Leonard.
On Friday 16th November, Langford's Year 5 and 6 Tag rugby team travelled to Banbury Rugby Club for the North Oxfordshire finals. The boys and girls were joined by 10 other schools, from across the region. Despite being aware of the increase in ability and the knowledge that they will be facing tougher opponents, Langford arrived full of confidence.
The team consisted of: Jacob Neptune, Thomas Sames, James Bridge, Euan Steel, Arran White, Jess Garside, Belle Webb, Charlie O'Hara, Erin O'Regan, Ava Wilkinson and Zuki Leonard.
The team competeted in a league format, playing a total of 10 matches during the afternoon of rugby. They ended the competiton with an impressive 5 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss (which came against the eventual competition winners!). Langford ended the day finishing in 3rd place - narrowly missing out on 2nd place. This was not only 3rd place from 11 teams at this final, but 3rd place from 52 schools who entered the competiton, and competeted within their own local qualifying rounds - a huge achievement for the boys and girls! Everyone who played performed extremely well, and represented themselves and the school with distinction. Well done!
This year saw Langford taking a full compliment of runners to the first round of the country Cross Country competitions. For some, it was their first time running outside of school. The Year 1 boys and girls teams were made up of Decan McMaster, Evie Johnson, Isla Walker and Naira Silva Gomez-Minor, Logan Phillips, Ralfs Sprogis with Sebastian Ribeiro and Jenson Womack from Year 2 joining them. We were thrilled that they enjoyed the experience and Sebastian finished in 5th place and will compete in the next round in early in December.
The Year 3 and 4 girls team were Emily Davies, Lucia Haverley, Aihoa Silva Gomez-Minor, Poppy Juggins, Poppy Naylor and Eva O'Regan. For some this was a new experience but for others, they had been here before. Once again, it was a tough race and the ground was already churrning up but the girls ran well. Eva O'Regan came in 6th place. The Year 3 and 4 boys raced an exciting race with George Leech setting of at a great pace which he sustained over the course. There were a few slips and falls but all runners did well. George raced home with a spring finish to take 1st place! Harry Johnson and Leo Barker making it through to the top 20 runners who qualify for the next round.
The Year 5 and 6 girls are a talented group of runners - some of whom are involved with Bicester Athletics Club. They have enjoyed great successes over the last 4 years and this year was no different. Belle Webb stormed home in 1st place with Charlie O'Hara in 3rd, Jessica Garside in 6th, Maya Evans in 13th, Anoushka Tatieni in 15th. The team were ably supported by Erin O'Regan and Zuki Leonard. The team had a combined total of 54 - 80 points ahead of the second palced team!
Finally, the Year 5 and 6 boys competition and what a competition it was! Thomas Styles a sesaoned triathlete with Biceter Triathlon Junior Club, had been long preparing for the race and determined to do well. Langford's taletned boys team consisted of: Sam Lawrence, Arran White, Roman Haverley, Kristian Hayes, Maddox Moore, Tom Staples, Louie Ribeiro - all of whom are runners in Mrs Thompson's Cross Country Club and talented in an array of sports in and out of school. Thomas set the pace and finished way ahead of the rest of the field to take 1st place with Sam Lawrence sprinting over the line for 3rd! Tom Staples in 9th enabling the boys to secure a place in the finals.
Squad: Maddox M, Taylor D, Jacob N, Lewis H, Sam L; Thomas S, Leo S, James M, William J.
Langford Village A VS Glory Farm A (at Glory Farm) 6-2
15/11/18 - Kick off 3:45.
Langford A faced Glory Farm A on a cold and wintery, November afternoon. After five minutes, Langford were on the counter attack. Jacob and Lewis were running into the box to meet a wonderful low cross from Maddox. Jacob then flicked the ball into the back of the net to make the score 1-0 Langford. Two minutes later, Lewis passed the ball to Jacob, who was waiting in a busy goal area. After some tidy footwork, he turned one of their defenders, and drilled the ball into the bottom left corner.
Our third goal came from an excellently whipped in cross from Lewis Hawkins. It was as if David Beckham had turned up to play for our school team. He curled a wonderful ball to the back post of Glory Farm’s goal, where Maddox calmly placed it into the top left corner - crossbar and in.
