Cougars Under 7’s Do The Business

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.

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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’S COOKING ON GAS WITH COUGARS UNDER 8’S

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.

COUGARS UNDER9S DO US PROUD

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.

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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.

October Soccer School

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

To book online follow click link

Jack the Lads Score at Baldock

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.

 

Cougars Under 10’s “Miles” Ahead

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.

Veteran Coach Allen Sets The Standard

Buntingford Cougars youngest squad – the Under7’s Stripes and Royals more than held their own in last Saturdays festival, the youngsters led by Phil Allen won four, drew one and lost and entertained everyone as they played football from the back and through the whole pitch. In his post match interview veteran coach Phil Allen said “I was pleased with the whole squad, it was a great days football.”

Cougars Under11’s Blues enjoyed a second eight goal thriller in as many weeks as they travelled to Sawbridgeworth. As in last week’s game Buntingford scored early when Jack Gurney forced a first minute goal following a goal mouth scramble, the striker doubled the lead on 10 minutes after a cross from Tom Carter. Sawbo then stepped up a gear and came back to lead 3-2 at the break and then scored early after the interval to make it 4-2. With ten minutes remaining man of the match Nathan Anderson score before an enthralling finish when Jack Lally equalised to give Cougars a share of the spoils. After the match Darryl Dean said “We were happy overall with the performance but need to work out how we can hold onto a lead better.”

Buntingford’s Under16s Blues came safely through the first round of the county cup with a solid two-nil away win against Cuffley. Cougars dominated possession and should have made lighter work of their opponents. The visitors scored one in each half, the first scrambled in from a corner by Archie Huskinson and the second a great run and finish from Sam Curran, following a pin point pass from Jack McMeechan.

Buntingford’s Under15’s travelled to a strong Harlow side where Cougars started well with Luke Garratt having the best of the chances with a well saved shot. Harlow soon found their feet but Sid Arnold and Min Lankester were solid at the back.  With the away side playing good passing football Cougars won a free kick 40 yards out from which Liam Smith delivered a beautiful deep free kick that Matt Share half volleyed home to put Buntingford one up before half time.

The second half started poorly for Adam’s team and Harlow deservedly equalised five minutes into the second half before continuing to put Cougars under pressure forcing the visitor’s keeper Jay Caine into action including a brave stop at the feet of the host’s striker. The guardians efforts galvanized Cougars who found another gear and with time running out Matt Adams and Owen Groves combined to feed Archie Rhodes who chipped the keeper for the game’s winner.

Cougars Under15’s Boss Chris Adams being interviewed by Gary Linekar after the match said “A really tough test today but I was pleased with the way the whole team upped our effort to combat their threat. Special mentions to our number one Jay Caine and Archie Rhodes with the winner. Sadly our Matt Inman broke his collar bone today a on behalf of all the boys and parents we wish him a speedy recovery.”

 

August Soccer School

Buntingford Cougars August Soccer School is Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th August 9.30am to 2.30pm at The Bury

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.

Cougars members booked in advance pay only £12 per day

Non Cougars booked in advance pay £15 per day

All bookings after 5pm on Monday 26th August pay £20 per day

Children must wear weather suitable footwear, clothing & shin pads. Children must bring a packed lunch & still drink.

 

Book online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buntingford-cougars-august-soccer-school-tickets-12577825615

Or if you prefer to print a form please click below

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Cougars July Soccer School

Buntingford Cougars July 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 July soccer school is Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th July 9.30am to 2.30pm at The Bury, Buntingford (former Sainsburys Depot).

Cougars members booked in advance pay only £12 / day
Non Cougars booked in advance pay £15 / day
All bookings after 3pm Mon 28th July – pay £20/day (no exceptions)

To book online Click Here; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buntingford-cougars-july-soccer-school-registration-12237646129

Or for a paper booking form just click here; SoccerSchoolJul14