Falcons 2018 - 2019

AFC Crawley 0 Langton Green Falcons 5

Sunday 28th October - 11:30am ko in Crawley

Match reporter: Colin Campbell

The Falcons' sixth league game kicked off on a chilly, damp but neatly mowed pitch in the shadow of Gatwick airport. Crawley dressed in red, Langton in their blue kit. On the side-lines, about seven Langton Dads.

The first foray came from the Falcons into the Crawley box, a Shay cross, dribble, goalie save.Crawley didn't get into the Falcons' half much in the first forty-five. The only serious attempts on goal came in a flurry, with a shot on target that was confidently saved by Dan, then another that Dan punched clear, then came another shot followed by a catch.Down the Crawley end, where most of the action was, another Shay cross to Harry. Shot blocked.

Ben off. Brynn on.

In fact lots of changes I can't remember with our eager and impressive squad.On 26 minutes, Josh opened up with a powerful shot from outside the area. The shot was pushed away by Crawley's keeper but tapped in by Joey. Right place right time. 1-0

The second goal came a minute later from a great bit of individual skill from Bryn, who perfectly lobbed the keeper. Great goal. 2-0

The third was a repeat of the first. An attacking run from the back by Lewie ending with a long-range shot. The shot was on target and again pushed away by Crawley's keeper. Joey was again waiting, anticipating the mistake. 3-0

After the break, Crawley came out a bit more fired up. But it wasn't long before the Falcons got their fourth. A Lewie cross from the left wing, or was it the perfectly executed crossshot. Doesn't matter, it's a goal. 4-0

Crawley made a couple of breaks forward in the second half but they were easily taken care of with some great defending work from Kyle.The fifth goal came from a great pass from Josh in the midfield to Bryn. 5-0

Good game, great performances from all. Some challenging games to come in the form of Hassocks, Deal, Newhaven and fingers crossed Eastbourne in the Cup Final!

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Riverside Colts 0 Langton Green Falcons 4

Sunday 14th October - 10:30am ko at Longmead, Kent U16 Cup - 1st Round

Match reporter: Steve Conn

The first round of the Kent Cup saw the Falcons visiting Riverside Colts (the team formerly known as Tonbridge Invicta).

From the first whistle it was clear that the Falcons were the superior side (despite a few of the boys looking a little sleepy…no idea why), but they took their time to break down a dogged 5-4-1 formation in front of an inspired goalkeeper. To quote one of our players, ‘absolutely nothing exciting happened in that game’, and I couldn’t really disagree, so I’ll keep the report brief… 15 mins - Dan C to Harry, Harry pinpoint ball to Joey, firm shot over the keeper. 1-0

28 mins - Perfect corner from Harry hung up under the bar. Weird but effective overhead kick from Luca. 2-0

Half-time - Jaffa cakes. 57 mins - Corner not cleared, rammed home by Harvey. 3-0

73 mins - The moment the crowd had been waiting for - a Bryn screamer from 20 yards, far too hot for the keeper. 4-0

A match that often resembled an attack vs defence exercise - but job done, and the Falcons safely through to the 2nd Round.

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Langton Green Falcons 6 Lindfield Rovers 0

Sunday 7th October - 1:15pm ko at Groombridge

Match reporter: Steve Conn

Another sunny autumn afternoon at Groombridge and another fast start from the Falcons. A shot from Max in the first minute, Joey tapping in off the goalkeeper for 1-0, and the Falcons fully in control from the start.The next goal came after 9 minutes: a super cross-field ball from Shay to Ben, knocked across perfectly for another Joey tap in. 2-0. Straight from the restart, a nice combination from Luca and Josh, and a third tap in for Joey. 3-0 and a 10-minute hat-trick for Joey - very poor, it only took him 4 minutes last Sunday. The Falcons were dominating, many chances came and went, but after 20 minutes it was 4-0 - a cross from Luca driven in by Shay.

The second half was more of the same, with the Falcons creating many chances. Just before the hour mark, Shay hit a lovely ball to Josh on the right of the box. Calm finish from Josh. 5-0.

Bryn had the beating of the defence every time he advanced, but each effort was blocked or flew just wide. You get the feeling when Bryn scores his first, many will follow very quickly. With five minutes to go, the Falcons put the icing on the cake with a superb goal - from defence through midfield to the forwards, and a simple finish from Ben. 6-0 and you’ll struggle to see a better team goal. Remember that 25-pass goal from Cambiasso for Argentina vs Serbia in the 2006 World Cup? It was a bit like that….but better.

The final whistle blew and the Falcons advance to the quarter final stage.

