Cougars Easter Soccer School

Buntingford Cougars Easter Soccer School

Cougars’ soccer schools welcome boys & girls 4-12 years old regardless of ability or experience to have fun in a safe environment at our soccer schools

All coaches are FA qualified with 1st aid training and are CRB checked

 The Easter Soccer School is Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th April 9.30am to 2.30pm

At The Bury (former Sainsburys Depot)

 Cougars members booked in advance pay only £12 per day

Non Cougars booked in advance pay £15 per day

All bookings after 3pm on Monday 7th April pay £20 per day (no exceptions)

 Children must wear weather suitable footwear, clothing & shin pads.

Children must bring a packed lunch & still drink.

Click link below for Booking Form

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Pull The ‘Ozza’ One

Buntingford Cougars Under 10’s Blues entertained The Bury crowds with a great match against Stevenage Boro Tornadoes. It was the visitors who struck first as Cougars looked as though they were still in bed and a slick move saw Tornadoes squeeze a shot inside the near post. However Cougars soon got their act together and after ten minutes Charlie Fountain scored a great goal after  a team move starting from Luke Goodchild at the back. The second half saw Cougars go 2-1 ahead after Nathan Anderson started a move deep within his own half that Jack Gurney finished low into the corner. With ten minutes remaining Tornadoes found the equalizer to make it two apiece.

Cougars Under10’s Whites then played a determined Tornadoes side in a competitive encounter. Archie Vass-Smart was unlucky not to score after several shots by the busy midfielder came close to compliment close attempts made by man of the match Josh Lucas and Jimmy Brown. Debutant Edward Green played well and Evan Howard had probably his best match of the season.

Buntingford Cougars Under 8’s started slowly as they went three down in the first half before man of the match Orran ‘Ozza’ Taylor started the comeback with his first Cougars goal. His strike was the catalyst to Buntingford going ahead to lead 4-3 before they were pegged back to a final score of four apiece.

Cougars Under 14′s hosted a strong Wodson Park side in the league with both sides level on points before the encounter. The visitors from down the A10 started the brighter and pressurised the Cougars back line but the home side’s defensive efforts held firm and restricted the visitors to shots from distance. As the half wore on Cougars started to become calmer in possession and worked the ball wide creating some good chances. Mid way through the half Sid Arnold from the edge of the box let fly with his trusty left foot and struck the underside of the bar. The resilient Cougars built on this and just before half time with little options around him Matt Share took off on a mazy run into the box beating three players before squaring to the penalty spot where Matt Adams under pressure from defenders found the bottom corner with a composed finish. With Cougars on the up the half time whistle came too soon for the home side.

The second half started and neither side were penetrating the oppositions back lines until after probably the most bizarre five minutes of the under14’s season as firstly a converted penalty by Wodson squared the match and then the most unfortunate and freaky own goal ably assisted by the wind and the sun put the visitors 2-1 before another penalty saw Cougars equalize courtesy of Matt Share with a confident spot kick.

After a tight affair the last fifteen minutes became an open affair with both sides having opportunities to win including Sid Arnold who was denied by a match winning goal with a last ditch block by the Wodson who in turn hit the Cougars post at the death.

Cougars Under14’s  Manager Chris Adams in his post match conference said “Our opposition came at us really strong today and I was pleased in the way we worked this out and imposed our football into the match, having gone behind we regrouped and got ourselves back in it. On chances it was probably a fair point. Cougars Under14’s man of the match was the strong and calm Dan Curtis.”

Cougars Under11’s played away to Hatfield Youth in what was a tight affair in the first half with only one goal from Luke Ranner and some great defending from Sonnie Wennington and Thomas Arrundale. The second half saw the introduction of Jack Piggott who didn’t waste any time to get on the score sheet for Cougars second. Some more great defending saw Cougars Under11’s able to push forward and force Hatfield into an own goal. After the restart with some superb individual skill Jack Piggott took it around the keeper to make it 4-0. Cougars Under11’s man of the match was Patrick Cahill for a great defensive performance.

