Buntingford Cougars August Soccer School Open for Bookings

Soccer School 2016

Dear Mums & Dads,

Buntingford Cougars August Soccer School is now open for bookings.

To book follow this link to your member account and then click on the events tab where you can book your child’s place https://paysubsonline.com/Login/73899EE9A7608638647A545C7D5101B9.htm.

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 August soccer school is Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th  August 9.30am to 2.30pm.

At The Bury, London Rd, Buntingford SG9 9HZ

Cougars members booked in advance pay only £12

Non Cougars booked in advance pay £15

All bookings after 7pm the day before – pay £20 (sorry no exceptions)

Children must wear suitable footwear – football boots if wet, trainers if dry & (ideally) shin pads.

Children must bring a packed lunch & drink. Any questions please email sandra.neill3@sky.com or call Sandra on 07786 031570.

Soccer School 2016

Cougars Membership – Registration – Payment


This note is important because it confirms how you can renew your child’s Cougars membership and get registered to play matches.

At Cougars we are changing the way that we manage our club membership enrolment and payments. The intention is to make the process simpler and more convenient for existing and new members as well as providing an improved format that supports our volunteers who manage communication, memberships and payments.

To enrol a child and make payment using the system takes about five minutes and will require either your bank card (long number, date and security code) or your bank account details (acct no and sort code) or a pay pal account.

The main differences and benefits to the Cougars membership process is summarised below:

  • Parents will enter player and parent details and confirm agreement to club’s principles via an online system called “paysubsonline”. No more Cougars forms asking for the same information every year :-).
  • You as parents will be able to update your communication details so your team Managers, Coaches and Coordinators have up to date information on how to communicate with you at all times.
  • You are also able to update your child’s information at any time so any illnesses, conditions or injuries are known to staff – this helps safeguard and protect children.
  • Payments will be made on the online system. So no more need to complete standing order forms, write cheques every year or handover cash 🙂

The new system applies for new and existing members immediately. The club no longer accept cash or cheque payments, all payments will be made online. Please read the below information carefully:

Existing Members with Current Email Address Linked to Player Member

If you are an existing member and gave an email address when registering your child last time and you still use that email address you will receive an email to that address from ‘paysubsonline’ very shortly. Please use the link provided in that email which will take you to your unique member page where you can provide / update details for your child and make your payment. You will see that some details are already pre-populated from information that we have.

New & Existing Members with Email Address NOT Linked to Player Member

If you have not received an email from ‘paysubsonline’ already today then this means that either the email address we have linked to the player is outdated or incorrect or that you are a new member and we do not have an email address for you linked to a player. In this instance please use the link below which will enable you to input details from scratch (nothing will be pre-populated) about your child and make payment.


Cost of Membership

You will see that at the payment section you can choose to pay the full annual amount (£120) by bank transfer or paypal or pay by monthly instalments (£10/month) either with your bank card or by paypal.

The cost of membership will change after 1st July and become more expensive per month each month after June so there is a cost benefit to registering now or in the next few days.
Monthly payments will be continuous so all you will need to do is renew each year when requested so no need to set up new standing orders every year.

League Registration

Whilst the new Cougars membership process will change, the league registration process remains the same as defined by the leagues that the teams play in. This is a paper process and there is a deadline for league registration forms to be complete and processed by the league by 20th July. It is preferable that you download print and complete your league form from here. We will have some paper copies of league forms at registration day.


Details below explain who needs what form and accompanying ID and photos:

  1. If your child was registered with Buntingford Cougars as an Under7’s player or older last season (i.e. current school year 2 or older) then you will need to complete a league registration form and provide two passport sized photographs ID is NOT required for these players.
  2. If your child was NOT registered with Buntingford Cougars as an Under7’s player or older last season (i.e. current school year 2 or older) then you will need to complete a league registration form and provide two passport sized photographs and ID which must show the child’s name and D.O.B. e.g. passport, birth certificate, medical card photocopy preferred.
  3. If your child is currently in year1 and starts year 2 in September, they will be an Under7 player next season and will require the league form plus two passport photos plus one form ID which must show the child’s name and D.O.B. e.g. passport, birth certificate, medical card photocopy preferred.
  4. If in September your child is at least three years old and will not be six years old before 1st September 2018 then your child will be in Cougars Cubs and you do not need to complete any league form or provide any photos or ID. You only need to complete the online enrolment and payment.
  5. If in September your child is in reception class and will turn six between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 then your child will be in Cougars Under6’s and you do not need to complete any league form or provide any photos or ID. You only need to complete the online enrolment and payment.
  6. Children in the following age groups from September will be required to complete two league forms as we will enter teams into two different leagues (The Royston Crow League and Mid Herts League); Under11’s (current school year 5), Under 13’s (current school year 7), Under15’s Blues (If your team manager is Martin Stevens) and Under 16’s (team manager Kev Ridgewell).

