Buntingford Cougars Under8’s look like they are developing into a formidable outfit under the guidance of Dale Brett, Luke Fone and Tom Curtis. Brett’s Stripes team played Saffron Walden Spartak who were a good match. The game stated very evenly with chances at both ends! Ronan McGuire in goal made some fantastic saves denying Spartak before Beau Lampard’s terrific run resulted in a shot that narrowly missed. Jamie Coote broke the deadlock for Cougars before the interval with a cool finish. Ben Lewis had a few great chances to put Cougars further ahead but was shut out by Spatyak’s keeper. The second half started well for Buntingford who could not break down Spartaks solid defence. Due to some very impressive midfield work from Jessica Page and Ronan McGuire Cougars went further in front with two top finishes by Ben Lewis before Beau Lampard made some great saves but then could not stop Spartak pulling one back. Coote scored another to bag his brace and Lewis hit a rocket to complete his hat trick! Some superb defending by Jonny Rolfe and Aiden Broci kept Spartak at bay, in the dying seconds Lewis got his fourth to end the match on a high! Gaffer Brett told Sky Sports “It as an excellent performance all round every player was superb. I am very happy with the team.”
A few days later the buoyant Under8’s Stripes team faced Ashwell and controlled from the start. Two early goals from Henry Turner helped as well as goalkeeper Tyler Jordan doing well on the rare occasion he was called on in the first half. Great midfield work led to Turner doubling his tally before half time. The second half started pretty slow but that did not stop the in-form Turner scoring again, Ashwell scored a consolation before Turner went one better that Aguero with his double hat-trick. Afterwards Brett told BBC’s 606 show “The team performance was outstanding, everyone pulled together throughout the game in each of their positions. Oliver Curran was awarded man of the match but I was very proud of every player who all gave 120 percent.”
Not to be outdone Tom Curtis’ Under8’s Whites are also flying high. Against Ashwell they scored early courtesy of Beau Quinn before some great teamwork resulted in TJ Curtis making it two. Ben Lewis, Curtis and Quinn were working so well together and Quinn was awarded with his third before the break. In the second half Curtis scored again before Jamie Coote scored. Luke Ross was passing well and played a part in Alfie Vottariello getting on the scoresheet before Curtis scores his third. Beau Quinn adds tow more to take his match tally to seven and Ross gets a deserved goal. Boss Tom Curtis was understandably pleased saying “I am over the moon with the way the players are developing. They are a credit to their families and Cougars.”
Elsewhere for Cougars the Under12’s Blues put in a good performance against a strong Bishop Stortford Rovers but were unable to bag any points. Charlie Fountain scored, Max Young put in a great performance and Man of the Match was Cosmo Melvin. Cougars Under13’s when one better against Stortford as they earned a good point against second placed BSFC United.
In the Under14 section Martin Stevens Blues team remain in second after dispatching Stevenage Boro two nil away and pressuring leaders Hitchin in the first division. Bruce Knapp’s Under16’s are still struggling to get the results they deserve as they went down two nil away to Hitchin Town. Sean Curran’s Under18’s swapped places with FC Comets to move into third after travelling to beat them six – one.
A couple of weeks ago it was the Herts FA “Promoting Respect in our the game” weekend. Buntingford Cougars Under7’s grasped the nettle with Manager Phil Allen encouraging every player, parent and staff member to sign respect agreements before the children enjoyed some fun footie. After the game the players sold cakes to support the FA’s Respect campaign and raise funds for Buntingford Cougars. We can see some of the boys making and selling their cakes. They make us proud . . . . Well done to everyone involved.
ROCKY’S RETURN ROCKS MELBOURN
Steve Arnold’s Cougars Under10’s travelled to Melbourn Dynamos and put in a great performance again. The visitors started slowly and allowed the hosts to take the lead as Melbourn benefitted from a Cougars own goal. Following the goal a very even and tough tackling game ensued that saw both keepers making some great saves with Cougars’ young veteran Luca Rigolli having a fine game and keeping his team in the game. After the interval Cougars started better with some good play from Spencer Sendell, Freddie Arnold, Jake Lemay and Finlay Walker. The away side got their reward from a corner as the ball fell to Jake Lemay who turned in front of goal slipped the ball between the keeper’s legs. Now with the momentum Cougars pushed on and got a second before the final whistle. Man of the Match went to Joe “Rocky” McKinley who returned after a broken arm to play an inspiring game. After the game Cougars Vice Chairman Pete Rigolli told BBC’s match of the day “Cougars were brilliant today – reminded me of the mighty Spurs”
For Cougars Under11’s it was battle of the invincibles at the weekend as the undefeated Buntingford Cougars Under11’s Blues were at home to an unbeaten Bishops Stortford side. Within the first minute the hosts opened the scoring with a great shot from Dexter Cumberland. Cougars then played delightful football as they passed the ball accurately and enjoyed some great strikes. Top scorer Stan Wennington bought his scoring boots again as he hit the net five times to compliment double strikes from Freddie Bentley and Ollie Baker as well as a goal from Stan Gurney. Around the pitch Cougars players put in a great performance with Rocco Douglas, Ben Maley, Sam Miles, Jack Hedge and Ethan Vater all working extremely well together to thwart some strong Stortford attacks. Cougars kit sponsor Dean Cumberland selected man of the match and was pleased to award the accolade to Rocco Douglas.
