BENTLEY MAKES IT MILES BETTER FOR U10s

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On a fresh Sunday morning at The Bury Buntingford Cougars Under10’s Blues played with attacking intent from the kick off. George Brownless; Cougars’ guardian was hardly required in the game and when called to action did so perfectly. The defensive pairing of Sam Miles and Sam Maley held strong and let the midfield of Stan Gurney, Ben Maley and Oliver Baker control the game with high work rates and quality passing of the ball. Dexter Cumberland up front chased hard latching onto some great through ball passes. Cougars had lots of shots on goal, the difference this time between other games was that the hosts made the most of their chances. Left footer Gurney scored two high quality goals from distance over the visitor’s keeper to compliment a stunning Baker effort as he slotted home. Further great team work led to another goal for the home side when a move was finished off well with a fine strike from Dexter Cumberland, who doubled his tally for the game when he scored again with a well struck long range effort. Maley was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as he had several good efforts on goal including one hitting the cross bar. Cougars star reporter Joshua Maley aged ten was delighted after the match saying “Cougars are definitely ending the year strongly and playing much better as a unit. It would be great if the management duo of Danny Miles and Richard Bentley could keep this going to the end of the season.”

Buntingford Cougars Under10’s Whites seeked to avenge an Arseley defeat earlier in the season and needed to be at their best at The Bury and from the off it looked like they were determined to do well. The early exchanges were played out in midfield with neither goalkeeper being troubled. Jamu Ajassa and Noah Gibson where battling well and along with Fred Bentley were certainly holding their own. The first attacking chance went to Arlesey with a corner followed by another but no shots on goal and good defending by Jack Hedge and Jake Craddock. Cougars were then on the attack winning a corner but again nothing came of it. As the first half drew to a close there was a flurry of activity, firstly a great one handed save by Tom Betley in goal diverting the ball over the bar and then a quick break by Cougars and some fine interplay between Bentley and Douglas who then dribbled his way past the goalkeeper to fire in the first goal, it was as if the ball was stuck to his foot, great goal. A few moments later Douglas and Bentley were involved again resulting in Noah Gibson putting away a great goal. The second half was very similar to the first, Cougars always looked like they were going to get a third but at the other end Arlesey continued to trouble Betley in goal. Harry Leach came off the bench and straight away got himself in the thick of the action and along with Ethan Vater continued to cause trouble for Arlesey going forward. Man of the match was awarded by the TV pundit and England football coach, Gary Neville to Fred Bentley for his tireless running and nonstop enthusiasm regardless of what team he plays for. Neville also added it was a fine all round team performance and he can certainly see Cougars Whites getting stronger as a unit as the season progresses.

Buntingford Cougars Under11’s had a good weekend with the Blues comfortably beating Bedwell Rangers at London Road with five goals to no reply. The Blues leading scorer Jack Gurney with a double strike notched his sixteenth and seventeenth goals of the season to compliment goals from Lily Hall and Charlie Fountain. It was not all plain sailing though as in the Cougars goal Sam Daly worked hard to keep a clean sheet and earned himself the man of the match award.

Cougars Under11’s Whites travelled to Bishop Stortford and beat their Wanderers in a tight game. Casey Heenan with a brace took his season’s goal tally to seventeen and it was enough to secure the three points with a two – one victory.

Cougars Under11’s Stripes led by Ian Jenkins went three games unbeaten as they returned from Bassingbourn with all three points. Stripes top scorer Yann Boulter notched his fourteenth of the season along with Tom Ryman who scored his first league goal. The ever improving Adam Richmond won the man of the match award for the third time this season.