However, Glory farm were able to score from a long-range strike, which was just too powerful for James Mackay (the first half goalkeeper) to react to. The first half finished at 3 – 1 to Langford.
Straight after half time, Glory Farm lost the ball from our high pressing defence, and Jacob struck a sweet shot from the edge of the box, past their helpless keeper. 4 – 1, Jacob with the hat trick.
Despite the strong lead, Langford did not take their foot off the pedal. The fifth goal came after Jacob’s brilliant footwork and pass to Maddox, who was waiting to poach a goal at the back post. Lovely bit of play from the two boys.
Glory Farm did not give up, and created another excellent opportunity to score. They passed a ball through to their striker, who cleverly slotted a goal past our keeper, Lewis Hawkins – nothing he could have done.
The game finished with a brilliant final goal for Sam Lawrence. Taylor Dixon laid the ball to Sam, who was waiting on the edge of the box, to smash home into the top corner – a much-deserved goal for Sam, who battled hard all game.
The final whistle blew, and Langford had won the game 6 – 2. A perfect start to the season for the A team, who now await a tough opponent in the form of Kings Meadow.
A special for William Johns and Thomas Styles, who competed in their first ever competitive football match. Both players looked comfortable in the game, and played important roles in winning a tricky fixture against Glory Farm.
By Maddox Moore and Lewis Hawkins (Eagles Class, Year 6)
Squad: Dan Chapman, Thomas Sames, William Balshaw, James Ball, Aaron Lloyd; Ollie Thomson, Tom Staples, James Bridge, George Smith, Lewis Skinner
Langford B Vs Glory Farm B (at Glory Farm)
22/11/18 – Kick off 3:45
On a foggy Thursday afternoon, the Langford B team arrived at Glory Farm, to face their opponents for their first game of the season. Langford started with James Bridge in goal, a defensive partnership of Daniel Chapman and Lewis Skinner, a Midfield trio of Ollie Thomson, Thomas Sames and George Smith, leaving Tom Staples up front. This left Aaron Lloyd, James Ball and William Balshaw on the bench.
Glory Farm won the coin toss, and took their kick off. The game was going well for Langford, who had a lot of good possession, playing a good passing game. After 10 minutes, George Smith smashed a great shot against the cross bar. The three substitutes came on to the pitch seconds after, with William Balshaw making lots of good tackles in the midfield.
The breakthrough finally came, with George taking a stunning corner. This flew over everyone’s head, and landed in front of James Ball, who poked the ball through a defender’s legs, and into the goal. 1 – 0!
During half time, three more substitutions were made, and the team went back out to finish the job. Langford continued with their passing game, which led to Ollie Thomson chipping the ball through to Aaron Lloyd. Aaron calmly tucked the ball past the stranded goalkeeper – an impressive finish.
Langford’s third goal came 5 minutes later, after George brilliantly crossed the ball along the floor to the back post. Thomas Sames met this cross with a fierce first time strike, but a defender was able to deflect his effort. Tom Staples was then able to finish the job with an impressive shot into the back of the net.
With only seconds to spare, Thomas Sames threaded a brilliant pass through Glory Farm’s defence, and into the path of George. He galloped towards the goal and finished off the match with an amazing top corner strike – nothing the keeper could have done about that finish. 4 – 0!
The final whistle then blew, and Langford B celebrated a victory on their first league game.
A special shout out goes to Daniel Chapman and William Balshaw on their first ever football match. Both players produced an excellent defensive display, which helped to keep a clean sheet for the Langford boys!
By Aaron Lloyd and Thomas Sames
On Monday 26th November, 10 boys from Years 5 and 6 attended the first round of a national footall competition held at Oxford City Football Club. The competition was for Gifted and Talented football players. As the school's boys team have been successful within the Bicester School's league it was a great opportunity to push the current team to another level.
The boys played 5 games in their pool and comfortaby won all 5 with amazing attacking displays and tight defending. The team were strong and gelled well to showcase the talent that they have. As a result, they progressed to the Quarter finals where they met tougher competition, however, their dogged determination, blistering pace and excellent passing pushed them to their 6th win.
