Buntingford Cougars Under9’s Blues put in an outstanding performance at The Bury on Saturday and were rewarded with some great goals. Danny Skipp’s side hosted Morden Magpies in a game that the impressive Finlay Walker netted a hat trick to compliment strikes from Spencer Sendall and Freddie Arnold. The Under9’s Whites were equally impressive, losing narrowly to Magpies in the second game. Also in the mini soccer section Cougars Under 7s had a good weekend with the Blues travelling to Cheshunt and enjoying an even game and the Stripes and Royals led by new Manager Tom Curtis wowing the crowds with a goal fest at The Bury.
Dean Howard’s Under11s Whites continued their fantastic start to 2015 with a 2-1 away victory at Stotfold. Casey Heenan was on form finding the target twice in a game that Howard suggested could have been won by more after Tom Carter went close a couple of times. Man of the match was Kameron Weston who according to Gaffer Howard cleared everything up at the back to ensure the victory.
Darryl Dean’s Under11’s Blues continued their 100% new year record away to Baldock. The visitors started well with top scorer George Godfrey scoring a sublime long range goal from the corner of the box after just three minutes and the resilient Jack Gurney doubling the lead on sixteen minutes after slotting home under the keeper from close range. Baldock came back with a great strike on twenty minutes and then earned a penalty just before half time that the impressive Sam Daly in the Cougars goal managed to turn around the post with his finger tips. The second half started well for Cougars with Lily Hall troubling the hosts constantly, the tricky midfielder was unlucky not to score when her shot struck the cross bar but the next goal came courtesy of a clever ball from Nathan Anderson as he found Gurney in the box for him to double his tally. Cougars pressed for a fourth to secure the game but were caught too far up field in the 46th minute as the hosts scored a deserved goal to make it three-two. The next goal would decide the match and it was Cougars who scored after Gurney’s trickery bought about a trip in the box and the resulting penalty was dispatched by Jack Lally. In the last few minutes with the hosts pushing forward Gurney secured his deserved hat-trick. For his Herculean effort in midfield Archie Vass-Smart earned Man of the March. After the game Boss Darryl Dean was delighted saying to BBC’s Radio FiveLive; “We had some players out today and yet the team rallied together and delivered probably one of our best performances of the season. Every single player played out of their skin. I am really pleased”.
The Under11’s Stripes traveled to St Neots and suffered a defeat with Yann Boulter scoring a consolation and Adam Richmond being awarded Man of the Match for his ‘never say die’ attitude. Elsewhere Cougars Under12s won four two away at Royston but the Under14’s lost heavily at Fairlands.
Buntingford’s Under15’s exited the league cup in the quarter final after a close defeat away to Harlow. The hosts scored on twenty five minutes and the remainder of the first half saw Cougars on the back foot with keeper Jay Caine having to save well on several occasions. Chris Adams side fared better in the second half and after Matt Inman and Archie Rhodes had shots blocked it was Min Lankester who created the equaliser as he picked up a loose ball and fed Matt Adams who from mid way in the Harlow half beat three defenders and picked his spot to level the scores. However after some injury forced reshuffling by Adams Harlow’s winner came as Cougars surrendered possession and the tie went to Harlow. After the game a respectful Chris Adams told BT Sport “Today we were well beaten. Harlow are a top footballing side with a work ethic to be proud off. We can now focus on our league games”
ALFIE’S DOUBLE TROUBLE BEATS BORO
Cougars Under7’s Stripes and Royals traveled to Stevenage Boro Juniors on Saturday. To warm the travelling fans on the bitterly cold morning Buntingford’s youngsters delivered an emphatic victory. Alfie Vottariello was the hero with a double strike for Cougars complimented by goals from Luke Ross and Beau Lampard. There were also outstanding performances from TJ Curtis and Oliver Curran on The Valleys 3G surface.
Buntingford Cougars Under8’s continued their great start to the New Year with a stunning performance in the local derby with neighbours Hormead Hares. Over two matches in very cold conditions the derby crowd were enthralled to see eight goals shared equally between the two sides. Early on Cougars went one up when Lal Wennington converted before Austen Cook doubled the lead. Hormead replied with goals before Cougars went 4-2 ahead courtesy of two more strikes from the prolific Wennington to give the youngster his hat trick and deservedly the man of the match award. Hormead scored two goals in the last half hour to level the scores at four each.