Cougars Under15’s hosted Hemel with a squad after some injuries. Chris Adams’ home side started well; getting hold of the ball and putting some good service into Archie Rhodes and Josh Bradfield. Matt Inman looked in supreme form and was creating openings before Buntingford scored on twenty five minutes when Matt Adams won the ball in the centre and played a through ball to Rhodes who was bundled over. From the resulting Sid Arnold free kick the ball dropped to the quick footed Inman who jinked and shot forcing a great stop from the keeper, unluckily for him it fell to the feet of Arnold who drove it home one. Both sides had no more than half chances for the remainder of the half. In the second half the hosts started on the front foot again and really took the game to Hemel, Inman and Groves both had shots well held by the Hemel stopper. Then five minutes into the half Adams picked the ball up on the half way line and drove at Hemel beating 4 players on a mazy run before playing in Rhodes, who adjusted his body and chipped the onrushing keeper with super skill to double the lead. Soon after Adams had a header excellently tipped over from Arnold’s free kick and James Parkins header was blocked well from a Liam Smith corner. Mid way through the half Cougars tired a little and Hemel capitalised on this, twice creating chances but found Jay Caine out sharply to block. With ten minutes left Hemel got one back as Cougars failed to clear and a smart finish flew into the corner. The hosts then knuckled down and with Josh Bradfield operating as a lone striker keeping the ball deep into Hemel’s half for the final few minutes Cougars ran out two win victors. After the match Gaffer Chris Adams told Sky Sports “That’s three in three in the league and although today probably wasn’t one of our most polished performance no side in this division will roll over and Hemel once again proved tough opposition. A few of the lads felt their own performance were a little below par, and they may be right, but that said they should take nothing away the shift and commitment they put in. And when it mattered most we found enough quality to deservedly take the points. Special mentions today to Matty Inman a joy to watch play football, talent on the ball tenacity off it and James Parkins held us together at the back when we needed it.”

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Elsewhere at the weekend Cougars Under6’s played their second match in their Cougars careers and had a great time at Fairlands Youth FC. Cougars Under 7’s did well at home to Shefford Saints with Dempsey Crace and Ben Lewis (pictured) getting man of the match awards. Buntingford’s Under8’s had two great matches with Stevenage Boro Juniors. Cougars Under12’s had a rare goalless draw at Hitchin whereas in the under thirteen section Cougars Blues won 8-1 at Baldock and Cougars Whites comfortably won at Stevenage Boro. Cougars Under16’s Blues also had a comfortable victory at The Bury against Hertford Town whilst Cougars Under16’s Whites went down by the odd goal in five at Knebworth.

Cougars Semi Final Win . . . And the Weekend Round Up

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Buntingford Cougars Under16’s Blues were up for the cup on Sunday in the league cup semi final at The Bury as they sent Letchworth packing with a one-nil victory. Manager Sean Curran after the match told the BBC’s Robbie Savage “I am very proud of all of the boy’s performances today, they were simply brilliant. They trusted themselves and their teammates, they had 100% belief and a can do attitude and that’s what got them into the final. I feel very proud and honoured to manage this side.”

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Also at The Bury Cougars Under7’s Stripes and Royals entertained the crowds on a bright but cold morning as they hosted Stevenage Boro Juniors. Cougars dominated their match with Luke Ross having a good early effort on goal going close but it was Jamie Coote who notched the first goal before Ross finally got the goal he deserved. Soon after Coote made it three with a long range effort before Ross got in on the double act with his second too. In the second half Coote scored a third from a mis-kick before Ollie Curran went close with a great free kick effort from outside the penalty area that the Boro keeper did well to save. Luke Ross then got another for his hat-trick before watching team mate Jamie Coote scoring his fourth. Man of the match for the Royals was Luke Ross and for the Stripes was Ronan Maguire (pictured with Manager Tom Curtis). After the match Cougars Manager Tom Curtis told BT Sports “I was really proud of the players today – they all played really well”.

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Buntingford Cougars Under8’s are playing well at the moment and continued to progress on Saturday at The Bury. Local but friendly rivals Hormead Hares were the hosts and both teams had a great morning of football. Man of match for Cougars in the first game was Blue Salmon and in the second match Alfie Bester took the honours. Buntingford’s Under8’s Manager Wesley Cook said after the match “We always enjoy playing Hormead – they are a great bunch of parents and kids and we always have a close match.”