Now through to the Semi Finals to face Windmill Primary School, Oxford who had won all of their games. The boys pushed themselves, maintained their discipline and shone. Sadly however, they conceded a goal and lost the game. There were tears of frustration and disappointment however, everyone who watched them from the coaches, staff and teams from other schools, were all impressed and could see why they had earned the reputation as being th best from Bicester. Well done to all involved and special thanks to Mr Gubbins and Mrs Simpson.
Team: Back row - Lewis Hawkins, Jacob Neptune, Sam Lawrence, Maddox Moore, Taylor Dixon
Following on from the boy's competition on Monday, the girl's football headed to Oxford City Football Club for their competition. Once again, their reputation precded them and we were warmly welcomed. The girls had played a tough game on Tuesday night against Kings Meadow and were determined to do well .
The pool stages began and our first match started well, clear accurate passing. We were able to push forwards from the beginning and saw us take the lead with a blistering goal from Lucy Willoughby. This settled some nerves and the tempo increased. Lucy, Asha and Jessica weaving thtough their midfield and defence. A further goal from Lucy and 2 from Jessica saw us 4 - 0 up. A break from the other team resulted in us conceding a goal inspite of the valinat attempts by Grace in goal. A mistake under pressure from our forwards and midfielders saw us 5 - 1 winners from an own goal. A great first game and a good goal tally.
The second game saw Isla, Emily and Charlie come on and play brilliantly against a stronger team. Tight marking was needed and Belle Webb was given the task of man marking their key player. Her resilience, determination and nerve were on display - an excellent player who ensured that we were held to 1-1 draw. A much more defensive game where so many of our girls shone! Brilliant goal keeping on show by Isla, ensured that thier shots did not go in.
Our last game in the pool stages, saw us take on another tough team and the ppressure was on to get a win to ensure progression to the Semi Finals. Subs were used to ensure that we had fresh legs on the pitch, allowing players to make the best of situations, frustrate their defence and stop thier forwards in their tracks. Laila and Emily in defence, ensured that the opposition were kept at bay. While the strong midfielders tore through their defences. A 2 - 0 win ensured we were in key position to make it through but a lost rested on the final game in our pool with Phil and Jim's needing to score 4 goals to take pole position. Thankfully they won by 2 goals to 1 meaning that Langford were through the semis!!!
Our semi final opposition were Phil and Jim's whose boys team had won on Monday. They were hopeful of a finals place. The game was tense, with some minor injuries and subs being used to ensure that we were 0-0 at half time. The second half started and we pushed forward and were dominant in posession. Sadly, we were unable to get a goal inspite of several shoots by Lucy, Jessica, Belle and Asha. The defensive line of Emily and Laila made it tough for anyone attempts to get through. Extra time was added and the team rallied, knowing that they had to push hard and dig deep. With a minute to go, and a GOALLLLL!!!!! We had done it, we had made it through to the finals. The girls were exhausted but knew it would all be worth it.
THE FINAL: Having come runners up in the pool stages, Sir John Fisher had won their semi final game and so we faced them again. Knowing that we needed to ensure their key player was kept at bay, Jess Garside stepped up and took on the challenge. The pressure was on. Lucy, who had picked up a knock to her ankle pushed on and led the team, running circles around their midfielders. The whole team pulled together with subs cheering and showing their support. The game was tense and the opposition were getting frustrated and unsettled, conceding free kicks with our girls capitalising from them. The pressure paid off and we took the lead from an own goal, not long later a further goal secured our place as winners!
Langford Girls Vs Kings Meadow Girls
26/11/18 – KO 3.30
The Langford Girls team arrived at Kings Meadow on a wet and windy Tuesday afternoon. All twelve girls were ready to kick-start their first game of the season, against a tough Kings Meadow team. The first half line up was as followed: Eva Lefebvre in goal; Emily Durrant and Grace Baird in defence; Jess Garside and Gracie Tomlin in midfield; and Asha Butler and Maja Kiereta up front. This left Belle Webb, Lucy Willoughby, Laila Higginson, Charlie O’Hara and Isla Dunn on the bench.