Elsewhere Cougars Under 12’s Blues won 3-1 against Stortford Rovers whilst the Under 12’s Whites drew 2-2 away to Barmond.  Travelling to Manuden Juniors Cougars Under15’s Whites secured another victory this time 3-1 in their quest for a top four finish whereas Cougars Under16’s lost by a single goal to Melbourn.

Cougars Round Up; Messi Like Inman Delights Adams

With undoubtedly the longest trek of the weekend Bunt’s Under 14’s journeyed to Hemel Hempstead to play third place Hemel Aces seeking to avenge a home defeat earlier in the season and then delighted Gaffer Chris Adams with a display he described as “collectively great”.

With both sides having contending with a lack of games and a bumpy pitch the opening exchanges were a little scrappy until on 15 minutes the hosts with a well taken shot took the lead. The goal acted as a catalyst for Cougars who started to find some rhythm and five minutes later Matt ‘messi’ Inman outwitted the home defence before being fouled for a penalty. Matt Share stepped up calmly to level the scores. Cougars then started to get the better of possession and on 25 minutes the ever lively Liam Smith pressed the Hemel back line and forced a rushed clearance to Matt Inman’s feet, who from 25 yards chipped the keeper with a sublime finish. Two minutes later Liam Smith delivered a beautifully driven corner towards Matt Adams who found the top corner with a bullet header to put Cougars three one ahead and firmly in control at half time.

In the second half Buntingford managed the game well denying the hosts time and space as the Aces fought to get back into the game.  Indeed Cougars got their reward five minutes from time when Liam Smith chased and harassed the Hemel back line and bagged himself a goal with a tidy finish.

A deserved 4-1 win made the long drive home a little more palatable for boss Chris Adams who in his post match press conference said “After a poor display last time we talked about the need to listen and concentrate and the boys have knuckled down and really put on a fabulous show. Luke Garratt and Archie Rhodes stuck to their individual tasks really well but we were collectively great, I have to give a special mention goes to Matty Inman who proved that football matches are sometimes won by clever creative and exciting football.”

Cougars Under8′s entertained Sawbridgeworth on Saturday with the Blues opening the scoring after Finlay Walker picked the ball up in his own half and after a long run coolly slotted past the keeper. In the second half it was Walker again who scored when he curled a sweet free kick that found the top corner. Stout defending from Orran Taylor and Patrick Mitchell ensured a clean sheet for the Under8’s Blues.

Bunt’s Under8′s Whites then played Sawbo and put in their best performance of the season. Oscar Kennedy between the sticks did well with a string of fine saves and there were chances at the other end for Archie Prior and Ben Hume who both came close to scoring.

After weeks of waterlogged induced postponements Cougars Under 9’s finally played and their performance was worth waiting for as they came away from Stevenage based Broadhall with a convincing victory. Despite the scoreline goalkeepers from both teams were singled out with outstanding performances with Oliver Kay looking accomplished beyond his years and keeping a clean sheet. Cougars’ goals came courtesy of five different players Stan Wennington, Ethan Vater, Ben Perryman, Ben Maley and Deno Vairavanathan.

Cougars Under10′s Blues did well to run out victors in a competitive match versus Bishop Stortford United. The scoring was opened after eight minutes after a tame shot from George Godfrey took a cruel bobble in front of United’s keeper and deflected over his keeper’s shoulder into the net.

With both sides working hard the game ebbed and flowed well into the second half but the second goal went the way of the hosts as the enthusiastic Hayden Walley scored from close range in the 28th minute after some great work by man of the match Charlie Fountain and Jack Gurney.

With seven minutes remaining a Stortford cross was handled in the box resulting in a penalty for the away side. Sam Daly in goal saved well only to see the rebound fall to a United player who fired home with the help of a deflection.

With both teams seeking a goal in the final minutes it was the hosts who scored after a strong determined run from Nathan Anderson ended with him firing in low just before the final whistle.

Buntingford’s Under10s Whites played out an equally entertaining match versus Stortford Wanderers. Evan Howard played well and Jimmy Brown was unlucky not to score after Josh Lucas had found him. Archie Vass-Smart dictated some periods of play but Cougars just couldn’t find a breakthrough. The closest the Whites came to scoring was when Kameron Weston hit the post from distance and man of the match Jimmy Brown flicked in a cross but saw his effort well saved.

