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Buntingford Cougars Under11s Blues played out an intensely exciting cup match at Letchworth that went all the way to a penalty shootout to decide the winners. The first half started evenly but it was Cougars who went in front with top scorer George Godfrey beating the Letchworth guardian. Chances continued at both ends but with Sam Daly in fine form for Cougars and the home side keeper also playing a blinder further goals were denied in the first half.
The second half started with the hosts scoring from a free kick but midway through the second half Cougars equalised with the lively Godfrey getting a second before a cross from the left put the visitors ahead again as Jack Lally converted for Cougars. It felt as though there was a twist in the tail and indeed there was as Letchworth equalised after a period of pressure three minutes before the final whistle to force extra time.
Extra time continued in the same vein with both sides playing exciting football but with tired limbs forcing a few mistakes and fouls. Again it was Letchworth who scored again before the second period when Godfrey netted again for his hat trick. At four goals apiece the referee blew for a penalty shootout. Cougars first penalty was saved and then every penalty from both teams found the net therefore seeing Cougars exit the league cup 5-4 on penalties.
Speaking to Sky Sports Desk after the game Cougars Manager Darryl Dean said “I was really proud of our players today; everyone gave 100% and if it wasn’t for such a great display from the Letchworth keeper the score could have been very different. To lose on a penalty shootout is always cruel but this team can hold their heads high. The way they supported each other during the penalties showed what a great team ethic they have for such young people.”
Meanwhile Dean Howard’s Under11’s Whites enjoyed an emphatic home win scoring seven to no reply with Casey Heenan (2), Tom Carter (2), Josh Ridings, Josh Lucas and Josh Andros all bagging goals and the Man of the Match accolade going to long time Cougars player Robin Harpin.
Buntingford’s Under15s travelled to Broxbourne as the premier division’s first and second placed teams faced off in what was a great spectacle. The first half started with the hosts testing Cougars but then the visitors got into the game and created some half chances with shots from Liam Smith, Archie Rhodes and Luke Garratt not quite enough to beat the excellent home guardian.
Broxbourne took the lead against the run of play as a quick striker ran through and made no mistake. Manager Chris Adams was pleased with his sides reaction and in the next twenty minutes followed some fantastic graft and craft and were rewarded just before the break as Garratt fed Rhodes hit home to get Buntingford level at half time.
Cougars started brightly in the second half but were dealt a harsh blow as a long distance effort flew in from the hosts. Despite the setback Cougars continued to create chances but the home keepers handling on a wet pitch was impeccable. The hosts handled took advantage of Cougars push and scored twice to take a 4-1 lead before Owen Groves pulled one back just before the final whistle.
Cougars Manager Chris Adams told Gary Linekar on Match of the Day “Jim has a great side at Broxbourne and we gave them a real test. In truth they had greater quality in the last third and made and took their clear chances clinically which was the difference between us. My boys were excellent today and gave everything, they played well as a team and the boys felt hard done by not to have come away with something today, and that disappointment shows me their appetite for the games ahead.”
Cougars Under 7s Stripes and Royals under the stewardship of Phil Allen are going from strength to strength and put in another fine performance against Letchworth Eagles. Cougars started well and played much of the game in the Letchworth half as they dominated possession and dictated play.
Possession soon turned into goals and buntingford ended the first half with a two goal lead. After a break it was much the same and it didn’t take long for Cougars to score another three goals. Letchworth battled well and pulled a goal back before cougars ended the game with one more goal.
After another break Cougars, playing from the back pinned Eagles in their own half, dominating the play again and scoring again to record a comfortable win. A pleased Phil Allen after the match told talksport listeners “All the players played really well, I was delighted with the way we always played football out from the back.”
Meanwhile Cougars Under 7’s Blues and Whites played Arseley and recorded another emphatic victory with a high score line despite having Dempsey Crace on academy duty at Cambridge United.
In the under12 section Paul Skinners Cougars were defeated at home Stevenage Borough Migs and a year up Cougars Under13s Blues played aout a tight three all draw with Shefford Saints whilst the Under13’s Whites won seven – three against Shephall. Kev Ridgewell’s Under14’s continue with their woes after a heavy defeat at Melbourn. Buntingford Under16’s Whites travelled to Hitchin and came away with a six – one reverse against FC Comets.