When the whistle blew, Kings Meadow took kick off. The game was pretty even throughout the first half, but Langford managed to have more of the possession. Asha Butler managed to get a few good shots away, but the opposing goalkeeper looked very strong. After about ten minutes, Kings Meadow managed to score their first goal. They scored after a scrappy low corner, which Eva was unable to stop. Two minutes later, Kings Meadow scored a second goal, after their striker broke through our defence and scored a good long-range goal. 2 – 0 Kings Meadow.
Lucy Willoughby was brought on with five minutes left in the first half. However, Kings Meadow managed to keep the score line at 2 – 0.
A few changes were made to the team at half time, with Asha now in goal; Laila and Isla forming our new defence; Belle and Lucy moved into midfield; and Eva played alongside Charlie up front. The girls started the second half brilliantly. Within a few minutes, Lucy ran from half way up the right wing. She finished her run by crossing the ball into the box, where Belle tapped the ball in. 2 – 1…the comeback is on!
After five minutes, the Langford girls had managed to win a corner. Lucy stepped up to take the corner, which she smashed towards the goalkeeper, who spilled the ball into the net…2 – 2!
Langford’s third goal came after Belle received the ball from Eva. Belle then dribbled towards the edge of the box, and smashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner. 3 – 2! What a comeback! Another change was made for the last 7 minutes, with Jess replacing Isla.
The game continued with Langford controlling the match, but unfortunately, they gave away a free kick on the edge of their box. Kings Meadow’s striker stepped up and scored a brilliant free kick into the top corner….3 – 3.
With seconds to spare, Jess nearly managed to score another goal, but sadly hit the ball wide. The game ended with an exciting 3 – 3 score.
After being 2 – 0 down at half time, and to come back with 3 goals in the second half showed excellent determination. They have ended with an important draw against a tricky opponent.
A special shout out to all the girls, who showed a brilliant attitude to come from behind, and with some of those girls playing their first ever competitive match.
By Belle Webb and Jess Garside (Year 6)
Langford A Vs Kings Meadow A
26/11/18 – KO 3.30
The Langford A team arrived at Kings Meadow on a wet and windy Tuesday afternoon. The boys were ready to start their second game of the season, against a typically tough Kings Meadow team. Due to a shoulder injury, Lewis Hawkins was unable to attend, but the other eight players were ready to play. James started in goal, with a defensive pairing of Taylor and William J; Sam and Jacob formed our midfield dynamic duo; and Maddox and Thomas leading the front line. This left Leo Simpson on the bench.
The matched started well, with Langford dominating possession. However, Kings Meadow were solid in defence. The breakthrough finally came after 10 minutes, when Jacob tiptoed round Kings Meadows defense, before squaring the ball to Maddox, who calmly finished making it 1-0. A second goal soon came when Sam set up the ball for Maddox, who finished with a strong strike into the bottom left hand corner…2-0! An impressive third goal came after Sam went on a ‘Messi-like’ run, beating three players in the process, before setting up Maddox for his hat trick…3-0! Langford continued to hunt for more goals. The half ended after Maddox won the ball back in midfield, before passing out to Jacob. He then dribbled the ball to the byline and crossed it to the unmarked Thomas styles, who fired it into the roof of the net…4-0 HT
A message of ‘keep this up!’ came from the Managers for the match, Mr Holt and Mr Craft.
The whistle blew and within a few minutes, Kings Meadow scored a great goal, which was smashed into the roof of the net. 4 – 1. This was somewhat of a wakeup call for the Langford players. The players upped their energy levels once more, and within a few minutes had extended the lead to 6-1, after goals from Sam and Maddox.
With the game still ebbing and flowing, James Mackay showed his class between the sticks, with a ‘point blank’ save with his left foot to deny a definitive second goal for Kings Meadow. This was followed only two minutes later, when he made yet another great save, tipping the ball around the post with an outstretched right hand.
The game ended with a final flurry from the Langford players. Sam headed the ball on towards Maddox, who lifted it first time with a no look pass to Jacob. He then ended the move with a finish into the bottom corner. Finally, Jacob once again found himself in some space on the right flank. Taking his time to see his options, he spotted the unmarked Maddox, and lifted the ball to his feet. Maddox finished the game off with a final shot into the bottom corner….8-1 FT.
