Senior Fixtures Released

FAWPL

LEICS SENIOR LEAGUE tbc

OTHER eg friendlies

26/07/15

Loughborough Foxes (F) (H) 3PM

02/08/15

Mansfield (F) (H)

09/08/15

Norwich City (F) (A)

FAWPLeague Charity event Stratford Town
2pm

11 a side tournament home am

12/08/15

Daventry (F) (A) 7:30pm

16/08/15

Rotherham (H)

Ellistown (H)

23/08/15

Birmingham & West Midlands (A)

St Ives (Cambs) (A) Launch of team

30/08/15

League Cup/Plate

02/09/15

Leicester Women (A) 7:45pm

06/09/15

Radcliffe (H)

13/09/15

Loughborough  Students (A)

20/09/15

Sporting Khalsa (A)

23/09/15

Leicester Women (H) 7:45pm

27/09/15

Rotherham (A)

04/10/15

Steel City (H)

11/10/15

League CUP Prelim Rd

18/10/15

Radcliffe (A)

25/10/15

Steel City (A)

01/11/15

Solihull (H)

08/11/15

WFA CUP

15/11/15

Wolves (H)

22/11/15

Peterborough (A)

29/11/15

League Cup 1st Rd

06/12/15

Solihull (A)

13/12/15

Peterborough (H)

20/12/15

Sporting Khalsa (H)

Christmas

03/01/16

Wolves (A)

10/01/16

WFA CUP 2nd Rd

17/01/16

Leafield (H)

24/01/16

31/01/15

Loughborough Students (H)(Cup1/4)

07/02/16

WFA Cup 3rd Rd

14/02/16

Leafield (A)

21/02/15

Birmingham (H)

28/02/15

WFA Cup 4th Rd

06/03/16

League Cup Semi

13/03/16

20/03/16

WFA Cup 5th Rd

27/03/16

03/04/16

WFA Cup 6th Rd

10/04/16

17/04/16

WFA Cup Semi

24/04/16

Plate Final

01/05/16

08/05/16

Cup Final

14or15/05/16

WFA Cup Final

New Senior Head Coach

Leicester City Ladies are pleased to announce the appointment of Holly Searson as Head Coach of the senior section of the club for the forthcoming season. Holly who is a UEFA ‘A’ Licence Prep qualified coach comes highly recommended with experience as player and coach at Lincoln City Women’s FA Centre of Excellence, Captain of Lincoln College Women’s FA Academy, Nottingham Forest Ladies, Red Bull New York SC and Manchester United.
Holly is a replacement for Matt Cook who has decided to stand down as First Team Manager after seven years in the position. Leicester City Ladies would like to put on record their appreciation of all Matt’s efforts in the growth and development of the club. Matt remains part of the club and will continue to support the growth of Women’s Football.
Leicester City Ladies are looking forward to the new season at Aylestone Park with Holly and her team making full use of the brand new ATP pitch for training, now twice a week, and using the main pitch for all home fixtures. The club can now offer the best facilities available in the county for the development of Junior and Senior Women’s football.
Speaking after making his decision to step down as First Team Manager Matt Cook commented “It has been 7 years and at 29 years of age it is now time for me to take on new challenges. Leicester City Ladies have been a key part in my development as a coach, a manager and a person and I will always be eternally grateful for them giving me the opportunity and I would like to think I grabbed it with both hands. I have so many fantastic memories that I cannot go into in one statement but when I think of all that’s been achieved its quite remarkable and for that I have to thank every single player over the past seven years, also every coach and committee member who backed the seniors at key times. I believe I have built friendships that will remain for a long time and that is the most rewarding thing I will take from my time as First Team Manager that far surpasses any footballing results. To conclude I have to thank Club Chairman Steve Crayfourd for trusting me at 22 years of age to work with the seniors, Club Secretary Sue Foulkes for being by my side at every moment, Mary Rudkin for guiding the football side and Mark Yates who promoted my teams so well and all the great volunteers who have helped me in anyway. Leicester City Ladies is a fantastic football club and I leave the first team management post with a heavy heart and all I can say is thank you! I have had the best time I can’t even begin to explain what the club has given me. I wish the new management team every success in the new season.”

End of Season

17328965765_df3ea7b771_oLeicester City Ladies final month of the season saw a mix of performances and results in the league with away wins at Reedswood and Solihull the highlights.
The end of the season however will be remembered for the Leicester City Ladies first County Cup final in five years and penalty kicks is all that denied them regaining the trophy the club dominated throughout the 1990s. In a great first half of the County Cup Final saw four goals with Loughborough Students replied to Kay Hilliers early double strike. From there it came a tense affair with chances at both ends and this continued into extra time. Neither team deserved to loose on penalties but sadly someone had to and a 4-2 score line took the trophy back to Students.
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented after the final “It’s been a horrendous season really on and off the pitch so to have that occasion makes the season memorable, the team all had their family and mini players as mascots and the support for our team at Holmes Park was overwhelming and to be quite frank it felt like a home game, the families of the players were fantastic. To miss out on penalties is hard but the performance on the day was great. Hopefully there will be more happier events like the County Cup final next year as for a good club it’s had its hard this year, I just want to thank everybody involved for all their efforts in 2014/15.”

Firsts Bounce Back

Preston-ReedswoodLeicester City Ladies aimed to bounce back after a disappointing defeat to Leafield with an away trip to FC Reedswood. The away side had a mixed start with our forward play looking bright, but our defence starting off shaky. Leicester City Ladies who struck first when Kay Hillier was brought down in the box by the keeper, the ref played advantage perfectly and new signing Kim Yates reacted fastest to claim her first competitive goal for the club. The lead did not last long however after numerous cheap free kicks FC Reedswood found the back of the net from long range. Becky Preston then restored the lead picking up the ball from Kay Hillier, running past two players and hammering one in from twenty five yards out. The lead was almost taken straight away again when Sarah Burbidge brought a player down in the box leaving the referee with no choice but to award a penalty and a yellow card for the offence. Fortunately for Leicester City Ladies the penalty went high over the bar and the half time score was 1-2.
The second half started similar to the 1st with both sides trying to play attractive football, the 70th minute came and a late tackle on keeper Catt triggered a scuffle between Sarah and the Reedswood number 10, the referee gave Sarah her second yellow and the Reedswood number 10 received a booking for the tackle and talked her way to a second yellow leaving both teams down to ten players. Leicester City Ladies came to life in the last fifteen minutes and finished the stronger side with numerous chances for the front three of Kay Hillier, Khe and Kim which were all narrowly missing the target leaving the full time score 1-2.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match Becky Preston. Everybody gave there all in this match, Kay Hillier was also a big shout for player of the match with two assists.

Firsts Win Tight Encounter

Leicester City Ladies followed up their away point to Leafield with another good away performance and a clean sheet as well.
City took a well deserved lead half through the first half when a Brant cross was headed in superbly by skipper Kilby.
Second half was different as Solihull pushed Leicester City Ladies back and saw many chances come and go. With three subs needed through injury City fought all the way to the end and were unlucky not to sneak a second on the final whistle.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “This was a frustrating game but in terms of effort with the squad pushed to its limits them it was an A* performance. Solihull I’m sure feel unlucky to. I had to to make so many changes, striker Chiv played central midfield, Kay went to full back to name just a couple so well done for keeping together girls and picking up three points.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match: Sarah Burbidge

Leicester Full Value for Away Point

Leicester City Ladies take a well earned point home after battling hard away to Leafield Athletic. The warm weather wasn’t enough to improve the pitch condition which affected much of both sides tactics going into the game, however it was the away side that started the brightest with chances for Khe and Chiv before Brant forces a big save from Leafields keeper. The home side had chances too, Leicester City Ladies needed keeper Catt to be brave at the feet of the striker on two occasions getting caught in the process.
The second half was much the same with the ball going end to end and both teams showing real desire and commitment to their cause. It was Leicester City Ladies who had the best chance of the second half as a mix up at the back put Abbie through who unfortunately couldn’t keep her effort from 20 yards under the bar. Plenty of positives to take into the next game. Full Time 0-0.
“Player of the match is hard to pick,” quoted first team coach Nathan Curtis “Stacey Hills was brilliant today, Khe Obeyisimi had a very very good game to but I have to agree with Sue Foulkes and give it captain Ez Kilby for being a proper leader today.”

Ladies Fight Back

IMG_9153In poor conditions Leicester City Ladies secured a vital three points at home to FC Reedswood. The game was moved to Aylestone Park due to poor pitch conditions at Reedswood and Leicester City Ladies will now travel in April.
The first half was even but Reedswood were unlucky not to be in front as Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Cattell pulled off two superb saves. City had chances of their own as good link up play between Preston, Hillier, Brant and Chivers created good opportunities.
The Second half was much of the same but it was Reedswood who took the lead from a rebounded corner. Leicester City Ladies regrouped as conditions got worse and captain Erica Kilby slotted home with ten minutes to go to level the game. Leicester showed determination and pushed on for the win creating several chances and the goal came as Preston stole in to volley home at the back post to seal a vital win late in the game.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I thought we deserved it, others would disagree. Catt of course pulled off two amazing saves at crucial times but that’s her job as Beckys is to score as a striker who got the winner so I don’t understand why our goalkeeper making key saves means we do not deserve it? She played her fantastic part as did 13 others, it was a great team effort. I thought we put everything into the game, we rolled up our sleeves when the rain got heavier and over 90 minutes it was deserved.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Aimie Cattell

County Cup Success

image1Leicester City Ladies reached their first county cup final in five seasons with one of their best ever result against centre of excellence grown Leicester City Women.
Leicester City Womens quality showed in the first half as they dominated the away side, for possession and chances. Ladies started to get a grip of the game towards the break and took this into the second half.
It couldn’t of started any better as a Brant cross was eventually turned in by Becky Preston. Preston was involved again as she pulled away from the defender and finished calmly passed the keeper. Soon it was 3-1 as Aimie Chivers hit high over the goalie catching out Leicester City Womens number 1 to turn the game right around. Leicester City Ladies now needed to see the game out which they did superbly, although they owe some of it to a moment of brilliance as keeper Cattell pulled off a superb one on one save to keep her team on the quest for the final. There was still time for new signing and exciting young player Abbie Keenan to make it 4-1 to make it a great day for Leicester City Ladies.
Matt Cook, Leicester City Ladies Manager, commented after the game ” It’s been such a tough time at the club for one reason or another but footballs about players and ours were fantastic today. You couldn’t of wrote a better script in how many emotions the day gave us and i’m delighted for Leicester City Ladies football club and all its hard working volunteers and players.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match:- Aimie Chivers

Late Goal Sinks Firsts

Kyleigh BrantOnce again Leicester City Ladies did not come out with the result their play deserved in a good footballing match.
Rotherham took the lead when confusion in the box lead to the first goal being scored.
Second half Leicester City Ladies were much better and played some of their best football in 2015. They got their reward midway into the second half when a well worked throw was flicked in by Burbidge for Whalley to finish on her return.
Leicester City Ladies dominated a lot of the set plays in the final third but Rotherhams pace on the break was always a problem and a wonderful cross ball was swept home by the away forward to kill the game.
City had pressure on the Reds goal but all to no avail and can count themselves very unlucky.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “That’s how things are going at the moment but people need to understand the huge transition the club is in and bringing through so many new and young players. I have to say we were excellent but I know the players are fed up of playing well and getting nothing but that will turn, with ten league Games and next weeks  semi final there’s so much to play for.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match:-Kyleigh Brant

Firsts Cruise Through to Semis

The County Cup quarter final draw for Leicester City Ladies was kinder this year than last as they faced Leicestershire side Ashfordby Amateurs. In their previous match Asahfordby had held unbeaten Heather until late in the game in a 3-2 defeat City knew they had to approach the game right and they did just that.
Early goals from Preston and Hillier set the tone and the home side led 7-1 at half time with Ashfordby Amateurs goal coming from a well worked corner.
Second half Leicester City Ladies dominated again and five more goals gave them a solid 12-1 win. Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt cook commented “It was nice to avoid the bigger teams for once in this competition, obviously we can’t avoid them forever but I think a game like this gives us time to prepare new things, get players minutes on the pitch and time to recover from injuries. Score line is irrelevant really I was most pleased with the attitude and respect to the game from every one of my team. Player of the match, I have no idea but I should really give it to Chiv who scored a wonderful goal with a mazy dribble and chip over the keeper”
City now travel to play Leicester Women in the semi finals.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match:- Aimie Chivers

Hard Earned Point

Tori-Dee AllenLeicester City Ladies first away game saw them take a hard earned point and a good reaction to last weeks home defeat where once again City deserved more.
First half was even scored but City were on top with possession and chances, set plays were Mansfield Towns best chance.
Second half was in favour of the away side again however it was the home team who took the lead with a scrappy goal. Leicester City Ladies reaction was excellent and Tori Allen hit a twenty yard strike to level the game. Kehinde Oyebamisi and Kayleigh Hiller both had chances to win the game late on for Leicester City Ladies. Credit to City for their fight back and overall performance.
After The game Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “It’s been a strange season and again we were unable to select around six players due to injuries etc and today we were excellent. It was a game we should have won and to go one nil down was a unbelievable. I have nothing but compliments to the team though and the way we played on the ball.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Tori Allen

Firsts Take Vital Point

Keeleigh HutchingsLeicester City Ladies bounced back from last weeks disappointment in the FA Cup in a superb way at table topping Leicester Women.
Good organisation and structure frustrated the home side limiting changes in the first half.
In the second period the game opened up a little more with chances for the home side and Chivers, Kilby and Hillier all unlucky for the Ladies. LCLFC stood firm and secured a vital point on a tough playing surface. Leicester City ladies record their 6th clean sheet of the season so credit to all .
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented “We went out to be difficult to be beat but also to win. We opened up more in the second half and on clear cut chances we probably edged it where as possession has to go to the home team. We felt we could cause problems for Women and although we didn’t come for just a point it’s a very sound intelligent performance from us and everyone gave 100 percent so no complaints from me and we look forward to pushing on in 2015.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Keeleigh Hutchings

Firsts Miss Out in Cup Thriller

Aimie CattellAfter a 0-1 win on the South Coast at Chichester Leicester City Ladies next game in the League Cup was against a familiar side in the form of Radcliffe Olympic.
For the first half the away team dominated, although City worked hard two scrappy goals saw them 0-2 down at the break.
It was a more enthusiastic Leicester City Ladies than came out second half with a change of formation and took the game to the visitors. Chances came early for the home side but it took until the hour for Gemma Ball to pull a goal back. Straight after Leicester City Ladies shot themselves in the foot by conceding a penalty. Soon they regrouped and really started to show quality on the ball, first Gemma Ball struck again this time through a penalty of our own and Sarah Burbidge pulled back a remarkable turn around with a fine strike from the edge of the box.
City were a different team and made it a real cup tie and extra time was needed to separate the teams. Unfortunately it was the away sides day when a stunning free kick gave them back the lead and for all City’s efforts a scrappy fifth made the game safe.
Overall a very good cup tie for both sides Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “People have to remember the squad is going through a big transition and I couldn’t be happier today. Sad to go out of course but today we had five of last years development team in the side which is tremendous and combined with our experience players we showed superb attitude and some wonderful play. In fact second half was some of the best football we have played for a while strangely. We need to start games with more belief when the squad is tested but a wonderful reaction and a wonderful cup tie.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match Aimie Cattell, who pulled off numerous great saves for City today.