Cougars Under10’s Whites needed a pitch inspection before their game was given the go ahead and it was a tight affair at Steeple Morden. Cougars put in a solid team performance with Noah Gibson starting as Captain ably supported by Tom Betley in goal helping, both organized well at set plays. A close first 20 minutes had Cougars in the ascendancy with a goal mouth scrap crying out for someone to finish but it was not to be, the closest the visitors got was Jake Craddock’s shot well saved by the Magpies keeper. Cougars kept pressing with some good passing and interplay creating chances for skipper Gibson, Dexter Cumberland and Jamiu Ajasa whilst a great defensive display by Jack Hedge kept the hosts at bay. The second half started much like the first but following substitutions Morden improved and pressurised Cougars. Great defending by Sam Maley and a fantastic double save by the Cougars guardian Sam Miles kept it goalless. Magpies kept the pressure on with Cougars looking strong on the break as the game lost some of its shape but chances went begging at both ends before Cougars got caught on the break in the dying seconds and Magpies scored what was a harsh last gasp goal. Man of the match was awarded to Aiasa for a disciplined strong performance.
Buntingford Under 10s Blues also played Morden and suffered a defeat that did not reflect their performance. In the first twenty minutes Cougars dominated possession, passing with accuracy and creating chances. At the other end solid determination in defence by Samuel Miles and Samuel Maley kept the game score less helped by George Brownless in the Cougars goal pulling off several great stops. Ben Maley Oliver Baker, Ethan Vater and Freddie Bentley worked tirelessly in midfield. Sam Maley won man of the match for his strong defending throughout. Cougars reporter Joshua Maley (aged 11) told Sky Sports after the game “Cougars showed great team spirit today and played a good match”.
Elsewhere Cougars Under12’s suffered a close defeat, losing to the odd goal in seven to Shephall whilst Buntingford’s Under13’s Whites fared better beating Letchworth in a 5-1 home victory. Cougars Under16’s Blues suffered a rare defeat losing two one in a tight affair away at Letchowth in the top division and in the second division the Whites team went down at mid beds Tigers by six goals to one.
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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
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In the mini soccer section Cougars Under8’s Blues returned to mini soccer action in difficult wet and windy conditions at The Bury on Saturday against a strong Bishop Stortford outfit. Wesley Cook’s side put in a great performance and the drenched windblown crowd was treated to a great strike from Lal Wennington. Aiden Nash earned the man of the match accolade. In the second match Buntingford Under8s Whites worked tirelessly and showed lots of development despite the tricky surface, Oliver Heather scooped the man of the match for Ken Hayes side. In his interview with Gary Linekar after the game Manager Wesley Cook said “The result is not important. I was really impressed with our youngster’s enormous efforts in uncomfortable conditions”.
Cougars Under 7’s at The Bury and enjoyed a convincing win against neighbours Royston Town. The Blues conceded none and saw strikes from Dempsy Crace with a hat trick and Rylee Kitteringham with a brace. The Whites enjoyed even more goals as nets bulged after strikes from Bear Wennington, Ben Lewis, Miles Arnold and five goals from Miles Woodford.
In the 9v9 section Cougars Under11s Whites put in a fantastic performance away to Letchworth Reds who had won the fixture 4-1 only a month ago. Dean Howard’s hard working side started brightly when Casey Heenan deservedly smashed in a goal from a tight angle after some hard work in the box. Shortly after Josh Lucas doubled the lead after he latched onto a corner ball from close range. Heenan then doubled his tally before the hosts managed to pull one back just before the interval. Lucas also then doubled his strike rate in the second half to make it 4-2. Letchworth pulled one back before the end of the game but Cougars managed to hold on for a deserved victory in which longstanding Cougars player Robin Harpin earned the man of the match award. Guv’nor Dean Howard was delighted after the game telling Sky Sports “the boys deserved their victory today after some hard work at training and a Herculean effort in the game.”
Cougars U11s Blues ran out victors against Letchworth Blacks. Darryl Dean’s side went ahead through George Godfrey midway through the first half after some great work from Jack Gurney and Jack Lally. The hosts equalized form a corner before half time but Buntingford’s winner came courtesy of Gurney mid way through the second half shortly after skipper Jake Vottariello hit the post with a long range effort. Lily Hall was player of the match after a technical master class from the bright midfielder.
Paul Skinner’s Under12’s enjoyed an emphatic victory over Hatfield courtesy of hat-tricks from Ryan Skinner and Freddy Payne to compliment a brace from Will Littleford and a goal from Jack Piggott.
Cougars Under15’s travelled to Barnet in the 2nd round of the league cup for their first game in a month and enjoyed one of their brightest performances of the season. From the first whistle Buntingford pressed hard and played good possession football against a well organised Barnet rear guard. Luke Garratt settled quickly into his new central midfield role alongside Matt Adams and the pair was winning the centre of the park. The home keeper is one of the best about and early Matt Share, Liam Smith and Archie Rhodes strikes were well saved. On 20 minutes the breakthrough came when Matt Inman and Smith won the ball and centred for Rhodes who made no mistake from 10yards. The second came five minutes later when Adams won the ball on the half way line and charged forward before letting fly from 25yrd with a super strike into the top right corner.
