Back to Winning Ways

This week Leicester City Ladies faced a tough Oadby Owls team and after their defeat on Wednesday night it was important that they got back to winning ways.
Leicester City Ladies did not have the best start to the game with the girls looking nervous and lacking a bit of confidence. Oadby Owls were strong in the tackle and very direct which caused Leicester City Ladies all sorts of problems. Oadby Owls deservedly took the lead after 15 minutes when their striker finished well. Leicester City Ladies knew that they had to up their game now and that they did. They started to pass the ball around on the floor and create chances on goal. Leicester City Ladies equalised on 20 minutes when goalkeeper Viv took a short goalkick which ended up with Lauren who played an inch perfect pass to Jade who made no mistake with the finish.
Half Time: Oadby Owls 1 Leicester City Ladies 1
The start of the second half was end to end with both teams having chances on goal but neither team could get a grip of the game. Leicester City Ladies did take the lead with 15 minutes to go when Jade chanced her luck with a lobbed shot from long range which the Oadby goalkeeper couldn’t keep out. This seemed to spur Leicester City Ladies on and they began to play with much more confidence and freedom. They still had some defending to do though as Oadby Owls were dangerous going forward and it took a great block from Shania and a fantastic saving tackle from Tamzin to keep them at bay. Leicester City Ladies eventually extended their lead with 5 minutes to go when Lauren scored a brilliant solo goal after a great run.
Full Time: Oadby Owls 1 Leicester City Ladies 3
An important win for Leicester City Ladies in what was not their best performance. Oadby Owls made this a tough game for us and the girls did well in the end to grind out a good win.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Eleni, Shania, Beth, Molly, Chloe, Foxy, Tamzin, Olivia, Lauren (1) and Jade (2)

Midland Combination Finale

Leicester City Ladies knew a point would secure the second spot in the Midland Combination away to Leafield Athletic, played on a Thursday evening under the lights. It was a bad start for City as Leafields movement causes not end of problems for the Leicester City Ladies defence and two quick goals sunk the away teams hearts and opened the door for Radcliffe Olympic to gate crash the party. Hillier, Whalley and Scott all limped off injured but Leicester City Ladies make a go of the second half, some very direct football was needed and Leicester just couldn’t get a break.
Leicester City Ladies now had to wait until Sunday to find out their fate and a 3-0 Leafield over Radcliffe Olympic win kept Leicester second and on the same day the reserves under Carl Westbury reached the cup final while still chasing the title it was a great day for the club.
Leicester City Ladies season 2011/12 saw the girls claim the best league season ever! This season they have beaten their own records and took seven more points to set a new standard at the club.
Congratulations to all!
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “Over three years ago when I was introduced to the team we had a result at Leafield and then had to play the waiting game to see others results on the Sunday. On that occasion it was to not be in the bottom two and be relegated. This time it was the wait on the top two. Quite a remarkable story and one of such good memories of a good bunch of girls. I’m pleased they have finally been recognised as a good side! We may not be able to have the pulling power of other clubs to attract players but a group has been formed of local regional players, older heads and one or two transfers to form a talented team and I’m delighted for them and the whole football club.”

Leicester City Ladies u16s 1 v 1 Birstall United u16s

This was Leicester City Ladies last home game of the season. In a closely contested game City had an early chance but went behind when Birstal took the lead after a City attack broke down Birstall put a ball over the City defence it was half cleared but fell to a Birstall forward to score in the 18th minute. The shocked City into life and responded with a shot at the Birstall goal which was turned away for a corner taken by Megan but came to nothing. Leicester City Ladies kept piling on the pressure on Birstall but couldn’t score.
The second half started with Leicester City Ladies mounting an attack on the Birstall goal a shot by Demi went wide of the goal. City got their equaliser in the 45th minute when an exchange of
passes between City’s Jamie, Niamh and Paige put the ball through for Demi to score, Birstall were awarded a free kick 30 yards out which was saved by the City keeper Chloe. As the half wore on Jamie was in on goal but was flagged off side from a pass by Simran another couple of chance’s fell to the City side but failed to score. This was a hard fought game by two sets of committed players who will meet again in two weeks time ,well done to both teams.