Firsts Throught to Quarters

Amanda WhalleyAfter lots of postponements finally this tie was played and on a 3G surface but Leicester City Ladies adapted well and clinched a fine away win.
On her return from injury Amanda Whalley gave Leicester City Ladies the lead with a fine goal. It required a stunning save from Leicester keeper Cattell to keep it 0-1 at the interval.
Chichester City put in a fine display in a good cup tie but City were resilient and earned a fine win, a fifth clean sheet in seven games and a passage through to this years League Cup Plate Quarter Finals on Sunday at home to Radcliffe Olympic.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Amanda Whalley

Extra Time Victory

Leicester City Ladies kept up there good form with a hard fought win against inform Burton Park. The home side haven’t lost a competitive league games in two years and are coming through the ranks.
Leicester City Ladies showed the better quality but Burton Park more than played their part in this cup tie. It was a youthful Leicester side with a complete new back four that started the brighter and had a good hold on the first half. Leicester City Ladies kept up their good play in the second half but just couldn’t find the net. The home side had one chance through a scramble in the penalty box but the game went to extra time.
Soon City made their quality count with a fine move between Brant, Preston and Hillier, who had caused Burton Park problems all day finally fell at Kilby’s feet who finished superbly into the top corner. Leicester City Ladies then stood strong and gained a FA Cup victory and are through to the next round.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the match “Overall these cup ties are never easy and with a big crowd behind them it was a tough day. I thought we were far better however but struggled to break through. When we did it was a fine goal, its a shame we could wrap it up earlier but all in all a good cup tie and solid passage through to round two.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match: Erica Kilby

Home Victory

Leicester City Ladies took on a new look Curzon Ashton side on the search of points at Leicester Road Stadium. City started the brighter and a fine team counter attacking move between Stacey Hills and Becky Preston took the home side up the pitch and the ball played in was perfect for Kay Hillier to finish superbly into the corner.
Second half a galvanised away side hit back with a wonder strike from the right wing to level scores. Leicester City Ladies responded quickly and regained the lead with another fine goal from a excellent Hillier cross Becky Preston headed home superbly into the bottom corner.
Credit to away side as a new look Curzon Ashton pushed hard, Leicester City Ladies could of sealed it more convincingly but a 2-1 win was enough.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the match “Overall four wins out of five for City in what is a touch time for the club. Credit goes to the team for the month October and huge credit to the young players who shone for City today, special mention goes to Laura Foster and Stacey Hills on their first full senior debuts.
Leicester City Ladies now look towards two cup games, first away to Burton Park Wanderers next Sunday in the FA Cup
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Stacey Hills

Third Win and Clean Sheet in a Row

Leicester City Ladies continued their climb up the table with a third win in a row.  City were at unbeaten Loughborough Foxes in their quest for win number three in a row.
Kayleigh Hillier pounced on a loose ball in the box to give the visitors the lead. Leicester City Ladies played some superb football in the first half combined with a solid approach.
Second half Foxes started the brighter and looked the more likely to score and Leicester City Ladies had to weather the storm and defend numerous corners with bravery, the back two of Ball and Burbidge were superb for the visitors. Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper
Catt then pulled of a fantastic close range save and from there on in City’s discipline was superb to take away a fine away win.
Leicester City Ladies are getting back on track now after numerous absences Manager Matt Cook commented “obviously there’s a long way to go and three wins in a row doesn’t make a season but people probably don’t realise how depleted we were in the summer and the players have kept together playing with 10 or 11 players sometimes waiting for the squad to grow. To come off the back of that and the tough start we had its credit to the players character and commitment that they have got themselves moving up the table.”
Leicester City Ladies Players of the match: Gemma Ball and Sarah Burbidge for centre back performance.

Back to Back Away Wins

Amanda Whalley
Leicester City Ladies added a second away win in a week with a 2-0 win at lowly Curzon Ashton.
City dominated possession throughout and it told on 20 minutes as Hillier finished a fine solo goal.
Second half was much of the same, however Leicester City Ladies needed Goalkeeper Cat to save a penalty to keep the lead before Whalley wrapped up the points late on.
A frustrating afternoon for the away side but a solid win none the less. Leicester City Ladies now look forward to playing unbeaten Loughborough Foxes on Thursday night at the Nike Stadium.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Amanda Whalley

Firsts Bounce Back

Aimie CattellAfter a few difficult weeks for Leicester City Ladies with numerous players missing City had more of a team back and they battled out a hard fought win over Radcliffe Olympic.
The game could not of started any better for Leicester City Ladies as Gemma Ball hit a fine free kick for what turned out to be the winner within three minutes. Two red cards later the game become stretched and a battle for both sides. City’s organisation this season for the majority has been superb and once again they stood strong. Hillier had a chance late on but fired an excellent strike just wide. Goalkeeper Cat on her return from injury was excellent punching away numerous long balls. City stood firm and credit to the girls for coming through a difficult period with such integrity.
Overall a vital win for Leicester City Ladies to kick start their season, manager Matt Cook commented “funnily we have played so much better but came away with nothing, today was about heart and spirit and not wanting to get beat. Some Players came back today, and if we get everyone back and fit we know we can push on now.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match Aimie Cattell

Hard Fought Point

IMG_6530With a late switch of fixture to Aylestone Park Leicester City Ladies took on local rivals Loughborough Foxes in a competitive midweek league fixture.
It was a depleted City squad after Sundays heroic extra time performance against Nottingham Forest and things got worse when goalkeeper Cat went down in the warm up and new signing Keely Upton only lasted seven minutes prior to injury.
With game plans out the window a spirited City took the pitch and played out a well fought point. It was Foxes who took the lead with a long range shot, Preston equalised for City at the tightest of angles with a fine goal. Stand in goalkeeper Ball made some outstanding saves in the second half to keep City alive. Chances at both ends kept coming in the second half as a cup final atmosphere and end to end football was on show for the supporters.
The game ended level however and after all the pre match trouble City take a hard fought point. After a very busy pre season with lots of changes Leicester City Ladies have still shown good resilience in the opening three fixtures .
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Gemma Ball

City take Reds all the Way

This game against Nottingham Forest Ladies would determine Leicester City Ladies place in either the League Cup Plate or Trophy competitions, City’s destiny was the plate as most people would of expected against our Premier League opponents however that doesn’t tell the story of the match.
A spirited Leicester City Ladies side showed an organised and battling display to push the Reds to extra time.
Leicester City goalkeeper Cattell pulled off a couple of wonderful saves for the home team but the overall performance was a credit to all. Forest posed a threat on the City goal but it was City striker Preston who nearly won the game in stoppage time only to see her effort pushed into the bar by the Forest goalkeeper. Extra time was very even and it was a rebounded goal which gave the away team the tie late on the extra time.
Although cruel on the home side Leicester City Ladies can be proud of their ability to play at the higher level.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Kayleigh Hillier
Kayleigh Hillier

First Day Draw

Leicester City Ladies started off a brand new league campaign at their new home of Leicester Road Stadium with a point against a tough Mansfield Town side.
The home team were stretched with injuries but put on a hard working display. The game could not of started any worse for the home team and Mansfield Town were ahead inside five minutes. Leicester City Ladies response was excellent and Becky Preston fired home with a fine finish.
Second half both teams had clear chances to take the lead but a resilient display from both sides made the 1-1 score line a fair result.
Overall Leicester City Ladies are off and running with a point on the board in what was a tough opening fixture played at a good pace.
City now look forward to Nottingham forest in the League cup qualifier on Sunday at Leicester Road Stadium with a 2pm kick off.

The match day programme was dedicated to Gemma Ball for 12 years continuous playing from juniors to seniors with Leicester City Ladies.
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Gemma has been with the club a lot longer than myself but I have been fortunate enough to be the senior manager at the time she was ready to move up. I gave Gemma her first starting appearance and this was at a difficult time with the team fighting to avoid relegation. I will also remember her stepping up to take a vital penalty in a game the team had to win, showing no fear Gemma calmly struck it into the top corner without realising what an important goal it was in our history.
Today Gemma makes her own history she is a product of our development and a prime example of players being coached in the right way and developed through the system to play at the highest standard. I hope this encourages more players to come through the player pathway after the example Gemma has set. I have watched Gemma grow as a person and a footballer and I hope she keeps the Leicester City Ladies blue on for at least another ten years.
Congratulations Gemma!

Pre Season Agenda

All Tuesday sessions will be held at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley, LE10 3DR 7.30-9.30
All Thursday sessions are 7.30-9.30 venue to be rotated.  However in July all Thursday sessions are at Judgemeadow Community College LE5 6HP

July

Tuesday 8th senior training
Thursday 10th senior training
Sunday 13th split squad pre season friendly weekend Home Ruddington Village LFC 11am ko, Home Oadby & Wigston LFC 1pm ko
Tuesday 15th senior training
Thursday 17th senior training
Sunday 20th Home Coventry Trains LFC pre season friendly 3
Tuesday 22nd senior training
Thursday 24th senior training
Sunday 27th Elite 11 a side tournament , hosted by LCLFC at Leicester Road Stadium.  Eight teams Nottingham Forest, Coventry City, Derby County , Leicester City Women, Bradford city, Shaw Lane FC, Rothwell Corinthians and  Leicester City ladies FC 10am-4pm
Tuesday 29th senior training
Thursday 31st senior training

August

Sunday 3rd Home MK Dons Fc 11.15 ko pre season friendly 4
Tuesday 5th senior training
Wednesday 6th Home Coventry copeswood Fc 7.45 ko
Thursday 7th senior training workshop
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th LCLFC tour of Strasbourg
Tuesday 12th Away Ellistown FC pre season friendly 5 evening ko
Thursday 14th Away Hull City FC pre season friendly 6
Sunday 17th pre season Friendly number 7 First Team tbc and LCLFC Development Team v Ellistown FC XI
Tuesday 19th senior training
Thursday 21st senior training
Sunday 24th First Team league match 1 2pm ko and Bedworth United v LCLFC Development Team
Tuesday 26th senior training
Thursday 28th senior training
Sunday 31st First Team league match 2 2pm ko

September

Tuesday 2nd senior training
Thursday 4th senior training
Sunday 7th First Team league match 3 & Development Team league match 1

Firsts Start New Year with Victory

Leicester City Ladies first game of 2014 was against lowly Mansfield Town. An earlier game in the season at Field Mill had ended 2-2 and with Town scrapping for survival this was going to be no easy game. However City seemed to make light work of their opposition as Sam Clarke and Becky Preston goals saw them 2-0 up at the interval.
A quick third for City from Preston again in the second half and the home team was coasting. Credit to Mansfield who staged a remarkable come back however, a dubious penalty was followed by two quick goals to stun the promotion chasing outfit who had seen only three teams take league points from Linwood Park in two and a half seasons. Sadly for the visitors a passionate City stole the points through Preston again who finished off a sound display with a hat trick.
Overall a game City may should of been more comfortable in but three vital points none the less to keep the pressure on in the Combination and a unbelievable home record once again secured on a rainy day at Linwood Park.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Rebecca Preston

Firsts Bounce Back

After the disapointment of leaving the FA Cup at the first round stage last Sunday Leicester City Ladies bounced back in fine fashion against local rivals Loughborough Foxes.
The game was turned on his head however after Leicester City Ladies had a player sent off for handball on the line and Loughborough Foxes took the lead from the resulting penalty and now the home team had 70 minutes to play with ten players. Amanda Whalley responded however as her cross turned shot deflected into the Foxes net. The away team then grew in confidence and took the lead again before Hillier kept up City’s fight to make it 2-2 at the interval.
The second half started in quick fashion, Loughborough Foxes 3-2 up inside 1 minute and City level through captain Kilby with five minutes of the restart. Leicester City Ladies were showing a determined performance with a player less and soon their efforts were rewarded as Brant on the hour hit the goal of the game to give Leicester the lead. City had to battle to hold on but hold on they did and claimed a terrific three points.
Leicester City Ladies Players of the Match: Reva Allen

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

October Round Up

The month of October was a mixed month for Leicester City Ladies but it ended perfectly.
The first week was a League Cup tie at Loughborough Students, Kayleigh Hillier gave City a goal lead before two second half strikes from the Students undone the hard work by the Leicester City Ladies.
The squad then made the long trip to Rotherham with only five first team players remaining and it showed as City went down 3-1, Hillier once again the star of the game and was on the scoresheet again for the Ladies.
After two defeats Leicester City Ladies fought out a much needed win at lowly Solihull. They had to come from behind however after a fine Annie Rudkin goal was ruled out by two set plays from the home side, Gemma Ball leveled with a near post header from a Kilby free kick just before the interval. City sealed the win with a fine battling performance in tough conditions in the second period, Whalley and Brant with the goals.
The last week in the month Leicester City Ladies revisited Loughborough Students at Hollywell Park in the league. This time the score was reversed, Becki Preston sent the away team on their way with an early goal however it was cancelled out on the half hour mark from a cross ball which caused confusion in City’s penalty box. Then came the turning point in the match, a dubious penalty was given for the home side and City’s goalkeeper Cat pulled off a fine save. Second half was very open but Leicester City Ladies looked the brighter and it paid off, Becki Preston was ever present again and she finished low and hard across the goalkeeper to give the visitors a valuable three points.
Overall a mixed month for Leicester City Ladies but a great way to finish picking up two vital away wins back to back, Manager Matt Cook commented “it’s a been tough start for us really with trying to balance the whole squad and work off the pitch but once again we are there or there abouts and I believe we will be at the finish”
Leicester City Ladies now look forward to an FA Cup tie versus neighbours Leicester Women before resuming league action with a string of home games.

Firsts Bounce Back

Leicester City Ladies bounced back from midweek disappointment with a positive 3-1 win versus Radcliffe Olympic.
Olympic took the lead from a corner on 20 minutes with a fine header. Eva Rogers pulled the home team back ten minutes later after fine solo play from Amanda Whalley to cross the ball and Rogers close range volley found the net.
Half Time Score 1-1
Second half Leicester City Ladies were much more dominant and were trying to break down a resilient Radcliffe side. It was a fine footballing move between Rudkin, Kilby, Rogers and Whalley that carved open the away team and Whalley finished calmly passed the advancing goalkeeper.
Leicester City Ladies went on to finish the match off as Burbidge stole in at the back post at a set play to put the game beyond Radcliffe.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match:- Annie Rudkin

Derby Defeat

Leicester City Ladies made the trip to Harborough Town to take on their nearest rivals Leicester City Woman.
After the teams only met a few weeks ago it was a quick turn around, Leicester City Women were two up in twenty minutes through a penalty and a one on one which was finished into the near post .
Leicester City Ladies were struggling all first half. Second half was better from the away team and Kyleigh Brant halved the score line with a long range shot. Leicester City Women held on however and took a 2-1 victory.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Reva Allen

Firsts Bounce Back

After a disappointing result in Leafield where a depleted Leicester City Ladies side went down 3-2 the squad bounced back up north in tough weather conditions.
This was a big match for the Ladies and an own goal gave them a platform. Leicester City Ladies were soon two up from a rare Annie Rudkin goal, a great first touch and a cool finish put City in pole position.
Before half time it was three and game over new sighing Eva Rogers hits her second of the season, quickly making a name for herself at 18 years of age with her new club.
Conditions worsened and City conceeded late through a penalty but held on for a fine away win to put pressure on the top two.
Leicester City Ladies do not play in the Midland Combination until the following midweek when they make the short journey to play Leicester City Women.