Buntingford Cougars Under9’s, who continue to develop well under the stewardship of Wesley Cook hosted Letchworth Silvers at The Bury where the crowd were treated to an amazing Blue Salmon free kick, Austin CooK and Lal Wennington were also on the scoresheet in a nine goal thriller. Cougars Man of the match was captain Blue Salmon. Cougars Under9’s also hosted the Letchworth Golds team and saw Kaan Taz scoring for the home side. Man of the Match went to Alfie Bester.
Cougars Under12’s Blues travelled to St Albans in the second round of the county cup and looked to start well as after three minutes Jack Gurney hit a low screamer into the far corner. By half time though the hosts were two – one up and added a third after the interval. Cougars always looked good to pressure the hosts before the end and indeed Gurney scored twice in the last ten minutes to equally share six goals by the time the final whistle blew. Twenty minutes of extra time ensued and the game looked to be heading to penalties before St Albans scored with three minutes to go and then added a firth in the last few seconds as Buntingford pushed on. Manager Richard Daly said afterwards “It was a great game. Credit to both sets of players who fought hard right to the last second but also played in the right spirit. Good luck to St Albans in the rest of the competition.”
Elsewhere Cougars Under13’s earned a point at home to St Davids in a three all draw, whilst the Under14’s Blues continue their impressive campaign with a two-one away win at Stevenage Boro Bluesox. Also in the Under14 section Cougars Whites won away at Letchworth four-three whilst at home to Pin Green the Stripes lost three nil.
Cougars Under16’s travelled to Cheshunt but came away with no points as they were defeated three nil by the premier league leaders. In the Under18’s section Buntingford’s Blues team exited the County Cup to Stortford Swifts by a solitary goal and the Whites team scored once at Stotfold but were overrun by the home side in the league.
COUGARS 11s STILL UNBEATEN
Buntingford Cougars Under11’s Blues remain undefeated in this campaign as they travelled to Baldock on a beautiful sunny morning. It wasn’t long before Stan Wennington opened the scoring followed by strikes from Ollie Baker and Stan Gurney. Ben Maley was unlucky with a fantastic strike which beat the Baldock keeper but not the crossbar. Samuel Miles ,Rocco Douglas, Jack Hedge and Sam Maley all put in a shift and were solid in defence which allowed the likes of Dexter Cumberland to deliver some great crosses as well as Freddie Bentley and Stan Gurney to put together some fine moves. In the Cougars goal Ethan Vater was troubled a couple of times but managed to push the ball away from danger. The Man of the match accolade went to Samuel Miles. After the game Gaffer Danny Miles told BT Sports’ Ian Wright “It was a solid performance and team effort by everyone.”
Cougars Under10’s played out a hard fought match as they hosted neighbours Hares FC. The visitors had a strong side out for the derby and started well against the home side going two goals up in the first half. Cougars gained the upper hand in the second half and in the last twenty minutes were the better team but their gallant efforts were not quite enough as the visitors took the spoils in the A10 derby. Manager Steve Arnold told Spy Sports News after the game “The boys did themselves proud in the second half with a great display” Cougars Man of the Match was Freddy Arnold.
Cougars Under9’s are having a great season and that continued on Saturday when Cougars Under9’s Blues played away against Stevenage Boro Real. There were no goals in first half but in the second half both sides scored once in an even affair. Austin Cook scored the Cougars goal and Bear Wennington was awarded Man of the match. Cougars Under9’s Whites went onto play Stevenage Boro Sporting and put in a real shift in an entertaining match. Cougars scored once with Lucca Hedge netting and Man of the Match was Oliver Heather.
Buntingford’s Under8’s had a great Saturday as guardian Tyler Jordan displayed some early heroics between the sticks against Stevenage. The young side worked really well as a team with Luke Ross showing lots of courage going for everyone and Alfie Vottariello at the back working hard. Beau Lampard was running the midfield and set up TJ Curtis to open the scoring for Cougars before Stevenage got one back. Cougars’ Beau Quinn then netted for Tom Curtis’ side which was deserved after some great football and then the effervescent midfielder doubled his tally with a stunning strike. Vottariello then rounded off a stunning performance by scoring twice to claim a hat trick. After the match Boss Tom Curtis told the BBC’s Gary Linekar “It was a great game for Cougars, everyone is doing so well this season.” Man of the match was Luke Ross (pictured).