Cougars Under11’s kept the pressure on the leaders with a 2-1 home victory in a local derby match against Royston Town. Paul Skinner’s team played well in a very tight first half with just saw just one goal scored by the host’s Max Coutts. The second half saw Royston score a deserved equaliser following a lot of pressure before Buntingford got a penalty late on which Jack Piggott converted to secure the win. Cougars’ man of the match was Max Coutts for his determined all round effort.

Buntingford’s U12′s Blues played out a great match against a really good footballing team from Letchworth but endured one of those days when despite having most chances and applying lots of effort just couldn’t score and went down with a 4nil loss. Man of the match accolade was shared between Bradley Anderson who came so close to scoring several times, with one power header just going too high, Harrison Caldicot-Stevens who demonstrated great skill and determination down the right and Luca Manning who played yet another great game mixing tough tackles with silky skills. The U12’s attitude award went to Cameron Owen who, until a thigh injury ended his game, was having one of his best games of the season. U12’s Boss Rich Thorpe was philosophical in his post match press conference saying “There were some great individual performances and an all round team effort to be proud of today”.

Cougars Under 15’s kept up their push for a top four finish with an exciting 5-4 home win over Barmond United.

Mark Watson’s Cougars Under16′s travelled to Bishops Stortford Saints and went behind after only 15 seconds. Bintingford’s title contenders though showed why they are having a great season by coming back to go ahead by two – one before half time courtesy of strikes from Dan White and man of the match Myles Radwell. Radwell added a further two goals after the interval for his hat-trick a a deserved win for Buntingford.

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Cougars Weekly Round Up

Buntingford’s Under 11’s played Lea Sports in the quarter final of the league cup. The Hitchin based opposition put a lot of pressure on in the first 10 minutes and Cougars would have been a goal down but for a great clearance off the line by Thomas Arrundale. Some great team work saw the Cougars finish the first half 2-0. The second half saw Jack Piggott get his hat trick with Luke Ranner also on the score sheet. Cougars’ man of the match went to Oliver Garratt in what Cougars Under 11’s Manager Paul Skinner described as “A great team display and a well deserved victory against a team two divisions higher than us.”

Buntingford Cougars under 8’s Blues had an exciting game against Bishops Stortford with defences having the upper hand early on before Cougars made the breakthrough with a Finlay Walker goal. The lively Walker scored a rebound from his own left foot volley. In the second half there were two goals; one for Cougars, courtesy of an own goal and one for Billy Pullen of Stortford. Cougars battled hard to hold on for the win with outstanding defending from Freddie Arnold, Orran Taylor and Joseph McKinley as well as a solid goalkeeping display from Luca Rigolli. According to Buntingford’s Manager Danny Skipp “The deserved victory capped off a great team performance”.

Cougars Under8’s Whites played Bishop Stortford FC away and put in a determined performance but came away defeated but not downhearted. Oliver Hay had a great game and goalkeeper Oscar Kennedy was brilliant with a man of the match display. Cougars under 8’s Whites boss Paul Eveleigh was pleased with the performance commenting “You will rarely see a more enthusiastic and hard working bunch of young players. They are a great example of community grassroots footballers.”

Cougars Under10’s also at Stortford played out two good matches. Cougars Blues were deserved winners as Hayden Walley opened the scoring with a strike from close range albeit from a tight angle. Before the interval Jack Gurney added a second after some fine passing. In the second half Stortford clawed a goal back before man of the match Nathan Anderson thundered in a third from a narrow angle. BSFC pulled a second goal back to make a tense end but the game finished 3-2 to Cougars. Manager Dean Howard said “the players did what we encouraged them to do – so it was good to see them earn a win with a great team display”.

Cougars Under10’s Whites put in a determined display but were unable to overcome a good Stortford Wanderers. Man of the match Jimmy Brown worked tirelessly and there were lots of signs of positive development for Cougars Whites.

Cougar’s Under12’s Whites secured a good two nil league win over FC Comets and Cougars Under 15’s Blues continued their assault on the league title with a 6-1 away win at bottom side Royston Town Youth whilst their counterparts the Under 15 Whites, despite scoring twice endured a defeat against second placed Stortford Swifts.