Yann Boulter was the star for Cougars Under11’s Stripes as they enjoyed an awayday trip to Stevenage based Bedwell on Sunday and came away with an emphatic victory, scoring nine and conceding none. Ian Jenkins side who have progressed positively all season despite some unlucky defeats saw a Yann Boulter hat trick compliment a brace from Ciaran Jenkins and goals apiece from Tom Ryman, Shayne Coyne, Freddy Cocks and an own goal. In his post match interview with the BBC’s Gary Linekar Jenkins said “The boys have played well in the last few weeks and deserved the win today because of all the hard work and dedication they have shown since the summer. I am so proud of every one of them and it’s a real privilege to Coach them all.” The Under11’s Blues meanwhile went down to high flying Stotfold Blacks despite a double strike from Man of the Match George Godfrey to take his season tally to eight and a strike from Jack Gurney.
At The Bury Cougars Under15’s hosted Harlow. Despite the a heavy surface the hosts started well and in just the second minute Matt Share found space to lob the ball over the Harlow Keeper and put Cougars one up. Harlow posed a real threat after Cougars opener with their pacey players but the home side maintained the ascendancy and passed the ball well considering the conditions. Cougars doubled their lead on twenty five minutes when the impressive Luke Garratt won the ball and played in Liam Smith who with plenty still to do drew the keeper and chipped into the net. Approaching half time Garratt himself had a further opportunity when he broke clear and beat two defenders and the keeper but his goal bound attempt was cleared by a defender.
The second half saw Buntingford continue to create chances but more importantly the home side maintained concentration and shape at the back to restrict a persistent Harlow. With twenty to go Cougars started to flag and Garratt was moved to the centre of midfield to add some much needed bite, which he did with relish. This revitalised Buntingford and chances started to come again. A super move saw Smith fire just over and Owen Groves had an effort ruled offside.
In the dying seconds the visitors scored but it was too late to deny Cougars their sixth victory of the season and put them on top of the Mid Herts Premier division. Talking to BBC’s 5Live after the game Chris Adams said “I felt today we deserved our win. We played some lovely football on a tough surface. Collectively we maintained better discipline today once we had our noses in front. Special mention for Luke Garratt today, he was excellent up top but when we needed to dig deep and disrupt our opposition and show some true winning desire Luke came up trumps with real strength and passion.”
Elsewhere Cougars Under12’s continued their fine form with a comfortable six-nil win at Sawbridgeworth. The Under13’s section also enjoyed away wins; In the first division the Blues at Clifton Colts won 4-1 and in the third division Cougars Under13’s Whites won 5-3 at FC Comets. Buntingford’s Under14’s lost out to Bishop Stortford Rovers despite great performances from Jamie Pearce and Callum Andrews and Buntingford’s Under16’s Whites suffered a home defeat to Bishop Stortford Colts who scored five to no reply.
Finally Cougars Under16’s Blues clearly indicated their intentions in the top division as Sean Curran’s title holders won three – two away at Baldock Templars to put them in second place.
Cougars youngest team the Under 7’s played out some good matches on Saturday. The Blues and Whites faced their strongest opposition so far this season as Bishop Stortford travelled to The Bury and Cougars ran out winners by three goals to two. Buntingford’s Under 7’s Whites and Stripes then put in an equally impressive performance against Ashwell Academicals to produce an emphatic win with Ethan Megennis-Hicks, Alfie Vottariello, Beau Lampard, Ronan McGuire, Jonny Rofe and Oliver Curran amongst those putting in fantastic performances. You can see from the pictures how the youngsters love playing for Cougars.
Cougars Under8’s earned a draw at home to Bishop Stortford with lots of effort from both the Blues and Whites teams producing what Wes Cook described as one of their best performances to date. Also at The Bury on Saturday Danny Skipp’s Under9’s were victorious against a strong St Davids team from Stevenage with Joseph McKinley, Spencer Sendall and Billy Pullen amongst the scorers.
Cougars Under11’s did not fare so well. The Blues started well with George Godfrey scoring in his fifth consecutive match but were not able to cope with a strong Bishop Stortford Athletic side, eventually going down four – one. Jake Vottariello was man of the match for Darryl Dean’s side. Cougars Under11’s Stripes were also defeated on Sunday, beaten by FC Comets despite great goals from Yann Boulter and Ciaran Jenkins and Man of the Match accolade going to Charlie Griggs.