Registration Day Sunday 26th June 10-2 The Bury

Ideally you will complete the paysubsonline enrolment and payment before registration day.

Registration day is this Sunday 26th June at The Bury. You can pop up anytime between 10am and 2pm.

There will be a photographer there who can take and print passport photos for league forms.

We will have paper league registration forms at the registration day.

Some committee members will be there to assist you in completing league forms and using the paysubsonline system, although hopefully you would have done this at home beforehand.

If you plan to process the enrolment and online payment at our registration day you must have the following with you:

  1. A smart device with access to your emails.
  2. If you intend to pay monthly – your payment card or if you wish to use paypal your paypal login details.
  3. If you intend to pay the full annual fee – your bank account details (account number, sort code) or if you wish to use paypal your paypal login details.

If you are no longer a member of Buntingford Cougars please delete this email. No action is required.

If you do have any questions on this please drop us a line and we will be happy to help.

Many thanks for your continued support

Cougars Can Do it!

Cougars RoundUp

Buntingford Royals vs. Stevenage Borough Indians

On an overcast yet warm morning the Royals entertained Stevenage Indians and lined up with Tasha in goal, Rubi at the back, Ryan, Noah and Ben up front.

The first half would be hard fought and the Royals took time to find their rhythm but once they did we were mesmerized by some intelligent passing and two goals before the break from firstly Rubi who broke from the halfway line and was able to slot it into the bottom corner and then secondly from Noah Benton, whose persistence was finally rewarded when a ball broke free inside the box for him to power the ball past the keeper with his right foot.

After that we were extremely unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty when Tasha McNamara was taken down inside the area but the referee played the advantage as the ball ran for Ryan who unfortunately struck the right post!

After the break coach On Man shuffled the pack and brought Tasha and Henry into defence with Ben and later Kieran in goal, with Ryan and Rubi up top. The game became intense, Henry McAllitser always able to stick a telescopic leg out and stop oncoming attacks, Tasha with her dribbling ability excellent once more and Kieran looked sure between the sticks.

As the half progressed Rubi managed to add two more goals in a minute as he firstly outpaced the defenders and stuck it in the bottom corner and then straight from the kick off he once again outwitted the keeper for his hatrick!

Ben then made a couple of very useful saves and Tasha went on a wonderful solo run down the left.

Ryan was brought on and he made some good passes to Noah and then from a corner Ben very nearly opened his account but alas his shot was straight into the keeper’s arms.

Rubi added his fourth with a strong run and shot as he outmuscled the surrounding defenders before Noah got the royals’ another as he round the keeper and poked it into an empty net.

The game ended with the Royal’s heads held high. Coach On man said in an interview afterwards ‘Maximum effort today particularly to player of the match Ben Gower‘.

Cougars turn up the heat on a scorching weekend


Cougars U18s – League winners and invincibles

A fine win against Bishop’s Stortford Under 18 Colts capped off a superb season for ‘Cougars Invincibles’ having gone all season unbeaten and topping the table after the last game.

Manager Sean Curran paid tribute to his coaches Brad Hill and John Smith and praised the team ethic of his squad. “From the first kick of the season to last, the boys have all worked hard together and deserve this achievement”


Cougars U14s Whites League Champions

The Royston Crow Youth League U14 Division 3 season finale saw newly crowned league champions Buntingford Cougars Whites take on bottom placed Shefford Saints. In a game that was a joyous celebration of youth football, Cougars attack partnerships of Cavill Costi, Nathan Edwards, Matthew Baker and Ewan White harried the opposition whilst the midfield giants of Tommy Jackson, Toby Grieves and Matthew Walker battled for control of the centre of the park. The season-long unimpeachable performances of Sam Smith, Ben Hawthorne, Sam Gerring, James Hart and Will Roads continued to the end and the match was capped off by some spectacular goalkeeping displays from Ben Mackley and George Lovegrove. All told, Cougars U14 Whites have achieved a high level this season as league champions and now look forward to the challenge of Division 2.