Cougars Under9’s Blues conceded early at home to Bedwell Rangers but the team came back well and enjoyed seeing goals from the prolific Finlay Walker and Joseph McKinley. Cougars Under9’s Whites also come from behind thanks to a fantastic finish from Ben Hume who chipped the goal-keeper. Buntingford’s Under9’s are having a great season with the Blues being unbeaten in fifteen games and the Whites being undefeated now in the last three games.

Cougars Under 10’s Blues ran out against Morden Magpies in wintry weather at The Bury but still played some great attacking football. With the team now passing the ball around they are finding space, putting together some good moves and enjoying the benefits of great off the ball movement all over the pitch. The first 10 minutes was very even when Cougars conceded an own goal from a corner. In the second half Cougars were in control and were threatening yet continuously but could not convert the chances with the visitors keeper making a couple of good saves from both short and long range options from Cougars. Buntingford dominated possession towards the end of the second half and had several shots on goal with Dexter Cumberland and Stan Gurney going close but just couldn’t get the ball over the line. After the game on the spot reporter Josh Maley said “Although The some of the players were left frustrated at the final whistle, the spectators were left feeling that if the team keep playing at this standard their time will come and the side will have a good run of games and hopefully end the season on a high note.”

Cougars Under10’s Whites had a great Mother’s day turn out on Sunday but a cold chill as well and the distraction made for a scrappy start against Morden. Both teams defensive players were on top with Jack Hedge and Sam Miles strong in defence for Cougars stopping the attacks before the away team got close to goal. The first real chance of the match fell to Cougars following a good pass by Thomas Norris that put Jamiu Ajassa through but he could not capitalise. A few moments later Cougars won a corner which was taken by Ajassa that went straight in deflected off a Morden player to put Cougars one up. After the goal it was one way traffic with shots raining down on the Magpies goal. Chances fell to Norris, Ben Perryman, Dexter Cumberland, Jake Craddock and Noah Gibson but the Magpies keeper was having a great game and held on until half time. After the break the large home crowd saw Magpies got a goal back which worried Whites manager Richard Bentley but his direction encouraged a good move with Gibson making a great run and a great pass to Ben Perrymen who rifled home for the Cougars second goal. Tom Betley in goal had not been too troubled for most of the match but had to make a defining clearance to an on rushing attacker as the initiative shifted to Magpies. The hosts midfield though became more engaged in supporting the defence and with some determined battling by Ajassa and Hedge Cougars kept the visitors at bay. On the break some fantastic first time shots from Jake Craddock nearly earned Cougars another goal but it was not to be. A succession of corners for Magpies passed without really troubling the goal but it did mean a few nervous minutes before the whistle went for the end of the game and Cougars players and their Mums could celebrate the win. The post match interviews were conducted in good spirits by both management and players and a well deserved man of the match was awarded by Manager Richard Bentley to Jake Craddock for his great shots on goal from all angles.

In the Under11’s section it was only Ian Jenkins Stripes called into action and they put on a season defining performance. Their opponents, St Neots traveled down the A1 leading the table and feeling confident after a convincing victory in the reverse fixture a few weeks ago as the Saints won eleven – one. However Cougars have progressed over the last few weeks and after their first victory last week felt that they could get something from todays match. It seemed like every player had a belief in themselves and with the likes of George Hegarty, Josh Lucas and Ciaran Jenkins in good form Buntingford were equal opponents to the visitors. Tom Ryman was lively as was Yann Boulter. After a goalless first half the Saints scored after a good move before Cougars Stripes top scorer Boulter deservedly equalized. After the game Cougars Under11’s Age Group Manager Richard Daly said “Our Under11s Stripes were a new team at the start of the season and have taken some time to find their feet but today I think this was the performance of the season, every player gave everything and done so well.”

 

Cougars Under14’s have enjoyed a bit of a resurgence but still went down to Sawbridgeworth at home on Sunday despite Nate Ridgewell converting a late penalty. Lewis Horan was awarded man of the match.