First League Defeat in Two Seasons

Leicester City Ladies Under 13s slipped to their first league defeat in 2 seasons against a strong 2010 side. The conditions were awful for both teams with a very strong wind swirling around for the duration of the game. 2010 kicked with the wind in the first half and started much the brighter with Leicester City Ladies finding themselves off the pace. 2010 took the lead from a long range effort which deceived Leicester goalkeeper Viv and doubled their lead soon after, when a mix up between goalkeeper and defence allowed the 2010 striker to nip in and finish well.
Half Time: Leicester City Ladies 0 Leicester City Ladies 2010 2
Leicester City Ladies started the second half better but still failed to capitalise fully on the wind being in their favour. Jade did deservedly pull a goal back with 15 minutes to go but Leicester City Ladies still had a lot of work to do. With Leicester City Ladies pushing forward, 2010 were very dangerous on the break and could have easily increased their lead. Leicester City Ladies did have their chances to equalise towards the end but some last minute blocks and goal line clearances from 2010 prevented this.
Full Time: Leicester City Ladies 1 Leicester City Ladies 2010 2
A below par performance from Leicester City Ladies who never really got going. Credit to 2010 who coped with the windy conditions far better and defended their lead solidly once in front.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Eleni, Shania, Beth, Molly, Chloe, Laura, Olivia, Tamzin, Lauren, Foxy and Jade (1)

Firsts Remain on Track

Leicester City Ladies kept up their part of the bargain in the race for second in the Midland Combination.
An unbeaten home record which extends over 14 months in competitive fixtures still remains this time it was Leafield Athletic who fail to break the run.
In a nervous encounter there were little chances in the first half, one crucial one fell to Leicester City Ladies top scorer Hillier in the box who at the second attempt poked the ball under the advancing keeper to give the home team the lead.
Second half Leicester City Ladies were brighter and so were Leafield Athletic who were good on the counter attack. Two clear chances each end, Leafield from a cross ball and a through ball, City through a Bateman chance and a goal line scramble. But one goal was enough as Leicester City Ladies remains second in the league.
Overall an important victory and Leicester City Ladies probably deserved in the end. Only results matter at this point of the season. Radcliffe Olympic keep up their chance however taking it to Thursday night when Leafield host City this time, a point for Leicester will be enough to achieve 2nd place having a greater goal difference than the chasing Radcliffe Olympic.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Erica Preston

Comfortable Win

Leicester City Ladies upheld their unbeaten league record with a comfortable win against Oadby & Wigston United. The windy conditions did not help the game with both teams struggling to get hold of the ball. Leicester City Ladies did put some good passing moves together but just lacked the finishing touch. Oadby & Wigston United played some nice football but did not really threaten the Leicester goal. Leicester City Ladies did manage to sneak ahead before half time when a corner from Jade deflected over the line off a defender.
Half Time: Oadby And Wigston United 0 Leicester City Ladies 1
Leicester City Ladies were playing with the wind in the second half and were pretty much camped in the Oadby & Wigston half for thirty minutes. Leicester City Ladies created numerous chances but only managed to convert one, when striker Jade poked home from close range to make it 2-0.
Full Time: Oadby and Wigston United 0 Leicester City Ladies 2
Overall a very good win for Leicester in what was a scrappy game. I am sure both teams would agree that this was not their best performance but at this late stage of the season the points are what matters for Leicester.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Eleni, Laura, Beth, Shania, Molly, Chloe, Tamzin, Lauren, Foxy, Olivia and Jade (1)