Coach Rob Hawthorn said “all I would say is .. It’s been a supreme team effort .. Just because of the way they’ve worked for each other”

Coach Lloyd Edwards stated “They’ve displayed an outstanding work ethic and, even when things have been going against them, shown great resolve!”

Cougars U14 whites


Under 6’s Blues and Whites travelled to Biggleswade on Saturday 7th May for a friendly against Biggleswade Town in a friendly 6aside

Everyone enjoyed themselves in the good weather, the under 6’s are beginning to play well as a team with great passing and defending


Cougars’ Under 7’s Stripes v Stevenage Thunder Under 7’s

It was “Fun in the Sun” at the Bury with two well matched teams putting on a great spectacle for another capacity crowd. Tom Flanagan made a fantastic debut for Cougars and was unlucky not to be rewarded with at least one goal – denied time after time by the impressive Stevenage keeper.  At the other end, Johnny Nicholas also shone in goal with a smart one handed effort the pick of a bunch of saves. In defence Joseph de Monte put in a player of the match performance with plenty of tackles and some great passing from the back. Sam Dawson, Jack Nicholas and Finlay Tanner all contributed to a great team effort as Cougars really developed their passing game. Cougars’ goals from Johnny Nicholas and Finlay Tanner were the icing on the cake of an excellent all round Cougars performance.


Cougars’ Under 7’s Whites v Morden Magpies

Charlie Wick started in between the posts and he showed good awareness early on to close down the opposition. Midfield maestro Sebbie Ivison was in control creating chances for Tyler Cole and Rafael White. Oliver Tallis was strong in defence and the larger under 8s pitch allowed the pacey Thomas Deane to get in behind the visitors defence. Thomas Deane relieved Wick of his goalkeeping duties in the second half. Allowing Charlie to take up position on the left wing.

In the second half, Rafael white nearly scored an amazing header – it was well saved by the Morden keeper. Oliver Tallis was also denied twice by the excellent visiting stopper. The goal of the game was scored by Charlie Wick ago hit what can only be described as a screamer into the net. Tyler Cole and Sebbie Ivison were also on the score sheet, they have also been practising their dodgy celebrations at home too……

After the game it was back to the club house for hot dogs and Justin Beiber.


Cougars U9s Blues – The team showed strength away from home against Stotfold Juniors Gold. After a very poor start with poor passing and very basic defensive errors they were trailing at half time.  After a change around in positions and an encouraging half time team talk the boys turned it round, a great team effort, man of match was James Tungett.


Cougars U9s Whites – a great result for the boys at the weekend against Baldock Knights Austin Cook was dynamite in front of goal scoring 6. His first one was a fantastic demonstration of passing as every member of the team on the pitch passed the ball before it hit the net. Man of the Match was Austin Cook.


Cougars U11s Blues

After an even start to their match at home to St Neots ,the blues took control of the game with some fantastic passing and teamwork. Goals came from Stan W and Olly B with Sam M getting his first goal of the season and Man of the Match.

Ethan V was untroubled in goal with Samuel M , Rocco D ,Freddie B,& Jack H all keeping strong in defence .Stan G was strong in midfield & Dexter C made some superb runs down the line.

Manager Danny Miles & Coach Richard Bentley said ‘the boys played really well in very tough, hot conditions. Great team goals.’



Friday Football Festival Fun


Friday Football Festival Fun

On Friday Cougars hosted the annual Schools Football Festival which welcomes local junior schools to enjoy an afternoon of football. This friendly football festival is fun and encourages participation in football of children of all abilities. Each child was awarded a medal and enjoyed food and refreshments after the games. The most sporting team is recognised with the Callum Eveleigh Shield which this year was won by a team made up of children from Barkway and Barley Schools. We would like to thank all the Cougars volunteers and school staff, the children and the Eveleigh family.

Great Weekend For U8’s

U8s B

Buntingford Cougars Under8’s (pictured) took part in Cambridge United’s football festival held at their Abbey Stadium and shone with some great performances. Manager Luke Fone was delighted saying “The boys were fantastic, they managed to win all of their matches against some strong opposition and it was smiles all round. I would like to thank Cambridge United for the invite and a great day.”


