Cougars Under 9’s Blues, with only seven fit players, rode into Melbourn Dynamo’s to take on a strong Panthers’ team. Starting at a fast tempo, which they managed to maintain throughout, Cougars went close early doors when Rylee Kitteringham thumped a post. The combination play between Kitteringham, Oscar Kay and Dan Fone was exceptional and this deservedly led to Cougars getting in front when Kitteringham swept home a smart Fone pass. Just before the break the all action Kay went close from a cleverly worked corner.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first with Cougars carving out opening after opening. One passing move involved the whole team and ended in efforts from both Kay and Fone hitting the post seconds apart. Ben Lewis on an excursion from his solid defensive duties also had a shot well saved by Panthers’ excellent goalkeeper, who made a string of high class saves during the game. Finally the lead was extended when Kitteringham fired in a bullet of a shot, which left the keeper checking all his fingers were still intact. Cougars prevented Melbourn from scoring with Fraser Finlay and Adam Sleath not only putting in some excellent tackles but also distributing well to set up further waves of attacks, while Lui LoConte stayed alert throughout the game and acted as a sweeper when needed. Kitteringham finished the showdown with two excellent finishes which deservedly earned him man of the match for his sharp shooting display.
A cold Saturday morning and the buntingford whites managed to work as a team to stay warm and off the pitch as they welcomed Biggleswade to The Bury. Tom Curtis’ side were on form and the crowd were warmed by goals from William Brown, TJ Curtis and a hat trick from Beau Quinn which he sealed from the penalty spot. At the other end Tyler Jordan did well to keep a clean sheet. The Guv’nor Tom Curtis spoke to BT Sport’s Glenn Hodle after the game to say “It was an all round excellent performance from all the boys”.
Buntingford Cougars U8s Royals travelled to Ashwell to face the Academicals on a nice, bright but cold morning. Cougars needed to be switched on from the start. The home side had a tall strong forward, who put Cougars defence to task with his strong runs. Ryan Gasson defended earnestly at the back, won the ball on numerous occasions and displayed nice passing out of defence to Henry McAllister and his other team-mates.
William Brown went on an early run on the left wing showing his attacking intent. Also impressing was Alfie Perryman, often picking the ball up in midfield and skipping away from his opponents, running with the ball, twisting and turning into advanced positions.
The Cougars continued to be put under pressure as the first half went on however Archie Beattie was superb in goal for the Cougars. He has learnt much in the couple of months he’s been playing with the team. He made many great saves, unafraid to put his body on the line to stop the shots. He showed great decision-making, knowing when to come off his line to charge down his attackers and knowing when to stay. His confidence going to ground, diving to collect the ball with his hands was a regular feature.
At times Cougars defended very well as a unit, with everyone helping out, particularly McAllister always willing to track back and wrestle his opponents off the ball or putting in well-timed tackles and Gasson showing persistence and determination to keep them out, a couple of times keeping the ball well whilst under pressure when it would have been easier to hoof it. Gasson also showed guile, sucking his opponents in, only to feint and pass accurately to his team-mates.
Cougars implemented their coach’s instructions nicely, pushing up the pitch when in advanced positions, thus hemming in the Academicals in their own half. Perryman continued his good work with a cheeky back heel in midfield, shortly after his hard work paid off with a good run and a well taken goal! Cougars had a few more chances with an effort from McAllister and a couple of shots from Brown and hit the post, direct from a well struck corner, the resultant shot from the rebound hit by Jake Cole was straight at the keeper. Keiron Bliss’s confidence and passing has improved in recent games, which was good to see. Overall Cougars Under8s continue to improve and impress.
A fine display and a much welcomed victory for Cougars Under8s Stripes as they hosted Morden Magpies at The Bury. Cougars’ passing was thoughtful, mostly accurate and unhurried. It was a lesson in patience too as the opposition had much of the possession but when the opportunity arose Buntingford were able to take their two chances. A brace from Rubi Pryke were impressive, one from a surging run, in off the upright and the other from a close range toe poke after a goalmouth scramble.
Jack and Johnny Nicholas shared goalkeeping and midfield duties, swapping seamlessly at the break. Both boys were as solid between the sticks as they were determined in the centre of the action. Tasha McNamara who played in attack tried hard to get involved but became a little isolated at times and it was a shame she did not get more through balls to feed off. Kyson Man on the right wing was most impressive in not only his tackling but also his darting runs up and down that flank.
A happy Cougars fan commented afterwards “All in all there was much to be proud of today. Let’s hope this is the first of many more performances of this ilk.”
On a crisp but bright morning Cougars UnderU12 Blues travelled to Spartak Saffron Walden for an important league match. Spartak hit one wide but it was the ‘one two’s’ from Rocco Douglas and Dexter Cumberland that saw the latter strike it past their goalkeepr . Noah Gibson had a header that went just over the bar and Jude Shanks’ great attempt was blocked. Ethan Vater in the Buntingford goal made an amazing save when he managed to tip just over the bar and then blocked another shot with his legs.