Ladies defeat Women

It was a battle of the two female sides residing in Leicester and the first time they have met in a league situation since 2009.
The match was always going to be lively and competitive with two good sides competing on the day. Leicester City Women had a chance to take the lead with a one v one which went wide of Cattels post. Eva Rogers then had a chance for Leicester Ladies but could only find the keepers hand. Leicester City Women had a couple of free kicks with Preston and Burbidge for Leicester City Ladies all tried to break the deadlock but no to avail. The home side probably looking better in possession.
Second half Leicester City Ladies squeezed the game more and dominating the ball, the away side always threatening on the break with two good centre forwards. Leicester City Ladies made the break through however as a quick move in to Rodgers feet who played in Hillier who finished high and powerfully over the keeper from what looked an impossible angle.
Leicester City Women had two goal line scrambles to level but Ladies were brave to hold on to their clean sheet and a vital victory.
Overall a tight encounter but one in which fell the right way, Whalley ,Preston and Rudkin dominated in possession, a solid back four and pace in attack or was a good all round team performance for a very pleased Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook who commented after the game “There is obviously a lot made of the game Leicester v Leicester but really that was never important it was all about my girls and applying themselves to a tough match. That will rank as one of best for me purely for the reason every player was so brave in possession and played with such enthusiasm. Win , loose or draw tonight they deserve credit but I’m delighted they got the win that I truly think the performance merited.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Amanda Whalley

First Win

Leicester City Ladies recorded their first win of the season at home to Loughborough Students, although they made hard work of it after a bright start. Whalley gave Leicester City Ladies the lead from a corner before Students hit back with two quick fire goals, one which involved a fine free kick to stun the home team. Kilby leveled for Leicester City Ladies before the break however the flow seemed to have gone from Leicesters game.
Second half the home side were better in their play but it took time to break down Students. It was a fine move that did so involving a passing move that Eva Rogers headed home a Brant cross on her debut. Brant was involved again ten minutes later as her cross ball went straight in over the goalkeepers head to finish the scoring at 4-2.
Overall a stop start performance from the home side but promising signs and important three points.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Kyleigh Brant

Mansfield 2-2 Leicester

After an opening day draw to newly promoted Solihull, who proved to be a tough nut to crack, it was across Nottinghamshire to play at the One Call Stadium versus the other newly promoted team. The two teams who have been promoted was the last thing Leicester City Ladies wanted as they possess a winning mentality from the previous year with lots of passion. This proved relevant again as Mansfield battled back and goals from Hillier and Clarke were not enough for City to hold on. Both teams had chances to win it late on but a 2-2 was probably fair on the day.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Sam Clarke

End of Season Celebration

Leicester City Ladies
(Midland Combination Runners Up and Fair Play Winners)
v
Oxford United Ladies
(County Cup Winners and recently awarded Super League status)
at
Aylestone Park FC
Saffron Lane, Leicester, LE2 6TG

Tuesday 14th May Kick Off 7.45

Youth Exhibition Game
Leicester City Ladies Under 18s v Leicester City Ladies Under 16s
Kick Off 6.30

Special Guests, Kids Penalty Shoot Out Competition, Games, Raffle, Adult Cross Bar Challenge

Doors Open at 6pm

Admission: £3 including programme, £1 OAPs and Under 16s,
FREE for Under 7s and Players of the Club

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.”

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

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.”

Midweek Success

Leicester City Ladies hit back to back midweek wins this time against the Loughborough Students.
The visitors started the brighter and played some good football and took the lead from a cross ball and simple tap in. Leicester City Ladies equalised quickly from a corner as Sarah Burbidge forced the ball over the line to make the half time score one each.
Second half Leicester City Ladies dominated limiting Loughborough Students to play long which doesn’t suit their usual style. It was competitive second half and City had chances from Bateman, Hillier and Gage but it was Burbidge again with a fine left foot finish into the top corner ten minutes from time to take the points.
Overall a fine display from City in a highly competitive match played at a good standard. With five games to go it will be a tight run in between the top four all with big games to come.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Sarah Burbidge

Firsts Bounce Back

After a disappointing cup semi final defeat to Leafield , Leicester City Ladies midweek game at local rivals Loughborough Foxes beat the elements to go ahead and in poor conditions and Leicester sealed three vital points.
Leicester City Ladies had the better of the first half and a fine finish from Bateman gave the visitors a half time lead. Second half City kept up playing well limiting Foxes to small chances and Hillier wrapped up the points with ten minutes to go latching on to a fine pass from Tori Allen.
Overall a good solid away display and a vital win which has opened up the second spot in the Midland Combination with six games to go.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Katie Bateman

Unbeaten Home Run Continues

Leicester City Ladies home record still continues over a calendar year with an important win at home to Daventry Town.
Daventry Town played well in a good footballing encounter, the visitors were a huge threat on the break but City had the best of the chances first half.
After an early a scare for Leicester City ladies at the start of the second half when Reva Allen came to City’s rescue the home team got a foot hold in the game. With chances going missing it was incredible hard to break down the away team, crucially Hillier bounced on a defensive error to make it 1-0. Soon she was involved again as Hillier rounded the keeper to make it two. Hillier turned architect for number three and Shannon Edwards finished well. A good team performance in the second half sealed a vital win.
Overall credit to Daventry Town who’s organisation and counter attacking aloud them to put in a fine away performance, however City seem back to their good habits and take three points.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Kyleigh Brant

City Extend Home Unbeaten Run

After a thrilling 4-4 draw to round off 2012 at Loughborough Students Leicester City Ladies were held again this time by a much improved Rotherham side.
With key players missing and fresh ideas on board Leicester City Ladies stumbled but kept their unbeaten record at home which almost extends one full calendar year in all competitions.
Rotherham started the brighter but it was City who took the lead when Hillier finished after a fine pass from Edwards. The visitors were back level in controversial fashion when Leicester keeper Cat seemed to have the ball in her hands when the Rotherham striker bundled it in the goal from a set play, although unlucky no doubt Rotherham deserved to be level.
Cat had to be lively in the second half and pulled off a fine save as well as Gemma Ball clearing off the line for the home side. It was not until later on that City started to carve out more chances and may have been awarded a late penalty on another day but that would of been harsh on Rotherham who probably feel they deserve all three.
On the day there was no doubt in City’s work rate but quality lacked and a point and staying unbeaten at home is satisfactory. Also it keep the chasing pack still 6 points clear of City as they are firmly secured in the top four shake up.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Shannon Edwards

First Extend Unbeaten Home Record

Leicester City Ladies kept their unbeaten home form going with a 3-0 win against neighbours Loughborough Foxes who are always good performers on the ball and dangerous on the break. It was Leicester City Ladies who did take the lead when Bateman finished from close range range off a knock down from a Brant corner. City maybe deserved another before the break but Foxes were well in the game.
Second half was pretty much all City with a lot of wasted chances. Finally the second goal came from Kilby getting on the end of a Brant cross who was influential all game. Leicester City Ladies back four worked hard to shut out Foxes, Rudkin, Burbidge and Bingham most notable asked to defend one on one individual battles. City soon had a third as Gemma Ball buried a penalty to cap a good day for the Ladies.
Overall a good overall performance that could of been more than three but credit to Foxes to who played their part in a good football match.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Erica Kilby

FA Cup Victory

Leicester City Ladies were shaken at home by regional side from the West Midlands Redswood, who themselves are having a great season with good ambition. Redwood took the lead with a fine finish to silence Linwood Park. It was a much changed Leicester City Ladies side with a air of youth about them that struggled to connect to the game, skipper Kilby got them back on level terms before the break.
Second half the away team stunned City again and took a deserved lead. Although Leicester City Ladoes did not put in a good display it was a battling one and the young guns saved the day. Sub Shannon Edwards headed home and that started a great ten minutes for Leicester as first Hillier scored and then Tori Allen claimed her second career goal. Redswood made it interesting as City once again conceded a slack goal but the home side went through.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I can’t say it was a good performance because it wasn’t but it was a win and a battling victory in a cup tie with a team who won’t play with the same intensity all season. I have been involved in many games of this nature over three years and funny enough all have been won by us on the odd goal. I cannot downgrade the opposition however as they will be a fine Combination team inside the next two seasons in my opinion although we made there day more enjoyable. I am just pleased to be in the hat for the first round and I am delighted for the people who came into the side for the cup and took their chances.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Sam Clark

Bad Day at the Office

A lack lustre Leicester City Ladies display saw them fall further short of the leading pack and although with games in hand there was a chance missed today.
First half was all Radcliffe Olympic as Leicester City Ladies failed to get to grips with the game. Radcliffe Olympic went into the lead when a long range effort found its way into the roof of the net. Leicester City Ladies had a few chances themselves but all wasted without even testing the goalkeeper.
Second half Leicester City Ladies were lucky to be only one down but made a better game off it, efforts was upped all over the park and Conrad levelled the game with a header on the hour. From there it was a even game that was battled hard by both teams. City know where near what they are capable off and a point would of been a good result on the day but Radcliffe Olympic snatched all three points late on.
Overall a bad day at the office for the blues although second half performance probably deserved a point especially as there were some star performances out there although minimal, Gage and Reva Allen notably defended excellently.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Lauren Gage

Fine Performance

Leicester City Ladies made the short trip to Daventry Town and put in a fine performance.
City took the lead early through Hillier, Daventry then hit back with a goal against the run of play a ball looping high into the goal from long range. Leicester City Ladies had a chance immediately to equalise but failed to convert a penalty. Soon after they did convert one on the second attempt by Remi Allen. City soon made it three after Hillier rounded off a good team goal with a near post finish. At the internal City had a 3-1 lead. ,
In the second period Leicester City Ladies enjoyed their day in Daventry by playing some good football. Hillier helped herself to two more, Bateman, Tori Allen and a fantastic Linda Scott hat trick made it 10. Daventry did respond from the spot kick but it was City’s day.
Overall a classy display from City who are now trying to make in roads into the top three of the table.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Remi Allen

Firsts Bounce Back

Leicester City Ladies bounced back from midweek defeat at home to tough opposition in Curzon Ashton, a side who on their away travels this year they have beaten Stoke and Radcliffe so this was always going to be a tough encounter.
It was a tight game all round and it needed something special to open up the game up and Kyleigh Brant provided that with a superb 25 yard strike which flew into the top corner. Curzon Ashton battled hard and carved out a few nervous moments for the home side who themselves had numerous chances as Kilby was on top form providing some superb deliveries which City just couldn’t make the most of.
Second half concentration was the key and Leicester City Ladies gave themselves a great start as on 54 minutes Sam Clarke rounded off a great move to score in the near top corner with a fine finish. The second period also saw Remi Allen take the field and many were there to see City’s new addition and of course the current group of players who have been outstanding so far and who were once again today. Hillier could of made it three with a header late on but the victory was already secure.
Next week Leicester City Ladies travel to Daventry Town who themselves have picked up some valuable points recently in the relegation battle and will no doubt prove tough opposition.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Reva Allen

Unbeaten Run Ends

After a bright start to the season Leicester City Ladies surrendered their unbeaten run under the lights at Copeswood.
The home team were in front after 1 minute from a deflected corner they made it two from loose ball play from City on 25 minutes. City had good chances through Hillier and Brant that went agonisingly wide .
Second half Copeswood were out to protect their 2 goals. Only a dozen times did Copeswood make it into Leicester City Ladies final third and that was on the break which keeper Cat and back four did well against their pace.
Chances were galore for Leicester City Ladies all so close although Copeswood worked hard and a park the team bus mentality of defending made it hard for City. Finally Leicester City Ladies got a break through on 35 minutes with Gemma Ball hitting home a penalty. Maybe just that bit to late though as City’s overwhelming second half dominance just could not carve out the equaliser they deserved.
Overall possession stats of the second half would be interested as it was a very dominant away performance and even one of City’s best all season. A two goal start did not help but a courageous fight back deserved so much more. Manager Matt Cook commented “To say our first defeat is on October 17th after a season that started August 28th is a incredible statement. Anybody in our squad would of been made up with that if would of offered us that in July. It’s putting things into perspective and being honest with ourselves and although no one wants to loose we look forward to Sunday and I compliment my squad for the last couple of months. As for tonight lots to learn from the first half but second half I was a proud manager watching their passion to each other and the club.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Kyleigh Brant

City take England Star on Loan

Remi AllenLeicester City Ladies have boosted their great start to the season by taking ex junior player Remi Allen on loan until the commencement of the new Super League season.
“Remi is a great signing for the club which will no doubt give everyone a boast,” manager Matt Cook commented “the very fact a player like Remi wants to come here shows how the club has moved on in such a short time, credit goes to the whole club for that and I know Remi will bring so much to us apart from her obvious qualities as an international player.”
The developments started soon after Leicester beat locals rivals Loughborough Foxes to book their semi final place. Remi’s younger twin sisters Tori and Reva already ply their trade at Leicester City Ladies and are making a great impression in women’s football at such a young age of 16. Now all three sisters will wear the blue and white of the oldest women’s football club. Earlier today Remi was available to comment to Leicester City Ladies website “I would just like to say I am very honoured to be able to come back to the club I started my career at. I would like to thank everyone at the club for making this happen. I am hoping in my time here that I can help the club progress on and hopefully push on for promotion. Finally having the chance to play with my twin sisters is an amazing opportunity one I always hoped one day could come true. I am hoping I can pass on some knowledge to them and help them improve as players, although they will probably say its the other way around. I am really excited to get started.”
Leicester City Ladies would like to express their thanks to Lincoln City for their cooperation and permission for Remi to join on loan and she could feature in City’s next home match versus Curzon Ashton at the weekend.

Semi Final Place Booked

Leicester City Ladies moved into the semi finals and kept the unbeaten run going away to local rivals Loughborough Foxes.
The home team took the lead from slack defending at a set play from City. Good work down the left from Hillier who crossed a ball for skipper Kilby to equalise from a header six yards out. Soon Hillier was in the action again and a superb individual goal running at the right back before cutting in a hitting a curling shot high and wide of the goalkeeper into the top corner made it two and City were 2-1 up at the interval and playing some decent football although frustrating at times.
Leicester City Ladies were much better second half in their play and were soon 3-1 from a Tori Allen through ball which Hillier finished well with her left foot high into the net. All Leicester City Ladies players were now involved in the play and Bateman, Brant and Hillier were causing problems in behind. Hillier was soon in the box again and she turned in a simple tap in from a Guyler cross. There was time for one more for City and for Hillier and another Allen through ball this time from Reva that Hillier finished low and hard into the near corner. It could of maybe been a couple more for City but 5-1 rounded off an effective afternoon for the away team.
Overall cup games are about getting through but Leicester City Ladies showed a good display to go with it especially in the second half. It’s been a very good start for City who travel to Copeswood Wednesday evening which will no doubt be a tougher encounter .
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Kayleigh Hillier

Fair Play

Leicester City Ladies First team have been awarded the Midland Women’s Football Combination ‘Fair Play’ team for the month of September.
The Midland Women’s Football Combination is a FA Respect League and fully supports the Respect Programme and having teams do the same makes for a more enjoyable footballing environment for all. The award is based on marks from referees and the FA Disciplinary Table, congratulations to the whole team.