Buntingford’s Under15’s travelled to Welwyn Pegasus in a crucial second v third clash, with both sides having an identical league record. Cougars lost the home fixture three – two earlier in the season and it was the hosts who started brightly having the upper hand in the opening fifteen minutes. Cougars were conceding possession and giving away careless fouls in dangerous areas but the organisation and aerial abilities of Matt Adams and James Parkins kept the home side at bay who were restricted to distance shots that Jay Caine tipped away comfortably. As the first half progressed Archie Rhodes and Josh Bradfield started to create and then on twenty minutes the breakthrough came as Luke Garratt won a duel in the centre of the park split the back four with a super pass and Rhodes ran through to slot home. Five minutes later Groves beat his man on the right and played the ball into the box to Rhodes who turned and set up Garratt who crashed home from 12yards to give Cougars a two nil half time lead. The second half was played at a frenetic pace. Buntingford did well to keep their shape and discipline but eventually Pegasus pulled a goal back with twenty minutes to go. Both sides had chances to score again but the final whistle blew for a two one away victory for Cougars. Buntingford’s Gaffer told TalkSport radio after the match “Today was an excellent match, both sides played it in a fantastically competitive spirit. We combined some brilliant football along with some dogged determination and desire and the boys reward was three well deserved points. Special mention today to our guardian Jay Caine, assured throughout, some good saves and one out of the top drawer to seal the win.”

No reports for Buntingford Cougars Under7’s Blues & Whites, Under 12’s, Under13’s Blues.

 

Cougars Easter Soccer School

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Buntingford Cougars Easter 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 14th and Wednesday 15th April 9.30am to 2.30pm

 At The Bury, London Rd, Buntingford SG9 9HZ

 Cougars members booked in advance pay only £12 / day

Non Cougars booked in advance pay £15 / day

All bookings after 7pm the day before – pay £20 / day (sorry no exceptions)

 Children must wear suitable footwear – football boots if wet, trainers if dry & (ideally) shin pads.

Children must bring a packed lunch & drink.

Any qestions call Richard 07944 237400

TO BOOK PLEASE CLICK HERE

Cougars 6s Do Us Proud

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A new generation of budding footballers had their first taste of match days on Saturday as Cougars 6’s traveled to Elsenham for a training game. With the sun shining and a gentle breeze it was a great introduction to mini soccer for both parents and players. With two games running simultaneously there was plenty of training time for all players to learn and have fun.

One game saw Cougars start strong with goals from a few goals and Aaron Nash getting on the scoresheet. Elsenham didn’t give up and came on strong in an end to end game. Both goalkeepers played a big part in the game and the hosts pulled back a brace of goals in a close fair played contest.

The other game was a nervy affair end to end with both goalkeepers once again playing a big part, then with the breeze against them Cougars broke from their own half to see Oscar Allen score the first goal. Cougars then woke up and futher counter attacks saw Allen score two more.

Elsenham battled hard and scored a fine team goal to try to get back into the game. The last ten minutes looked great fun for both teams with both parents and players alike enjoying the occasion, the scoring was finished by Allen again this time from the penalty spot to end a fun mornings football for all.

Proud parents and coaches traveled home happy to see all the cold winters training has payed off.

After the game Cougars 6s Manager Phil Allen said “Big thanks to Elsenham for having us to train with them” Cougars Chairman Richard Daly said “We see it as a real milestone when the youngsters play their first game, it’s the start of their football journey. Our Coaches Phil Allen, Emma Hawthorne, Craig Ivison and Scott Nash have done a great job,”

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RIGHT SAID FRED WITH A GOAL

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Buntingford Cougars Under7s were a real credit to their club on Saturday as they played out two fantastic fun games against Stevenage based Austen Arrowheads. It was Cougars Royals who played first and Tom Curtis’ side came from behind twice at The Bury with goals from Alfie Vottariello and a double strike from Jonny Rofe to end up with with honours even. Buntingford’s Under7s Stripes then played with Tyler Jordan (pictured) playing in goal and went one up courtesy of a great strike into the roof of the net from Henry Turner who went onto score a total of four goals in a seven goal thriller and a match that was a great advert for grassroots youth football. The man of the match accolades went to Jonny Rofe and Alfie Votariello.

