Cougars Under13’s are a fine bunch of young men and really appreciate their new kit sponsored by The Barn at Alswick and jackets sponsored by GloHouse Media.

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Commenting on the sponsorship Buntingford Cougars Chairman Richard Daly said “We are delighted to be sponsored by The Barn at Alswick. This is a new venture by local people and we wish them every success. When businesses support Cougars in this way it is fantastic because it pays for kits, which means that we can keep membership fees affordable for everyone. If you are interested in sponsoring Buntingford Cougars please drop us a line.

HAPPY NEW CHEER FOR COUGARS UNDER 9S BLUES

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Cougars Under 9’s Blues began 2017 with a trip to Baldock Templars, with whom they had already had two extremely close games this season. Cougars started well but went behind against the run of play mid-way through the first half. However what followed was a scintillating display of team work and slick passing on a tricky pitch. Oscar Kay went close and Rylee Kitteringham went even closer from a Fraser Finlay cross. Minutes before the break great link up play, not for the first or last time in the game, between Dan Fone and Kitteringham led to the equaliser as Kitteringham steered home.

After the break Cougars went through the gears and produced a stunning second half performance. Kitteringham danced his way down the left wing from half way, cut in to the box and fired in a great cross which the defender could only deflect into his own net. Wave after wave of attack followed with Adam Sleath playing in Miles Woolford, who went close, before another free flowing move led to Kitteringham firing home for his second and Cougars third. A fourth followed shortly when great link up play led to Kitteringham feeding in Oscar Kay, who continued his rich vein of scoring by firing left footed into the roof of the net. Baldock certainly didn’t lay down and pulled one back and but for a great save from Lui LoConte could have pulled back to within one. There was still time for a couple of smart Fone passes to allow Kitteringham to go close again and then hit the post.

The game ended in a 4-2 win but what was most impressive was the slick passing from back to front. The defence was again rock solid where Fraser Finlay marshalled his fellow troops Bear Wennington, Finlay Wood, Ben Lewis and Adam Sleath. Man of the matches went to Rylee Kitteringham , who was involved in all four goals and Fraser Finlay for his commanding all-round performance.

 

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Cougars Under13s looking cool in their new jackets sponsored by Glohouse Media.

Standon based Kirsty Sharpe is MD of GloHouse Media; a publishing house and PR agency specialising in packaging & processing machinery and anaerobic digestion & biogas technical writing.

Cougars Chairman and Under13’s Manager Richard Daly said “We are so grateful to Kirsty and everyone at GloHouse Media for their support. All sponsorship is warmly welcomed at Cougars because it pays for kit and enables us to keep fees affordable to everyone.”

If you are interested in sponsoring at Buntingford Cougars just drop us a line.

 

 

GULL GLIDES WITH GUILE FOR COUGARS U7S

The first game of 2017 saw Cougars Under7s Stripes travel to Hitchin Tigers and take an early lead through an Antony Gull strike from close range. More attacking Cougars play saw Gull dribble past the Hitchin defence with the ball finding Alex Pooley whose shot brought a fine save. The hosts scored an equaliser shortly before a good pass from Pooley that led to a shot by Ryan Gull being saved by the Hitchin keeper. Ted Doncaster went in goal for the visitors and with his numerous solid saves and Lucas Crook’s strong tackles in defence the Cougars kept the hosts at bay.

The midfield duo of Ryan Gull and Lucas Hardy worked hard and they closed Hitchin down every time they were in possession. On one occasion Pooley dispossessed Hitchin but his shot was again saved just before Lucas’ last gasp tackle on a Hitchin striker saved a certain goal for Hitchin.

The game was end to end, closely fought and either side could have won it. Player of the week was Ryan Gull for his work rate, fine outfield performance and several fine saves in goal in the last 10 minutes.

LACEY TIES ‘EM IN KNOTS FOR COUGARS UNDER7’s

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The first Game of the new year saw Cougars U7 Blues take on Royston Town Crows U7 at the Bury, after an early morning pitch inspection the game was on and the Blues players arrived ready for action after their Christmas break. Ryan Neill and Hadley Anton got the game under way and before the crowd had finished taking their seats the Blues were ahead, a good passing movement involving all the outfield players was finished off by Matthew Murphy. The Blues were looking slick and two quick goals from Billy Lacey extended the lead further. Royston responded with some neat play of their own and only a fantastic save from Dylan Burtenshaw kept them out. The Blues kept their passing and dribbling going and Royston were struggling to retain the ball, after another good tackle and pass this time from Anton, Lacey found himself in space, he rounded the keeper to slot home for his hat trick, another two quick goals within a minute saw Lacey get his fourth and fifth before half time. With the half time whistle looming the crowd were treated to possibly the goal of the game when Burtenshaw, now on pitch made a great tackle and passed to Neill, he beat one player and played the ball to Ethan Doughty who only had one thing on his mind and from 20 yards unleashed a shot that found the bottom corner, the goal was only bettered by his celebration. The Blues went in at half time in a comfortable position.