Well done the boys, who have now won their first two games of the season.
Special mention goes to James Mackay, who despite having long periods of the game with very little to do, was able to stay alert, making a series of fine second half saves. Well done! Impressive work James. A second shout out goes to Maddox Moore, was simply on fire in front of goal today, scoring an impressive 5 goals and helping out in the buildup for the other 3.
It was the time of year once more, for the annual Bicester primary schools swimming gala. This years’ team, which was made up of children from Year 5 and 6, had big shoes to fill, with Langford finishing in the top three over the past two years.
Ready and eager to go, the Langford children were filled with optimism, confidence and eagerness to do their very best. Langford were given lane 1 for their races, and faced many strong swimmers, who represented 12 different schools from around the Bicester area. However, Langford started with some impressive displays from the off. All children won their own individual races, across the four different strokes (Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle). Evidently, the Langford swimmers had plenty to cheer about and this was matched by the parents and family members who came along to support for the morning.
The final two races were the relays – Medley relay and the Freestyle relay. Both the boys and girls won their relay races by at least a pool’s length – impressive displays all round.
The result were then collected and Langford were announced as first place overall. Well done Langford! We have now qualified once again for the North Oxfordshire finals, which will take place during Term 3. Good luck! The team would like to thank the parents who came to cheer and Mrs Tatineni who accompanied them for the morning.
Langford Gala team (from left to right): Jack Green, Thomas Sames, Holly Whaymand, Maddy Sollis, Anoushka Tatineni, Isla Dunn, Thomas Styles and Maddox Moore.
Girls team: Anoushka Tatineni, Holly Whaymand, Maddy Sollis, Isla Dunn.
Boys team: Jack Green, Thomas Styles, Thomas Sames, Maddox Moore.
North Oxfordshire U11 Swimming finals – 4/2/19
After finishing in 1st place at the Bicester Swimming Gala back in December, all of the Langford swimmers were excited to get back into the pool, at the North Oxfordshire finals in Banbury.
The format of the competition remained the same, with each team member competing in two relay races (the freestyle relay and the medley relay) as well one individual race – either freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly. The children opted to keep the same options in both the medley relay and individual strokes – why change a winning formula?
The children were expecting to face some very stiff competition, and this only led to more determination from both of our teams. Both teams performed amazingly, with Langford producing the loudest cheers all morning.
The boys faced up against some very strong opponents, and can certainly come away from the competition feeling very proud of their performance in the water. Although they did not manage to finish in the top two, they can be proud of their 4th place finish.
The girls team however, went on to produce another spectacular performance by securing two 2nd place finishes and four 1st place finishes - ending the morning in 1st place overall. This team of four will now qualify for the Oxfordshire county finals this summer. It is worth noting that Langford has not gone this far in the competition for many years - well done girls!
Date: 17/02/2019 KO: 3.30
Squad: Isla(GK), Emily, Grace, Laila, Belle, Jess, Charlie, Lucy, Asha, Gracie, Maja.
At 4.30 on the Langford Village grounds, the teams were both warming up whilst getting ready for a big match. The players were ready in their positions. It did not take long for the Langford girls to get their first shot on target. An early chance was made by ‘the busy’ Belle Webb, who passed the ball to Asha for an excellent shot – but it was saved. Minutes later came a mistake from the St Mary’s goalkeeper, who accidently passed the ball to Charlie O’Hara, who then passed the ball through to Asha, making it 1-0. Not long after, Charlie scored our second goal after intercepting the goalkeepers kick, before calmly slipping the goal into the back of the net…2-0. As the half was ending, Asha made an excellent tackle deep in her own half. She then ran the ball past several players, from one end of the pitch to the other. She ended her incredible run by passing the ball to Belle who made it 3-0!
HT 3 – 0
With an amazing first half already out of the way, the crowds didn’t expect this to get much better…but it did! Here is a summary of the second half:
Well done to Langford girls for this huge win at the start of a new year. Let’s hope for more of the same!
