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Buntingford’s Under9s Whites supports enjoyed an even spectacle at The Bury on Saturday as Broadhall Youth travelled from Stevenage. With Alfie Vottariello injured Gaffer Tom Curtis selected Aiden Broci as his number one and he stepped up between the sticks for a great performance.
The hosts opened the scoring with a stunning strike from outside the box courtesy of Harry Norris but the lead did not last long as the visitors equalised in five minutes and then put more pressure on although not much was getting past Luke Ross or Miles Arnold in the Cougars defence.
Just before the interval William Brown put Cougars ahead again with a cracking goal and at half time Tom Curtis needed to remind the boys that they still had a second half to play.
TJ Curtis and Beau Quinn worked extremely hard in central midfield, alongside Harry Norris and William brown on the two wings. Henry Dowsett came very close to scoring twice from set pieces but could not convert. Boss Tom Curtis was happy with his sides performance telling the BBC’s Jermaine Jenas “It was a great game and a great performance again from the lads.”
The sun finally made an appearance on Sunday in time for Buntingford Cougars Under12’s Whites as they welcomed Hitchin based Wymondley Park. Cougars dominated in the first half with some great play in the midfield by Jake Craddock Deboise, Oliver Kay, Freddie Bentley and Ben Perryman with Will Greathead leading the attack. Despite all the possession, the home side could not defeat the Wymondley goalkeeper who was playing a blinder. The second half saw Cougars find another gear with Tom Norris’ shot on goal going just wide. It was Oliver Kay who opened the scoring, quickly followed by goals from Greathead, a hat-trick from Ben Perryman and a final goal from Freddie Bentley. A strong defence of Tom Trinder, Thea Black, Dom Hart and goalkeeper Tom Betley ensured a clean sheet for the Cougars with a convincing six-nil win.
It was perfect weather for football as Cougars Under 8’s Stripes kicked off at Letchworth against Letchworth Greys. Buntingford were up against it from the off with two early goals from the Greys but then Cougars got themselves together. William Brown, with some good pressing and Kyson Man playing well in defence were playing well and it was Man who made a great pass culminating in a good effort on goal from Keiron Bliss, which was saved.
In goal Ryan Gasson handled the ball well as Cougars displayed some impressive defensive team work, with the industrious pressing from Rubi Pryke and super work from Gasson breaking up play. Brown was all about ‘route one’ as he drove towards goal whenever possible, taking the pressure off his team. In one passage of play Man showed composure, beating a player on the wing before finding a pass to Pryke who made a good pass to Brown who’s shot was saved.
Archie Beattie showed a great desire to win the ball with some strong tackling and helped Bliss get thunderous shot away that was well saved again. Ben Gower showed persistence on the right wing really getting stuck in and at one moment producing a cheeky backless.
After the interval Beattie was in goal and made a number of impressive saves with all parts of his body, including an impressive stop with the palm of his right hand. Soon after Bliss again won the ball with a well-timed tackle and a pass down the line. Cougars Stripes hard work then paid off half way through the second half with some great team play, starting with a pass from Pryke, Brown was involved to help Pryke hit a well struck effort home from outside the box for a stunning strike.
Cougars Official Mark Gasson told TalkSports Alan Brazil “We saw some real improvement from Cougars today, working as a team and starting to get their passing game going. Their tackling is getting stronger along with determined defending. Up front they’re working as team well, helping each other to progress.”
Cougars Under 8’s Whites travelled to Pendleton Sports Centre to face Stotfold Juniors Reds on Saturday and delivered a gold medal performance against previously unbeaten opposition. From the kick off it was clear that this would be the Whites toughest test of the season so far and they certainly rose to the challenge, with OPTA rating their performance No.1 for tackles won and yards covered – keeping chances for the impressive Stotfold side to a minimum. Finlay Tanner was the first Cougars player to catch the eye with early saves to keep his side in a game which quickly became a memorable outfield contest between two hard working teams.
Player of the match Ronnie Hennessy was imperious with his tackling all over the park and using his pace to great effect turning defence to attack. Noah Benton, growing in confidence week after week, typified the team’s determined attitude, riding numerous tackles before slotting home from close range. Tash McNamara and Alfie Perryman worked tirelessly to stop the Reds getting a foothold in the game and Johnny Nicholas, taking over between the sticks, showed bravery and courage rushing off the line to deny his opponents when they did break through.
