Cougars Under 10’s Blues just like last year went to Manuden with only seven players and came through a tough challenge. The day started well with free teas and coffees brought out to the crowd, Barry please take note, at the Bury it would be acceptable for these to be pints or fruit based drinks for the ladies! Cougars began brightly with some really slick passing and took an early lead when Oscar Kay thumped home from a corner. Moments later Kay was again in the action as he headed a pin point corner from Rylee Kitteringham against the post. Against the run of play Manuden equalised but this only proceeded to increase Cougar’s efforts. Kay parted the Manuden defence like Moses did the Red Sea on a barnstorming run to restore the lead. Kitteringham then pounced on a Kay pass and drove home to extend the lead. At this stage it looked like Cougars would run riot but Manuden dug in and produced a great fightback. Suddenly in the blink of an eye they grabbed three goals via an own goal, penalty and a well worked corner to take the lead.

Behind at the break Coach Tom Curtis changed formation and had Adam Sleath manning the defence on his own with two flying wing backs in Miles Woolford and William Brown supporting at both ends of the pitch. Cougars then started to fire again and a delicious corner served up by T J Curtis was headed in by Brown who rose like a salmon at the back stick. A few moments later Curtis was on corner duty again when a Beckhamesque delivery caused panic in the defence and resulted in an own goal. The lead was extended by the highly impressive Kay who finished off a lovely pass from Kitteringham with a sumptuous left footed effort, which brought applause from the welcoming Manuden crowd. The scoring was finished off by Miles Woolford who calmly finished from a Curtis run. Great team performance with Lui LoConte commanding in goal, Sleath showing great composure at the back, Kay providing midfield dynamism, Curtis dead ball accuracy and the three of Kitteringham, Brown and Woolford showing mesmerising runs and foot speed. Good luck to Coach Curtis who is now off to do his level one coaching badge.

Buntingford Cougars October 2017 Soccer School – Taking Bookings Now

Buntingford Cougars October 2017 Soccer School – Taking Bookings Now

We cover a wide range of topics: passing, shooting, dribbling with lots of different games. Once they have practiced those skills there is no better place to try them out other than in an actual game, so the children will play matches in the afternoon. We also allow the children a little bit of “free time”

Cougars’ soccer schools welcome boys & girls 4-12 years old regardless of ability or experience, we split the children down into 2 groups (4-8 & 9-12) to have fun in a safe environment.

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th October 9am to 3pm.

At Freman College, Sports Hall, Bowling Green Ln, Buntingford SG9 9BT.

Cougars members booked in advance pay only £15 per day. Three day package £40

Non-Members would be warmly welcomed to try the Soccer School out. Non Cougars booked in advance pay £18 per day. Three day package £49 and the link to book online is Non-Members booking link

All bookings after 7pm the day before – pay £20 per day (sorry no exceptions) so please book in advance.

Children must wear suitable footwear for indoor activities & shin pads.

Children must bring a packed lunch & plenty to drink, break from 10:30am-11am and lunch from 12pm-1pm.

Any questions please email or telephone 07786 031570


Cougars Under 10’s Blues started the season in imperious style putting on five star performance for new Coach Tom Curtis against Letchworth Eagles. There was no rustiness on show as Cougars started with their slick passing game and new recruits T J Curtis and William Brown slotted in with ease. Fraser Findlay grabbed the opening goal of the season which then triggered a Cougars assault on the Letchworth net. William Brown with his twinkling feet set up Ben Lewis for the second. The third was a beautiful in swinging corner delivered by Brown which Oscar Kay crunched in on the volley. Chances kept flowing and the woodwork denied Miles Woolford and Brown. Kay then combined with Rylee Kitteringham for number four and there was time for number five just on the stroke of half time as Brown sent in a beautiful cross and Woolford slipped home.

The second half was much of the same with Kitteringham swerving a Hoddlesque shot in off the far post. Lewis using his trusty left peg fired in for number seven and he assisted Brown in getting on the scoresheet for a well-deserved goal. The defensive unit of Findlay and Adam Sleath kept Letchworth at bay and never looked like being breached, calmly set up waves of attacks with their intelligent and precise passing. Even when the rock of Findlay went of injured, Curtis and Brown slotted back into defensive unit and continued to maintain a clean sheet. Lewis completed his hat trick after excellent work from Woolford, who then got on the scoresheet for his second sweeping home from close range. Lui LoConte was then let off the leash from goalkeeping duties and was very Lineker like in his goal poaching from 2 yards to add to the tally. The game was finished with Kitteringham passing in his second and bringing up a dozen for the Blues. Great team performance which bodes well for the rest of the season when tougher challenges lie ahead.