U8s W


Cougars Under 8’s Whites (pictured) played travelled to Biggleswade and played some superb football. Alfie Votariello and Tyler Jordan both solid performances in goal whilst a midfield of Luke Ross, William Brown, TJ Curtis and Ben Lewis were outstanding all game. Leading the line Henry Dowsett, Beau Quinn troubled the hosts. Man of the match Adam Sleath was as solid as a rock in defence. Brown opened the scoring after a move with Curtis and himself before the home side equalised. Cougars then battled hard and eventually Brown set up Curtis to put Cougars ahead again. Ben Lewis then hit the crossbar from the edge of the box before Quinn Dowsett both came close. Curtis scored Cougars third with a minute to go to round off a great game.


Cougars Under9’s Whites played away against Stotfold where Luke Dunkerley scored his first ever Cougars Goal. Man of the match was Jake Garner.


The Under 9’s Blues saw Wes Cook’s side put in another great performance that shows how much the team is progressing, this time against Bedwell. A superb game from Mason Pugh earned him the man of match award. The Wennington brothers Bear and Lal where solid again and Aden Nash held the defensive line well. Austin Cook, James Tungatt, Blue Salmon and Liam Neill put in solid displays in midfield and in goal Lucca hedge saved a spot kick after a handball in the area. After the game boss Wes Cook told Sky Sports “It was a stunning performance. Our Assistant Manager Spencer Pugh was mesmerised by my superior managerial ability.”


The “Battle at The Bury” featured Cougars Under 7s Stripes and Whites on Saturday and will be remembered as a great game of football between two teams of great friends. The Stripes enjoyed their best performance of the season with some neat passing moves, determined tackling and endless running. Only some fine keeping from the Whites’ Tyler Cole and in the second half Charlie Wick, kept the Stripes at bay; with Thomas Deane, Finlay Tanner, Jack Nicholas and Johnny Nicholas all going close before Stripes’ Player of the Match Rubi Pryke carved out a chance for Noah Benton to smash home. The Whites’ award went to Sebbie Ivison who bagged a couple of goals in the first half and put in a fantastic all round performance. Rafael White, Sam Dawson, Charlie Wick and Tyler Cole also scored for Whites while Joseph De Monte shone in defence and attack. The Nicholas brothers took turns in goal and pulled off some smart saves; one notable effort when Jack Nicholas denied Ivison his hat trick by turning a ferocious strike onto the post. If there had been an award for ground covered, surely Deane had it in the bag with his great runs down both flanks. Meanwhile Tanner’s tackling at the back was bettered only by his passing to release Benton and Pryke time after time – the two lads forming a threatening partnership up front. Johnny Nicholas achieved a personal ambition, winning tackles with his school chums Ivison, de Monte and Cole. Meanwhile, the interplay and movement between The Whites’ players was at times a joy to watch. But for this correspondent the J2O moment came towards the end of the match when Stripes’ Benton turned on a sixpence to lose his marker before playing a delightful cross field pass to the tireless Deane. All in all there was little between two teams who put on quite a show for the capacity crowd!!


Cougars Under7’s Royals welcomed Ashwell to The Bury on Saturday morning, the sun was out and everyone well up for it. The game got underway with both teams eager to get on the ball. Early progressive play from the Royals saw a good shot on goal from Jake Cole after his team edged their way forward. Kyson Man impressed on the right wing with strong runs.

At the back Noah Benton was confident and comfortable on the ball, showing a stubbornness not to be beaten whilst Finley Tanner in goal made some good saves and brave tackles, even keeping team possession with his passing.

Ryan Gasson was strong and once he had possession he often made attempts to get forward.