By Grace Baird and Emily Durrant (Year 6)
Date: 05/02/2019 Kick off: 3.40
Girls' squad: Isla (GK), Laila, Emily, Grace, Belle, Jess, Charlie, Gracie, Maja, Asha, Lucy.
It was a fresh, cloudy Tuesday afternoon at Langford Village Primary School and all the players were all warmed up and raring to go. After 5 minutes Lucy Willoughby intercepted a pass from the opposition goalkeeper and smashed the ball into the top of the net as the goalkeeper watched like a fish out of water. The match continued and Langford had even more enthusiasm, that Fritwell couldn’t handle that resulted in another whopping goal by Asha Butler. Jess showed great determination and tapped the ball home which left Fritwell hanging by a thread with the chances of winning against the unbeatable Langford girls. Jess Garside crossed the ball to Lucy Willoughby who successfully took a strike at the goal and scored in the top left corner. In the last minutes of the first half, Jess Garside took a throw in to Asha Butler who took no notice and passed it down the line to Belle Webb who kicked it into the corner of the net.
After a short rest Fritwell looked defeated. The goalkeeper Isla Dunn and the defenders Emily Durrant and Laila Higginson were getting agitated as the ball was dominated by the attackers and midfielders. Both teams came out with fresh legs and were ready to set off. After just a few minutes, Lucy Willoughby was taking a corner scoring another marvellous goal! The atmosphere was getting tense between Langford and Fritwell. All of the crowd thought that Fritwell was defeated but they proved them wrong and scored a goal. Then Maja Kiereta took a ball to the head from the opposition team and had to go off to gather herself and win back her courage. Maja Kiereta came back on and the ball was taken away by Gracie Tomlin who assisted it to Charlie O’Hara ANOTHER…GOAL!!! Then, Asha Butler won the ball and made an individual run and scored an epic goal! The whistle blew for full time and the players shook hands while Langford was cheering in triumph for another game had been won…it was 8-1 to Langford, and Fritwell walked away with their heads held high knowing that they tried their best.
By Isla Dunn, Laila Higginson and Maja Kiereta
Date: 14/02/2019 KO: 3.40
It was Wednesday 13th February, and on the muddy grounds of Langford village school, the girls readied themselves for their third and final game this term – could they make it 3 wins out of 3 in 2019? Despite being extremely slippery and tough to play on, the Langford girls started the game like any other! Unfortunately, at half time no one had scored. The game was extremely tight, with both teams showing excellent defensive ability. Very few clear chances opened up to both set of strikers.
HT 0 – 0
Mr North gave his half time instructions to the girls – “work on your positioning when we have the ball…try to create space for each other” and more importantly “raise your effort to 110%!”. The girls took the advice and went out for the second half.
With the advice floating around in their heads, the Langford girls made an amazing start to the half producing the game’s first goal after 5 minutes. The ‘joyful’ Jess Garside, who used her pace to dodge the goalie, scored a well-deserved goal for her team. The second soon followed when Gracie Tomlin popped up unmarked in the box, to tap home a goal through the goalkeeper’s legs….2-0! Cheers from the crowds poured in. The third and final goal came in the last few minutes of the match. Leaving with a bang, Asha Butler smacked the ball into the bottom corner of the goal, practically handing the win to the Langford.
FT 3 - 0
Well done to the Langford Girls for finishing the term with 3 wins out of 3. They now look forward to 2 more games next term, which will hopefully lead to a cup final match later this year.
By Gracie Tomlin and Kira Thompson (Year 6)
Date: 07/02/2019 KO: 3.40
With Langford kicking off, the game started. The game was extremely tight and physical; neither side gave each other a second to rest or the time to string a series of passes together. A lot of defending was required from the starting pair of Lewis Skinner and Daniel Chapman, but the midfield were also working hard to keep Kings Meadow at bay. Moments later, a strong slide tackle brought down James Ball (as he was on the counter attack), but he was able to get back up and continue with the game. Aaron Lloyd was also making some outstanding saves in his first game for Langford in goal….the crowd were in awe of his acrobatic dives to prevent Kings Meadow taking a lead. After some strong attacks by Kings Meadow later on in the half, Langford were able to see some good defending and even greater clearance by Daniel Chapman. His clearance landed at the feet of Tom staples, who passed to George smith, who immediately had a shot towards goal. Fortunately, a Kings Meadow defender went to block the ball, but instead deflected it towards the goal and through the goalkeeper’s legs…1-0 to Langford.