In the second half McNamara kept up the good work in goal, pushing a fierce shot round her right hand post. Jack Nicholas showed the same determination as his team mates, closing the opposition down, pressing high and tackling effectively, while still finding time for the occasional drag back and turn. Eventually he took one for the team, intercepting a dangerous move by Reds… With his face! After a quick recovery he came back on to take his turn in goal. True Grit.
Meanwhile Perryman added to the Cougars account with a goal that came as result of strong tackles and quick passing putting him clean through. Then Tanner scored for Cougars to calm the nerves of the travelling fans. The J2O moment came courtesy of a slow motion dribble out of defence by Johnny Nicholas, weaving this way and that as he swerved past numerous challenges to bring the ball clear. Older fans were reminded of a similar run by Ricki Villa in the famous ’81 Cup Final!!
Coach Rod Tanner had this to say to Talk Sport’s Ian Abrahams: “That was a real battle against strong opposition in which everyone played their part. Player of the game goes to Ronnie for his relentless tackling and forward runs. Another great team performance, well done everyone.”
Cougars Under13’s Blues went top of the table with a see saw performance at Baldock on Sunday. Buntingford went two up after fifteen minutes thanks to a Charlie Fountain brace before Nathan Anderson, Fountain, Jack Lally, Josh Ridings and Sam Daly went close including four efforts hitting the woodwork.
Before half time the home side got back into the game with a penalty and a shot to draw level before then going ahead early in the second half. With Cougars shocked the away side stepped up a gear and despite a missed penalty and hitting the woodwork three times again managed to score a further three goals courtesy of close range efforts from Jimmy Brown and Ridings and a fifth goal from Fountain to make the final score seven goals to answer Baldock’s four.
Manager Richard Daly said afterwards: “It was an entertaining if nail-biting game although I never felt we would get less than three points. We are top of the table now so it will be interesting to see how our lads cope with teams who will be highly motivated to beat us.”
Cougars Under13s Whites travelled to Harlow on Sunday to face Paringdon Tigers and it was a case of the Cougars taming the Tigers as Dean Howard’s side came away victors with the odd goal in three. It puts the side fourth in their division and three games unbeaten in the Mid Herts Rural League.
In the first half the visitors were two goals up with no reply after well taken goals from Kameron Weston and George Godfrey. After the interval Cougars were pegged back by a goal and found themselves hanging on in the last few minutes to secure a two – one victory.
Manager Dean Howard was pleased praising his players and saying “It was difficult conditions and difficult opposition but every player contributed today to a really good performance. We can’t wait for the next match now.”
Cougars Under 9’s Blues produced an excellent team performance against a strong LAFA Whites outfit at the Bury. Cougars started brightly and Oscar Kay, patrolling midfield like a young Eric Dier, got on the scoresheet early. A few minutes later Myles Woodford unleashed a rocket to the top corner but it was brilliantly saved by the opposition’s goalkeeper, however Cougars were not to be denied and Rylee Kitteringham using his goalscorers instinct added a second. Just before the break a cleverly worked short corner between Kitteringham and Adam Sleath led to a second notch for Kitteringham.
After the break LAFA got one back straight away, however this was the last time Cougars defence was breached as Lui LoConte produced some brave and impressive saves, whilst ahead of him man mountain Fraser Finlay, well supported by Bear Wennington and Finlay Wood, were not letting anyone through them. Cougars continued to press with efforts by Kay, Ben Lewis and Wennington going close before Kay finished off a man of the match display with his second.
Both teams played the game in a great spirit and were a credit to their clubs. The sides finished off the match by taking part in a penalty shootout and cross bar challenge. Special mentions to Lui LoConte and Oscar Kay who hit the cross bar, whilst a search party is still out looking for the two coaches’ efforts.
Cougars Under13’s Blues continued their free scoring run of matches with a comfortable home victory over Bishop Stortford Swifts. The hosts had to restructure before the game as goalkeeper Callum Nye went sick four minutes before kick off. Despite the changes Cougars nerves were settled as ealy as the second minute when the in-form Charlie Fountain slotted home after a good move. Fountain secured his hat trick before half time to compliment goals from Jack Lally that put Buntingford goals up.
In the second half a dominant display from Sam Daly in the midfield was topped off with the diminutive dynamo delivering a long range shot that dipped under the bar for his first goal of the season. Fountain added more strikes too to conclude a comfortable encounter for Cougars that puts them second in the table.
After the match Cougars Boss Richard Daly said “We are playing really well at the moment and we have to credit these young men for that. Some of our goals were breathtaking counter attacks which is becoming a great feature of our game.”