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In the Under9’s section Cougars Blues thanked Fred Arnold for opening the scoring with a penalty and then enjoyed a Joseph McKinley Header from a Billy Pullen corner for two great goals in a fantastic all-round team performance at home to Shefford Saints. Cougars Under9’s Whites then enjoyed an even encounter with Shefford following storming performances from Harriet Ware, Paddy Mitchell and goalkeeper Oscar Kennedy.

For Cougars Under10’s Sunday saw a lively start against Stevenage Boro Juniors. George Brownless stepped in for Tom Betley in goal with Jack Hedge, Jammiu Ajasa and Rocco Douglas keeping Buntingford’s defence solid and Will Greathead, Thomas Norris and Ben Perryman covering the rest of the pitch. Just before half time Brownless made a terrific save and Norris saw a shot just go wide. The first half ended goal-less and the second half opened with a couple of strikes by Perryman and Douglas that were saved by the Boro guardian. Eventually Perryman outwitted the visitors stopper and scored. Soon after Dexter Cumberland came on and scored Cougars second goal of the match in what was a satisfying game for Guv’nor Danny Miles. Man of the match went to Ben Perryman for a great display. Cougars Under10’s Whites Manager Richard Bentley saw his side earn a good draw in an entertaining contest. Man of the match Ethan Vater played well and topped off his performance with a fantastic goal from an overhead kick.

Cougars Under11 Stripes put in the performance of the day as Ian Jenkins side travelled to Bishops Stortford and enjoyed a long overdue win in an exciting contest. Freddy Lee (pictured) scored his first Cougars goal to compliment an own goal and strikes from Ciaran Jenkins and Shane Coyne. In the same age group Dean Howard’s Whites came back from Bassingbourn pointless after playing another great game but feeling harshly dealt with after a tight offside decision denied Evan Howard his first Cougars goal in his four year football career. With the goal ruled out Cougars were beaten by three goals to two with Tom Carter and Casey Heenan on the scoresheet and Josh Aneylour man of the match. Darryl Dean’s Cougars Under11’s Blues fancied their chances at home to Sawbridgeworth but were beaten by a single goal in a physical encounter at London Road in which Joe Sharpe went away as man of the match.

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Buntingford’s Under14’ put in their best display of the season but narrowly lost two-nil away at Bedwell Irons with Jacob Dear producing some outstanding saves and Man of the match going to Alistair Tait.

Cougars Under15’s continued their fine form in the Mid Herts Premier Division as they traveled to Knebworth for their first fixture in a month and with a full squad although a few were nursing some illness. The home side dominated possession in the early stages on a bumpy pitch and it took Buntingford a while to get going. Although Knebworth were dominating possession Buntingford’s defensive shape kept the game scoreless. Midway through the first half Cougars started to get a grip on the game and Liam Smith, Matt Share and Archie Rhodes all got shots off although with not enough power to really trouble the home keeper. With the pitch making it tricky to play the passing football that Chris Adams’ side is known for they had to adjust their style and that enabled Owen Groves and Rhodes to start pegging back the Knebworth defensive line. With half time rapidly approaching the visitors scored the only goal of the match when a corner was swung into the near post by Liam Smith where Min Lankester and Rhodes rose highest and it was the latter who claimed the goal. Two minutes later the game saw the move of the match when Rhodes won the ball and fed Josh Bradfield, who’s return ball beautifully split the centre halves and put Rhodes in on goal clean through and as he was about to pull the trigger the referee blew for half time. The second half was even without any side really threatening the goal and Knebworth’s long balls were being comfortably mopped up by James Parkins and when he was called to play a role Cougars keeper Jay Caine was a safe pair of hands. In the final minutes Knebworth predictably threw everything at Chris Adam’s side but with the likes of Matt Inman putting in some strong tackles Cougars enjoyed the spoils at the final whistle. After the game Cougars Under15’s Manager told BBC’s Gary Lineker “We punch above our weight in this league because we are prepared to work, fight, and strive to improve and when you do that results like today are possible. Special mentions to Min Lankester and James Parkins who both as centre halves were solid, reliable and provided a clean sheet that won us the game. That said I was delighted with all fifteen of the boys for their effort and commitment today.”

