Charity Football Match

A charity football match is being held on the 28th September at Eastleigh FC to raise money for the Evelyn Rose Appeal. The game will kick off at 2pm and features an All Stars Team of former Southampton and Portsmouth players including Matt Le Tissier, Wayne Bridge, Paul Walsh, Darren Anderton, Jason Dodd, Jo Tessem and others.

Born with a genetic condition so rare it is thought only 42 people suffer from it, Evelyn Rose has defied the odds to survive. Evelyn has brain damage as a result of severe intractable epilepsy and she is unable to lift her head or talk.

At her worst the two-and-a-half-year-old has fitted more than 300 times a day. She has endured a collapsed lung and pneumonia as well as side effects from the mass of medication she takes including a blood clot in her heart and kidney stones. And in March her parents Debbie, 39, and Elliot, 41, were dealt the most heartbreaking news imaginable. Doctors said she was unlikely to survive longer than a few weeks.

The youngster, whose condition continues to baffle medics, is now writing her own medical history because no matter how bad it gets, she has bounced back with a smile on her face.

Her family are prepared for the unspeakable and know any moment they may have to say goodbye to their little girl.

As well as the football there is a bouncy castle, face painting, candy floss and a raffle. There are mascot opportunities available too. Tickets are £5 for adults and £1 for children. All proceeds to to the Evelyn Rose appeal. Find out more about this little girl here:

You can buy tickets on the day or in advance from Roger and Jenny Sherwood by calling 07841 471773.

Under 13’s Win 5-a-side Tournament!

The Sarisbury Sparks annual 5-a-side tournament took place on Saturday 5th July which saw a number of teams from Locks Heath Lions enter. A great performance from the Under 13’s (now U14’s) saw them crowned winners in a tense final match. For a mini report, Keir Donaldson has provided some more information.

Keir Donaldson Coach of the U13’s  Writes: 
Great morning with the Red team going through to the semi-finals having lost only one game and would you believe it, it was to the other Locks Heath team. The Blue team just failed to qualify finishing joint 5th. Shame really as they only lost two matches, but had too many draws.

Tense semi-final which went to penalties with Tom Ridge in goal saving the opponents first two efforts, leaving Joel to just convert our second penalty to take them through to the final. Very close tense 12 minute final, which also went to penalties. Both teams scored first one each, before our opponents put the second wide, for us to convert the second and third to win the match. Congratulations to the team and especialy the penalty takers, Lewis, Joel and Aaron.

Really exciting and well played to all the lads.

It is worth noting that previously the U13s made the semi finals of the Warsash Wasps, Hedge End and Bishops Waltham tournaments and quarter finals of the Crofton Saints event.

World Cup Tournament – Details!

The inaugural Locks Heath Lions World Cup Tournament kicks off on Saturday 21st June. Details have been published including teams and the “boot exchange”.

On 21st June, the World Cup Tournament will start at 9.30am so players and parents should arrive at 9am. Please note that Brookfield does not open until 9am!

After a pre match brief, the games will begin with finals being played between 12.45pm and 1pm. There will be food and drink available  to be purchased on the day.

This year we are introducing a “boot exchange”. This is where we would like parents to donate outgrown pairs of football boots or astro turf trainers that are in good condition and clean, and donate them top the club. Other parents and players can then select a pair of these boots in exchange for a donation to the club to help us meet our growing running costs. Bring your boots to the designated area on the World Cup Day.

Please note your team colour and ensure whichever team you are in, you wear a shirt of that colour….

You can download the full teams and colours here: NEW! This file has been updated Click to download

U12’s Reach Final of Saints Fundraiser

The U12’s managed to get all the way to the final of a tight competition at Goals in Southampton yesterday, being pipped to the trophy by Totton and Ealing! With the weather slowly improving after some thunderstroms with two set’s of the U12’s split into Red and Blue. The Blues managed to get all the way through to the final, but the day had taken it’s toll on energy levels and the Blues were pipped 6-5.

photo 1 photo 2 U12's Blues - Runners up

Lions World Cup Tournament 2014

The inaugural Locks Heath Lions Tournament returns on the 21st June 2014 at Brookfield school! Please mark the date in your diary.

The tournament will start at 9am with team registration with the first matches due to kick off at 9.30am with finals taking place at about 12.45pm.

The format will be:

  • 5, 6 or 7 a-side depending on numbers in each league
  • Rolling subs
  • 6 minutes each way
  • 1 minute turn round
  • 2 minutes between matches
  • Matches start every 15 minutes
  • League format
    i.    3 points for a win
    ii.   1 point for a draw
    iii.  0 points for a loss
  • Leagues will consist of  Under 6,7 / under 8,9 / under 10,11 / under 12,13 / under 14,15,16

Parents are encouraged to run a team so this is your chance to become a Manager for a day and hopefully lead them to victory!

