vets

We have an informal vets team of over 35s Langton Green coaches / parents who are happy to play friendly fixtures against other local vets teams (over 35s). If you're interested in organising a fixture with us, please e-mail [email protected] and I'm sure we can sort something out. Ethos is very much friendly, sporting and about enjoying the game.

Yearly Frant Fixture Results:

2022: Langton Green 3 - 1 Frant (Ian K, Phil M, Mike W)

A very enjoyable edition of our yearly coaches game vs Frant saw us visit Frant's pitch on a warm March afternoon, having spent the 24 hours before desperately scrabbling round for enough players, including a goalkeeper and enough kit to clothe everyone who was playing. In the usual way of things, we went from having 11.5 players to 15 in the space of that 24 hours.

The game kicked off with bags of energy (or as close to that as you get when the average age on the pitch is 45 or more), and plenty of early chances to take the lead were missed out on in what we might describe as an "acclimatisation phase" where we got used to the surface and the fact most of us were actually running around on an 11 a side football pitch for the first time in a year... or just actually running at all.

Ian K, Tim A and Mike W all saw decent chances to make it 1-0 go begging, before we went behind against the run of play, to a well struck free kick that just crept inside the far post. We bounced back quickly, Ian K making up for a first minute miss, to slide home a simple finish after Phil M had done well to set up, pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the box. 1-1.

Phil then made it 2-1 quickly after, with a close range finish from Mike W's cross after some lovely build up play and suddenly we actually looked like we knew what we were doing!! (or as close to that as you could expect). Our midfield was magnificent, Dino M-L, Ian U and Mike W (the other one) really driving the team forward, with Dan S, Mike W and Nick D providing great energy and quality out wide and supporting our full backs - Chris A and Julian P out of possession.

Second half saw us get a bit scrappy for a while and we were reliant on our central defenders - Adam S, Jan S and Tom B - to keep things tight at the back, Adam dominating proceedings as always, in his role in central defence, supported brilliantly by Jan and Tom, both of whom were flawless in the air and played nicely from the back with some intelligent forward passes into midfield.

Jez, making his debut in goal showed a commanding presence in our box to claim several high balls and had an excellent game, especially given he didn't know any of his defenders before the match!

We rode our luck on a penalty shout, which Frant very decently told the referee was not a spot kick (thank you guys), before upping our game and creating a number of great chances through Nick D's clever movement, Tim A's energy and quality in the middle and Dan S's tireless running down the wings and deft touches out wide. All this was orchestrated via the midfield of Dino, Ian U and Mike W, who put in a huge shift in the middle.

Mike W had an excellent long range strike curl agonisingly past the post, Nick D was twice denied after he created opportunities for himself and a little bit of overplaying from all our forwards saw several of us pass when a shot was on and lose possession on the bobbly surface. A sublime long range pass from right back by Chris A set Ian K free down the wing, his low cross met by Mike W with a good low finish that was brilliantly saved by the Frant goalkeeper. Lovely football all round and deserved a goal.

Just as it looked like we might not get the third goal we needed, Dino won the ball in midfield with a brilliantly timed tackle, combined superbly with Ian U to find Ian K, who nearly messed the whole thing up in a brilliant example of the brain and the body not quite being on the same wavelength, by shanking a mishit pass in behind the full back for Mike W to run onto and bury in the bottom corner to make it 3-1. And that's how it stayed until the final whistle, blown just as Julian P made the most amazing run from left back and looked like going the full distance of the pitch for a Maradona-esque goal until a huge bobble and the referee's whistle stopped him in his tracks!

Player of the match had to go to Dino, who was top quality throughout. Need to get him one of those little trophies we give out in the U8s each week so he can pop it on his mantlepiece.

Well done all - a very enjoyable game, played in a superb spirit and great to see a few new faces in there. Thanks to Alf for refereeing and to Frant for organising the game and hosting us. Let's not leave it a year until the next one!!!

A ragtag bunch of Langton Green Coaches / Vets team before our game vs Frant, March 12th 2022 (minus Mike W, who is taking the photo!)

2021: Langton Green 2 - 2 Frant (Gary M, Alan M)

Bizarre weather (biblical rainstorms and scorching sunshine in the space of 10 minutes) didn't put us off and this year's instalment was another tight affair. On balance we probably felt we deserved more than a draw, but Frant battled well and equalised in the last 5 minutes. Still time for a free kick that would have given us the victory to somehow evade everyone and sneak past the far post in the dying seconds and so we settled the game on penalties, but even that ended in a draw. The teams really can't be separated!!

2020: Langton Green 1 - 3 Frant (Ian K)

Mid pandemic, we managed to get a couple of months of relatively "nornal" football in, which saw us play our yearly fixture against Frant. This time a good opening spell and an early lead sadly didn't end how it started and 3 very well taken Frant goals (all from the same player I believe) left us on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. Another good game and honours now even with a win each and a draw across our three matches.

2019: Langton Green 3 - 3 Frant (Ian K x 2, Chris A)

The return match in early 2019 was an altogether different affair, Frant fielding a significantly stronger side who had clearly benefitted from some more regular 11 a side football than we'd managed to organise (this was only our second game!)... We played well at times, created marginally more chances than our opposition, but they dominated long spells of possession and in the end a draw was a fair result on a hot afternoon at Langton Rec. Standout performances from Rob H and Matt M at the back saw us repel a lot of aerial bombardments and excellent approach play and clinical finishing at the other end gave us 3 well-taken goals.

2018: Langton Green 6 - 0 Frant (Phil M x 3, Ian K x 2, Tim A)

We played our first fixture on May 13th 2018, against Frant, who were also playing their first game, on their newly renovated pitch. It was an excellent match, with both teams playing some good football in a great spirit. Langton ran out winners in the end with a stirling performance from Phil M up front, fed by a solid midfield and resolute defence and goalkeeper. We rode our luck in the second half particularly, against a strong Frant attack, but in the end the win was probably deserved, even if the scoreline flattered us slightly. It was great fun and we of course look forward to a return fixture in due course.