HT – 1 – 0
Mr North gave the players their instructions. Keep playing with confidence and don’t give up. A few changes at half time also saw the introduction of William Balshaw, James Bridge and Ollie Thompson to freshen up the legs.
As the second half whistle blue, Kings Meadow kicked off. The game continued in the same vein, with it being very tight and physical. However, Kings Meadow were certainly in the driving seat. Aaron was called into action many times, making save after save. However, the wall was broken with 5 minutes left of the game. A clearance by a Langford player fell to a Kings Meadow player on the edge of the box, who smashed the ball through a busy box…nothing Aaron could do…1 – 1.
The players gathered themselves for one final push. James Ball and George Smith came back onto the pitch, to help offer more attacking options. With seconds left, James Bridge made another of his excellent long ball clearances up the pitch. This fell at the feet of James Ball, who crossed the ball into the box for George. With the faintest of touches, George tapped the ball through the legs of the rushing keeper. Cheers erupted as the ball trickled over the line. 2-1!
Seconds later and the final whistle blew! Langford had one by the narrowest of margins. Massive credit needs to go to Kings Meadow who were firm but fair, and helped to create a fantastic game to watch – although Mr North found it hard to enjoy! Special mention goes to Aaron Lloyd, who was given ‘Man of the Match’ after his performance between the sticks…well done Aaron.
7/3/19 – KO 3.40
The Langford A team were ready to host Bure Park on an extremely wet and windy Thursday afternoon. These terrible conditions were certainly going to add to today’s tricky test, against a highly competitive Bure Park side. The boys were ready to start their third game of the season, with James keeping his place in goal. In front of him, Langford started with a defensive pairing of Taylor and William J; Sam and Jacob formed our midfield dynamic duo; and Maddox and Thomas led the front line. This left Leo Simpson and Lewis Hawkins (back from his injury) on the bench.
The matched started scrappy, with neither team dominating possession. Jacob Neptune was always looking dangerous on the ball, trying to weave his way through the disciplined Bure Park defence. However, spaces to attack into were ‘few and far between’. Sadly, Bure Park were able to create a breakthrough after 10 minutes. Their tall and strong striker managed to capitalize on a Langford mistake (weather conditions caused this), and calmly slotted home from a 1 vs 1 situation with James. This was enough to spur the boys on. Shouts from Taylor (Captain of the day) to stay calm and work together. Unfortunately, a substitution was forced, with William Johns limping off with a strain. He was replaced by Lewis Hawkins. Instructions for Lewis were to help organise our defence and to keep their striker busy. Leo Simpson also joined the game, swapping with Thomas. Leo was put into midfield, with the task of hunting the ball down and stopping Bure from building any possession. Despite the conditions, Langford were able to battle on, and began to play with their usually attacking and passing style. The equaliser finally came when Jacob tiptoed around Bure Park’s defense, finishing with a great shot into the bottom left corner…1 – 1! Back in the game! Langford did not stop here, with a second goal following soon after. Jacob once again stepping up to provide us with an important lead, going into the half time break.
The half time team talk was positive, but importance was placed on making no ‘silly mistakes’. Weather conditions had not improved, so the team needed to remain focussed and organised. Praise was given to Leo, who was proving to be a real nuisance for Bure, and helped the build Langford’s dominance with the ball during the half. Lewis was also a commanding presence at the back, putting a halt to Bure’s threat up top.
The second half kicked off and Langford controlled the game well. Sam Lawrence and Jacob were beginning to find pockets of space to dictate the game. On several occasions they managed to find Maddox or Thomas in plenty of attacking space. A third goal came in the 30th minute, with Jacob Neptune sprinting down the right wing, before drilling a great shot across the keeper into the far corner…superb way to round of his hat-trick. Chances for Bure to creep back into game were certainly there. However, several excellent saves were made by our ‘in-form’ goalkeeper (James Mackay). The decisive fourth and final goal came in the last 5 minutes. Taylor stepped up to take another corner. Taylor spotted Sam Lawrence, who was poised on the edge of the box. He delivered a perfect cross, which Sam met with a powerful head, slamming it home….4 – 1!