First Team Remain Unbeaten

Leicester City Ladies made the long trip north to Curzon Ashton Ladies and returned home still unbeaten. Pace was always causing the home team problems but it was a long throw which Hillier forced over the line that gave City the lead. Curzon Ashton equalised early in the second half but Leicester City Ladies pressed for the three points, great work from Scott and a pull back to Bateman who fired home made it 1-2.
Some back to the walls was needed late on to keep out a battling Curzon Ashton side but City stood strong and secured a superb away win.
Overall Leicester City Ladies can feel they deserved there three points as they limited Curzon Ashton to high balls or direct play and made clear cut chances at the other end. Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the game “We haven’t done well on these long away trips before so was nice to break the trend, I couldn’t ask much more from them, they thoroughly deserve their unbeaten record and the club cannot ask much more from my players with the start they have made.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Gemma Ball

First Team Leave it Late

Leicester City Ladies maintained their unbeaten run but only just after a good match against Radcliffe Olympic at Linwood Park.
Leicester City Ladies first half performance was lack lustre and the visitors played well and deservedly took the lead with a fine finish. City slowly got back into to the game and had opportunities to score but all to no avail.
Second half the home team worked hard But Olympic were always dangerous on the break. Leicester City Ladies had the better of the game second half without playing great football. After knocking on the door numerous times in the second half it just wouldn’t go in for Leicester but a foul on Hillier in stoppage time gave City a penalty which Gemma Ball finished into the corner to earn a point.
Overall not a great performance from Leicester City Ladies but a hard working one and a point is probably about right as both teams competed well in a tough game.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Erica Kilby

Firsts Hit Nine

After a strange few days that saw the fixture reversed at late notice Leicester City Ladies took full advantage and hit Northampton Town for nine at Linwood Park.
Brant started the scoring direct from a corner which ended up in the far post. the second goal came from a Kilby delivery and was headed in by Clarke before Hillier and Bateman made it four at the interval.
Second half Leicester City Ladies possession was superb in poor conditions and they soon went five up through Brant. Hillier and Bateman went on to make it seven and after a bizarre own goal Scott hit a superb free kick to make it nine.
Overall a great day for Leicester City Ladies who showed real quality on the ball today and remain unbeaten in all competitions so far. Now they face promotion chasers Radcliffe and Curzon back to back in their next two fixtures.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Linda Scott

Second Victory in Four Days

On a strange afternoon at Linwood Park Leicester City Ladies picked up their second victory in four days, with Leamington Lions this the opponents.
Leicester City Ladies took the lead within a minute through Bateman, Lions quickly equalised after pouncing on a defensive mistake. Hillier and another Gemma Ball penalty gave City a 3-1 half time lead.
It was not a great game of football and in fact credit to the away team who played decent football and never gave in even when Hillier and sub Guyler made it five to Leicester City Ladies. Leamington Lions hit back with two more goals of their own before Guyler and Hillier wrapped up seven for Leicester City Ladies.
Overall a strange game of football, Leicester City Ladies could of been out of sight many times but credit to a hard working Lions side. Positively another three points for Leicester City Ladies as they look forward to an away trip to Northampton next Sunday.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Kayleigh Hillier

Victory Under the Lights

Under the lights at Linwood, which always creates a good atmosphere, Leicester City Ladies hit their second win in four days this time securing league points against high flyers Copeswood who will not be far away from the title this year.
Copeswood started brighter and most of the first half their pace and quick play was causing Leicester City Ladies problems. They took the lead on 35 minutes with a fine finish and Gage made a superb clearance off the line chasing back to keep the score tight.
Second half was more even with Leicester City Ladies taking a bigger part in the play. Copeswood were always quick on the break keeper Cat and the back four for City were superb. Leicester City Ladies were awarded their second penalty in two successive league games , this time Gemma Ball hit the net to level the scores.
It almost had the feel of a cup tie with a lot of end to end action. Fortunately the one chance was enough and that fell to Laura Toon who finished from close rang to steal the points.
Overall a tight game with a lot of quality, the points were fantastic to be achieved against a very good side in Copeswood.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Lauren Gage

League Cup Victory

This was only Leicester City Ladies second competitive game of the season and saw them starting another cup journey all ready.
It was a slow start from Leicester City Ladies and it was Loughborough Students who took the lead from a corner kick which was headed in at the back post. Sam Clarke levelled the score for Leicester City Ladies just before the break.
Second half was better from Leicester City Ladies, much more creative and carving out decent chances. Gemma Ball gave City the lead after fine work from Tori Allen inside the box. A stunning header from Hillier getting on the end of superb Kilby deliver and a corner kick from Scott that found the far corner rounded off a first round win for City.
Overall a patchy game played in a good spirit on a very warm afternoon. Leicester City Ladies worth their second round place and in the end a decent performance to go with it.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Kayleigh Hillier

Solid Opening to League Campaign

Leicester City Ladies started their campaign two weeks later than most in a solid fashion by holding league title favourites Stoke City at home 0-0.
Stoke City started the brighter with high balls causing Leicester City Ladies problems, but City battled back and a good passing move carved out a penalty for the home side, only to see the resulting spot kick saved.
It was an even first half with chances at both ends .
Second half Stoke City again started the brighter, but as the half progressed Leicester City Ladies came back into the game and some fine saves from the Stoke City goalkeeper kept it all square.
Overall a pleasing day for Leicester City Ladies on their first competitive outing of the new campaign.
Manager Matt Cook commented after the game “On the opening day every manager wants to look organised, not concede and get some points so really I can’t ask for much more. My players today were excellent, I hope season 2012/13 is a fruitful one for them as they are a great bunch with a good work ethic and commitment to Leicester City Ladies.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Sarah Burbidge

City Set for New Season

As Leicester City Ladies seniors set their sights on Strasbourg they fly off on the back of three worth while games pre season games.
First of all And impressive away performance at national reserve side Coventry City, Linda Scott scoring the blues goal. This was followed by 2 1 defeat to Norwich City, a very young Leicester side took to the pitch and although at times a little unbalanced all over it was a good pre season run out for the squad against a very good Norwich City side, Kayleigh Hillier scoring for the home team.
This was followed by a midweek game at Gedling Town, manager Matt Cook selected a mixed team and there was plenty to look at, City won 5-0 through Hillier, Burbidge, Reva Allen, Tori Allen and a bizarre own goal.
The seniors have now made their way to Strasbourg to defend their trophy from the visit two years ago.
Leicester City Ladies start two weeks late to everyone else so after City’s trip abroad they have another week to prepare for division favourites Stoke City on the first Sunday in September .
Matt Cook commented “..it has been a strange pre season all told as I have never had everyone available, then again I would rather that happen now than in the league. For the past two years I have been fighting for players to move the club forward and it has been a bit unreal this year to carry the same squad forward. I’m sure this will help to our consistency, we have lost more players than we have taken in but I am used to that. The future looks bright for the future and it was my job to bridge the gap between the new talented group of juniors coming through. I believe we have done that. Finishing third last year everyone now expects more, However I think being realistic helps. We were ten points of second last year and 1 point of finishing fifth so we are not favourites. Main point is two years ago we were on the road to no where with constant relegation battles and now we are a club again with real potential. Hopefully this year will be as fruitful as the last “

Second Pre Season Victory

Oxford United have been notable climbers in the women’s pyramid of late and finally making their move into Combination Division, this would be a good test for Leicester City Ladies.
Oxford United nearly took the lead from a quick counter attack only to see a close range shot go over.
Later on a cross ball from Brant found its way all the way into the back post to give Leicester City Ladies the lead.
Second half saw Leicester City Ladies have more decent control of the game. Although not a perfect display City’s second goal was a joy to watch as a fine passing move starting all the way from goalkeeper to midfield runner Kilby with a cool finish.
Leicester now face a tougher task at Coventry in their next warm up match

Pre Season off to Winning Start

After frustrating weather conditions Leicester City Ladies finally played the first match of their pre season with the visit of Barnsley.
Equal standard to Leicester City Ladies in the division to our right they gave a good start. The game was played in good spirit and it was the visitors who took the lead with a fine finish.
Leicester City Ladies responded quickly as Gemma Ball sneaked in the box to head home over the advancing keeper.
In a pretty equal game, although Leicester City Ladies looked the most likely to score, but it was cruel on the visitors as a long defensive clearance from debutant Conrad bounced over the visiting keeper to earn City the win .
Overall a good run out and a lot of lessons to be learned.

Senior Pre Season Schedule

July

Sunday 15th Home MK Dons 2pm ko
Tuesday 17th training
Thursday 19th training
Sunday 22nd Home Barnsley 2pm ko
Tuesday 24th Away Derby County 7.15pm ko
Thursday 26th training
Sunday 29th Home Oxford United 2pm ko

August

Thursday 2nd training
Sunday 5th Away Coventry City reserve friendly tbc
Thursday 9th training
Sunday 12th Home Norwich City 2pm ko
Tuesday 14th training
Sunday 19th Away Long Eaton 2pm ko
Tuesday 21st training
Thursday 23rd training

All training and match venues to be confirmed from week to week.
More 1st and 2nd team friendlies will be added.

First Team Clinch Third

Leicester City Ladies clinched third place in their final game of a truly memorable year. Going into the game city sat fifth with Leafield Athletic in fourth and Copeswood away to Loughborough Students. Leicester City Ladies needed to win and hope for a Students victory.
The day could not of gone better as City raced into a three goal lead, a lot of possession was with the away team but failure to break through was a worry until Hillier finished to take the lead. Bateman then hit twice once from a Clarke delivery and also finishing off a fine passing move between herself Scott and Kilby.
Second half Leafield Athlitic were a brighter and a missed penalty from Leicester City Ladies lifted their spirits and a cool near post finish earned Leafield a way back in. It turned out to be just a consolation however and with news coming through of Students victory over Copeswood it put Leicester City Ladies third in the final table.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Katie Bateman
Overall it rounds off a fine season for Leicester City Ladies. Taking Leicester Women all the way to penalties in the County Cup, Third round FA cup and some remarkable performances home and away. But most of all a transformation of a team that finished third bottom 23 months ago and avoided dropping out of the league to now be third top is a great credit to staff and players over the past two years.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I’m just pleased for the players, they have came close to so many things this year and I believe that finishing 5th although a good year would of been harsh. However league tables don’t lie and it was down to them today to win and everyone was superb especially first half. And as I say league tables don’t lie and we are the third best team this year and I think that’s about right. Credit to Wolves who shown they are worthy of their position and hopefully we can learn over the summer and move forward as a whole football club.”

League Leaders Held

Leicester City Ladies rarely loose two on the bounce and their bounce back ability factor proved again as Leicester City Ladies held league leaders Stoke City at Linwood Park, leaving the door wide open for last weeks victors Wolves.
First half was a good game all round Stoke City ever present big, strong and effective. Leicester City Ladies were trying to carve openings but clear cut chances were to a miniumum.
Second half Stoke City took the lead early through a stunning set piece, it took the home team a while to get back into the flow of play but Leicester City Ladies looked worth a goal and if came from a header from Hillier who’s pace was ever present all game.
Either team may have nicked it Brant and Bateman had chances for Leicester City Ladies and Stoke City were threatening from corners and in behind but a draw was probably the right result.
Overall the result keeps Leicester City Ladies ticking a long nicely in now trying to snatch second but with two tough away games to go performances like today could take Leicester City Ladies just under Stoke City come May.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match Reva Allen

City Lose to Late Goal

Leicester City Ladies thin hopes of the play offs became ever more distant thanks to a late winner from Wolves in this top of the table clash.
First half Wolves were the better team causing Leicester City Ladies problems all over the park, however it was the home side who took the lead before the interval when Bateman flicked in a Brant corner.
Second half Leicester City Ladies were brighter and it created a good match. With fifteen minutes to play a low corner found it’s way in to level the scores and fine goal late in injury time sealed an away win and kept Wolves on course for the title .
Overall a draw may of been the fairer result especially as both teams had good chances in the second half but one side made it count and now city must regroup for the visit of the current leaders Stoke City.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match Kim Walton

Win Maintains Promotion Chances

Leicester City Ladies were back to league action after two dramatic weeks in cup competitions, unfortunately the penalty roller coaster carried over into the league against Radcliffe Olympic.
It was the perfect start for Leicester City Ladies great wing play from Brant found Bateman in the box and a flicked near post header gave City the lead after only 40 seconds.
Leicester City Ladies then let Radcliffe Olympic back into the game who had chances of their own from the long ball. All square at the
interval however.
Leicester City Ladies started the second half bright and used the ball better. Good set plays were causing trouble at both ends but a very dubious penalty awarded to the home team was saved to keep the game alive.
When Leicester City Ladies did not score they needed their back four who stood strong and more notably their keeper Catt who pulled off a penalty save followed by a one on one double save to one again prove her worth for City.
With Fyfe and Hanarahan in front a clean sheet is more than they deserved and City held on for a vital win.
Overall result more important than performance at this time of the year although City made a lot of the running and deserved to edge the game to set up amazing end of season involved five teams in the promotion race.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match Aimie Cattell

County Cup Defeat on Penalties

After Leicester City Ladies heroics last week in the FA Cup it was now the County Cup and the draw produced the toughest task against holders Leicester City Women.
A well fought out cup tie saw Leicester City take the lead with twenty minutes to go through a fine individual goal from Kyleigh Brant. The home team tried to hang on but Leicester City Women forced extra time with a late equaliser.
Extra time was end to end with chances at both ends but it was Leicester City Women who snatched the tie on penalties 4-5.
Overall another impressive performance from Leicester City Ladies, although penalties is a cruel way to loose nothing but positives for two weeks of hard work. 210 minutes versus National and Premier league opposition and City did not look out of place these last two weeks and on another day may have won both ties.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Erica Kilby
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the game “Once again the team rise to the occasion, most people over the last two games would of expected us to be on the end of two heavy defeats and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Last week we were a foot away from extra time against Cardiff City and today we were one penalty away from knocking the cup holders for eight years out of the competition at the first hurdle. Although technically two defeats, it has been one of the most recognisable two weeks of recent times and for me strangely two of the most enjoyable as the progression is exemplary to smaller clubs and a true credit to our players. We look forward now to a big end to our league campaign.”

Great Day but City Exit FA Cup

Was there any surprise that on the 12th of the 2nd, 12 (12.2.12) that the special day for Leicester City Ladies would end on that score. The omen was right but unfortunately City lost out the odd goal In an extraordinary cup tie.
Aylestone Park saw over 400 people come through the gates, it was a great event and it was Leicester City Ladies who sent the stand into raptures by taking a surprise lead through Katie Bateman. It was
slightly short lived however as Cardiff City replied within ten minutes with a cool finish past Catt.
Chances at both ends for the rest of the half with Brant and Bateman shining up front for Leicester City Ladies and the Cardiff City quick play creating openings but the score was level at the break.
Second was a typical cup tie, end to end action and lots of twists and turns, many penalty box scrambles and aerial balls bouncing on the hard surface, however it was a fine piece of brilliance from the
Cardiff City number 15 as she struck a twenty five yard strike into the far top corner which created many applause even from Leicester City Ladies supporters.
The cup tie rolled on with Leicester City Ladies pushing forward and Cardiff City counter attacking with pace, both teams rode there luck, once again Catt proved what a fine goalkeeper she is with a string of fine saves. Kilby, Walton and Bateman all had chances and late on Hanarahan from a Kilby set play.
However the 2-1 prediction come true but it fell to the visitors to bring our FA Cup story to an end for 2012.
Overall a magnificent cup tie played in a great spirit, Leicester City Ladies now concentrate on League and County Cup from now until May.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Katie Bateman
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone
who volunteered on the day to make the occasion, a big thank you to the mini mascots and all the juniors from the club who came out in force to cheer the seniors on. Hopefully one day it will be me watching them in such occasions. We couldn’t of picked a more sportsman like team than the Cardiff City set up although was always competitive between players it was in a good ethic of the game . But mostly thank you to the players, it was never going to be a great footballing performance from either team in tough conditions but what a hearty, true and honest performance my team gave they are constantly getting the club noticed and combined with the work of the whole club from committee to juniors credit is due to our club. What a difference I’ve seen In two years and I’m sure of many more.”