The first half ended goalless and was evenly matched. The second half got underway with Gasson hitting a strong shot on goal from 10 yards, well saved by Ashwell’s keeper, he continued to put pressure on the opponent’s defense battling for the ball in advanced positions. Man was defending well throughout the second half, often nicking the ball with well timed tackles. The ebb and flow of the game continued with another Gasson shot and runs from the visitors well defended by the Royals. Recent signing Kieran Bliss made some good passes. The final whistle came with both teams giving their all and the bumper crowd applauding all the players. Player of the match was Ryan Gasson

Cougars Pounce Panthers

Cougars RoundUp

Buntingford Cougars Under9’s Whites had stand in Manager Darren Wennington to thank as they hosted Bedwell Rangers Panthers at The Bury. Cougars players put in alot of effort in what was a very close match and the home side opened the scoring with a great goal by Magnus Coates who went onto score the second too. Some great play by Kaan Taz, Jake Garner, Oliver Heather and Dylan Hayes created more chances but none were converted. Lucca Hedge put in a great display both in goal and on pitch with some great balls forward. A brilliant defensive display by Charlie Gerring, Luke Dunkerley Jake Mac kept the score level at two apiece. Man of the match was awarded to Kaan Taz for his great effort and determination.


Meanwhile Cougars Under 9’s Blues saw returning coach Wes Cook resume the helm as his side hosted Hitchin North. Cougars started impressively led by captain Blue Salmon, indeed the team were on form with two goals from man of the match Austin Cook, three from Lal Wennington, one from Blue Salmon, one each from Liam Neill and James Tungurt.  Fantastic defensive tackles and ball control from Mason Pugh, Aiden Nash and Bear Wennington as well as Oliver Mckinley making some vital saves when required kept the away side’s goal tally on the low side.


Cougars Under 7’s Stripes travelled across the Bedfordshire to play Shefford Saints on Saturday and worked their socks off on a bright blustery day against an accomplished Saints

side. Cougars showed determination, teamwork, running and no small amount of skill. Johnny Nicholas, Rubi Marley Pryke and Noah Benton took turns in goal and all contributed with some good movement, brave keeping and good saves. Distribution from the back was snappy, usually through Finlay Tanner who put in a performance that earned him player of the match with some great tackling and fantastic passing. Cougars’ first goal came from a Tanner throw in that found Jack Nicholas down the right flank. Nicholas cut inside and ran into the Saints’ area before sliding the ball into the back of the net through the smallest of gaps between keeper and post. Jack Nicholas was almost on the scoresheet again just moments later when brother Johnny won the ball in the centre of the park before releasing Jack through the middle, he carried the ball into the area but this time his shot was kept out by a great save from the Saints’ keeper. As it looked like the chance was gone, Tanner charged into the area and slotted home. By now Tanner and Johnny Nicholas were bossing midfield with good running and effort in attack from Benton and Marley Pryke. Another goal game when this time Jack Nicholas fed brother Johnny with another sweet pass. Johnny Nicholas rode a few Saints’ tackles and kept his nerve as the keeper charged out, calmly slotting the ball away with his left foot. Benton and Marley Pryke were unlucky not to get the goals that their effort deserved, but the Saints’ goalie and defence remained resolute.


Buntingford Cougars U7s Royals travelled to The Valley Academy to play Stevenage Borough Storm. The match began with the home side on top with several efforts on goal, however none of these found the net thanks to many fine saves from Cougars first half keeper Tasha McNamara. Also doing great work early in the game was Henry McAllister who put in some great tackling. Cougars gradually fought their way into the game and were rewarded when Kyson Man ran on to the ball and slotted home nicely to put Buntingford in the lead. Cougars then conceded before Ryan Gasson, playing his first ever Cougars game scored with a low effort into the right corner. The first half ended with a strong run from Man, a great shot from Keiran Bliss and more good defending from McAllister. The second half got underway with Cougars re-starting a little slow but soon got organised and rallied again. McNamara now on pitch continued her great work from the first half by getting very involved in play, tackling well and getting on the ball, putting the Boro under pressure. Cougars had a good spell on top battling well and keeping possession in the opponents half. As the game drew to an end Cougars Ben Gower and McNamara combined well in defence to deny Boro another chance. Player of the match was awarded to Kieran Bliss.


Cougars Under12’s Blues hosted FC Comets at London Road at the weekend and enjoyed an emphatic four – one victory. Jack Gurney opened the scoring as the first half closed out as he slid the ball past an oncoming keeper. In the second half Hitchin based FC Comets equalised with an outstanding strike from just inside the box. Cougars then went ahead with a double strike from Lily Hall, both of which would have been Match of the Day contenders as she hit a 25-yard strike into the top corner and then a long range lob over the keeper. The fourth came courtesy of a Sam Daly strike from the edge of the box. Cougars could have scored more with player of the match Cosmo Melvyn and Jake Vottariello coming close.


