Inclusive Football Supports BBC Children In Need Appeal

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLeicester City Woodgate Inclusive Team players, John Astle and Kerry Lichfield came up with the idea of raising money to support the Children In Need Charity and indeed the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive League endorsed their support to the cause. Players attending the Inclusive Football League event at the Leicester City F.C. Indoor Training Dome on the 23rd November, were asked to ‘donate to play’, there was also a few football items on sale too.
The fundraiser for the BBC Children In Need Appeal raised a fantastic £250.12 for this very worthy Charity Appeal.
Mary Rudkin, Leicester City Ladies F.C., General Secretary of the Inclusive Football League and fixture co-ordinator for the day said “The Inclusive Clubs, Coaches, Managers, volunteers, players and parents were very supportive of the fundraising event and I would like to express a massive ‘Thank-you’ on behalf of Kerry and John, for the very generous support shown by everybody involved.”
The Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Football League provides an opportunity for a network of Inclusive (Disability) Football Clubs, across the City and County, to come together to play matches, where an ethos of Fun, Fair-Play and Respect is paramount, in order to ensure as much as possible that all players attending have a positive experience whilst playing football.
The event at the LCFC Dome, saw teams competing representing, AFC BArwell, Aylestone Park F.C., Asfordby Amateurs Inclusive, Allexton and New Parks, Birstall Utd, Harborough Alliance F.C., Ibstock Utd F.C., Leicester City Woodgate F.C. and Oadby & Wigston Inclusive. Over 140 players, males and females, took part in the event over 4 divisions, Junior, Youth, Adults Red and Adults Blue.
A massive ‘Thank-you’ must also go out to our very own committed and dedicated Club volunteers, Paul Gibson, Harry Gethins, Graham Prosser and Manjit Takhar who ensured our 7 small sided teams taking part on the day had a positive experience whilst playing football.
Other Inclusive Clubs and their volunteers helped to ensure the days was a success, managing teams, refereeing matches and helping to ensure players enjoy a great day of football. The League and Inclusive Club members are always willing to support each other and their time, commitment and hard work is truly invaluable.
The League has the support of the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Football Partnership (Charity) who is committed to continuing the development of Inclusive (Disability) Football and working with local F.A. Charter Standard Clubs to support them in starting up Inclusive Teams.
If you would like any information regarding Inclusive (Disability) Football provided under the umbrella of Leicester City Ladies F.C. , for youngsters, adults, males and females who fall into a range of special need or impairment groups, such as learning, physical, sensory, social and mental health, whether it be getting involved as a Club, volunteer, player or coach, or indeed the Inclusive Section is looking to secure a kit sponsor, so if you are interested in this aspect or know of a business that may be able to help, please contact:
Mary Rudkin
Leicester City Ladies F.C.
Inclusive Football Development Officer
Tel: 0116 2827555 Mob: 07752 746229

Sixth Win for City Ladies

Leicester City Ladies U18s secured their sixth win on the trot to move back into second place in the table after three weeks without a league fixture after some early midfield exchange between the two sides City opened the scoring when Jamie Carr crossed a ball into the Northampton area for C C Cooper to score City had most of the possession and scored a second in the 20th minute a cross into the area across the keeper was followed in by Jamie Carr to tap home City continued to dominate the match until half time.
Leicester City Ladies made some substitutions at half time Northampton were making some stiff challenges in mid field the ball being put out for several throw ins 10 minutes into the half City increased their lead when Demi Knott rifled in a shot Jamie Elday came on and nearly scored with her first touch of the ball City continued to press and win the midfield with some good football and were rewarded when Jamie Elday won the ball and raced the wing cut inside to score the fourth goal for City five minutes later Elday added her second goal and City’s fifth Northampton gained a couple of corners near the end but the City defence held strong C C Cooper scored second to complete the scoring for the City girls.