The second half got underway and it was clear that Royston were not giving up as only good saves first from Neill and then from Lacey who were taking their turn in goal kept the score as it was. Anton was looking comfortable in possession and the Blues looked dangerous every time he was on the ball. Royston now with five outfield players started to really cause some problems. Burtenshaw, Murphy and Neill all had to make good tackles to keep them out. Finally though the pressure told and Royston pulled a goal back. This seemed to spur Royston on and they added another with a great finish the keeper could do nothing about. Another last ditch tackle from Murphy and a one on one save from Burtenshaw stopped Royston from adding further goals to their total. It was only fitting that the last talking point of the game was for the Blues Hadley Anton who had been impressive throughout; he took the ball off a Royston player, beat two opponents and gave it to Doughty, who from fifteen yards found the back of the net for his second goal. Shortly after came the final  whistle. Boss Ross Murphy told the BBC’s Jermaine Jenas “It was a fantastic first performance of 2017 from all the players. Player of the week for a good all round performance, great listening and five goals in the first half was Billy Lacey.”

COUGARS UNDER8’S BLOW AWAY THE NEW YEAR BLUES

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Buntingford Cougars Under8s Blues invited Stevenage Borough Juniors to The Bury and delivered their best and most entertaining performance to date. Cougars lined up in an innovative 1-1-3 formation with Oliver Tallis in goal, Ronnie Hennessy at the back and an interchangeable front three of Sebbie Ivison, Tom Flanagan and Thomas Deane. The formation made for an entertaining display.

Flanagan was on the scoresheet first with a great turn, run and tucking a shot under the advancing keeper before Deane notched one with a close range finish after a Flanagan shot was saved. Soon after Flanagan played a one-two with Deane and finished crisply ahead of Ivison scoring at the second attempt after a good save. Deane then added to the scoreline when great wide play from Flanagan set him up for a lovely left foot finish. Ivison then added another before half time.

After the break Deane took up goalkeeping duties and there was a little shuffle in the ranks with Tallis taking over as the rock at the back. Ivison quickly grabbed his hat-trick with an assist from Hennessey. It was then keeper turned poacher Tallis who got in on the action with the goal of the game – a screamer from 25 yards into the top corner. Hennessey also got on the scoresheet before Ivison added his fourth after a great pass from Flanagan. Flanagan secured his hat trick with a close range finish after a corner and then notched fis fourth after after a run down the left and tidy finish ahead of Ivison scoring his fifth with a left footed strike.

In between all the goals there was some lovely passing, great wing play, good defending and even a couple saves thrown in.

KING HENRY CROWNS THE NEW YEAR FOR U8 ROYALS

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Cougars U8s Royals welcomed Stotfold for their new year fixture and there was no sign of too much turkey as they all players started brightly on a heavy winter pitch. In the early stages of the game both teams seems evenly matched but the Royals gradually impressed themselves on the game. Henry McAllister showed what a great engine he has with impressive work all over the pitch, he was always willing to defend resolutely, often quickly recovering back to help out his defence. McAllister was even more effective going forward, making lots of great runs. It was thanks to one of his early runs that the first goal came. After a strong run from one end of the pitch to the other he passed the ball into the opponents box and the ball was bundled in. It was McAllister who scored three early goals, getting his team off to a great start.

Cougars kept up the good work with a notable performance from William Brown, showing real improvement recently with his foraging runs up front and down the wings, keeping the ball superbly under pressure from his opponents, showing his strength holding off defenders and fighting hard from beginning to end. Brown scored also bagged a hat trick, his most memorable goal was scored when he intercepted the ball on the right wing by the halfway line and made a direct run, straight for goal, finished off accurately into the net.

Cougars defended well too, with Archie Beattie keeping goal for the Cougars. Beattie played a massive part for his team with many goal-bound shots stopped with good reflexes. He also displayed great timing, knowing when to come off his line to close his attackers down, often intercepting the ball or forcing his opponents to shoot wide. As part of the defensive unit Ryan Gasson was his usual dependable self, always in the thick of it, doing his all to stop his opponents getting shots away and making several important tackles and interceptions. As the game progressed his distribution improved, getting his head up early and regularly finding his team mates with good passes out wide. He made progress forward to midfield and found passes in his opponents half. His battling in midfield often won the ball and got his team on the offensive!