Chris Adam’s Under 15s continued their impressive run in the Mid Herts Premier Division when they hosted Wormley at The Bury. With both sides only having lost one game each this season it proved, as expected to be an evenly contested affair. Cougars started brightly and on two minutes Alex Hewer was unlucky to see his shot cannon off the bar. After eight minutes the hosts made the breakthrough after free kick 30 yards out was delivered perfectly by Liam Smith onto the head of Hewer who headed in. On twenty minutes the lead was doubled when Archie Rhodes won a ball, beat three defenders and laid the ball to the edge of the penalty box where Luke Garratt fired home.
Buntingford continued to be on top but wasted opportunities to wrap the game up and this meant that Wormley always posed a real threat. The visitors boast the league’s top goal scorer a strong skilful pacey striker but Sid Arnold was doing a great job in keeping him quiet and with Jay Caine in goal sweeping up behind the back four Cougars gave Wormley only limited sights of goal.
The second half started well for the visitors who pressured from the off and would have scored had it not been for a brave stop by Caine at the feet of their striker. The Cougars guardian though could do nothing ten minutes later after a wonderful free kick flew into the top corner. The away side continued to press and soon scored a second to equal the scores when Buntingford allowed too much time and space to Wormley and they duly took full advantage.
Despite the visitors now being in the ascendency Cougars worked hard and showed real character and desire to re gain possession. With ten minutes left and probably the best move of the game Dan Curtis, playing a blinder out on the left beat two players before laying the ball off to Garratt who travelled towards the box and played a beautiful ball into the path of Rhodes who drew the keeper and slid home to put the hosts three two up. Inevitably Wormley responded well and forced Caine to make his best saves with a top draw double stop before pouncing on the ball before time ran out for Wormley and Cougars ran out victors three goals to two.
In the BT Sport newsroom after the game a jubilant Chris Adams was thrilled saying “A great result today against a really good Wormley side who are physical but very talented. If we rewound 12 months having been pegged back I have no doubt we would have lacked the desire to go on and win the game and for me this shows the progress the boys are making coupled with the effort they’re prepared to put in. Special mentions great to have Jay Caine back in goal doing what he does so well and Luke Garratt back up front doing likewise. But I’ll go with a good old fashioned cop out and say a great team performance today from everyone.”
Elsewhere Cougars Under12’s had an emphatic nine – nil win with Marcel Zakrzewski delighted with yet another clean sheet. Richard Thorp’s Under13s Blues travelled to Hitchin Town and played out an exciting five-four match but were unfortunately on the wrong end of the scoreline. The Under13’s Whites conceded four but still ran out winners as Bobby Whites team scored eight at Letchworth. In the Under16’s section Cougars Whites lost 5-1 at home to Stortford Swifts whilst Sean Curran’s Under16’s Blues saw off Letchworth two nil.
Wesley Cook’s Cougars Under8s put in a great away performance to win 4-1 at Hitchin Town in what Cook described as “a great game of passing, teamwork and finishing”
Cougars Under 15’s travelled to play at fantastic facilities at Barnet Azzuri looking to avenge last season’s two defeats. Chris Adam’s boys playing with the wind behind them in the first half had the vast majority of possession but found the hosts defensively strong and well organised. The best opportunity in the first twenty minutes was when Alex Hewer let fly from 20 yards forcing a full length save from the home keeper. On half hour the deadlock was broken as Matt Adams made space for himself on the left edge of the box cut inside and curled the ball from 15yrds round the keeper into the bottom corner, a lead that was taken into the break.
The second half started with real purpose for Buntingford as Dan Curtis took a quick throw in before Adams and Liam Smith exchanged a neat one two into the box allowing Smith to drop his shoulder beat the defender and finished in style to double the away side’s lead. Soon after a third was added when Smith was fouled in the box and he dusted himself off to dispatch the spot kick. Ten minutes later Matt Inman beat two men to cross to the back post where Smith headed home for a well deserved hat trick. Cougars pressed on and made it five when Matt Adams volleyed into the roof of the net following a free kick.
With ten minutes to go Azzuri got one back with a fabulous strike before Matt Inman forced a penalty that Sid Arnold coolly dispatched to make it six.
Being interviewed by the BBCs Gary Linekar Cougars Undwer15’s boss Chris Adams said “We played some super football today and took our chances well. Special mentions to my full backs Danny Curtis and Reece Knapp who both got the balance between attack and defence spot on, they were always looking to get on the ball and get us playing.”
Buntingford’s Under11’s Blues were knocked off top spot in division two after a defeat at Biggleswade United despite going ahead in the eighth minute courtesy of a thunderbolt 20 yard strike from George Godfrey. The full time result of five one was probably a little harsh on Cougars who dominated periods of play at the start of the first and second halves.