Special mention goes to James Mackay, for his excellent saves. A second shout out goes to Jacob Neptune for a classy hat trick, providing Langford with three very important goals in a tricky conditions match. Well done boys on making it 9 points from 3 matches.
The Langford A team were hosting their second game in as many weeks. Looking to have a repeat performance once again, they faced up against a strong Southwold side. Prior to the match the boys had a talk about team work, and positive attitudes. This was going to be important with conditions making the match a very tricky one.
For most of the first half, the game was finely balanced. Both teams had chances. One spectacular effort was created by Jacob Neptune, who managed to force himself a couple yards of space, to hit a powerful long range effort, crashing against the cross bar. A second chance came soon after for Sam, who got his shot away, but sadly it went narrowly wide of the post. The deadlock was finally broken with 5 minutes left until the half. Sam found himself once again in a great attacking position on the right wing. He took an early shot at goal, which was deflected through the keepers legs. Luck was on our side with this goal. With the deadlock broken, Langford began to relax and played some excellent attacking football. As the half came to an end, Southwold managed to win a late corner. However, Thomas Styles was able to block the cross and sent the ball skywards. Maddox then jumped to win the header, sending the ball down the wing for a Langford counter attack. Jacob picked up the ball just inside Southwold's half, and took it on a mazy run, skinning two defenders, before smashing the ball into the top left corner.
2 - 0 HT
The second half was full of action, but sadly few goals. Excellent defending by William Johns, Taylor Dixon and Lewis Hawkins kept Southwold frustrated. Leo Simpson also continued to provide excellent defence and pressing in the midfield. However, a clear chance finally fell for Southwolds striker, who calmly finished from a 1 v 1 position.
The full time finally came, with Langford winning 2 - 1. Well done to Southwold, who kept the game close, with no substitutes available. Special mention goes to Leo Simpson, who was on fire in midfield, winning the ball back for Langford on many occaisions, as well as having a calming influence for the team. Langford now have 4 wins out of 4...incredible!
15/3/19 - 3.45
Langford B had so far won their first two games. With Bure Park B as their third and final group game, the boys were hopeful to make this a clean sweep. However, Bure Park were yet to play a game this year, and therefore were an unknown entity.
The game started a little too nervously for the B team. Bure Park's defender was a solid presence, and his physicallity was something that our boys were struggling to cope with. An early goal from Bure Park came from a cross. A striker was left on his own at the back post, scoring past Aaron. Nothing he could have done. Langford slowly grew in confidence as the half progressed, and effective counter attacks were created by Geogre Smith, James Ball, Tom Staples and Thomas Sames. However, chances were not quite taken by the boys.
The half ended 1 - 0 to Bure Park.
Mr North encouraged the boys to keep going, as they were far from out of this game. However, we needed to score next.
The second half started, but Langford were fast asleep. An early long ball fell to the feet of a quick Bure Park player, who ran towards the box and slotted the ball expertly passed Aaron. A great finish. 2 - 0. Most teams would have thrown in the towel and given up at this point. But not us. Not Langford! The boys once again began to fight their way back into the game. Superb defence by Dan Chapman, Ollie Thompson and James Bridge kept Bure Park out. Hard work from the midfield created our first clear cut chance. The ball was fed through to James Ball, who charged towards the goal, before scoring with his weaker foot, and into the top right hand corner. 2 - 1. The boys had 5 minutes left to mount a comeback. What followed was a series of great attacking efforts, but luck was sadly not on our side.
The game ended in a 2 - 1 loss, but the attitude and efforts warranted a different result. On another day this could have been a draw or win for Langford. We now await other results to determine if they have qualifed in the top 2. If they have, then they will progress into the knock out stages.
Special mention goes to James Bridge, who played the entire 40 minutes, and was a rock in defence. Well done James.