Point Maintains Second Spot

Leicester City Ladies remained a point ahead of their rivals Leafield Athletic as second met third in the Midland Combination League.
In a tight encounter Leicester City Ladies made the early running in the first half, chances were few and far between however.
Second half was more even with chances at both ends especially late
on. Catt in the Leicester City Ladies goal once again pulled off a fine save after a goal line scramble kept the game level.
Two flash crosses across the box for both teams still did not find the net and a stalemate game it was destined to be.
Overall a very tight encounter between two very much improved teams
from last season. Leicester City Ladies maybe had the most of the running but the clearer opportunities maybe fell to the visitors so both teams settle for a point with Leicester having to travel to Leafield next month.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Linda Scott

Vital Away Win

Leicester City Ladies sealed a vital away win at struggling Northampton Town by two goals to one.
On an awful playing surface with a strong swirling wind the game was bought into disrepute with three red cards and five yellows.
Concentrating on the football… Northampton Town battled from the start and made the early running, with playing conditions tricky both teams found if hard to move the ball well but is was the Cobblers who took the lead through a penalty just before the break.
Leicester City Ladies replied instantly as a great deliver from Kilby finally found Walton who finished well.
In the second half the game became less of a football match with cards and incidents all over the park. From a red card decision a Leicester City Ladies free kick from Kilby looped all the way in. With a player less Leicester City Ladies battled to hold on to their lead and with it go second in the league and into the play off spot.
Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Cat once again proved herself to be the best in the league as she pulled of a superb save late on.
Leicester City Ladies have reach their highest position of the season and the clubs highest position for many years. Although the underdogs Leicester City Ladies are not going away from this promotion chase very easy.
Overall the game will sadly be remembered for incident rather than football, but looking beyond that a lot of Leicester City Ladies players although not all covered themselves in glory by their attitude and desire to win and do well for the club.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Emily Hanrahan
However two big mentions to Waldron and Kilby who also hit top form.

Double Signing

Leicester City Ladies are delighted to announce two new senior signings with Reva and Tori Allen joining the club.
Delighted First Team Manger Matt Cook welcomed the sisters of England star Remi Allen by saying “I am delighted to sign the girls, they have been patient and showed such maturity in waiting to qualify to sign senior deals. Also both have had an up and down year or so in football, I am delighted they have chose Leicester City Ladies to employ their trade and hopefully now they can settle down, enjoy their football and develop into the players I know they can become.”

FA Cup Run Continues

Leicester City Ladies made it through to the third round proper of the Women’s FA Cup for the second season running under the guidance of manager Matt Cook, the third round as in men’s football is the aim for smaller sides to hopefully test themselves against Premier or even National League opposition .
Having played Loughborough Students twice already both teams know each other pretty well as the game proved. It was Leicester City Ladies who took the lead as good hold up play from Charles and a smart turn from Bateman who drove the ball home to give City the advantage.
There were chances at both ends but Loughborough Students grabbed a leveller on the stoke of half time from a free kick flicked in at the back post.
After the break Loughborough Students came out flying and nearly took the lead, Cattel once again was ever present for city in goal.
On the hour mark Leicester City Ladies looked to get a grip on the game, with twenty five minutes to play a treble substitution from Cook sparked life into the team and right back turn striker Gemma Ball snatched in at the far post to finish with a left foot volley with ten minutes to play. Leicester City Ladies had to put their back to the wall late on as Loughborough Students pushed on but City edged the cup tie and will be in Mondays draw on the 9th January for round three for the second season running.
Overall a tight affair with chances at both ends, possession favoured the home team but nervy moments maybe favoured the home team to as Loughborough Students counter attacked with pace on many occasions.
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented after the game “I always felt we were going to win the game in the second half but as the time ticked on the last thing I wanted was extra time and I thought Loughborough were coming close to maybe scoring another goal so we threw caution to the win late on making three changes, some parts of it worked and some took time but the group adapted well and moving Gemma up top paid off, the third round was our aim. Now we just want the draw to throw the girls a challenge they deserve as last year we drew Leicester City Women which was a great challenge but someone outside the county and a division up would be great. Hopefully we have a better chance this year with a lot of East Midlands sides already eliminated one of which being last years third round opponents so will be nice to fly the flag for women’s football in Leicester in round three.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match Erica Preston.

FA Cup Victory

Leicester City Ladies carried on their FA Cup journey past Christmas for the second year running with an away win at East Midlands side AFC Trinity of Northampton.
Leicester City Ladies raced into a two goal lead through Hillier and Brant.
AFC Trinity pulled a goal back with a fine looping finish however straight from kick off Bateman got on the end of a cross to restore Leicester City Ladies two goal advantage.
AFC Trinity’s fighting spirit was commendable as a cup shock was on their minds and a well struck free kick gave them hope before the interval.
Second half Leicester City Ladies dominance told Hillier and Bateman found the net with fine finishes again to round off a tough cup tie in tough conditions.
Overall the game could and maybe should have been more comfortable for Leicester City Ladies but in the end the quality got the side over the finish line against a very tough and well organised AFC Trinity side.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Kyleigh Brant

First Team into Third

Leicester City Ladies moved into their highest position of the season
sitting third this evening in a very intriguing looking Midland
Combination Division.
TNS put out a weakened side from their game last week and it soon cost
them as Katie Bateman gave Leicester City Ladies the lead, she doubled Citys advantage before the break but the away teams spirit was commendable.
Second half Gemma Ball who had a fine all round game made it three for Leicester City Ladies early on with a looping cross that ended up in the top corner. Substitute Laura Charles soon earned herself a goal on the 70 minute mark to round off a home win for Leicester City Ladies.
Overall it was commendable spirit from the away team and Leicester
City Ladies made it hard for themselves but four more goals another clean sheet put City, although the underdog, right in the promotion chase.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Gemma Ball

Unbeaten Run Continues

Leicester City Ladies first team kept up their unbeaten run and their movement up the Midland Combination table. Loughborough Students had held Leicester City Ladies to a goalless draw only last week but this time the game went to City.
Some good positive first half football from Leicester City Ladies created some good chances. Brant delivery from the left and invention from Ball and Bateman were notable in Leicester City Ladies attack.
It was a fine move that created Leicester City Ladies opening goal as Kilby finished from a rebound. Soon Kilby was causing trouble again as a good set piece ended up in the near corner off a Loughborough Students player getting the last touch. Brant then shone again and another great delivery this time from the left was finished at the far post from Hillier.
Few more chances were created and a crucial save from Cattle in the Leicester City Ladies goal kept it at three nil.
The second half of the match was very scrappy and lacked in quality, Loughborough Students played a lot more positively and tried to break down the Leicester City Ladies defence.
After riding the storm Leicester City Ladies saw the game out and earned a vital away win.
Overall a game of two halves but no one can deny Leicester City Ladies first half quality and another clean sheet to go with it was very pleasing.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Gemma Ball

Frustrating Draw

Leicester City Ladies kept their unbeaten run going but it was a frustrating day for the home team.
Leicester City Ladies had an early chances through Ball hit the post and set pieces from Kilby and Brant were causing confusion in the box.
Loughborough Students had a chance of their own shooting over from close range in what was a scrappy first half.
Second half Leicester City Ladies had most of the possession it took a while to carve out clear cut chances but Hillier, Bateman, Ball and Walton were all left frustrated.
Overall Leicester City Ladies dominated the ball and on another day may have sneaked it but credit to a well organised students team. Leicester City Ladies take a point and move on to the return fixture which is only seven days away.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match Molly Waldron

FA Cup Victory

Leicester City Ladies carried on their unbeaten run and secured their place in the FA Cup 1st round with a convincing 4-0 victory over Northampton Town.
Gemma Ball flicked home a Brant cross to give Leicester City Ladies the lead before Thia Wright rounded off a fine move with a close range volley to double the home sides lead on thirty five minutes.
In the second half Leicester City Ladies had the best start possible as captain Ez Kilby lifted the ball over the stranded keeper.
Leicester City Ladies reduced Northampton Town’s chances and rounded off the game with a fourth goal through Hillier who chipped the keeper from right hand side.
Overall Leicester City Ladies were convincing winners and controlled the game, a clean sheet and four goals send City comfortably through to the first round.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match Erica Kilby.

Lightening Does Strike Twice

The Midland Combination Division always gives you a tough game every week in a very competitive league but over the past three weeks Leicester City Ladies have played the top two in Stoke City Ladies and Curzon Ashton Ladies. More importantly on the day of the fixtures these teams were leading the division.
Stoke City Ladies were top two weeks ago when Leicester City Ladies secured a 2-1 away win and today we welcomed the new pace setters in Curzon Ashton Ladies to Aylestone Park.
In a very even first half chances where created at both ends and the match was played in a good spirit by both teams. Kyleigh Brant gave Leicester City Ladies the lead on twenty five minutes with a superb solo run and a near post finish.
Curzon Ashton Ladies equalised ten minutes before the interval when a deflected shot from close range hit post and went in to delight the away team. In between the two goals Leicester City Ladies felt they had a penalty shout but the referee did not agree.
Second half Leicester City Ladies took the game to the visitors, Curzon Ashton Ladies were always causing problems however City regained their lead through another fine solo effort this time Kayleigh Hillier was the scorer. Kayleigh Hillier than added to the score with a rebound finish to make it 3 1 to Leicester City Ladies and effectively and seal the game for the home side.
Curzon Ashton Ladies hit the post late on but it was Leicester City Ladies day and for the second time City had beaten the league leaders and moved themselves into contention.
Overall maybe Leicester City Ladies best team performance in terms of sticking to a successful game plan and having put so much effort in the game the result followed.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the match “The girls never surprise me these days, they are capable of being right in the mix until the end. They have not let themselves down of late with poor displays however when we have had difficulties they have reacted great. I thought the effort they put in this week in training and especially for 90 minutes today was commendable. I wouldn’t rule these girls out of surprising a few more teams before the end of the season.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match:Kyleigh Brant

More Points on the Road

After two away wins on the bounce it was on the road again for Leicester City Ladies this time to Dudley United Ladies.
Dudley United Ladies had recently recorded home wins over Leafield Athlitic and Radcliffe Olympic not to mention taking unbeaten side Wolves to penalties in the cup.
It was always going to be a tough task for Leicester City Ladies who also lost top scorer Bateman at half time due to injury .
Dudley United Ladies took the lead pouncing on a defensive mistake to finish into the top corner.
Leicester City Ladies equalised through Hillier who volleyed over the goalkeeper to make the game level at half time.
Second half Leicester City Ladies started brighter but it was Dudley United Ladies who had the better chance spurning an open goal.
Kayleigh Brant gave Leicester City Ladies the lead before Dudley United Ladies got their reward through dubious penalty decision.
Overall a point was probably just about right and Leicester City Ladies take seven points from three away games.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match Kayleigh Hillier

Ladies Derail League Leaders

After a fantastic match on the Thursday away to Loughborough Foxes playing the league leaders was motivation enough for Leicester City Ladies.
Leicester City Ladies where near enough back to full strength which had been their biggest down fall has now helped results improve .
Leicester City Ladies started brightly and were playing the better football, Stoke City were always dangerous with the long ball however.
An individual piece of brilliance gave Stoke City the lead a forty yard strike flying into the top corner and for the second game running Leicester City Ladies were a goal down to a wonder strike out the blue.
Second half Leicester City Ladies started the brighter again, the football was good and the back four was giving the team a good base to work from.
On 70 minutes came the defining moment of the game Kate Bateman ran through on goal and was derailed in her attempt to score by the last defender of Stoke City and a red card and penalty were awarded which Gemma Ball finished well into the corner. Some doubt over the penalty with how much she got of the ball, Was it player or ball first? Very immaterial as no one can doubt Leicester City Ladies deserved to be level.
However Stoke City now had a problem as they were down to ten. Kayleigh Hillier finished superbly into the corner on the back of a good passing move to give Leicester City Ladies the lead with ten minutes to play.
Three more yellow and two more reds were shown in a game which was played in a good enough spirit so to end with so many cards was strange and sad for the neutral.
Overall the better team won on the day, a red card influences any game however no one can doubt there was no balance of power switch as Leicester City Ladies were worthy winners. Good all round play from start to finish with city adapting to the big pitch very well.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I think the last week has shown real progress from the whole club but especially the players, they are moving the team up nicely in the league and enjoying their football. Credit is hard to come by from anyone else in football of course but I have nothing but praise for my girls this week. Congratulations on your weeks work all.”
Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Emily Hanrahan
For another view on today’s game visit Stoke City Ladies Blog

First Team Bounce Back

Leicester City Ladies bounced back from a disappointing weekend result in an amazing game which this time fell the way of the away team.
Once again Leicester City Ladies were two nil down at half time, although it was quite incredible considering the home side dominance. Second half Leicester City Ladies came out and scored after ten minutes through Laura Charles and shortly afterwards Charles caused confusion in the box forcing a Loughborough Foxes defender to nod the ball past their own goalkeeper.
Just when Leicester City Ladies were back in the game Loughborough Foxes regained the lead on the break with a fine finish.
Leicester City Ladies really got the bit between their teeth and played some great football, with twenty minutes left Katie Bateman spun the defender to finish superbly into the bottom corner.
Numerous corners and set plays were causing Loughborough Foxes problems and with ten minutes to play an in-swinging corner found its way into the far corner of the goal, this was nothing more than Leicester City Ladies deserved to win the game.
Overall great character was shown once again, to be two down and bounce back by scoring four goals in the second half was great to see.
Leicester City Ladies now look forward to a trip to run away league leaders Stoke City.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match- Kim Walton

Unbeaten Run Ends

Leicester City Ladies surrendered their unbeaten record with an uncharacteristic first half performance which left the home team with to much to do.
Copeswoods pacey forwards caused Leicester City Ladies no end of problems and they were deservedly put the away side two goals ahead at half time.
In the second half Leicester City Ladies were better but it was to be a Copeswood day.
Leicester City Ladies pulled a goal back but Copeswood resumed their two goal lead from the penalty spot.
There was time for one last Leicester City Ladies consolation goal to end the game at 2-3.
Overall it was a disappointing day for the home team, slack defending cost Leicester City Ladies the game and a spirited second half performance was not enough.
Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Aimme Cattel

Unbeaten Run Continues

Leicester City Ladies unbeaten run continued with victory in the league visit to Radcliffe Olympic.
The game started badly for Leicester City ladies as a mistake gifted Radcliffe an early lead.
Leicester City Ladies continued to make uncharacteristic mistakes but finally managed to get back into the game when fine work out wide from Helen Rudkin found Kate Bateman in the box to level the score before the break.
In the second half Leicester City Ladies were much better and on a terribly bobbly pitch started to win their individuals battles.
Nicole Carvell popped up on the hour mark to give Leicester City Ladies the lead with a fine finish from inside the box. Keeper Catt kept Leicester City Ladies in it at times but all round the team stood firm against the direct play of the home team.
Manager Matt Cook commented after the game “Overall a game of two halves, A very unlike Leicester first half performance was followed up by a battling fine performance in the second and now City have back to back wins for the first time this season.”
Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Kate Bateman