Book onto Cougars Summer 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.

  • Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July, 9am to 3pm.
  • Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th August, 9am to 3pm.
  • Tuesday 22th & Wednesday 23th August, 9am to 3pm.

At Freman College, (Lower field) Bowling Green Ln, Buntingford SG9 9BT.

Drop off and pick up point outside sports hall.

Cougars members booked in advance pay only £15 per day.

All six days for £80.

Non Cougars booked in advance pay £18 per day.

All six days for £98.

All bookings after 7pm the day before – pay £20 per day (sorry no exceptions) so please book in advance.

  • Children must wear suitable clothing & footwear for grass activities & shin pads.
  • Children must be prepared for all weather – rain jacket – sun screen – hat.
  • Additional Sun screen to apply after lunch!
  • Children must bring a packed lunch & plenty to drink.

Any questions please email or call Sandra on 07786 031570.



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On the Saturday of Easter weekend preparations for next season continued apace for the Cougars Under8s Blues with a 7-a-side game vs Biggleswade at the Carlsberg Stadium; probably the best venue the Blues have performed at to date. Oliver Tallis in goal, Sebbie Ivison left, Joseph De Monte right, Ronnie Hennessey centre-back, Tom Flanagan directing proceedings from the centre, and a front pairing of Thomas Deane and Charlie Wick.

A really evenly matched contest from the off. The back three for the Blues were terrific closing down and preventing space. The Blues were an attacking threat with Deane wing play causing a lot of danger for Biggleswade – a cross created a good chance for Wick first and then another cross was converted on the run by Flanagan for a fine finish and the lead. Then Deane had a left foot strike himself but it was well saved. The attacking continued, Ivison with a driving left wing run and shot just wide and then Flanagan breaking down the left but from his pass Wick just couldn’t convert.

All this attacking soon led to the second for the Blues. From a Flanagan corner, the Number 9 leapt like a salmon to plant an unbelievable header past the keeper. Big Duncan Ferguson himself would have been proud of that one.

Biggleswade were making a game of it but great keeping by Tallis throughout kept them at bay in the first half. He was also an attacking threat too. From a lengthy throw to Deane, the winger touched it round the corner to a rampaging Flanagan driving from midfield but he couldn’t keep his shot down.

In the second half, the capacity crowd were in for a treat. Almost from the off, Ivison closed down a defender, robbed him of the ball and slotted past the keeper. The Blues were cruising. Pinball in the area almost brought a fourth with Flanagan, Deane and a defender all testing the keeper and the post.

But the tide turned with Biggleswade pulling level. 3 quick fire goals from the number 9, giving him 4 in total for the game. An excellent performance. Which team was going to come out on top?

Ivison took matters into his own hands, driving from the back past a couple players and slid in Flanagan for a tidy low finish. And as the game was coming to a close, the Blues made certain. First, Tallis to Ivison, first time pass down the line to Deane who delivered a half-volleyed cross in to the box which Wick took advantage of to score. And within 30 seconds, Ivison crossed to wick for a great near post finish just as the referee was blowing up for full time.


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On a morning that gave us sunshine, wind, cloud, warmth and was a touch chilly, Cougars U8s Blues had a tough match up against Letchworth in front of a passionate crowd. Charlie Wick up front, Sebbie Ivison wide left, Tom Flanagan centre, Thomas Deane right, Ronnie Hennessy at the back and Oliver Tallis in goal was the line-up. In the first half the Blues were playing up hill, into the wind, with the sun in their eyes – the odds were certainly stacked against them! It was a tight first half with the Blues having to demonstrate great defence with blocks, tackles, closing down, harrying and never giving up. They managed to repel everything thrown at them early on. And when they got forward, Deane with a Claudio Cannigia moment, breaking down the wing despite several attempts to fell him, won a corner from which Flanagan passed to Ivison for a cute finish and the lead. Letchworth got an equaliser with a lofted shot over the keeper to leave it level at the break. In the second half, the blues came tearing down the hill from the whistle. Straight from kick off, a beautiful threaded pass from Ivison to Flanagan. One touch and slotted in the corner. Then Tallis found space on the right wing. The lad who only scores worldies spotted the keeper out of position and floated one in from 25 yards, with his proud dad shouting “you should pass from there OT”. Despite Letchworth getting one back with a great run from deep and finish, the Blues were using the conditions well and more attacks followed. Wick had a shot just saved and from the corner, a fine left foot strike from Ivison outside the area went through a defender’s legs, then Tallis’ legs and in. Further pressure saw Ivison draw a triple save before great Tallis work for another chance for Ivison but just wide. There was still time at the other end for Deane to make a double save before Letchworth got another back from a great corner. There was plenty of added on time due to stoppages whilst the ball was lost in the various hedges. Late on, a great run by Ivison drew a cracking save. And right at the death, Hennessy made a couple tackles that Brentford captain, Harlee Dean would have been proud of. Corker of a game. Deserved man of the match award for Hennessy for a defensive masterclass.