Meanwhile Cougars Under11’s Whites won 3-2 with Brogan Fakhfakh, Tom Carter and Casey Heenan netting in a game that Jimmy Brown put in a man of the match performance.
Cougars Under11’s Stripes went down by the odd goal in five despite being two goals up. Scoeres for Ian Jenkins side were Freddy Cocks and Yann Boulter with Man of the Match going to Ben Hancox.
Cougars Under13’s Whites were dumped out of the league cup by Stevenage Boro Juniors Bluesox whilst Cougars UnderU14’s took on a strong Melbourn side in the league and succumbed to defeat despite some great defending from Callum Andrews and Ryan Jackson.
In the Under16s section Buntingford’s Blues dropped to mid table following a narrow one nil defeat at Stevenage Vikings and the Whites exited the league cup following a 4-2 loss at Stotfold.
Buntingford Under 9’s Whites travelled to Manuden and enjoyed their first win with a convincing three-nil victory. Paul Eveleigh’s tenacious troops played their hearts out and demonstrated how much they have progressed and improved as a team and individuals and did their club proud. Two goals from Jake Lemay and one from Ben Hume (both pictured) along with a superb performance from at the other end from goalkeeper Oscar Kennedy did the trick but Eveleigh made clear that it was a team performance that won it as he told Sky Sports Headquarters “They were brilliant, all gave man of the match performances and they all did cougars proud”. Meanwhile Cougars Under9’s Blues played out a close encounter with Manuden which ended in a three one defeat with Billy Pullen getting Buntingford’s goal.
Paul Skinner was pleased to get back to winning ways with an emphatic victory for Buntingford’s Under 12s over Letchworth Golds with man of the match Jack Piggott netting along with Ryan Skinner. Patrick Cahill scored with a fine solo effort and the game saw a first goal for Ryan Hicks.
Chris Adams’ Under15’s travelled to Enfield Youth who started the brightest and were awarded a penalty on 5 minutes which they converted well. It took Cougars twenty minutes to create chances and Matt Adams timed his run to perfection to head home for a deserved equalizer before half time. The game finished one apiece which was a good result for the Arnold family with cousins playing for each team.
In other games Cougars Under7’s played enjoyed a high scoring victory over Stotfold. The Under 13’s Blues ran out three one winners over Clifton Colts whilst the Under14’s lost out away to Sawbridgeworth. In the Under 16 section Cougars Blues suffered an unusual home defeat as they went down three one to Stortford Athletic whilst the Under16s Whites lost to Austen Arrowheads. Cougars Under11’s teams had a tough day as the Blues were dumped out of the County cup by Berkhamsptead five – two; Charlie Fountain and George Godfrey scoring, the Whites also exited the cup with Tom Carter scoring a consolation. Ian Jenkins Under11’s Stripes put in their best performance of the campaign as they played out an even encounter with Bassingbourn which saw Yann Boulter net twice and Freddy Cocks earn the Man of the Match accolade.
Buntingford Cougars October 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.
All coaches are FA qualified with 1st aid training and are CRB checked
The soccer school is Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th October 9.30am to 2.30pm at
Freman Sports Hall, Freman College, Bowling Green Lane Buntingford SG9 9BT.
Cougars members booked in advance pay only £12 / day
Non Cougars booked in advance pay £15 / day
All bookings on the day are £20 per day (no exceptions)
Children must wear trainers & shin pads (if you have them) and bring a packed lunch & drink. Any questions call Richard on 07944 237400
Buntingford Cougars Under11’s Blues enjoyed another rewarding away day with lots of different scorers again as they hit Baldock Crusaders for five. The first few minutes were even with Crusaders having the best chance that was tipped over by Sam Daly but in the ninth minutes Jack Gurney galloped down the right to deliver an inch perfect cross that was converted by the impressive Lily Hall with a close range volley. After twenty minutes Cougars doubled their lead with Nathan Anderson smashing in from close range after Baldock could not clear a corner.
After the interval Buntingford added a third with Gurney scoring courtesy of a great run and an unstoppable strike before the hosts pulled one back and were then unlucky not to get a penalty. After the scare Cougars regained their three goal cushion as George Godfrey’s determination saw him score from just within the box and then the move of the game saw Jack Lally combine with Charlie Fountain and Gurney with a couple of one-two combinations before a classy finish from the diminutive striker who has now scored in all four matches this season. In the Sky Sports Newsroom a delighted Darryl Dean said “It was a good team performance today, everyone did well”
Meanwhile Cougars Under11s Whites and Stripes both put in great performances at Ashwell in the development league. Cougars Under12’s endured a rare league defeat as they went down heavily to Bedwell Rangers.