Elsewhere for Cougars The Under12’s lost out as the Blues went down 5-2 at home to FC Comets. Jack Gurney and Charlie Fountain found the net for Darryl Dean’s side. The Under12’s Whites conceded four with no reply at Ashwell. Paul Skinner’s Under13’s went down at home to Bedwell by the odd goal in five.
In the Under14 section Martin Stevens’ Blues continue their impressive start to the season with a 7-1 victory over Shefford that puts them second in the top division. Cougars Under14’s Whites won three – nil away at FC Comets and the Under14’s Stripes scored two but conceded three at home to Letchworth. Cougars Under15’s suffered a defeat away at Bedwell.
Cougars Under16s progressed in the Herts County Cup with a two-one home victory over Letchworth whilst Sean Curran’s Under18’s Blues progressed in the Leagu Cup with an emphatic victory at The Bury over Cougars Whites.
LUCCA HEDGES IT FOR FOR COUGARS
Buntingford Cougars Under9 Blues played exceptionally well at home to Stotfold with goalkeeper Lucca Hedge coming out from goal to score a penalty and open the scoring. Lal Wennington netted four and Austin Cook also got on the scoresheet. Manager Wesley Cook was delighted with the performance and awarded Man of the Match to defender Aden Nash. Cougars Under9’s Blues followed with a game against Stotfold and also came out on top in a much closer encounter. On target for Cougars were Jake Garner and Oliver McKinley with the man of the match accolade going to Dylan Hayes.
Also in the mini soccer section Buntingford Cougars Whites did well in a goal fest which saw TJ Curtis, Beau Quinn, William Brown, Ben Lewis and Alfie Vottariello get on the score sheet.
Buntingford’s U11’s Blues travelled to Arlsey on a crisp Sunny autumnal morning and continued their unbeaten start to the season with an emphatic victory. Dexter Cumberland bagged a brace to add to Stan Wennington’s hat trick and strikes from Ben Maley and Freddie Bentley. A fine defensive display from Jack Hedge, Rocco Douglas and Samuel Miles and Ethan Vater kept the opposition at bay. Cougars man of the match was Dexter Cumberland.
It was a contest of the big cats at Knebworth as Cougars Under12’s Blues secured their first point of the season away to Knebworth Tigers. The match started off lively with both sides having chances but it was Buntingford who struck first as Jack Gurney sprung through the centre halves to dispatch a shot high into the net. Knebworth then scored either side of half time to equalise and then go one up. As Buntingford reclaimed the midfield battle Nathan Anderson and man of the match George Godfrey then changed the game as they combined twice to score either side of a Knebworth goal. It was a nail-biting climax in a game that finished with the same three – all score line the last time these two sides met. Manager Richard Daly was pleased saying “It’s good to get our first point because we have been playing really well but just not getting the results. Well done to everybody today, all the players did really well.”
Cougars Under12’s Whites played a thrilling match as they entertained Wymondley Park but came away with a 5-3 defeat. Max Young with a brace and Kameron Weston were on target for Dean Howard’s side who awarded man of the match to Freddy Lee.
Elsewhere for Cougars the Under13’s secured a 6-1 win away at Bishop Stortford Swifts to climb the second division table whilst Martin Stevens Under14s Blues dispatched Bushey & Oxhey out of the second round of the Herts County Cup with a 4-1 home victory. In the Under15 section Kev Ridgewells side lost to Bedwell Rangers.
Cougars Under16s lost at home to Harlow Town by two without reply and the Under 18’s Whites went down to Bishop Stortford Swifts whereas the Under18’s Blues secured a home point with a one-one draw against Letchworth.
JOSH RIDES ROUGHSHOD OVER BASSINGBOURN
Buntingford Cougars Under12s had a good day as the Whites dispatched Bassingbourn with six goals to no reply at London Road. The goal glut started midway through the first half as Josh Ridings (pictured) carved an opening when he cut in from the right and sent a shot high towards the far corner which found the net despite the keeper getting a hand to it, Ridings doubled his tally before half time when he wreaked havoc again down the right to fire in a low shot from a tight angle. The second half started in similar fashion with Kameron Weston firing in low following some good work from Luke Goodchild and Ben Garratt. Weston doubled his tally after he smashed a great volley into the roof of the net from 10 yards. Lily Hall then got on the score sheet before Ridings rounded off a great performance with his hat-trick, his first for the club. Manager Dean Howard was really pleased telling BT Sports Ian Wright that “Josh Ridings did really well today, but hats off to everyone who really dug in for a great result.”