Cougars Under 9’s Blues travelled to Saffron Walden to take on Spartak Reds. A slow start by the boys in blue saw Spartak take the lead with a fierce drive.  However this only sought to galvanise Cougars who, after a few words from Whispering Coach Fone, equalised with Adam Sleath winning the ball in midfield, jinking past a defender and then hitting the top corner with powerful shot.  Within thirty seconds Oscar Kay pounced in midfield to feed Dan Fone who calmly slotted past the Spartak keeper. Then a procession of goals followed, next off the ranks was Ben Lewis who rifled home a stinging drive after a crunching challenge and lay off from Fraser Findlay.  Kay then turned on the style with a sublime left footed curler into the top corner before adding his second after the ever creative Fone had put him in after some fantastic free flowing football.  Just before the break Fone chased down what looked a lost cause before threading a pass to Rylee Kitteringham, just out from between the sticks.

The second half couldn’t match the first as various formations were tried out. Spartak pulled one back when ‘Chopper’ Sleath conceded the first penalty of the season.  However Cougars responded when Kay fed in Kitteringham for his second and Kay got his hat trick with a long range effort after a Lewis lay off. Great team performance which made man of the match a difficult choice but recognition to the boys at the back with Fraser Findlay and Finley Wood putting in great shifts, while Ben Lewis put in a whole hearted performance.


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On a windy Saturday morning last week Cougars Under8’s Royals the Royals gathered to face Bishop Stortford Hoops. Royals Gaffer Mark Bliss set out some targets for each of the players to achieve and all the boys seemed up for the challenge.

Despite the weather conditions, the pace of the game was high and the Royals managed to put some good runs forward. Archie Beattie made a number of excellent saves in goal and was also skillful at throwing the ball out to a Royals player to keep the pressure up. One particular throw found the feet of Alfie Perryman who made a solo run forward and took a shot, which just went wide.

Henry McAllister stood strong in defence despite the ball being played mostly in his half, he frequently took the ball from the opposition and made a number of well passes to Ben Gower and to Ryan Gasson.

The Royals almost made it onto the score sheet when Gasson ran down the wing with the ball, made an excellent pass to Perryman who again took a shot at the goal, this time it hit the target, but the opposition’s goalkeeper was too strong.

Alfie Perryman worked tirelessly during the first half making solo run after solo run forward, but sadly the defence was too strong.

During the second half William Brown, Kyson Mann and Alfie Perryman worked the ball well in the midfield but the highlight of the half had to be an excellent penalty save from Ben Gower, who had switched into goal. The opposition player hit the ball hard and directly towards goal, but Ben Gower made a first class save and that earned him player of the Match.




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Last week Cougars Under8s Blues welcomed Shephall United to The Bury. With an overnight cub camp taking place it was a changed blues team that took to the field at the Bury.

The well dressed, stylish man in black blew the whistle to get us under way. Thomas Deane in the sticks, Finley Tanner right, Tom Flanagan left, Ronnie Hennessy at the back and Tyler Cole up front with Charlie Wick ready to come on from the bench.

A tactical battle early on with little goalmouth action. Hennessy and Tanner keeping the opposition at bay. Wick fired just wide and Flanagan showed great pace before shooting just past the post.

One fine save by Deane just on half time kept things scoreless at the break.

It was a different story after the break, Deane injecting pace down the wing with several lung busting runs and both sides showing more attacking intent.

Shephall struck first from a corner before Wick pulled off a wonder save tipping one round the post. At the other end Flanagan, released by Deane, drew a finger tip save!

Then came the move of the match. Tanner played it wide right to Deane who set off to the corner. Drag back, drag back, drag back, leaving the defender all twisted up, a crisp pass to Cole on the edge of the box who played it first time to Flanagan to side foot home. Wonderful team goal.

Then Deane picked up an interception, advanced on goal and unleashed a drive into the top left corner. Lovely finish. Shephall struck back with a couple of their own including a lovely long distance strike. Just before full time Wick’s shot agonisingly whistled past the post.

BT Sports |Glenn Hoddle said afterwards. It was a really tough battle of a game. Well played both teams.