With a fierce wind against Cougars in the second half Barnet got off to a good start when a rushed clearance left Jay Caine no chance. The hosts buoyed by the goal pushed on and Caine showed fantastic handling in swirling conditions to thwart their crosses however he could do little when the hosts equalized after Cougars had over committed. After the setback Cougars showed great composure and got on top again and deservedly secured the winning goal after a Reece Knapp run saw the lively midfielder fouled. The resultant free kick was cleared but only to Owen Groves who from 15 yards sent it into the net with interest. The visitors saw out the final fifteen minutes with composed authority.
After the game gaffer Chris Adams told TalkSports Alan Brazil “Having not played in a month I was pleased today how we found our rhythm against a side that were full of confidence from beating the league leaders the week before. A good all round team effort but special mentions go to Luke Garratt who dropped into central midfield and gave a very accomplished performance and Matt Adams whose strike was one for the Adams family scrapbook.”
Elsewhere Buntingford’s Under13s Blues lost out at home to high flying Royston Town whilst the Under13s Whites won against Barmond. Cougars Under14’s and Under16’s Whites both lost heavily to Manuden and Melbourn respectively.
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Buntingford Cougars Under16 Blues kicked off 2015 with a bang and leapt to the top of the Trophyuk.net Youth Football League U16s top division with an emphatic victory over Stevenage Vikings after Sean Curran’s side accumulated six goals to no reply by half time.
The hosts made changes made at the interval which even things up in the second half but Cougars were still too strong for the Stevenage based Vikings.
Sam Curran opened the scoring early in the first half and goals followed from Scott Bachelor with his second hat-trick in two games, Josh Wyatt (2), Jack McMeechan, Connor Poulton & Oladapo Fadayini.
Buntingford’s Under16’s boss Sean Curran was pleased with the result but not getting too carried away as he said “Of course it’s nice to start the year being top but we have a couple of big games coming up in January as we face second placed Hitchin and then fourth placed Letchworth as well as FC Comets in the cup quarter final”.
Elsewhere for Cougars the Under11’s Stripes put in their best performance of the season but were narrowly defeated by Letchworth Reds on the 3G at Baldock. Edward Green, Tom Ryman and Freddy Lee were outstanding at the back and Lily Hall, Freddy Cocks and Ciaran Jenkins were solid in midfield and Charlie Griggs was lively up front alongside man of the match Shane Coyne. Meanwhile Cougars Under12’s Blues swapped places with Bedwell after a comfortable victory.
Buntingford Cougars are delighted to announce sponsorship deals that have kitted out Cougars entire Under 11s squad with new Jackets and Bags. Buntingford Cougars Under11’s Manager Richard Daly said “We are really grateful to the three sponsors. Their financial contribution and some fundraising from the children themselves makes all the children look and feel very professional with their new jackets and bags” The three sponsors are:
Interm IT – A family run Buntingford business that offers schools ICT support. Interm IT has a strong reputation based on quality consultants who work very hard on behalf of their schools together with a relatively inexpensive service. http://www.intermit.co.uk/
Assured Network Services, founded in 2000, is a Hertfordshire based dynamic, highly focused IT services and solution provider, with the skills to plan, design, build and maintain your IT infrastructure. http://assured-networks.co.uk/about-assured/
GloHouse Media – A Public Relations and communications consultancy.
Buntingford Cougars Youth FC offer local organisations many opportunities to raise awareness of their business via reasonable sponsorship deals. If interested please email email@example.com
Cougars Under16’s Blues finished a memorable 2014 in a strong position in the league and cup after a three nil away win at Potton Colts thanks to a hat-trick from Scott Batchelor.
The victory puts Buntingford in second place in the top division five points ahead of third place Baldock and two points behind leaders Hitchin Town with a game in hand. Further down the league Bishop Stortford Swifts could be a danger with three games in hand and seven points behind Sean Curran’s side.
Curran is happy with 2014 though as he confirmed with Alan Brazil at TalkSport “It was good to finish the year strongly. We have had a great 2014 losing just three games and we are well positioned to succeed again in 2015 so here’s looking forward to the new year.”
We would like to thank our Cougars Under7’s Sponsor Nationwide Supplies.
Pictures show the boys receiving their festive footballs from Cougars delivered from Father Christmas’ Elves; Coaches Luke Fone, Ricci Crace and Matty Adams and showing off their new track suits sponsored by Nationwide Supplies who are an independent, family run builders and plumbers merchant based in Buntingford who supply a full range of products at the most competitive prices possible in order to become a complete one stop shop for all your building and plumbing needs.http://www.nsbuildersmerchant.co.uk/