Unbeaten Run Extended

Leicester City Ladies made it four games unbeaten in the league with a win over Northampton Town.
Leicester City Ladies as the home team were one up inside three minutes when a fine footballing move was finished by Gemma Ball.
City had numerous chances and brave Northampton Town defending kept the Leicester lead to a single goal.
Eventually Katie Bateman broke though the defence on twenty five minutes, she timed her run superbly to get on the end of a fine pass from Helen Rudkin and rounded the keeper to score.
Leicester City Ladies were a bit patched up through injury but the changes seemed to click.
In the second half Leicester City Ladies made it hard for themselves getting involved in a cup tie type game.
Leicester City Ladies stood firm and gained control of the game again late on and were unlucky to not add another to the score sheet, with Laura Toon’s effort going the closest to making the game further beyond Northampton Town.
Leicester City Ladies manger Matt Cook commented after the game “Overall a great spirit and commitment shown once again this time with a clean sheet to match a fine result.”
Leicester City Ladies player of the match Nicole Carvell

Voluntary Training Sessions

Quorn Brownies and Leicester City LadiesLeicester City Ladies first team coach Andy Marsden led a training session for an enthusiastic group of 26 young Brownies and their leaders.
Senior player Kim Walton and Leicester City Ladies first team manager Matt Cook were also present at the training session held at Station Road in Quorn to spread the work of Leicester City Ladies and girls football.
Numerous girls have taken contact details and are looking to join the club after having a great time at the training session.
Any other organisations who would like a voluntary training session by the senior coaches and players please contact Matt on 07900901755

Cup Exit on Penalties

The first round of the League Cup gave Leicester City Ladies a tough task by drawing Wolves at home, but a spirited display left the match level at three goals each after extra time. With Wolves progressing to the next round on penalties in an excellent cup tie.
Leicester City Ladies took the lead through Walton at a set play and this proved to be the only goal of the first half.
Leicester City Ladies started the second half slowly and credit to the away team as they scored two goals to lead the match just before the hour mark through two well worked moves.
Wolves could have been further ahead but Catt in the Leicester City Ladies goal saved a penalty.
Leicester City Ladies managed to get their game back together and a fine free kick from Scott levelled the game.
Extra time opened with torrential rain and hail and after seven minutes Wolves took the lead with the best goal of the game, a twenty yard curling effort in to the top corner.
In the second period of extra time Walton levelled the scores again as Leicester City Ladies showed great character.
The match came down to the dreaded penalty kicks and Wolves ran out 5-4 winners as the Wanderers keeper pulled off a great save amongst some great kicks from both sides.
Overall a draw was probably a fair result but one team has to go through and it was a great cup tie for the neutral.
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented “the league cup was not a priority to us this year, we were not down grading the competition but with numerous injuries at the moment which has caused us so many problems more games in midweeks is the last thing we need. However we felt we put out a team strong enough to win the tie and would of liked to progress and all for penalty kicks we may well of done that. We seem to have a tag for being physical, direct and dead ball specialists. The set plays we are very proud of that comment as we work hard to be effective in and around the box, however physical and direct sells us short. I thought that both teams played in a brilliant cup tie as a good advert for womens football. I had great admiration for Wolves ability on the day as they created many problems for us. What a shame my players weren’t appreciated as much for their part in the tie. I am delighted with my players on the day and would like to wish the Wolves players all the best in the next round.”

Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Sarah Burbage

Ten Goal Draw!

Leicester City Ladies travelled to Copeswood and picked up a point in an amazing five all draw.

Two goals from Ball and one each from Hiller, Bateman and Kilby earned a patched up Leicester City Ladies a point, scrappy defending gifted Copeswood goals but with the Leicester front line playing well it was a very up and down game.

This strange game was overshadowed by injuries most notably to Leicester City Ladies captain Erica Kilby, who we wish a speedy recovery.

Player of the Match: K.Hillier.

Derby Draw

In this midweek local derby Leicester City Ladies and Loughborough Foxes shared the points .

Loughborough Foxes went into the lead through slack Leicester City Ladies defending before Ball and Bateman linked well to level the match.

The second half was all Leicester City Ladies but a series of good saves from the Loughborough Foxes keeper and a missed penalty meant it was not to be and the teams picked up a point each.

Player of the Match: Catt

 

New Look Team Secures Victory

Leicester City Ladies secured their first points of the season with a 4-2 victory over newly promoted Dudley United Ladies.
Leicester City Ladies got a shock as Dudley United Ladies raced to a two goal lead at Aylestone Park. Just before the break a goal from Hillier brought Leicester City Ladies back in the game.
In the second half it was one way traffic from Leicester City Ladies with three unanswered goals from Walton, Scott and Brant rounded off the first victory in this seasons league campaign.
Overall it was a convincing win for a Leicester City Ladies team featuring nine new players, not only to the squad but football at this level.
Player of the match – Helen Rudkin.

Town Twinning

Leicester City Ladies will be welcoming A S Musau from Strasboug for their sixth visit to Leicester as part of the town twinning exchange.
In its twelfth year the playing side of the visit will see Leicester City Ladies and A S Musau take on other sides from the Leicestershire Women’s Senior League in an 11-a-side tournament to be played at Aylestone Park on Sunday 21st August between 10.30am and 4pm.

First Team Update

Leicester City Ladies First Team have enjoyed a productive openning month of training with three games creating three wins.
On July 17th Leicester City Ladies traveled to Ilkeston and with Brant scoring a hat trick combined with further goals from Scott, Bateman, Ball, Hillier, Thomas and Burfourd resulting in an overwhelming 9-0 victory.
One week later Leicester Coty Ladies hosting Oxford United and in a close game played with a good spirit goals from Scott and Ball gave the home side another victory.
Leicester City Ladies first real test was on July 31st away to the MK Dons who has previosuly beaten Millwall Lionesses 3-1 a week prior. However two early goals from Hillier and Bateman gave Leicester City Ladies a good grip on the tie. MK Dons pulled one back before the break but Gemma Ball finished from close range to seal the victory 3-1 with ten minutes to play.
With games still to come against Corby Town, Shepshed and Sheffield FC there is still work to be done with a view to what will be a tough Midlands Combination season. However congratulations to the new squad on a great start to their 2011/12 journey.

Pre Season Message from First Team Manager Matt Cook

I would like to welcome everyone back to Leicester City Ladies and into a new season 2011/12.
Firstly I have two departures to announce those of Assistant Manager Steve Walton and Senior Club Captain Annie Rudkin.
Steve Walton has been a great number two and has on several occasions taken over the reins in my short time here, I thank him on behalf of everyone for his time and efforts for Leicester City Ladies.
After 14 years at the club Annie Rudkin has decided to hang up on her boots, having only been in charge for one year at Leicester City Ladies I have only worked with Annie for a short time but like to say she is one of the most honest, hard working, loyal and committed footballers that I have ever had the pleasure to work with, her dedication should be a bench mark for everyone at the club. From all at Leicester City Ladies I thank you Annie and wish you every success with your junior team in 2011/12.

On a more positive note I would like to welcome Andy Marsden and James Taylor to the first team coaching staff. Both Andy and James have been at the club for a year working with Reserves and Fosse teams. Ali Spencer will move up to fill the vacated assistant managers role.

With Club Captain Heather Fyffe and Team captain Erica Preston in place Leicester City Ladies first teams now needs a new Vice Captain, therefore I would like to announce that the role has been offered to Ashleigh Bingham and I am delighted to say that she has accepted. Ash is a model pro and sets a great example to the squad, she is a popular girl and this showed with her being named players player of the year 2010/11. It is this hard work and improvement that made it an easy decision and I am delighted Ash has accepted the role.
As of Tuesday 5th July Leicester City Ladies first team are back in pre season training and anyone over age 16 who wish to join or try out for the team please come along to a session or email the first team manager.
I look forward to a new exciting start to the season at Leicester City Ladies
Yours in sport
Matt

First Team Pre-season Schedule

July
Tuesday 5th Pre season training starts 8pm Aylestone Park
Sun 10th 1.30pm Aylestone Park training games
Thurs 14th 7.30 training
Sun 17th Away Ilkeston Town FC 2pm ko
Thurs 21st 7.30 training
Sun 24th Home Oxford United 2pm ko
Tues 26th 7.30 training
Thurs 28th 7.30 training
Sun 31st Away MK Dons 2pm ko
August
Thurs 4th 7.30 Training
Sun 7th Away Cambridge Women 2pm ko
Thurs 11th 7.30 Training
Sun 14th Home Shepshed 2pm ko
Thurs 18th 7.30 Training
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st Strasbourg tournament weekend
Tues 23rd 7.30 training
Thurs 25th 7.30 training
Sun 28th League Season Starts

New Shape Gains Three Points

Leicester City Ladies had the opportunity to secure their best points tally in seven years in the Midland Combination division and they did it at the death to round off a fine first season at the new ground Aylestone Park with one away game to play.
With a few players out Leicester City Ladies set up in a new shape and a young team and they dominated possession throughout.
Copeswoods long ball over the top caused a few problems but Fyfe and Walton dealt well with their pacey front line.
Leicester City Ladies had more than enough chances to take the lead before the break even on a hot day with a slow tempo the chances were there but unfortunately it was 0-0 at half time.
Second half Leicester City Ladies kicked against the wind but in fact played better, better creativity and ball retention were evident but still it was frustrating for the home team.
Changes from a young sub bench made a difference and sub Lee created confusion in the penalty box and the ball fell to Waldron who with a fine half volley gave city the lead with ten minutes to go and it has to be said it was well deserved. Leicester City Ladies kept tight at the back and may have added one more to the tally but a professional performance gives City 33 points and fourth spot in the division with one game left and the highest points tally in 7 years.
Overall it was a little frustrating but Leicester City Ladies got the job done which is definitely testament to the character of the side and the payers coming into the squad. Congratulations to a successful home campaign at Aylestone Park with the final game next week taking the team to TNS .
Player of the Match- Nicole Carvell

Three Points Secured in Style

LCLFC 4-1 TNS

After two good solid away draws to Wolves and Radcliffe City were still in the mix for the top six and points are vital with all the top teams playing one another. Two draws against third and fourth in the league on the road prior to this game would only be a plus if Leicester City Ladies could seal three points today and they did that in good style.
Leicester City Ladies were two up in the first half goals from Walton and Scott who played as a new front line gave Leicester the ascendancy.
TNS came out strong second half and the long ball was causing Leicester City Ladies some problems. Walton netted her second from a fine looping header over the advancing keeper to make it three before Leicester City Ladies shot themselves in the foot by conceding a goal within four minutes to give the visitors hope.
Leicester City Ladies got back in control of the game and Walton sealed her hat trick and City’s fourth to round off a fine win.

Player of the Match: Kim Walton

Solid display gains a point

After a weekend off Leicester City Ladies first team travelled to Wolves for a tough away trip. Having beat Wolves 1-0 earlier at the year at Aylestone Park it was always going to be another tight game and so it proved to be.
Leicester City Ladies set up in a new shape and it was not suiting the home team who were playing direct to get beyond the midfield barrier.
After twenty minutes Leicester City Ladies started to take the ascendancy and apart from a few long balls picked up be keeper Crewe Leicester had the better of the ball and the chances although play around the box let them down on their final ball.
Second half Leicester City Ladies won a corner within seconds and the domination of the ball continued for large parts of the second half with the away side being clearly the better side. Emma, Ez, Kim and Jodie all had chances although not always clear cut chances Wolves rode their luck. The home side put in some decent wide play at times getting behind Leicester City Ladies causing them some problems.
Leicester City Ladies almost gained a lucky goal when a sliced kick in the six yard box from the Wolves defender spun wide of the post and a 0-0 stalemate it ended much to the frustration of the away side.
Overall Leicester City Ladies will feel they deserved to win but against a good side they kept a clean sheet and put in a solid display, a bit more luck and City may of got their win .

Player of the match – Molly Waldron

Vital Win

Leicester City Ladies first team sealed a vital win against rivals Stoke City who were one point and one place above them in the league with a game in hand.
Leicester City Ladies were two up after twenty five minutes with goals from Scott and Walton both from set plays. Stock City pulled a goal back thanks to a dubious penalty decision and soon after they took advantage of a defensive error and levelled the scores just before half time.
Second half was much better from Leicester City Ladies and after the hour mark they started to get a grip on the game and play some good football.
Although Stoke City had good pace up front Leicester City Ladies coped better second half with it and they built from the back with good progressive play.
With 15 minutes to go Leicester City Ladies got the winner again from a set piece, but this time Helen Rudkin stole in to score at the far post.
Leicester City Ladies deserved their win going on the second half display and it was a vital win considering both teams positions in the league, Leicester can now look to build for a midweek tie with Northampton before the long trip to TNS in what it an important three game week for the team.
Player of the Match – Heather Fyfe

Leicester City Ladies 1 WBA 2

After a a last gasp defeat in midweek Leicester City Ladies first team were back in action within three days and they welcomed high flying West Brom.
No doubt West Brom are probably the most technically gifted team in the division who were always going to provide tough competition.
First half Leicester City Ladies looked nothing like a team sitting in fifth place and a very lack lustre performance gifted the visitors the first half and they were increasingly lucky to only be 0-2 down at the interval.
Second half Leicester City Ladies got their act together and although West Brom still had chances the attitude and organisation was much better.
Both teams had decent chances and Leicester City Ladies keeper Sian Crewe was in fine form.
Leicester City Ladies got their reward with ten minutes to play when Helen Rudkin scored from long range.
Leicester City Ladies added good pressure to try and level the scores, Preston and Scott both came close from set plays but unfortunately City could not pull back the first half’s performance.
Overall a very frustrating day for all as second half Leicester City Ladies showed they are a decent side but a two goal head start in a slack first half performance turned out to be enough for the visitors.
Player of the match- Sian Crewe

First Team Hit Four

Leicester City Ladies first team bounced back from Thursday nights cup semi final defeat in fine fashion beating bottom side Stratford Town four nil at Aylestone Park.
Leicester City Ladies were in good control of the game right from the start.
It took Leicester City Ladies a while to break the deadlock though as a disciplined Stratford Town side defended well with a lot of bodies behind the ball.
After creating many close chances Linda Scott opened the scoring from a cross ball, Marshall soon made it two finishing between the goalkeepers legs from close range.
Leicester City Ladies came out second half with a bit more tempo and doubles their score in the first ten minutes both through Marshall, first from a simple finish into the near post before rounded the keeper and finishing superbly to earn a well deserved hat trick. Carvell, Ball and Scott all had chances second half but the score stayed at four and a very satisfying win for the home team.
Overall Leicester City Ladies were in good control of the game and rarely forced back towards their own goal, a few more goals to the scoreline it could of been but 4-0 and a professional display left the home team and staff pleased.