A comfortable win, with solid performances all round. Dan C untroubled, Lewie and Dan B marauding down the flanks, Harv and Jack combining well in the centre of defence, Michael fitting in very nicely at full-back then in the centre, Captain Max and Josh controlling central midfield, a very promising debut from Kyle in three positions, Shay and Luca always threatening on the wings, and in Ben, Joey and Bryn, three of the fastest, strongest forwards you’ll see. With Harry’s cultured left-foot returning next week, the Falcons’ squad has never looked stronger.

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Pass 0 Langton Green Falcons 12 

Sunday 30th September - 2:30pm ko in Eastbourne

Match reporter: Steve Conn

A bright afternoon on the south coast, and another comprehensive victory for the Falcons, despite lacking Dan B and Luca. Being 3-0 up after four minutes - a Joey hat-trick, including two headers - was never going to make for a great contest, but the Falcons did all that was needed to see out a comfortable victory. Four more goals followed before half-time: another for Joey (a long shot this time), one each for Harvey and Ben, and a perfect Harry corner nodded in by Max. So 7-0 at half-time and Joey off the pitch after a very nasty foul left him nursing a badly bruised shin.

The second half was much the same as the first. Another perfect Harry corner turned in by Ben, two beautiful strikes from Lewie (as the ref said afterwards ‘your left-back is a great centre-forward’), a lovely set-up by Bryn for Ben’s hat-trick and a beautiful free-kick from Josh for Max’s second headed goal.

And how Bryn didn’t score a hatful on his debut is a mystery...Overall, job done for the Falcons. Dan was barely troubled in goal, confidently letting one bounce over his head when he’d heard the offside whistle. A solid back four of Michael, Harv, Jack and Lewie. A dominant midfield of Max, Josh, Harry, Shay. And a constant threat up front from Joey, Ben and Bryn. There will be tougher challenges ahead. 

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Lewes Juniors 0 Langton Green Falcons 4 

Sunday 23rd September - 10:30am ko in Lewes

Match reporter: Steve Conn

The Falcons ventured to a grassy field in Lewes on a cold autumn day in torrential rain, seeking to put the record straight after a narrow defeat to the same opposition last week.

It was far too cold and wet, and too tense a game, to take many notes. So to sum up, the Falcons were magnificent, showing determination, strength and skill to beat a spirited opposition side. The Falcons played some very nice football and thoroughly deserved the win, but they must remember to keep their discipline whatever the circumstances…last Sunday showed how hard it is to win a game with only 10 players.

The facts:

26 mins - corner turned into the top corner very deftly by Harvey. 1-0

30 mins - lovely play from Ben and Harry led to a tap in for Joey. 2-0

50 mins - great control and shot from debutant Shay, too hot for the keeper to handle. 3-0

58 mins - slick interchange between Harry and Luca, Luca clattered in the box, penalty. Joey’s penalty well saved, but Joey pounced on the rebound to set up Luca. 4-0

All of the boys played well. At the back, Dan C was solid in difficult conditions for a keeper, and made one exceptional save early in the second half. Harvey and Jack formed a very effective centre-back partnership, and Dan B and Lewie were their normal impressive selves on the flanks, with Michael fitting in well at right back in the second half. Captain Max showed what a big miss he was last week, dominating midfield, with Josh alongside putting through some beautiful passes for the forwards. On the wings Harry and Luca both won their battles and Shay made a very impressive debut. Up front, Ben and Joey were awesome, as usual.Let’s hope this is the start of a long cup run.

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Langton Green Falcons 1 Lewes Juniors 2

Sunday 16th September - 9:30am ko at Groombridge

Match reporter: Steve Conn

Playing any competitive match with 10 against 11 is always likely to be a struggle, and so it proved for the Falcons. With Max and Luca missing, Josh and Jack anchored central midfield, Joey pushed out to the right wing in front of new boy Michael at right back, with Ben as lone striker. Lewie took the armband.The match started evenly. Dan B rattled the Lewes crossbar with a great long strike, but after 10 minutes a Lewes corner was flicked on at the near post and nodded in. An unfortunate 0-1.

Dan C then had to be at his sharpest with a flying save to stop the Falcons immediately going further behind.But on 20 minutes, a Lewes free-kick just outside the box found the top corner. 0-2 and an uphill struggle for the 10 boys.