Buntingford Cougars Weekly Round Up

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Buntingford Cougars Weekly Round Up

With pitches starting to dry out most Buntingford Cougars sides were back in action.

Cougars Under 8’s travelled across the Essex border to Saffron Walden, the home of Plantation FC and played out an exciting match. lantation scored 2 quick goals in the 1st half as cougars struggled to get going. Mid way through the first half Freddie Arnold scored for Cougars from outside the box with a curling shot into top corner. Plantation added two more goals in second half to go 4-1 up but cougars battled back with a goal from Finlay Walker and a second for Arnold to set up a grand stand finish! Despite a great team effort Cougars could not find the equaliser and the hosts hung on for the win! Both sides did everyone proud with a great display of grassroots youth football.

Cougars Under 11’s comfortably beat basement side Letchworth to move to 3rd in the table eight points behind the leaders with three games in hand. Buntingford’s U12s Blues went down at home in a close game with Biggleswade three goals to two whilst the Under 12’s Whites managed a two nil win over Stevenage Boro Redsox.

Cougars Under 13s – started well at home to Melbourn Dynamoes and scored two quick goals from Harry Baker but the hosts could not hold on drawing level at half time. Both sides tried but could not find the net until 5 minutes from time when Melbourn picked up a loose ball and scored. Kev Ridgewell, Cougars Under 13s Manager said “it was a great game with Will Cracknell Cougars Man of The Match.”

Buntingford’s  Under 14 s travelled down the A10 to Enfield to play Middlesex County Cup finalists Omonia in the league cup. Cougars, despite having some reasonable periods of play never really got into the game and the hosts deserved to go into the interval one nil ahead, the only real Cougars chance hitting the bar.  In the second half the home side ran out worthy winners with Cougars not performing quite to their potential despite being the only team to have beaten Omonia so far this season.

Cougars Under15’s Blue went to Potton and came away with a deserved 4-2 victory despite going a goal down after some good early possession. It was Lee and Poulton who scored two first half goals that got the visitors back into the game. After the break Cougars dominated scoring twice more thanks to Josh Wyatt and a second special goal from Lee. Potton then scored a consolation at the end of the game.

Cougar U15 Whites Manager Jason Rowley took alot of positives from his team’s performance despite a 6-2 defeat as he still has his sights set on a fourth placed league finish. Rowley was particularly pleased with Paul Briffett’s solid midfield display and Sam Prior for notching a brace.

Cougars Under 16s hosted Shephall and took the lead after 10 minutes after a top draw pass from man of the match Sam Friend found George Woods , who  finished superbly. Shephall then scord two to go in front before the break, the second half saw Cougars with most of the ball, but the home side could not find the equaliser and lost only their second game of the season.

Under 10′s Match Report

With the wettest winter on record Buntingford Cougars weekend schedule saw just two matches take place at the weekend.

Cougars Under 10’s and Ashwell Academicals were a great advertisement for grass roots youth football as both teams put on class act on the 3G artificial surface at Baldock’s Arena.

The first match saw Cougars Blues play Ashwell’s Bushells in an even affair where both teams tried patiently to create chances.

After ten minutes Cougars broke the deadlock with a well worked goal that involved Charlie Fountain and Nathan Anderson and some clever footwork from George Godfrey who finished off the move with a strike low into the net.

The encounter then ebbed and flowed and as Ashwell started to create chances the defensive pairing of Brogan Fakhfakh and Jake Vottariello and Cougars guardian Sam Daly had to be in top form and they did not disappoint.

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Just before half time Cougars then doubled the lead with a firm strike from Nathan Anderson to make it two at the interval. The early stages of the second half saw Ashwell gain the upper hand and after a free kick was awarded wide on the left the Academicals scored with a fine strike inside the far post.

The exciting match continued and it could have gone either way until the last kick of the match that saw George Godfrey dribble in from the right and score from a tight angle. The 3-1 scoreline at the final whistle was possibly a little flattering for Cougars but well earned. Man of the match for Cougars Blues was Charlie Fountain.