Mud Bath Victory

After a vital point away to Stoke City two weeks ago Leicester City Ladies first team faced another mud bath of a game very similar to Stoke City game.
With the referee giving the game the green light the game was going to be tough and it proved that but Leicester City Ladies were the victors.
First half City were dominant, Ball and Carmy causing problems on the flanks for the home team.
Northampton Town were good on the counter attack and quick pacey forwards on the their front line was always a threat. Leicester City Ladies dealt with that very well however and back four and goalkeeper played excellently.
Even in tough conditions Leicester City Ladies moved the ball very well and showed good battling qualities however it was 0-0 at the interval.
Second half Leicester City Ladies started very much the same. Northampton Town still had the long ball up to their pacey striker but keeper Bina dealt with it well. The midfield work was excellent and after working hard to get out the muddy centre area they continued to positive balls forward into space. Preston and A. Rudkin at the heart of most city attacks.
Leicester City Ladies substitutes Carvel, Wlton and Carmy all had chances but the conditions did very little to help, even off set playes a tight pitch on a wet surface meant Leicester City Ladies struggled to add real quality to their dead ball chances.
After a lot of hard work Leicester City Ladies got their reward and even the neutral surely could not deny City deserved their winner on 85 minutes. Scott played an excellent ball across the box for Carmy to sneak in at the back post to give City the points.
Overall no one can deny Leicester City Ladies were deserving winners today. On a tough playing surface city showed great attitude and good progressive football. A win that keeps confidence high going into a vital league cup final next week.
player of the match – Gemma Ball

First through to Semi Finals

League Cup quarter finals
LCLFC 3-2 Rotherham

After two defeats Leicester City Ladies needed a performance and the players proved a point to the rest of the Midland Combination teams by being the first domestic team to beat the league leaders all season.
In a thrilling cup tie Leicester City Ladies battling qualities saw them through to the semi finals against Loughbrough Students in early March.

Rotherham took the lead on twenty minutes with a fine finish into the top corner, both team started the game well and Leicester City Ladies could be considered a little unlucky to be 0-1 down at the interval.
Second half was a great game for the neutral and an even better one for the home side as they flew out the traps and a Walton penalty followed by a Carmy solo goal put Leicester City Ladies 2-1 up within the hour.
Rotherham were shook but soon got themselves together and levelled the score on 70 minutes.
The game was open but Leicester City Ladies looked the most likely however it looked extra time was looming for both team, but with three minutes to go Kim Walton chipped the keeper from the edge of the box to send Leicester City Ladies into the semi finals.

All Leicester City Ladies players were fantastic all game and did the club proud and for their efforts they are 90 minutes away from a second cup final this year having already made the County Cup final, what a remarkable season that would be for Leicester City Ladies who survived relegation by 1 point only eight months ago.

Player of the match- Annie Rudlkin

Disapointing Defeat

Leafield 2-0 LCLFC

Leicester City Ladies travelled to Solihull for the return match with close rivals in the division Leafield, earlier in the season the home fixture had been a turning point for the blues as they went on to a six game unbeaten however strangely enough Leafield would bring that run to an end in a disappointing team display.

Leafields tactic and organisation had Leicester City Ladies unbalanced and a slack team display gave the home team more and more confidence as the game went on.
It was 0-0 at half time and that flattered Leicester City Ladies.
Second half the away side fell apart an early penalty decision gave Leafield the lead and from there it was one way traffic.
Walton had a good header go just over but that was Leicester City Ladies only clear cut chance and in a frustrating and disappointing display Leafield wrapped the game up with ten minutes to play with a fine finish into the top corner.

Overall city were not at the races today and Leafield took huge advantage, Leicester City Ladies have to do better in three days time when league leaders Rotherham are back at Aylestone Park for the league cup quarter finals.

First team beaten by leaders

LCLFC 0-2 Rotherham

Leicester City Ladies welcomed unbeaten league leaders Rotherham to Aylestone Park with a young side starting the game, and a spirited display was encouraging for the future of the club.

Rotherham were 2 up before the break and early goal which caused confusion from a corner found the net and penalty on half hour made it difficult for the home side.
Second half Leicester City Ladies rallied, but without carving out any clear cut chances all their efforts left them with no points but a very spirited display none the less.

After the game Manager Matt Cook commented “I am sure the league leaders realised they were in a game today, great credit goes to all the players against the unbeaten leaders.”

Player of the Match- Kate Bateman

First Team Move upto Fifth

Leicester City Ladies first team climbed into fifth spot with a vital win away at Coventry Copeswood.
Leicester City Ladies dominated the game throughout but wasted several chances and the 0-2 scoreline flattered the home team.
Erica Preston gave Leicester City Ladies the lead with a fine goal, looping the ball over the goalkeeper into the top corner.
Leicester City Ladies had all the possession and although the game became a little bit flat were comfortable and held the one goal lead at the break.
The second half started with a better tempo from Leicester City Ladies and soon added a second goal thanks to a a fine individual effort from Kim Walton.
Coventry Copeswood gave Leicester City Ladies a single scare as Preston cleared off the line from a set play but the away team continued to dominated possession and produced a very solid defensive display.
Overall Leicester City Ladies deserved a win and probably by more than two goals the result leaves the first team fifth in league with games in hand on the top forward well placed to push for promotion over the next two months.
Player of the Match – Jenny Sugarman

Firsts Reach County Cup Final

Leicester City Ladies bounced back from last weeks disappointing FA Cup defeat to reach the final of the County Cup with a four nil victory over Friar Lane.
The semi final was played at Oadby & Wigston’s ground in very tough weather conditions and on a poor playing surface both teams played a part in a good match.
The first half was very scrappy with both teams providing little clear cut chances, the pitch, the wind and rain all contributed.
Leicester City Ladies started to get the advantage but the half ended scoreless.
The second half started with Leicester City Ladies on top and Sarah Marshall opened the scoring after 55 minutes.
Friar Lane came back into the game and had a few decent chances but Leicester City Ladies doubled their lead on 65 minutes through Gemma Ball.
Further goals from a Sugarman free kick and White from close range rounded of a successful second half for Leicester City Ladies.
Leicester City Ladies showed real patience in trying to create openings in such conditions and that really paid off with another clean sheet and confidence gaining victory.
Leicester City Ladies are now 90 minutes away from ending the season with a trophy.
Player of the match – Ash Bingham

Firsts FA Cup Victory

Leicester City Ladies secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 away win at Coventry Copeswood.
For the neutral it was an entertaining game, a very open expansive game displayed a typical FA Cup game.
It took Leicester City Ladies a while to get into the tie which was no supirse after three weeks without a game due to the weather conditions.
The game was very end to end and it was Leicester City Ladies who took their chance to take the lead, good work from Walton to get into box and a pull back to Preston who fired home on 25 minutes.
Leicester City Ladies held this time until half time and second half was much more like the first team in recent weeks, a much better organised and football display kept Leicester City Ladies on the front foot.
There were a few scares but stand in keeper Sian Crewe and the back four were immense. This platform kept Leicester City Ladies going forward and Jodie White sealed the game on 75 mins when she drove into the box and finished across the keeper to earn a place in the next round against rivals Leicester City Women.
Overall Copeswood played well and on a different day may have found Citys net, but Leicester City Ladies second half performance was encouraging and another win was great to see.
Leicester City Ladies have now won five games on the bounce and not conceeded a goal for four of those, great credit goes to the first team

Player of the match- Heather Fyffe

Firsts in FA Cup Victory

Leicester City Ladies secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup beating TNS 5-0 at Aylestone Park.
The whole game was a little flat but Leicester City used the ball better and got their result.
Erica Preston put Leicester City Ladies ahead thumping home at the near post to finish off a fine team move.
In the second half a cross ball from Scott deflected in off a TNS defender for 2-0.
Kimbereley kept up her rich vain of scoring to make it 3-0 from six yards out.
Leicester City Ladies started to play their best football of the match now and earned a fourth through Jodie White.
Chances came thick and fast but Leicester City Ladies were lacking conviction with their finishing to keep the score respectable for the visitors especially first half.
Gemma Ball rounded off Leicester City Ladies scoring with what was without doubt the best move of the match and fired home to make it 5-0.
Overall Leicester City Ladies made hard work of the game but with good application to the competition City earn an away tie to Coventry Copeswood in the national cup.
Player of the Match – Erica Preston

First Team Christen New Pitch With Win

Christening their new home pitch Leicester City Ladies secured back to back league wins for the first time this season with victory over Wolves.
The first half was extremely even with both teams trying to play football and find openings, it looked like both teams may cancel each other out.
Leicester City Ladies did not create many clear chances, the best one of the half fell to
the Wolves number 9 who with a fine volley brought a superb save diving to her right from goalkeeper “Beana”.
Second half Wolves started the better and gave Leicester City Ladies a few early
scares and a goal line clearance kept it at 0-0.
Leicester City Ladies then started to look the more likely team to win, playing a lot more positively. Although there was not a lot of clear cut chances in the game Leicester City Ladies went close when Erica Preston forced a fine save from the Wolves goalkeeper with a strike from twenty yards out. Within ten minutes another chance came Leicester City Ladies way, good hold up play from
Marshall whose through ball found Walton who lifted the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper into the net to give Leicester City Ladies the lead.
Leicester City Ladies then had to defend well for the rest of the game, and brave defending paid
off as Leicester City held on to their lead and earned a great three points against third place Wolves.
Overall not much between the two teams but Leicester City Ladies took their chance when it
came and it was followed by a great team performance.
Player of the match – Goalkeeper “Beana”

Second Half Rally

Leicester City Ladies 3 Leafield Athlitic 1
Leicester City Ladies got back to winning ways at home against Leafield Athletic. however they made it very hard for themselves after producing a drab first half display.
Leicester City Ladies were a goal down at the break, Leafield Athletic dominated the entire half but it has to said that Leicester City Ladies made it very easy for them and gifted them the lead.
Leafield Athletic were first to every ball and knocked it around with some ease and the only positive was that Leicester City Ladies were only one down at the interval.
For the second half Leicester City Ladies finally showed up and rallied together with great team spirit and willingness to improve, it paid off immediately as from a set piece Kim Walton flicked on to Erica Preston who netted at the back post to level the scores.
Leicester City Ladies played at an excellent tempo and Leafield Athletic could not cope and soon conceded another goal, Kim Walton created confusion in the box the ball found its way into the bottom corner with a combined effort of a defender and Gemma Ball.
The goal gave Leicester City Ladies greater confidence and they started to play some good football.
Kim Walton secured the points through her own initiative when she chased down the Leafield goalkeeper, forced a mistake and slotted the ball home to give Leicester City Ladies a two goal buffer.
There were more chances for both sides in the latter stages but it was Leicester City Ladies second half performance of real quality that saved the day.
Overall a fantastic three points and a second half performance to be proud of and the improvement is there for all to see. The last 45 minutes were not only one of pride, fight and togetherness but real quality and in the end the best team won after a first half to forget.
Player of the match – Jenny Sugarman

Sporting Club Albion 4 Leicester City Ladies 0

Many looking at this result against a quality Sporting Club Albion side would think it would be a simple game for the home team against one of last years struggler’s, however that does not tell the story of the game and three goals in the last 6 minutes made the score line look very unfair on the away team.
Sporting Club Albion took the lead on the half hour mark through a penalty kick and at half time Leicester City Ladies were pleased with a solid display.
Second half Leicester City Ladies were far the better side, good organisation was stifling Sporting Club Albion’s usual attacking flow and it was Leicester City Ladies who looked more likely to score the next goal and go on to win the match.
Walton, Ball, Scott, Fyffe and Preston all had good chances for Leicester City Ladies as the home teams goal lived a charmed life.
Leicester City Ladies were hit on the break however with six minutes to play when they gave the ball away on the edge of the Sporting Club Albion box and were punished with a counter attacking move.
Sporting Club Albion hit two more quick fire goals before full time which gave the score line an unfair look and one nobody in the Leicester City Ladies team could believe.
Overall Leicester City Ladies can be proud of their display against this years favourites for the division and can feel extremely unlucky to take a 4-0 defeat.
Player of the match – Kim Walton

County Cup Second Round

Leicester City Ladies edged their way into the quarter finals of the County Cup with a nervy display against local side Shepshed Dynamo.
Molly Waldron opened the scoring for Leicester City Ladies with a fine chip over the Shepshed Dynamo goalkeeper.
Sarah Marshall soon made it two for Leicester City Ladies with a near post finish.
In the second half Shepshed Dynamo probably edged the game and earned a well deserved goal on the hour mark.
Leicester City Ladies had the majority of the chances in the game but could not convert any.
It was not the best performance from Leicester City Ladies but enough to booked their quarter final place and of course cups are all about getting through.
Player of the match- Molly Waldron

First team beat the leaders

Leicester City Ladies bounced back from the weekends disappointment in great style beating current league leaders Loughborough Students.
With five wins, one draw and a League Cup win to their name Loughborough Students were sure to be full of confidence but although there was some scares Leicester City Ladies dealt the league leaders their first reality check in their new division.
Leicester City Ladies took the lead on 20 minutes when a fine solo run down the right from Jodie White was capped off with a low drive across the keeper into the bottom corner.
Gemma Ball made it two with a very similar goal driving low across the keeper to make it 0-2.
Loughborough Students scored a fluke goal from an odd refereeing decisions to get them back into the game, when a long ball looped high into the net.
Leicester City Ladies regained their two goal advantage when Kim Walton had a shot deflected into the bottom corner of the goal to leave the score 3-1 up at the break.
The second half was hard work for Leicester City Ladies, Loughborough Students pulled it back to 2-3 and deservedly so as Leicester City Ladies were guilty of starting the second half slowly.
Sarah Marshall regained the two goal lead for Leicester City Ladies from the penalty spot, but again the game changed and Loughborough Students hit their third goal to make the last ten minutes a battle.
It was Leicester City Ladies who won that battle however and gained a vital three points, not the prettiest at times but the will to win from the away side was immense.
Player of the match- Helen Rudkin

Mistakes cost First Team

Leicester City Ladies First Team were back at Aylestone Park after a weeks break and a spirited performance with seven squad players unavailable was pleasing to see, however Leicester City Ladies came away on the wrong end of a 2-3 result against Radcliffe Olympic.
Leicester City Ladies started the brighter but gave away the lead with mistakes across the 18 yard box leading to the visitors opener.
Leicester City Ladies fought hard to get level and on 25 minutes they were through a fine goal from Marshall.
Unfortunately mistakes gave the visitors another lead as a series of efforts lead to the ball going in off a Leicester City Ladies player into the roof of the net.
Leicester City Ladies needed half time and the interval seemed to give them back some fight , it was short lived however as Radcliffe Olympic netted from a corner on the hour mark.
The last half hour was all Leicester City Ladies, Kim Walton pulled back a goal with a great finish over the advancing goalkeeper and after numerous chances to level the game it just was not going to be Leicesters day.
By far Leicester City Ladies were the better side and a superb performance gives promise for the games to come. Radcliffe Olympic knew they were lucky to get anything let alone a win but that is football and Leicester City Ladies move on to the next game knowing performances like that will get points more often than not.
Player of the Match- Kim Walton

Ladies Get Reality Check

After a bright start to the new campaign Leicester City Ladies  were reminded of how tough the Midlands Combination can be against early leaders Rotherham United.
Rotherham United took the lead as Leicester City Ladies fell asleep at a cross ball.
Heather Fyfe got Leicester City Ladies back on level terms with a fine header from an Erica Preston cross. Leicester City Ladies felt slightly lucky at reaching half time on level terms.  Unfortunately in the second half the league leaders ran away with the game and the home sides quality told as they ran out 4-1 winners, helped by some questionable defending by Leicester City Ladies
Leicester City Ladies had spells in the second half that resembled the football being installed but unfortunately it was to much of lead to pull back.
Player of the match – Heather Fyfe

First hit Nineteen

Leicester City Ladies flew into the next round of the County Cup competition in style, hitting Senior League side Marlborough Rovers for 19 at Aylestone Park.

Marlborough Rovers were an outstanding outfit at last years under 18’s and won the County Competition in 2009/10 season at under 18 level. However a brave battling performance was not enough to see them fall at the first hurdle this year.