More details on the tournament will follow.

U12’s Lose Out In Thrilling Cup Final

The Under 12’s fought a valiant battle with Crofton Saints in the League Cup Final, losing a well fought game 3-2. Read the full match report by Steve Cox.

This Under 12 Cup-Final got underway in brilliant sunshine and the football shone from both sides too. This was never going to be an easy match for the Crofton Lions defence who were pitted against a quick and lively Locksheath Lions forward line. In the end, though, it was the Crofton Lions who ran out 3-2 winners through sheer pluck and determination at the back, where they succeeded in holding Locksheath at bay, managing to edge the final by that single goal. That is not to suggest that this was a one-sided match; far from it.

Crofton too played a full part in this exciting spectacle that was a credit to the Mid Solent Youth Football League. Locksheath were the dominant team in the opening phase of play but it was Crofton who took the lead in the eighth minute. They won a corner out on the left and the ball in found its way to Harry O’Malley standing just outside the six-yard-box. He took a touch and fired a fierce low drive into the net, despite a valiant effort from Connor Smith in the Locksheath goal to keep it out. From then on the match seemed to settle down into a pattern. Periods of long Locksheath pressure, followed by dangerous Crofton breaks.

Crofton had threatened the Locksheath goal on several occasions with one Kai Sterne effort along the ground just drifting wide of the far post and another by the same player kicked off the line. But it was down at the other end where most of the action was taking place. Locksheath wasted a number of chances through wayward shooting but they always looked a dangerous threat going forward and always likely to score. A determined Crofton defence, however, aided by some great keeping by Sam Blythin in the Crofton goal, kept them in front until the break.

Two minutes after the restart Locksheath should have levelled to scores, but another brilliant save by Sam Blythin kept the Crofton goal intact. The pattern of the match continued the same as before with Locksheath doing most of the pressing and Crofton looking threatening on the break. There could be no complaints, however, when Locksheath did manage to even the scoreline seven minutes into the half.

Crofton’s Adam Hatton dwelt too long on the ball in an area of danger, where he was dispossessed, and Locksheath took full advantage, through George Kirk, to go on and score. It was the only real blemish by Adam Hatton who went on to pick up the man-of-the-match award. Would the Crofton defence fold? Not at all and the Crofton riposte was instantaneous – with just over a minute more on the watch, in fact. After breaking up yet another Locksheath attack the ball was moved to the other end of the field where the ever alert Harry O’Malley picked it up 20 yards out. With time and space to spare he unleashed a terrific shot to restore Crofton’s lead, an effort that flew into the net, giving the Locksheath keeper no chance.

Again Locksheath pressed very hard but in the 22nd minute of the half Crofton struck again. The ball was moved down the right where Josh Fox collected it to home in on the Locksheath goal. His well-struck shot cannoned against the crossbar and looped up into the air. The first to react was Crofton’s Kai Sterne who leapt gazelle like to nod it into the net from four yards out.

To Locksheath it must have been a hammer blow, but if it was it didn’t show. In the 25th minute a Crofton player again dwelt too long on the ball just inside his own half and was mugged. Locksheath quickly moved the ball forward and Lucas Datson sent an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner of the Crofton net. This instilled fresh impetuous into the Locksheath team, who continued to surge forward.

Despite that the Crofton boys defended well and didn’t sit back. They took the play to the opposition whenever they could, managing to see out the remaining tense five minutes of play. It was tough on the Locksheath boys who had fought well throughout the match. They kept going forward and never at any time let have their heads dropped.

Crofton lived dangerously at times with some last ditch defending too, but the Crofton forward line contains some very talented players and they made it tell in the end – just.

The U12s just before kick off of the League Cup Final played on the 3rd May 2014

The U12s just before kick off of the League Cup Final played on the 3rd May 2014

U10’s Blues Win Plate Final!

Congratulations to the U11’s Blues who beat rivals Lee Rangers to win the plate 4-1.

Locksheath Lions Youth Football Club can claim to be the Plate Competition club of the season as their Under 10’s team emulated their Under 11 side from the previous week in taking the Under 10 Plate home to the trophy room.

Isaac Robertson, with a hat trick and an effort from Tyler Farrugia were the goal scorers in the 4-1 victory over Lee Rangers White. Age Group Secretary, Alison Fripp presented the Shield to the jubilant Lions Blues captain.

U10’s Blues Reach Plate Final!

Locks Heath Lions U10’s Blue team won a tremendous game against FOSPS to reach the Plate Cup Final!

World Cup Tournament Date Announced

world cupThe annual Lions World Cup Tournament date has been released! Please mark the 21st June in your diaries. More information will follow in due course.

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