Cougars Under12’s Blues also found their scoring shoes as they saw off a spirited Watford Town in the first round of the Herts County Cup. Brogan Fakhfakh bossed the middle of the park and helped to create chances early in the game. In the first half Jack Gurney with two, Nathan Anderson and Yann Boulter scored with the visitors getting two and in the second half it was the Gurney show again as the Cougars striker scored another four times with Watford also scoring twice again to make it eight – four to Cougars, who face St Albans in the next round. Manager Richard Daly in his post match interview told ITV’s Dickie Davis “After a difficult start to the season in a really tough division it was good to see the team do well in this cup game. Lots of great performances all over the park but Brogan Fakhfakh’s display was awesome.”
Buntingford Cougars U11’s Whites played at home against Ashwell and found themselves two down by half time. An inspirational half time team talk from Ross Craddock and Scott Piggott got the players firing again and the hosts were soon level courtesy of goals scored by Freddie Bentley and Thomas Norris. Some great team work by Jake Craddock, Jammiu Adajsi, Tom Trinder, Gabrielle Barbria and Noah Gibson aided by a brave performance by goalkeeper Tom Betley saw the team hold on until man of the match Ethan Vater scored in the last few minutes to secure a famous victory. Boss Scott Piggott was pleased telling BBC’s five live “Great commitment today from the lads delivered a tight but well deserved scoreline.”
Buntingford Cougars U11s Blues welcomed Stotfold and a great game saw Buntingford’s man of the match and prodigal son Stan Wennington get a hat trick and hit the cross bar. There was some fantastic passing and tackling from Stan Gurney, Sam Maley, Freddie Bentley and Samuel Miles. Just before half time Olly Baker scored to make it 4-0. In the second half the performance levels were maintained with Ben Maley making some great runs and it was deserved when Cougars added a fifth via Dexter Cumberland before Rocco Douglas ran up from defence to make it six. Great defending from Jack Hedge kept the visitors goalless. After the game Coach Richard Bentley told Sky Sports News “The side were pretty much unstoppable today and ran out comfortable winners.”
Cougars Under16’s enjoyed their first victory of the season, the win came against Enfield based Omonia as Sid Arnold and Archie Rhodes wrapped up a two nil win. Sean Curran’s Under18’s progressed in the Herts County with an emphatic 9-4 win over St Albans.
Elsewhere for Cougars the under 7s continue to impress with their attitude and style of football. The Under 13’s after going up a division continue to find their feet, going down 7-2 to Stevenage whilst in the Under14’s section Martin Stevens Blues side sit top of the league with two wins from two games. In the third division Cougars Under14’s Whites and Stripes played out a high scoring game with Bobby White’s side coming out victors to also enjoy six points from two games. Kevin Ridgewell’s under 16’s are still seeking their first points after going down at Symonds Green
Dale Brett was happy with Cougars U8s Stripes start to the season which saw a great performance against Hitchin Hornets. It didn’t take long for the Stripes to score via Henry Turner before some great defending from William Barr and Aiden Broci and a great save from Ronan McGuire in goal kept the Hornets at bay. Beau Lampard and Henry Dowsett were solid in Midfield and helped Turner break through to score again. Oliver Curran then added to the scoreline before Turner completed his hat trick. After another interval Curran completed his double before Turner scored fourth. After the game rookie Coach Dale Brett told Sky Sports “It was a great performance from the team throughout and a good start to the season, I was very happy with everyone’s performance. Henry Turner was given man of the match trophy but well done to all the players”
Meanwhile Cougars Under8’s Whites also started the season well as TJ Curtis opened the scoring against Hithin Hornets before Tyler Jordan made some decisive saves in goal with some great diving. Curtis soon doubled the lead and bagged his brace before Williams added a third.
Alfie Vottariello was solid at the back and gave the support to allow Ben Lewis to come on and net the fourth with a cracker of a shot. Hornets pull a deserved goal back before Beau Lampard finds the net after a great pass from Curtis and the Hitchin score again before Jamie Coote scores a great goal for Cougars> Jordan continues to keep Hornets at bay with a great performance between the sticks. Manager Tom Curtis was delighted after the game telling BT Sports Ian Wright that the team did so well in every department and he was particularly pleased with William Brown who scooped the man of the match award.
Cougars Under11’s Blues had a great start to the season as they dominated their match against visitors St Neots. Man of the match Freddie Bentley broke through early on to give Cougars a one-nil lead. When St Neots did manage to make a break, Cougars defenders Sam Miles, Sam Maley and Jack Hedge held strong with Goalkeeper Ethan Vater between the sticks. Cougars kept up a great attacking play through the midfield of Dexter Cumberland, Ben Maley, Stan Gurney and Stan Wennington with Olly Baker having several shots at goal. Against the run of play one of St Neots few shots on goal found its way in and despite a late rally from Cougars the game finished one apiece. Boss Danny Miles was philosophical saying that the team played well but could have won with some better finishing.