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.
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.
Young 11 Put on a Great Show
A young under 21 Leicester City Ladies side were invited to play the Independent Schools Football Club National squad at the wonderful facilities of Oakham School.
ISFA went into a quick one goal lead before Kayleigh Needham equalised with a stunning strike. Isfa went on to run away with the first half leading 3-1 at half time.
After a good half time team chat to plan for the second half it could not have started any worse as a dubious decision led to a free kick which ended up making it 4-1 much to the amazement of the players. Leicester City Ladies then showed immense quality and change of system saw them score three goals in ten minutes, Ball and a Needham brace completing her hat trick showed great character from the away side. Some great individual performances were on show, Rowlands kept City in the game in the City goal with some confident keeping. Hutchings at the back and Ayesha on the wing caused no end of problems. However all over the City 11 were immense.
Although ISFA went on to win 5-4 City’s second half performance was a credit, Leicester City Ladies First team manager Matt Cook commented after the game “I wasn’t really aware of what sort of opposition we would face, when I found out I knew it would be a challenge. ISFA were full of highly talented Centre of Excellence players and I can’t compliment our young players enough. Not only did they work tremendously hard but we played some great stuff.”
A big thank you to the ISFA for choosing Leicester City Ladies to play and a big thank you to your team for their efforts on the day.
Inclusive Players on Sky
Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive players were invited down to the LCFC Training ground on Monday 4th August to take part in skills sessions and small sided games with David Eassom, Disability Officer at LCFC Football in the Community. Sky TV cameras were on hand filming the work of the Football in the Community scheme as they continue to work in and support many different areas of grass roots football and as part of City’s Premiership status this will continue to grow. Only seven players were asked to attend from our Red Division Squad. The players really enjoyed the experience playing alongside members of the Achieve with Us project based in Hinckley.
New Players Wanted
Leicester City Ladies will be celebrating 50 years of Sporting Excellent in 2016, and the club is looking to positively develop and expand. To meet this aim Leicester City Ladies are looking for players, managers and coaches of all ages, experience and ability to join the build up to celebrate 50 years of development of girls, womens and inclusive football.
If you would like to be part of Leicester City Ladies please email email@example.com
Leicester City Ladies U15’s make the move to eleven a side for the season 2014/15 and are looking to strengthen and build their squad following the success of the previous two seasons competing in the Leicestershire Girls League. The team finished third in the League and were League Cup Winners in 2012-13 and for 2013-14 were League Winners (Joint) and League & County Cup Semi Finalists, so a brilliant team effort all round.
So, if you are looking for a new team with great potential come along to the training sessions as below:-
Training for July will be held on 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st July on grass at
Judgemeadow Community College, Marydene Drive, Leicester, LE5 6HP. from 6.30pm-8.00pm
Please call or email the Manager, Nathan Worrall before attending.
Players eligible to play U15′s should be in school years 9 & 10 as from the September 2014
Play Football, Love Football with Leicester City Ladies F.C.
Please visit the website for training dates in August.
For information on Senior Teams (players 16years plus) competing in the newly formed Women’s Premier League and other junior age groups please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
Tuesday 2nd senior training
Thursday 4th senior training
Sunday 7th First Team league match 3 & Development Team league match 1
Leicester City Ladies Seniors start training on Tuesday 24th 7.45-9.30 at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley, LE10 3DR.
Thursday 26th follow up ball work session 8-9 at Aylestone Leisure Centre 3G.
Full Pre season agenda to follow
Anybody interested In trials with Leicester City Ladies during this period please contact Matt Cook on 07900901755.