Leicester City Ladies  were 8-0 up by half time thanks to  five goals from Kim Walton and two from Sarah Marshall, the pair  proving a deadly strike force for the home team.

Leicester City Ladies football was good and direct and good build up play showed a high tempo to create many chances against an inexperienced back line.

The goals kept coming in the second half as City found the net remarkably another 11 times. Erica Preston, Claire Stephens, Linda Scott, and Jen Sugarman scored two each and a hat trick from young striker Gemma Ball rounded off and emphatic win.

Credit must go the visitors who in their first year of senior football have shown great attitude to grass roots by keeping their young squad and giving them the chance in senior football, their battling attitude must be commended.

However for Leicester City Ladies it was another step forward in this new season which has started with good promise, the newly introduced brand of football is proving fruitful and combined with a great working attitude hopefully Leicester City Ladies can have many more memorable matches this season.

Player of the match- For outstanding midfield play and numerous assists – Annie Rudkin.

Great Start to New Season

Leicester City Ladies started their new campaign in great style with a 5-1 win at newly promoted Stratford Town.
Although Stratford Town implemented some very physical tactics Leicester City Ladies  stood up to the challenge and football prevailed over gamesmanship on the day.
Leicester City took the lead on twenty minutes when Linda Scott scored from a free kick which was deflected over and beyond the goalkeeper.
Leicester City Ladies  had numerous chances and dominated  possession but  were only one up at the interval.
Early in the second half Leicester City Ladies were caught short by a quick throw and from the cross ball Stratford Town equalised.
Leicester City Ladies responded superbly, and  inside three minutes were ahead again through Kim Walton.
Leicester City Ladies extended their lead with a fine team passing move was finished by Jodie White, this was followed with a another goal from Marshall.
Leicester City Ladies had time for one more, quick thinking by Gemma Ball from a drop ball found H.Rudkin who chipped the ball over the keeper from outside the box to round off a fine display from the away side. Leicester Ladies begin a new campaign with plenty of promise for future matches.
Player of the Match- Jodie White

First Team Pre Season Update

Leicester City Ladies Strasbourg 2010 WinnersLeicester City Ladies start the new campaign with a new look back room team, Matt Cook takes over the hot seat from Steve Walton who returns to his role as assistant after a successful spell as caretaker manager towards the end of last year. Matt and Steve will have the support of Sue Foulkes who continues her job as Coach, Physio and Secretary along with ex player Claire Stephens who will join the back room team as Physio.
Leicester City Ladies started their pre-season friendlies with a home game against Bradford City played at the superb new home ground of Aylestone Park, drawing 1-1 with Tugby scoring Leicester City Ladies goal.
Leicester City Ladies followed this with a 3-1 over local rivals Friar Lane and then suffered a 1-0 defeat on a hot Thursday evening against a very decent Sheffield side.
Goals from Kim Walton and Erica Preston gave Leicester City Ladies a 2-2 draw at home to Sheffield United before a side featuring six teenagers traveled to play Aldershot Town and recorded a 4-2 victory thanks to goals from Walton, White, Crewe and Stephens a result which showed great promise for the future of the club.
In their final warm up friendly Leicester City Ladies secured an impressive 3-0 home win against Corby Town, this left a record of played seven, won four, drawn two and a single defeat.
On the back of these encouraging results Leicester City Ladies set off to Strasbourg to contest the annual twinning tournament with as Musau FC.
Leicester City Ladies had a great weekend on and off the pitch and defending the trophy they won two years earlier with five wins and a draw in the tournament.
Manager Matt Cook praised the efforts of the team during pre-season commenting “After a difficult three years for the first team ladies I have been very impressed with the girls application to new ideas, they hold a great spirit and togetherness and always work tremendously hard and hopefully now myself, Steve and Sue can encourage these girls into some success on the pitch .”
Leicester City Ladies start their new season away to Stratford on Sunday 12th September.

New First Team Sponsor

Leicester City Ladies are delighted to announce KAS Electrical Services as the new sponsors of the First team for the 2010/11 season.
KAS Electrical Services based in Aylestone, Leicester, have over 9 years experience in the electrical industry specialising in all aspects of electrical work for the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors, including full and part re-wires, consumer unit upgrades, fire alarms, security alarms, electrical testing and inspection.

Slow start costs three points

Stoke City Ladies 3 Leicester City Ladies 1

Stoke City started the game brightly and after only five minutes Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Lucy Clarke pulled off a fantastic double save.
Stoke City continued to push forward and a through ball on ten minutes caught the Leicester City Ladies defence square and the Stoke City winger finished her chance well to make it 1-0.
Stoke City continued to create chances and dominate all over the pitch the only bright point was that Lucy Clarke was having an outstanding game for Leicester City Ladies between the sticks.
On thirty four minutes Leicester City Ladies won a free kick on the edge of the Stoke City penalty area, Erica Preston squared to Ashleigh Bingham who rattled the crossbar, Heather Fyffe followed in with a header but the keeper saved.
Leicester City Ladies created one more chance before half time with Erica Preston putting Sarah Marshall through on goal who hit a shot early which clipped the outside of the post.

Half Time 1-0

Leicester City Ladies considered themselves lucky to go in only 1-0 down at half time and started the second half a lot brighter.
Within five minutes a great passing move ended in a good shot from Leicester City Ladies Erica Preston going just over the bar.
The game was now quite open with Stoke City continuing to look dangerous on the break and when Leicester City Ladies gave away a free kick on the edge of the area they again had goalkeeper Lucy Clarke to thank for making a good save.
On fifty five minutes Stoke City did double their advantage with a quick break leading to a good goal.
Leicester City Ladies pulled a goal back within minutes, Molly Waldron won the ball on the half way line, played it out wide to Jodie White who crossed into Sarah Marshall who laid it back for Annie Rudkin to place the ball in the bottom corner.
Leicester City Ladies began to push players forward in search of an equaliser but where hit by a Stoke City counter attack on seventy five minutes who scored a well taken third goal.

Final Score 3-1

Leicester City Ladies team: L.Clarke, L.Quinn, C.Stephens, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, A.Bingham, A.Rudkin, E.Preston, M.Waldron, J.White, S.Marshall. Subs: G.Ball, S.Payne

First team take all three points in must win game

Leicester City Ladies FC v Loughborough Foxes FC

Leicester City Ladies started the game brilliantly and found themselves 2-0 up after only 15 minutes.
Firstly on 3 minutes a great knock into the box by ‘Sugs’ was met by ‘Marshy’ who looped the ball over the stranded Loughborough Foxes goalkeeper.
The second goal came on 12 minutes when a cross-field ball from Jodie White was met by Lindsey Tugby who showed great pace and then finished brilliantly giving the keeper no chance.
Loughborough Foxes upped their game and began to gain more possession, looking dangerous when going forward.
They pulled a goal back on 20 minutes when Leicester City Ladies gave the ball away in midfield, leaving Loughborough Foxes with a break, which they took full advantage off, despite the efforts of Leicester goalkeeper Lucy Clarke.
Loughborough Foxes were level on 32 minutes when a hopeful ball through caught the Leicester City Ladies defence napping and the right-winger finished into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Loughborough Foxes now had the upper hand and had chances to go into half time with the lead.

Half Time 2-2

Leicester City Ladies started the second half slowly and gave Loughborough Foxes far too much possession.
Leicester City Ladies were unlucky not to take the lead when a great strike from the edge of the box from Jodie White hit the outside of the post.
Leicester City Ladies were again guilty of giving possession away on the halfway line allowing Loughborough Foxes to break down the right hand side, a shot across goal was saved by Lucy Clarke but the rebound was an easy tap in for the Loughborough Foxes striker to give her team the lead on 70 minutes.
Leicester City Ladies Jodie White came up with the equaliser on 75 minutes with an unstoppable 30-yard strike.
Leicester City Ladies began to push forward believing the game was there to be won. 5 minutes later good work from Lindsey Tugby on the left hand side ended in a free kick to Leicester City Ladies on the edge of the box. Erica Preston stepped up with confidence and gave Leicester City Ladies the lead with a superb strike into the top corner.
The game was far from won with Loughborough Foxes always looking dangerous on the break.
As the final whistle approached Leicester City Ladies began to keep possession well and push forward for another goal which came on 85 minutes when substitute Molly Waldron delivered a fantastic cross into the box which was expertly headed home by striker Jodie White.

Full Time 5-3

Leicester City Ladies Team: L.Clarke, C.Stephens, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, A.Bingham, A.Rudkin, E.Preston, L.Tugby, J.White, S.Marshall, J.Sugarman
Subs:, M.Waldron, T.Stephens, A.Evans, L.Quin

Second home defeat for First Team

Leicester City Ladies FC v Radcliffe Olympic Ladies FC

Both teams started the game brightly and were battling for every ball. Radcliffe Olympic used the physical aspect of their game to their advantage and used the pace of their forward players to cause Leicester City Ladies  problems.
The first half remained goalless with Radcliffe Olympic looking more likely to score.

Half Time 0-0

The second half also began very evenly with both teams battling for possession. Leicester City Ladies went a goal down halfway through the second half when a very harsh penalty decision was given against them. The Radcliffe Olympic striker coolly placing the penalty in the bottom corner.

Leicester equalised soon after when a free kick from just inside the Radcliffe Olympic half was flicked on by Erica Preston into the path of striker ‘Marshy’ who finished brilliantly past the oncoming goalkeeper.

It didn’t take Radcliffe Olympic long to take the lead again when a shot was fumbled by Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Lucy Clarke leaving  an easy finish at the far post.

Full Time 1-2

Leicester City Ladies Team: L.Clarke, C.Stephens, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, A.Bingham, A.Rudkin, E.Preston, L.Tugby, J.White, S.Marshall, A.Evans

Subs: J.Sugarman, T.Stephens, M.Waldron

Well deserved point for First team

TNS Ladies v Leicester City Ladies

Leicester City Ladies started the game brightly and quickly got used to the rubber crumb surface, putting some good attacking moves together.
TNS the started to get into the game and played some nice quick football which with their movement off the ball caused Leicester City Ladies lots of problems.
Leicester City Ladies had a chance to open the scoring when a through ball from Erica sent Marshie through on gaol, but the keeper made a good save.
TNS then begin to pile the pressure on the Leicester City Ladies goal and had numerous chances to take the lead, on 40 minutes they did just that, a cross into the box brought a great tackle from ‘H’ but unfortunately the ball fell to a TNS player who scored from close range.
Leicester City Ladies fought back and equalised on the stroke of half time when Kim picked the ball up on the half way line, played it out wide to Marshie who squared for Erica to finish from the edge of the box.

Half Time 1 – 1

Both team started the second half well and were both pushing forward looking for the 2nd goal. On 76 mins TNS took the lead when a long ball caused confusion between the Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper and her defence that allowed the striker to nip in and score.
Leicester City Ladies continued to battle and look for an equaliser and were awarded a penalty when a cross from Jodie on the right bobbled up and hit the TNS defender on the arm. Marshie stepped up and blasted the ball straight down the middle of the goal.

Full Time 2 – 2

Leicester City Ladies: L.Clarke, M.Waldron, C.Stephens, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, A.Bingham, A.Rudkin, E.Preston, L.Tugby, J.White, S.Marshall.
Subs: J.Sugarman, T.Stephens, A.Evans

Poor first half costs first team

Leicester City Ladies v Coventry City

The 1st ten minutes were a very even affair with both teams trying to find their feet.  With 15 minutes gone Coventry City broke down the right hand side and a cross to the back post was volleyed in off the cross bar.
Coventry City took the momentum of the 1st goal and doubled their lead shortly after when a corner to the front post took a deflection and looped over Lucy’s Head.  It wasn’t long before Coventry City scored again when the referee awarded a harsh penalty which was easily tucked away.
Half Time 0-3
Leicester City Ladies started the second half much better and were gaining more possession.  Leicester City Ladies created some half chances but never really looked like getting a goal.  Coventry City got their 4th and final goal on 85 minutes when a break down the right caused confusion in the Leicester City Ladies defence ending up with the ball in the back of the net.
Full Time 0-4
Leicester City Ladies: L.Clarke, C.Glover, C.Stephens, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, A.Bingham, A.Rudkin, J.Sugarman, L.Tugby, J.White, S.Marshall.
Subs: G.Ball, T.Stephens, M.Waldron.

Second half fightback secures a point

Leicester City Ladies started the game brightly with striker Jodie White getting in behind the defence and putting a couple of good crosses into the danger area early on. Wolves Ladies began to come more into the game and their passing and movement off the ball started to trouble Leicester City Ladies. It wasn’t long before Wolves Ladies took the lead with a well taken goal. Leicester City Ladies were struggling to put any moves together and were giving the ball away all over the pitch. Wolves Ladies doubled their advantage before half time when a Leicester City Ladies counter attack broke down high up the pitch, a long ball put the Wolves Ladies striker through on goal and she made no mistake.

Half Time – Leicester City Ladies 0 Wolves Ladies 2

Leicester City Ladies came out fighting in the second half and were determined to get something out of the game. Half way through the second half Sarah Marshall replaced Claire Stephens up front and Ashleigh Bingham replaced Molly Waldron at right midfield. The change of personnel seemed to perk Leicester up and a good move down the right hand side involving Ashleigh Bingham and Sarah Marshall resulting in the later crossing for Lindsey Tugby to open the scoring for Leicester City Ladies.
The goal gave Leicester City Ladies the confidence to push forward more and the game became very open with both teams creating chances.
Leicester City Ladies were awarded a free kick just inside the penalty area in the dying moments of the game and Erica Preston made sure Leicester City Ladies went away with a point drilling the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Full Time – Leicester City Ladies 2 Wolves Ladies 2

Team: G.Ball, L.Quinn, H.Fyfe, K.Walton, B.Poppleton, L.Tugby, E.Preston, A.Rudkin, M.Waldron, J.White, C.Stephens. Subs: S.Marshall, J.Sugarman, A.Bingham.

Tough start for First Team

Sporting Albion took the lead early in the first half when Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Lucy Clarke punched the ball out from a corner, only for it to drop to the feet of a Sporting Albion player leaving her with an easy finish.
Leicester City Ladies rode their luck at times with Sporting Albion having the main share of possession and having chances to increase their lead.
25 minutes into the first half Leicester pulled a goal back when Annie Rudkin won the ball on the halfway line, played a one two with Sarah Marshall and then feed the ball into the path of Kim Walton who coolly slotted the ball home.
This goal gave Leicester City Ladies the impetus and they had a good 10 minute spell, playing some nice football. Unfortunately Leicester didn’t remain on level terms for long, a long ball over the top caught Leicester’s defence square and the Sporting Albion made it 2-1 despite the efforts of Goalkeeper Lucy Clarke.

Half Time – Sporting Albion 2 – 1 Leicester City Ladies

Leicester City Ladies started the 2nd half brightly but found themselves another goal behind when they were hit on the break by Sporting Albion. Leicester City Ladies nearly got a goal back after a great break out of defence with Jenny Sugarman and Sarah Marshall playing some nice football resulting in a shot just over the bar.
Sporting Albion were now dominating the game, having all the possession and playing some great football, they added a further 2 goals before the full time whistle.
Leicester City Ladies battled hard but were outplayed by a good Sporting Albion side who will be a force to be reckoned with during the coming season.

Full Time – Sporting Albion 5 -1 Leicester City Ladies

Team: L.Clarke, B.Poppleton, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, L.Quinn, L.Tugby, A.Rudkin, E.Preston, A.Bingham, J.Sugarman, S.Marshall. Subs: M.Woldron, C.Stephens, T.