Home Win

Leicester City Ladies were looking to continue their performance from last week’s game. What a game this was it was a complete goal fest.
Leicester City Ladies had a shocking start to the game with conceding 2 goals within the first few minutes, which soon woke Leicester up to realise Harborough Town were not a team to be taken lightly. Leicester City Ladies soon stepped it up a gear with some outstanding passing from there mid-fielders Paige, Madeleine and sticker Madison. With Harborough Town starting well defensively and with 10 minutes gone Leicester City Ladies were patent and they were rewarded with their first goal courtsey of Madison score now 1-2. Leicester City Ladies were now on the hurt for the equalizer and it came within 2 minutes of the restart and it was a very well worked second goal for Leicester’s Madison which involved some good fast football from Leicester’s midfielders Paige, Sophie and Madeleine. Harborough Town were still pressing with good affect having several chances on goal which tested both Leicester City Ladies defenders Katie and Alanya as well as goal keeper Tillie. Fifteen minutes through the first half Leicester City Ladies conceded a corner, which Harborough took full advance of driving the ball low and hard into the near post which sent some confusion through the Leicester defence and a goal mouth scramble ended in the ball being carried over the line despite the best efforts of keeper Tillie, score now 2-3. Leicester City Ladies now went on the offensive throwing everything at Harborough in the last 5 minutes by scoring 3 goals in quick concession all courtesy of Madisont who at half time had 5 goals and would be looking for another to secure a double hat-trick.
HALF TIME Leicester City Ladies 5 – 3 Harborough Town FC
The second half started just as lively as the first finished with Leicester City Ladies attacking the Harborough Town defence at every given chance and it wasn’t long before Madison scored for Leicester thus securing her second hat-trick of the game. Harborough Town never sat back they also continued to pass the ball around well and tested Leicester’s defence. Minutes after the restart Harborough caught Leicester on the counter attack and took opportunity with both hands by scoring an easy goal score now 6-4. Both teams were battling hard for it in midfield, 15 minute into the second half Leicester’s midfield work really well together to create some good link up play between them which released Paige to score her first goal of the game score now 7-4. On the restart Harborough ran at Leicester’s defence but they stayed strong but then lost the just out the box and again Harborough pressed and come away with a very well worked goal, score now 7-5. Now in the last 5 minutes of the game and both team were still looking for goals, Leicester keeper pulled off some outstanding saves to deny Harborough. A good clearance from Tillie released sticker and sister Madison who took on Harborough defenders to score her seventh goal of the game.
FULL TIME Leicester City Ladies 8 – 5 Harborough Town FC

A very enjoyable game with lots of action and plenty of goals, unlucky for Harborough as they played right up to the end never giving up.
Leicester’s over all game was outstanding with some good passing for the whole team. A second good win for Leicester City ladies and another 3 points moving them slowly up the league table.

Leicester City Ladies Squad: Tillie, Katie, Alanya, Sophie, Paige, Madeleine, Madison and Olivia.

Leicester’s next game is away Ibstock Sirens on the 1st December 2013 with kickoff at 2pm

End of Home Record

Leicester City Ladies surrendered their long standing league home record versus a dangerous Rotherham side.
The game was played in a good tempo, Leicester looking to play high up the pitch and Rotherham looking to counter attack. This paved the way for a good competitive football match. By half time neither team managed to break the dead lock. Early in the second half Keicester City Ladies cross turned shot somehow didn’t go over the line. Rotherhams counter attack with a very talented front line possed problems all day long for City and on the hour mark the visitors got their reward and took the lead. Leicester City Ladies threw bodies forward in search of a point but late in stoppage time were countered once again and the visitors took all three points.
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented “Overall I thought we did quite well in the game, we certainly worked hard. I think Rotherham had a game plan and I have to say it paid off. Credit to them I thought they played very well and if anyone was to take away our home league record it had to be on that back of a good away performance and I thought Rotherham gave just that. My girls have been excellent in this past 6 weeks and 5 wins and 1 deafeat since the start of October is an impressive record so when you look at it like that you can’t complain. I love working with them and to see them down was hard but when you work hard and loose its tough. We have a lot of young players and I actually thought we played better today than the last three weeks in some ways and we won those games but that’s football.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Erica Kilby

Firsts Leave it Late

This was a vital game at the top of the Midland Combination with Leafield were the visitors to Linwood Park, having beaten Leicester City Ladies 3-2 at their ground in September.
The first half was a low tempo, scrappy affair, both teams had chances but the scores were level at the interval.
Second half the Leicester City Ladies were better and played further up the pitch. The visitors were always dangerous on the break. Both teams had chances to score but it did not come until deep in stoppage time when Brants second corner delivery on the bounce was delivered high to the back post for Burbidge to power home a superb header high into the net to win the game for Leicester City Ladies.
Overall a difficult game all round for both sides, City maybe edged the second half although Leafield had chances. This was a solid display and although maybe lacking Leicesters usual tempo it was a vital win in a very open Combination division with the Ladies now sitting in second place.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Sarah Burbidge

FA Cup Victory

The Cups have thrown up some classic matches at Aylestone Park for Leicester City Ladies under Matt Cook and this one was no different. Memories of Cardiff City in a FA Cup 3rd round and penalty shoot outs against Leicester Women and Wolves in the past to name a few.
This time it was Leicester v Leicester for the third time this season and it went all the way. It was a close encounter throughout , Amanda Whalley opened the scoring for the home side finishing from close range. Before half time the visitors were level as the women striker pounced on a loose ball to finish one on one with the goalkeeper.
Second half was very similar to the first, a tight encounter but it was the home team the brighter and Kilby restored Ladies lead with a finely executed free kick. There was some close chances at both ends before Leicester Women pulled the scores level again, a similar chance and the same result to take the game to extra time.
Both sides hit the cross bar in those 30 minutes but not enough to stop the game going to the dreaded penalty kicks.
Leicester City Ladies have been unlucky numerous times in shoot outs and maybe even fear them a touch. Their lucked turned however two saves from keeper Cat and the cross bar sending Leicester City Ladies through the first round.
Overall a good cup tie and good spectacle for all and Leicester City Ladies are delighted to be on the end of a winning penalty shoot out at last, turning round last years County Cup quarter final which saw the Leicester Women through on penalties at Aylestone Park.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Gemma Ball