Cougars Under13s Blues enjoyed their first victory of this campaign as Richard Thorpe’s troops comfortably beat Austen Arrowheads three goals to one and Buntingford’s Under13’s Whites continued their 100% start to the season with a 3-2 away win at Barmond to keep them atop of division three. Not such good news for Kev Ridgewell’s Under14s as they suffered a heavy home defeat to Bedwell Irons.
Chris Adams’ Under15’s endured their first defeat as they lost to Welwyn Pegasus 3-2 and surrendered top spot in the demanding Mid Herts Premier League. Jason Rowley’s Under16’s Whites came out on top in a tight affair winning by the odd goal in seven against Pin Green whilst Sean Curran’s Under16’s Blues got back to winning ways in the top division as they eased to a 4-1 win away at Bishop Stortford Swifts.
Buntingford Cougars U7s Stripes and Royals were always going to up against it on Saturday as Phil Allen’s squad was hit by illness but the players put in another fine performance playing their first home game of the season against a well organised Bedwell team. It was an entertaining game with both teams trying to play football the way it should be from the back, the score swapped hands several times with Bedwell coming out on top by the odd goal. Allen was interviewed after the match and said “I want to say well done to both sides for a great game played in the right spirit.” The Under7’s Blues and Whites had an early start and long journey to St Neots and despite having a depleted side due to illness Luke Fone and Ricci Crace’s team were rewarded with a comfortable victory.
Buntingford’s Under10’s entertained Letchworth garden City Eagles and the relatively new managerial partnership of Danny Miles and Gerry Meehan were pleased with a 3-2 win.
Cougars Under11’s Blues recorded their first victory of the season as Darryl Dean’s troops beat Stevenage Boro Hurricanes four goals to two. There were four different scorers for the hosts with Jack Lally, Archie Vass-Smart, Charlie Fountain and Jack Gurney all on target as Cougars went four nil up before the visitors scored two in the last ten minutes.
Buntingford’s Under11’s Whites enjoyed a great game hosting Stotfold Greys with the visitors running out as narrow two-one winners in a thrilling encounter. Josh Lucas was the scorer for the home side in a match which Casey Heenan, Jimmy Brown and Tom Carter were outstanding. Cougars Under11’s Stripes travelled to Ashwell and did well but were unable to overcome the hosts who scored to no reply.
Cougar’s Under 12’s played Sawbridgeworth Sliders with Buntingford winning three – nil courtesy of a brace from Jack Piggott and one from Jack Littleford who scored with a spectacular over head kick. Man of the Match went to Jack Piggott but Manager Paul skinner told the BBC’s match of the day “I am really pleased because we won today with a great all round team effort”.
Buntingford’s Under13’s Blues suffered their second league defeat in division one going down by the odd goal in five at Shefford Saints whilst Cougars Under13’s Whites now head the third division as they won their second match in as many weeks by the same five nil score line. Buntingford’s Under14’s battled hard against a strong Baldock team with some good play from Miles Blamforth, Ben Clark and Jacob Dear.
Cougars Under15’s went to Hemel to play one of last season’s top half sides. The first half was a tight physical affair with the best chance falling to Buntingford’s Matt Adams who hit the bar from 20 yards. The second was quite different as Buntingford grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and five minutes in Adams crossed for Archie Rhodes to side foot home for the opener. Ten minutes later Alex Hewer doubled the lead with a powerful header and soon after Hewer doubled his tally and added Cougar’s third with a 30 yard effort. Liam Smith notched a fourth with a sweet left foot shot before Hewer achieved his hat-trick from inside the box. Hemel then scored to make the game score five one. Cougars Under15’s Boss Chris Adams in the press office after the game said; “Today we worked incredibly hard in a tight physical first half and that built a platform for the second half where we were clinical in front of goal. A special well done to Alex Hewer for a super hat-trick.”
Jason Rowley’s Cougars Under 16’s Whites travelled to suffer a five two defeat at the hands of Letchworth’s Whites whilst Sean Curran’s Under 16’s Blues went to third in the first division as they were held to a one all draw at home to Baldock Town.