Cougars Whites then had a good match against Ashwell Strikes which again started quite evenly with some good football on display. In this match Ashwell were first to open the scoring after six minutes and then doubled the lead before Cougars Kameron Weston scored his fifth goal of the season when he received the ball in a central position and shrugged off two defenders to place the ball coolly past the Ashwell keeper. Ashwell went on to find the net again in the second half in what was a good local match enjoyed by players and spectators alike.

Richard Thorpe’s Cougars Under 12’s Blues also managed to overcome the elements to record a 3-1 home victory over Langford Youth which moves them from 5th to 3rd in the league and just one point below the top two teams.

Cougars February Half Term Soccer School

Buntingford Cougars

February Half Term Soccer School

Cougars’ soccer schools welcome boys & girls 4-12 years old regardless of ability or experience to have fun in a safe environment at our soccer schools

All coaches are FA qualified with 1st aid training and are CRB checked

The February half term soccer school is Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February 9.30am to 2.30pm At Freman Sports Hall Freman College Bowling Green Lane, Buntingford SG9 9BT

IMPORTANT – WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE IN THE NEW FREMAN SPORTS HALL. CHILDREN SHOULD WEAR CLEAN TRAINERS AND BRING FOOTBALL BOOTS & WET WEATHER CLOTHING AS SOME ACTIVITIES MAY BE ON GRASS (WEATHER AND NUMBERS PERMITTING)

 

Cougars members booked in advance pay only £12/day

Non Cougars booked in advance pay £15/day

All bookings after 3pm on Monday 17th February  – pay £20/day (no exceptions)

Children must wear trainers & shin pads and bring a packed lunch & drink.

To book simply download, complete the form and post as per the instructions with correct payment

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Cougars Quiz 1st March

BUNTINGFORD COUGARS FUN QUIZ NIGHT

Cougars Quiz Night At The Bury

Sat 1st March 7.30pm – 11pm. Max teams of 8.

Categories include Film & TV, General Knowledge, Sport, Music and Geography.

 

Tickets £5 in advance or £6 on the door (Although we are usually sold out)

Advance Tickets From The Bury Or Country Properties 34 High St

All proceeds support Buntingford Cougars Youth Football Club to keep membership fees affordable for everyone

Cougars U8′s Biblical at Shefford Saints

Cougars U8′s Biblical at Shefford Saints

Buntingford Cougars found themselves victims of the wet conditions again with just the Under 8’s and the Under 14’s able to represent Buntingford at the weekend.

Cougars match of the weekend was played out by the Under 8’s Whites as they travelled to play Shefford Saints over the Bedfordshire county border and on the 3G artificial surface put in a sterling performance. The enthusiastic crowd saw goals from both teams including first goals for Cougars Ben Hume and Jake Lemay. Manager Danny Skipp was really pleased with the Whites U8’s effort as he said after the game “The determination and commitment from this team makes me so proud. Oscar Kennedy was tireless, the hard work from Carrie Grinyer and Isla Eveleigh was an example to everyone and Paddy Mitchell did so well. Ben Hume and Jake Lemay scored but the whole U8’s Whites team are a real credit to their families and our community, we are so proud of them.” Danny is pictured with some of Cougars Under 8’s who played at Shefford.

Meanwhile the U8’s Blues did equally well to find the net on four occasions in a real end to end affair against Shefford Saints. Cougars goals all came3 in the first half with Archie Prior on the score sheet along with a hat trick from top scorer Finlay Walker.

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On Sunday Cougars Under 14’s put in a shift in a competitive league cup encounter with Enfield. On a pitch that was heavy the Buntingford lads dug deep and forced errors from the visitors to win despite a trio of well taken goals from the team from down the A10.  Min Lancaster and matt Adams were Herculean in the midfield and really made the difference whilst the result was secured courtesy of two Sid Arnold spot kicks and great goals from Matthew Inman and Luke Garrett. Under 14’s Gaffer Chris Adams was pleased in the post match interview saying “after a little while off the boys took a some time to find each other but once they got into a rhythm they played some impressive possession football and in a tight affair once again our strong team ethic made the difference to deliver a great end result.”