The Falcons started to get a grip on the game but couldn’t fashion any clear-cut chances. Ben battled his way through on the touchline, looked to be clipped as he was about to shoot, but the ref said play on. Half-time 0-2. The Falcons came out for the second half like a team possessed. Lovely corner from Harry, but the ball couldn’t be forced in. Then Lewes were straight down the other end and Dan C had to produce another fine save. But the Falcons were now in control, forcing several corners in a row. From the third one, Harvey found his firm header kept out by a Lewes defender’s arm. Penalty and yellow card. Joey calmly slotted home. 1-2. The pattern was set: 35 minutes to go, the Falcons pressing for an equaliser, Lewes counter-attacking. Dan B had another shot just over. Then Ben again surged through on goal, his legs seemed to be taken away, but no penalty. With a few minutes to go, warrior-like Harvey picked up a yellow card. Free-kick cleared. Then, in the last minute of normal time, the Falcons won a free-kick on the edge of the Lewes box. Surely this time. Josh’s sweet strike looked to be heading for the top corner, but came back off the bar. Lewie smashed the rebound just over. No time for more chances, just a yellow card for Joey. 

Full-time 1-2, and a first ever league defeat at Groombridge.

A valiant effort from the 10 Falcons, who worked tirelessly and showed great character, particularly in the second half. The boys have their chance to put the record straight next week when they again face Lewes, this time in the cup, and hopefully with a full squad.

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Langton Green Falcons 8 Crawley Down Gatwick Youth 2

Sunday 9th September - 9:30am ko at Groombridge

Match reporter: Steve Conn

So a new season in a new league, with new opposition, new balls, a beautiful new blue kit, and newly wonky goalposts. But some things don’t change - a typically slick Falcons performance and a very satisfying win.

Having won three Crowborough titles in a row, the boys decided they needed a new challenge, and opted for the Mid-Sussex league. A few obvious differences emerged before the game, notably a pre-match briefing from the ref for new captain Max revealed that any backchat would result in eight minutes in the Sin Bin. Immediate images of the Falcons playing parts of the game with five players on the pitch flashed across the mind, but the ref's warning was well heeded and we kept our 11 players on the pitch throughout.

Anyway, to the game. It was pleasant having no idea how good the opposition would be, and the match started evenly. The Falcons then began to get a grip, with good efforts from Luca, Harvey, Max, Joey, Ben, Harry and Josh that stretched the Crawley Down defence. At the back, Harv and new sweeping partner Jack, plus our two redoubtable full-backs Dan B and Lewie, were in control and limiting the opposition to long shots, which Dan C handled easily.

After 20 minutes, a cross-shot from Josh was pushed past the post by the keeper. A lovely corner from Josh, and Joey soared above the defence to nod home. A well-deserved 1-0.A scare at the other end as Dan C tipped a free-kick onto the bar was a warning that the game wasn’t won. Then on the half hour, a corner won by Joey on the right. Harry saw his chance and swung the corner straight into the net. Definitely intentional. Definitely. 2-0.

But just before half time, a long ball saw the pacy Crawley Down striker get the wrong side of the Falcons’ defence, and he slotted for 2-1.

Half-time - Jaffa cakes and a warning that the game should have been won, but wasn’t yet.

Quarter of an hour in, and one of those minutes of play that defines the game. Pressure from Crawley Down, a well struck shot heading for the corner of the net, but a lovely diving save from Dan C pushing the ball to safety. Then the Falcons attacked, straight up the other end, strong play from Ben giving Harry a tap in. So 3-1 rather than 2-2. This seemed to be just what the Falcons needed, and they began to dominate. Shots from Lewie and Josh, just wide. Then Ben set off on one of his trademark runs - pace, strength, too much for the defence, Ben beat several defenders, cut into the box and buried his shot. 4-1.

A couple of minutes later and Ben was at it again. Just too quick and strong for the defence, Ben was bearing down on goal again. A desperate tackle left him sprawling, just inside the box. Penalty. Joey. No doubt. 5-1.Then a few minutes later, Captain Max fed a lovely ball to Ben in the box. Ben battled through the defenders and the ball fell for Joey. No mistake. Joey’s hat-trick. 6-1. But Crawley Down weren’t finished. They kept battling and a nasty ricochet from a Falcons clearance saw the ball land at their striker’s feet. No chance for Dan C. 6-2.

The Falcons don’t like conceding, and immediately strengthened their grip. Max was dominating the midfield, chances were being made, but the ball wouldn’t go in.Cometh 70 mins, cometh a trademark Lewie Cameron goal. Picking the ball up on the left touchline near the halfway line, Lewie clearly thought ‘enough of this nonsense’. He ran, ran some more, beat about six defenders, and finished past the keeper WITH HIS LEFT FOOT. Simples. 7-2.

The Falcons weren’t done yet. Max obviously wanted a goal to top his great performance. He won the won ball about 20 yards out. As soon as he made space on his right foot it looked inevitable. And sure enough, the net bulged. 8-2. There was still time for Luca to nearly claim what would have been a very well-deserved goal, but he was thwarted by a good save from the keeper. So the Falcons top of the new league. There will be more tests to come, and the squad is still exposed having only 11 players. But this was a very satisfying start to the season.

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