Elsewhere for Cougars the Under12’s won by the odd goal in five at Stortford whereas the Under13’s Blues in division one shared the spoils in an eight goal thriller and the Under13’s Whites easily beat Stevenage Boro six goals to one. In the under16’s section Cougars Blues lost out in the top of the division one clash away at Hitchin by four goals to two whilst the Under 16’s Whites played what was described by boss Peter Briffett as one of their best performances of the season as they earned a one all draw with Stotfold at The Bury.

Norris Notches for Miles Under10’s

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Cougars Under 10’s Whites kicked off the weekend under bright but very blustery conditions on a firm but sticky pitch at Sawbridgeworth and were full of energy although the early exchanges were played out in the middle of the park with neither goalkeeper being troubled. Samuel Miles and Jack Hedge in defence were playing well when a speculative chance fell to Sawbridgeworth who scored. Cougars kept battling away with some good passing between Noah Gibson, Will Greathead and Thomas Norris who really started to put the opposition under some pressure. Ben Maley was his usual competitive self in midfield winning all the 50:50 balls and making many good passes.

At the start of the second half Cougars were a little slow to get going and Tom Betley in goal made a number of good saves and one great save diving and stretching to his left to push a certain goal around the post. This spurred Cougars on and they really started to play and it was not long before Thomas Norris got on the score sheet when a clearance by the Sawbridgeworth defence fell at his feet and he slotted home with a great shot. It was all Cougars now as Ben Perryman on the right was doing well and the crowd felt certain an equaliser would happen. A fine run by Noah Gibson coming out from defence and a pass to Thomas Norris looked like certain goal but the shot went just past the post. Jack Hedge and Rocco Douglas at the back were playing with purpose and their solid defending was the platform for a number of Cougars attacks but despite the efforts of all on the pitch Cougars could not score a second. Manager Danny Miles interviewed by Sky at pitch side straight after the game praised the efforts of all the team saying “Today, against good opponents Cougar Whites had all the stats in their favour. Some great saves by Tom Betley in goal earned him the man of the match award in an all round team performance.”

On a bright blowy morning Cougars Under10’s Blues had a competitive game at Sawbridgeworth. It was end to end stuff in the early stages but Cougars showed their passing prowess and got some shots on target but couldn’t find the net unlike the hosts ended the first half one up.

After Cougars guardian George Brownless made some great saves Cougars enjoyed some great play with Stan Gurney doing well on the left wing delivering some dangerous crosses whilst the midfield duo of Ben Maley and Olly Baker won numerous crunching tackles. In defence Samuel Miles did a sterling job as last man.

Despite Cougars efforts Sawbridgeworth scored against the run of play Cougars hit a goal back with a shot from Sam Maley blocked by the keeper to rebound back for his twin brother Ben Maley to knock in. Cougars commentator Josh Maley told the BBC’s Football Focus “It was a good all round performance from Cougars in an evenly balanced game.”

Buntingford’s Under9s Blues did well at Manuden with two goals from Finlay Walker and a strike from Orran Taylor. Cougars Under9’s Whites meanwhile enjoyed a game against Manuden where Carrie Grinyer scored her first Cougars goal assisted by a skilful run by Archie Prior.

Buntingford’s Under11’s had a mixed Sunday with the Blues going down one nil at league leaders FC Comets in very difficult conditions despite a man of the match performance by Nathan Anderson and the Stripes losing at home to Stotfold; Ciaran Jenkins earning the man of the match accolade. Cougars Under11’s Whites though got a result in what their Gaffer Dean Howard described as their best performance of the season as they beat Letchworth Reds by a single strike courtesy of Casey Heenan’s sixteenth goal of the season.

