Tigers lose close battle

After a long break from Sunday football caused by weather it was good for Leicester City Ladies Tigers to finally get some game time when they kick off against a strong Stretton Swifts team who had the advantage of having a game the previous week and for some of their team the previous day.
This match sharpness told in the opening moments of the game and Stretton Swifts forced a series of corners, Fran made a assured start to the game but was forced to leave the pitch with a leg injury and was unable to return.
Fifteen minutes in to the game Laura opened the scoring with an excellent long range lob that gave the Stretton Swifts keeper little chance.
The game continued to flow up and down the pitch with good battles all over the pitch, Kim typified this first losing the ball in a tackle chasing back to win it again and launch an attack.
Leicester City Ladies Tigers made full use of the bench trying different combinations to open up the solid Stretton Swifts defence, Louise went close with a fine individual run while Rhea saw a accurate shot well blocked and Lacy battle hard to win possession in midfield.
In defence Shannon, Mica and Lauren all worked hard to limit goal scoring chances, Jasmin making her debut for Leicester City Ladies Tigers grew in confidence as the game progressed.
Stretton Swifts greater match fitness and sharpness told in the second half, after ten minutes of the they levelled the game with an accurate passing move.
Beth in the Leicester City Ladies Tigers game made a couple of brave stops to keep the scores level.
Laura went close to regaining the lead for Leicester City Ladies Tigers but Stretton Swift snatched the winner when a tiring Tigers midfield failed to chase back and an out numbered defence were again beaten by some good passing.
This was a very tough game after such a long lay off from both training and matches but to their credit they girls never gave up, they will nurse their bruises and come back stronger next week.
Laura picked up parents player of the match.
Team: Beth, Lauren, Fran, Lacy, Laura, Rhea, Kim, Shannon, Jasmin, Louise and Mica.

Another Lions win after long break

On a heavy pitch Westfield Wanderers started well with some nice passing but Leicester City Ladies Lions looked dangerous on the break. This proved to be the case when after ten minutes “CC” collected the ball on the half way line, ran through the Westfield Wanderers defence and slid the ball home to give Leicester City Ladies Lions the lead.
Westfield Wanderers responded well and a good move down the right culminated in a shot hitting the post and Leicester City Ladies Lions goalie Sadie doing well to save the follow up.
The second half remained tight until Minty finished a fine Leicester City Ladies Lions move involving “Mop”, Sophie and Jamie by slotting the ball home from a tight angle to double the lead.
The game was now opened up with Toyah and “Mini” working hard in defence for Leicester City Ladies Lions and Westfield Wanderers goalie was kept busy at the other end.
Five minutes from the end Leicester City Ladies Lions secured all three points when “CC” received the ball from “Minty” and lobbed the goalie to make it 3-0.

Leicester Mercury Sport Awards

After a trophy rich season, Leicester City Ladies Foxes were nominated in the Under 19s Team section of the Leicester Mercury Sport Awards, but on this ocassion they went home without a trophy with Hinkley Colts picking up the award.

Leicester Mercury Sport Awards 2009

Leicester City Ladies Under-13s set themselves a major task in following an exceptional under-12 campaign. They posted a 100 per cent record to win the County Girls League and completed a spectacular treble by winning both the League Cup and County Cup without conceding a goal.

It was not only on the local scene, though, that they enjoyed success. They won tournaments in Skegness and Birmingham, capping the season by seeing off the challenge of 31 other sides to lift the prestigious Nottingham Victoria title. They have not made a bad start in following up those triumphs. So far this season they have posted 11 wins from 11 games and have also set out in search of more cup glory as they remain the team to beat.

Manager Louie Carr – who has a long association with local football at a variety of levels – says the team has not developed by accident. He points to a number of highly-talented players but adds that their achievements are also down to the dedication shown by all members of the squad.

They thrive on three-touch football, keeping the ball moving – an approach that has proved too much for all their rivals in the past couple of seasons.