Jake Cole, in a centre forward made himself available in midfield by finding space and made regular attempts to get into the box, trying to get on the end of passes and crosses. This paid dividends as Cole got onto the score-sheet twice. His first goal was started off by Ben Gower, with great work in defence Gower won the ball back and passed forward, getting his team on the attack. The move ended with Cole’s first goal, for his second he intercepted the ball in the other half, turned, ran with the ball under control and looped it slightly over their keeper foot, showing cool composure.

The most pleasing thing about the Cougars performance today was their teamwork. They all played for each other, passed well to each other and all worked really hard.

GULLS SOAR FOR COUGARS UNDER7’s

The Bury was foggy on Saturday but it did not take the gloss off what was a treat of a match for Cougars Under7’s as they welcomed Melbourn Dynamo’s.

From the kick off, the home side took the game to Melbourn and it was well deserved when a neat through ball to Anthony Gull led to him scoring from a tight angle in the third minute.

More good attacking play led to Cougar’s second goal by Alex Pooley from just three yards out. Pooley scored again after forcing an error from the Melbourn defence before Ryan Gull hit the post from a Pooley pass.

Excellent defensive tackles from Lucas Crook broke up the Melbourn attacks and some fine saves from Ted Doncaster meant to a clean sheet in goal after the first quarter.

After the break, two quick goals by Melbourn brought the visitors back into the game which stayed competitive with strong tackles by Oliver Sweetman and Doncaster. A throw on to Anthony Gull saw him pass two players and shoot just wide of the post. When Sweetman later went in between the sticks he kept a further clean sheet in the third quarter.

In the last 10 mins Melbourn scored the again but two fine saves by Anthony Gull kept Buntingford level. After the match Team Manager Alex Doncaster told Match of the Day’s Alan Shearer “Cougars Under7’s Stripes are showing a great team spirit and their competitiveness resulted in this great game.” Player of the week went Anthony Gull for his fine performance.

IT’S TWO FOR TUMI WITH COUGARS UNDER8’s STRIPES

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Cougars Under8’s Stripes journeyed to the third generation artificial pitch at at Stevenage to play Stevenage Boro’s Storms out on a chilly, misty morning. It was Buntingford’s last match before the Christmas recess and was evenly fought although Stevenage started and ended the better side.

With just five minutes on the clock Tumi Awoyemi was introduced in place of the hobbling Rubi Pryke who had taken an early knock to the ankle.  Awoyemi immediately showed his strength with some decisive tackles before powering through the Stevenage backline after thanks to a through ball from Jack Nicholas, he ended his run by pinging the ball into the back of the net.  Inspired by his exuberance, Cougars began to assert their authority and Cougars scorer came close to adding a second with a left footed cross shot that flew past the far post.

Before long, Tasha McNamara, who had been busy in and around the opposition area, also opened her account. A typical poacher’s effort, close range and scrappy but Cougars now were in control and firing on all cylinders with Awoyemi fuelling confidence all round him.

The second half continued in similar fashion with Cougars pressing on. Kyson Man and Pryke were making important challenges while Johnny Nicholas added panache and breathing space with a right footed shot from the edge of the area.  The ball whistled past the keeper, low into the corner of his goal.

With five minutes to go however, Stevenage became stronger but Awoyemi again settled the nerves of the enthusiastic away crowd by adding to The Stripes’ tally, slotting in his second of the morning and a classic breakaway goal. At the end of the match there were handshakes and seasonal good wishes all round.

IT’S A FLANAGAN THUNDERBOLT FOR COUGARS UNDER8’S BLUES

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Cougars Under8’s blues continued their superb form in their final run out before Christmas. A game between two sides of contrasting styles with the Buntingford operating their fluid passing style from the off against a tough Biggleswade Warriors side. The scoring started early with Thomas Deane getting a faint touch that somehow eluded the opposition keeper within the first minute. The Blues though, found themselves behind from two opportunistic strikes but didn’t let their heads drop and right on half time Sebbie Ivison broke down the left and tucked a neat shot inside the near post for an equaliser.

In the second half it was the turn of Tom Flanagan to get his scoring boots on. From a goal kick Ronnie Hennessey expertly robbed the opposition and fed Flanagan for a cool finish. Shortly afterwards Flanagan struck a thunderbolt from fully 25 yards and not long after completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot once he’d dusted himself off from a trip. It was to be a nervy finish for the Blues until the game was put to bed in the final minute through Ivison’s second.

Aside from the goals, Hennessey was great on the flanks and at the back, Charlie Wicks was unlucky in front of goal with several chances but man of the match went to Oliver Tallis for goalkeeping prowess in the first half and a very strong defensive performance in the second half – he had to be very strong in the tackle and prevented a number of attacks at source. An enthusiastic Cougars fan said afterwards “Well played again Blues. Enjoy your Christmas break – more of the same in the New Year please.”