Buntingford’s Under12’s Whites hosted Harpenden Colts and played out an entertaining match which went to the Colts with the odd goal in five. For Cougars Tom Carter and Josh Lucas netted.


Cougars Under8’s Whites played out a great game at Hitchin. William Brown notched a very creative hat-trick which was followed by Beau Quinn netting two goals, one of which was from the halfway line. Adam Sleath got his name one the score sheet, and to finish off the match Miles Arnold scored a screamer from the side line. Manager Tom Curtis told the BBCs Match of the Day “The boys have all stepped up their game this week with excellent passing and through balls to get past the team, all said every lad had a strong game but man of the match was William Brown with a superb midfield performance not allowing anything to pass him.”


trophy first


Buntingford Cougars U14 Whites celebrated becoming 3rd Division champions on Sunday with a resounding 7 – 1 victory over Fairlands Youth. With a game in hand and an unassailable two point lead on their closest rivals, Cougars cemented their place at the top of the table.  Offensively, the penetrating runs of Will Roads were the highlight of the game and the spread of goals throughout the Cougars team demonstrated depth in attack. Despite the scoreline it was Cougars stalwart defence of Ben Hawthorne, Matthew Baker, James Hart and goalkeeper Ewan White who deserve greatest credit for their season-long solid performances on which the offence could build. Scenes of the boys spraying (non-alcoholic!) champagne over their coach, Bobby White, provided a fitting climax to the post-match celebrations for the new Division 3 champions.

Meanwhile Cougars Under14’s Blues in the top division secured a second placed finish as they won 3-1 away at their rivals for runners up spot Baldock Town.


Cougars Under10’s Blues were away at sunny Shillington and started well with Jake Lemay causing trouble down the flank. Early on Spencer Sendall was linking up well with Finlay Walker but the home keeper leapt into action well to deny the visitors an early goal. As the half progressed Cougars started to dominate with Lucas Reay bossing the midfield and Freddie Arnold and Joseph ‘Rocky’ Mckinley keeping the defence tight. The deadlock was broken with a defensive mistake, leapt upon by the in form Walker who ran at the keeper and slotted the ball into the bottom corner. After the break the home team started to raise their game and have more possession. Cougars keeper Luca Rigolli made a string of fine saves to keep Cougars in the game. Shillington’s possession paid off with 5 minutes to go as a well worked goal got them back on level terms. The final minutes were end to end but the game ended level with both teams happy with their performance. Coach Dudley ‘Duds’ Sendall told Sky sports Jonathan Pearce “the boys battled well today, we had our chances to win it but overall I’m happy. Some great individual battles took place and Cougars Blues were a credit to the Cougars badge.”


Cougars Under11’s blues hosted Whitethorn Wanderers on Sunday and delivered an impressive display of passing and goal scoring. Samuel Miles hit the post 3 times and had several attempts saved. Rocco Douglas, Sam Maley, Freddie Bentley & Jack Hedge were all strong and Ethan Vater did well when called on to make a couple of saves. In attacking positions Stan Wennington, Olly Baker, Dexter Cumberland and Ben Maley caused the visitors trouble throughout the game with penetrating attacking runs. Goalscorers for Cougars were man of the match Stan Wennington with four, Olly Baker with a brace and Dexter Cumberland and Ben Maley with one each.


Buntingford’s Under12’s travelled to West Hertfordshire to play out a very even match with Harpenden Hurricanes. There were some fine performances from Tom Carter and Evan Howard early on that dominated the first half but despite chances falling for Carter, Kameron Weston and Max Young both sides went into the interval goalless. Cougars opened the scoring in the second half when some fine interplay between Carter, Sam Daly and Tom Ryman released Archie O Connor who slotted home from ten yards. The hosts scored late in the second half to even up the score and then twice in the dying minutes. Cougars players of the match were Tom Ryman and Evan Howard.

Cougars u7 Whites faced Shefford at the Bury


Overnight rain left a slick surface for Shefford to get their passing game together early on, Cougars did not see much of the ball first half and it was lone striker Oliver Tallis who had the only shot which was well saved by the visiting goalie.

Coach Craig Ivison gave his team “an inspirational team talk” at half time and the team sprung into life.