Brilliant Result

After three weeks witout a game due to the bad weather Leicester Cit Ladies faced another tough game against a strong Bedworth team.
The game started very evenly with both teams struggling to get any passing moves going. The game was very competitive in all areas of the pitch, with both teams showing why they are competing for the league title. Both teams had a few half chances, the best of Leicester’s came when Foxy hit the woodwork after a great pass from Eleni. Leicester’s defence were playing really well and limited Bedworth’s chances on goal. However Bedworth did break the deadlock just before half time when a great corner was headed home from close range.
Half Time – Bedworth 1 Leicester City Ladies 0
Leicester City Ladies were confident at half time that they could get back into the game and they started the half well, stringing some good passing moves together. For all of Leicester City Ladies efforts and with Bedworth defending well it looked like the might be one of those days. But Leicester showed their character and with fifteen minutes to go Foxy headed the ball into the path of Jade who finished brilliantly to equalise. This goal spurred Leicester City Ladies on and within five minutes they were in front when Jade once again showed her brilliance in front of goal to finish calmly after another good pass from Foxy. Leicester City Ladies were really on top now and Lauren sealed the three points late on with a confident finish after a third assist for Foxy. There was still time for some drama when Bedworth were awarded a penalty in injury time, the Bedworth player struck the penalty well but Leicester goalkeeper Viv made a strong save tp preserve Leicester’s two goal lead.
Full Time – Bedworth 1 Leicester City Ladies 3
A fantastic result for Leicester City Ladies, who showed great character to come back from 1-0 down at half time. Leicester City Ladies once again proved their quality and the fantastic team spirit that they have within the squad. With some tough games coming up in the next few weeks Leicester will need to keep up this level of performance.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Eleni, Shania, Beth, Chloe, Molly, Tamzin, Foxy, Olivia, Lauren (1) and Jade (2)

Firsts Late Rally

Leicester City Ladies knew nothing but a win was enough in the chase for second today but they came up against a very brave Leamington side, themselves fighting to just stay in the division.
First half was not Leicester City Ladies best at all and they failed to get to grip until the half hour mark when the away team played some more productive Football.
Second half Leicester City Ladies started brightly and that continued into the half. Hillier unfortunately could not convert from the spot and for all City’s good play maybe the game had 0-0 written all over it. It was a late charge however, Scott won a free kick on half way, then made it into the box, off the kick to flick on and for Whalley to head home over the oncoming goalkeeper. The deadlock was finally broken much to City’s delight, however they were not finished there and on the break Gemma Ball found space on the left before finding Whalley again with a great cross field ball who slotted home one v one past the goalkeeper.
Overall the game could of been more comfortable but chances missed, however Leamington played well and results count more than patterns of play at this stage and City take three points now knowing two more wins from the last two would guarantee them 2nd place. It is still a three horse race to the finish line behind champions Stoke City.
Leicester City Ladies Players of the Match: Amanda Whalley

Fine Result in Return to Action

After cancellations of fixtures due to weather conditions Leicester City Ladies finally got back into action in game at Doncasters Keepmoat Stadium.
Last time out City were undone by champions Stoke City in a 4-0 away defeat however City have never lost two domestic games in a row under Cook and the players recorded a fantastic away result in the race for second spot.
Played on training pitches at the Keepmoat was far from perfect and delayed kick off due to the pitch not being correct was the last thing Leicester City Ladies needed after a long journey on a Tuesday night. Both teams started brightly, Cat pulled off a fine save from a one v one position with both Hillier and Edwards having chances at the other end for the away side but no one could break the deadlock on a huge training pitch being used.
Second half was much better from Leicester City Ladies and on the half hour Hillier burst through the offside trap and finished excellently across the goalkeeper to make it 1-0. Hillier was at it again on 75 minutes as she looped the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper to make it two for City and two fine pieces of finishing from herself.
City seemed to panic to a comfortable position and gave Rotherham hope as the winger stole in at the back post to half the scoreline.
However it was Leicester City Ladies day and what a great result in the fight for second between three sides beneath Stoke in the Midland Combination.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the game “The set up for the game was poor so the players did so well to keep focused as the temperatures dropped. I actually don’t think we played that well tonight but we worked so hard for the result and that’s all that matters at this end of the season. Two of the best finishes of the season from Kayleigh and the back four and goalkeeper were immense, and overall everyone’s commitment was great. Now we have set ourselves up nice with three games to go and I remember when I met everyone we were fighting to get away from the bottom two now we are fighting for the top places, great turn around and hopefully we can achieve our goal.”