In the second half Jack Hedge, Samuel Miles and Sam Maley stayed strong in defence but it was an unlucky deflection that saw Spartak level the score. Stan Wennington hit the post twice but managed a goal on his third attempt. A great run by Shanks saw Cumberland get his second goal quickly followed by Shanks scoring. Ben Maley and Olly Baker made some fantastic passes throughout the game. The Man of the Match award went to Ethan Vater and newly appointed coach Darren Fitzgerald was quick to point out since that since he has joined the team they have been unbeaten.
It was sunglasses weather at The Bury on a crisp winter’s morning and the crowd were treated to a very competitive game. Coach Craig Ivison was otherwise engaged looking after a new arrival so Rod Tanner took the reins for the day.
The Blues lined up with Thomas Deane in goal, Tom Flanagan in defence, Ronnie Hennessey on the right, Oliver Tallis on the left and Finlay Tanner up front. The first half was pretty even with Cougars pressing well high up the pitch and Stotfold looking to counter with pace. Thomas Deane had to make some vital interceptions and saves and at the other end Finlay Tanner struck for Cougars with a 25 yarder that just evaded the keeper.
The second half saw Oliver Tallis and Finlay Tanner share goalkeeping duties, each making telling contributions before the goal of the game; Flanagan taking a quick sharp throw to Hennessey down the wing who cleverly fed Deane in on goal – one touch and struck past the keeper. The only disappointment was the lack of a Bebeto “rock the baby” celebration in honour of the latest Ivison arrival. Cougars continued to press till the end with several chances created. A great game for the crowd. Well played Blues.
It was a cold but bright and sunny day in Bishop Stortford and the Cougars Under8s Royals looked enthusiastic and focused. Within seconds of the kick off, Rubi Pryke made a confident solo run through the defence a took a firm shot on goal, but the oppositions goal keeper stood strong and made the save. Pryke was soon in the action again, as he took a corner and place the ball at the feet of Henry McAllister who was tackled.
The shots from the opposition came thick and fast but the Royals goalkeeper, Archie Beattie, made a number of impressive saves and stayed focused. Kieran Bliss was also sharp in defence, working hard and looking determined he did well to keep the ball away from the goal.
Ryan Gasson made a terrific run down the right wing and crossed to McAllister who was fouled but Cougars were unable to convert the penalty, the keeper making a good save. Before half time William Brown soon after made a run on the right side and his shot just went wide of the goal.
During the second half, the players remained determined to find a goal with Brown continuing to make positive runs on the right and Ben Gower battling hard in the middle of the pitch to winning and keeping possession. The best chance in the second half fell to Brown after a good move involving McAllister and Pryke but his shot was well saved.
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Buntingford Cougars Under9 Whites created their own fireworks at the bury this weekend with a cracking display against Bedwell Rangers. Luke Ross, like a firecracker opened the scoring with a direct solo run from defence and a rocket shot that hit the net. Moments after the goal Cougars conceded a penalty to allow visitors to bring the scores level and light the touch paper for a great encounter.
Cougars got a firm hold in midfield launched by Beau Quinn who was sparkling and went onto score the next goal. William Brown and TJ Curtis were linking up very well and one of their moves led to Brown darting past three defenders like a fuse wire to score a stunning goal. Cougars then had Henry Dowsett, Curtis and Quinn all come close to scoring.
Tyler Jordan had a great game between the sticks and in defence Alfie Vottariello, Miles Arnold and Luke Ross all worked so well together. On the flanks Harry Norris and Dowsett both had superb games to compliment stunning performances by Quinn, Brown and Curtis.
Before the final whistle the away side scored again to make a tense final minute in what was an end to end game. Cougars Gaffer Tom Curtis told BT Sport’s Glenn Hoddle “It was a stunning team display today and man of the match was a split decision between TJ Curtis and Miles Arnold, who both had one of the best games they have played all season. I am a very pleased Manager and proud of all the boys.”
Buntingford’s Under7’s travelled to play Baldock on the 3G pitch at Knights Templer School. Ross Murhy’s young side got off to a flying start and the crowd enjoyed a hatful of goals at both ends. Cougars started proceedings with a Hadley Anton strike followed by two goals from Ryan Neill before the hosts struck before half time.
The second half started in the same vein and saw Matthew Murphy score before Hadley bagged a brace to secure his hat trick. Not to be outdone Neill then notched to claim his trio of goals for the game before Doughty scored the final goal. Baldock also enjoyed some good goals in the second half despite some great work at the back from Dylan Burtenshaw and Daniel Barr to round off a great mornings football.