Striker Tallis swapped the goalies shirt with Tyler Cole for second half. The midfield duo of Sebbie Ivison and Thomas Deane were creating more chances and Cougars came back into the game. Ivison junior started the fight back with a neat shot from the edge of the area. He followed with another long range effort which inspired his team mates.

Noah Benton and Rubi Pryke came on to keep up the pressure. Benton was put through on goal by Cole, Benton kept his composure to slot home and even up the game. Thomas Deane added another and it was Cougars on top. With Joseph De Monte in fine defensive form as the game neared completion, Tyler Cole added the final goal. He was put through one on one, beat the keeper, and instead of tapping home, he launched what can only be described as a net buster high into the net. Careful Tyler, Barry will have to invest in new nets if you keep blasting it that hard! Hotdogs were enjoyed at the end of the match.

Player of the match: Thomas Deane


Cougars RoundUp



Buntingford Cougars Under12’s hosted Shefford Saints on Sunday and put in a good all round performance. The first fifteen minutes started evenly with both sides posturing but creating little before Kameron Weston and Tom Carter hit the woodwork. Skipper Jake Vottariello then put a through ball to man of the match George Godfrey who slotted home cooly past an onrushing Saints keeper. The visitors soon equalised with a similar strike at the other end. On the half hour Cougars went ahead again when Weston rifled home from just inside the box and then came one of two superb goals as Tom Carter saw the Shefford guardian off his line and from 30 yards hit a sublime lob shot into the goal. The away side had a chance to get back in the game with a penalty but the spot kick was well saved by Will Lewis. Weston added his second and Cougars fourth of the game before the visitors pulled one back and then Charlie Fountain notched another stunning goal as he side – stepped a challenge and from 25 yards hit a screamer into the roof of the net to make the final score five – two for Cougars. Manager Richard Daly was pleased after the match saying “All the players did well in some unfamiliar positions and roles. It was a good game.”


Buntingford Cougars Under9’s Blues travelled to encounter a tough Manuden side on Saturday.  Lucca Hedge in goal kept out several early shots whilst the defence of Aiden Nash, Bear Wennington, and Mason Pugh worked hard to keep Manuden shots from range. The hard working midfield of Liam Neill, James Tungatt and Blue Salmon also played their part along with Austin Cook who did well aerially in the middle. Lone striker Lal Wennington kept the Manuden defence busy at their end. Net bulging goals into the top right hand corner from outside the area courtesy of Austin Cook and man of the match Blue Salmon complimented goals from Lal Wennington and Liam Neil. 


Cougars Under9’s Whites played Wymondley Park with man of the match Jake Garner displaying some great skill up front in what was a tight game.


Buntingford Cougars Under 7’s Stripes hosted Hitchin based FC Comets at The Bury on Saturday and perhaps in tribute to the Dutch footballing legend, Cougars started with a Cruyff-esque Total Football set up as Coach Rod Tanner rang the changes; with Noah Benton in goal, Thomas Deane at the back, Tyler Cole in midfield and Finlay Tanner up front. Johnny Nicholas, a last minute replacement for brother Jack due to a laces malfunction, also played in a more advanced role than usual. The visitors were quickest out of the blocks and before Cougars had time to settle, they were a goal behind, the Comets’ impressive No11 finishing a swift attack from the kick off. If Stripes were rattled they didn’t show it. Playing the assured passing game that has become so familiar in recent weeks, the home side quickly grew into the match. The first half developed into an end to end contest with Cougars’ best move starting wide left as Johnny Nicholas won the ball high up the pitch, made himself space with a sharp turn and laid the ball back to Finlay Tanner who switched play wide right with a delightful cross field pass finding Cole marauding forward. The chance was smothered by the Comets’ defence and with both teams restricted to long range efforts, there were no more goals in the first half. After the break, the Cougars surged forward again and again. Despite plenty of goal mouth action, the home crowd were uncharacteristically quite, perhaps the tension was getting to them! Then a breakthrough. Just when it seemed there was no way through, Thomas Deane came off the bench to hammer home. Comets scored again, denying Cougars’ second half goalie Johnny Nicholas a clean sheet, before Cole somehow beat everyone to score straight from a corner. Sensing more goals, Dawson, Jack Nicholas, Deane and Benton worked both channels, putting some great crosses into the mixer while Cole and Tanner dealt with any trouble that came their way. Before long Jack Nicholas found the back of the onion bag before Deane scored his second to earn himself a deserved player of the match award.