UNDER13’S WHITE KEEPS CLEAN SHEET FOR WHITES

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Buntingford Cougars Under13 Whites continued to impress as they lifted themselves to third in their division with their tenth league victory of the season following a comfortable four-nil home win over Royston Town Youth Rangers. In a fast and sometimes scrappy first half Cougars took an early lead following a frantic goal mouth scramble that was finished with an emphatic strike by Sam Gering, the ball finding its way through a sea of legs. Within ten minutes Tommy Jackson had doubled the lead from the penalty spot after George Lovegrove had been brought down and the a third goal came for Cougars before half time courtesy of an own goal to round off a solid first half. In a sometimes lacklustre second half midfield stalwarts Toby Greaves, Gabi Ba Tin and Marty Pritchard controlled the centre of the park denying Royston the opportunity to build their attacking game and moments of flair were provided by Lovegrove and Will Roads, whose penetrating runs and individual skill harassed the Royston defence. Strikers Owen Slade, Tommy Jackson, Sam Smith and Gerring all tested the Royston goalkeeper, Jackson coming close on two occasions. Cougars eventually increased their lead mid way through the second half via a Nathan Edwards through ball, which found Gerring who skilfully lifted the ball over the keeper to make it four-nil. With some great performances at the back by Matthew Baker, Ben Hawthorn and Sam Jackson Royston were denied any real chances meaning that Cougars keeper Ewan White was rarely tested. The closest Royston came was in the second half with a free kick that despite a great strike was stopped well by White who achieved yet another clean sheet with his consistent and reliable safe pair of hands.

Cougars Under10’s were away at Arseley and their latest signing Stan Gurney got Cougars Blues off to a great start scoring in the first five minutes. Cougars dominated the game with good passing between Fred Betley and Dexter Cumberland leading to Gurney’s second goal on fifteen minutes. Arlesey then made a break following a Cougars corner but were prevented from scoring thanks to the defensive efforts of Jack Hedge and George Brownless. Keeper Brownless was then forced to make a couple of great saves from Arlesey corners. The hosts dominated at the beginning of the second half allowing Jamiu Ajasa and Hedge to showcase their defending skills whilst at the other end Cumberland could not score despite his effort and several attempts on goal.

Buntingford’s Under10’s Whites started their game against Arseley strongly with Ben Perryman having a great shot saved by the Arlesey Keeper and Will Greathead seeing his great effort saved. Cougars were strong in the second half with some great wide runs by Perryman and goal attempts by Thomas Norris.

Cougars Under11’s had all three teams in action with the Blues enjoying a convincing victory against St Davids. Left footers Jack Lally and Lily Hall both found the net with their right boots, Lally bagging a brace. Skipper Jake Votariello was awarded man of the match after bossing the game from the back. Buntingford’s Under11’s Whites scored first against Ashwell Strikes courtesy of a spot kick from Casey Heenan but couldn’t hold on despite a great performance by man of the match Tom Carter as Ashwell ran out winners by three goals to one. Meanwhile Cougars Under11’s Stripes traveled to face Letchworth Reds and looked as though they were heading for a draw after man of the match Yann Boulter scored to cancel out the hosts goal but Letchworth scored in the last five minutes as Cougars struggled to see out the game.

In the Under7’s section Cougars had a fun morning at Wheathampstead in a tournament where Tyler Jordan delivered a well deserved man of the match performance and Henry Turner hit the net twice. Two Cougars teams reached the finals of the mini tournament and were a credit to Buntingford.

Elsewhere at the weekend Buntingford’s Under12’s had a high scoring home win against Letchworth whilst the Under14’s lost out away to Bedwell and the Under15’s Blues were unable to overcome Knebworth at home.

GOODBYE LEWIS

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At this week’s soccer school we said goodbye to our Soccer School lead Coach – Lewis Endacott – On behalf of all the committee and parents but most importantly the children – we would like to say thank you to Lewis for his very special contribution to Cougars Soccer Schools and we all wish him the very best in his new job at Stevenage F.C. – Adios Lewis.

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Lily Watches The Lady Lions

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Cougars Under11’s star Lily and her family at the England Ladies Vs USA international on Friday. The tickets were available free to Cougars members – compliments of the FA – as the club is an FA Charter Standard club. Lily’s dad told us that Lily and her family enjoyed a great night despite England losing 1-0.

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