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HistoryBuntingford Cougars is a youth football club in Hertfordshire where children of all abilities can have fun. It’s a safe environment where everyone is valued, respected and encouraged. We’re proud of our FA Charter Standard Club Award. And we’re committed to the FA’s Respect Initiative. Since 1971, we’ve worked with local businesses, schools and parents to build a club we can be proud of. See the Club Rules & Club Handbook.

All our volunteers, managers, coaches and referees are CRB checked. We’re a trusted part of the local community. So whether you want to volunteer or are looking for a team that’s right for your child, you’ll find Cougars has a lot to offer

JoinIn 2011, Cougars celebrated their 40 Year Anniversary, and in 2012 a Cougars team won the Hertfordshire County Cup Final, a first for the Club.

And the following year, they did it again and won the 2013 County Cup Final. Well done from everyone at the Club.

 

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Safeguarding in Youth Football

Buntingford Cougars is committed to providing a safe environment for all our members. A reminder of FA resources available to all, how to respond and report concerns is detailed here. The Club Child Welfare Officer is Sharon Hyland and she should be the first point of...

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Cougars U12s Blues vs BSCFC Town, Sunday 9th May, home

Deane, Ivison, Flanagan, Wick, Tanner, Willis, Mcgeehan, Baldwin, Hedge

2-0 Win
Player of the match: Tanner

After ensuring the linesman / match reporter had a flat cap to avoid burning his thinning thatch, the game was on in glorious sunshine.

Deane's reward for his two goal salvo last week was a return trip to right back, reprising the rock-like back 3 of Deane, Tanner, Wick - likely stuck there too, as he contributed to another clean sheet. The defence were providing superb attacking outlets with overlaps and neat passing and mopping up Stortford attacks.

The Blues won the midfield battle in the first half with Ivison, Flanagan, Baldwin and Mcgeehan first to every loose ball and looking to drive forward and Willis waiting to go on the counter.

A wonderful full length save by Hedge was his only real action in the first half.

Two goals were their reward in the first half. After a Flanagan cross/shot was palmed onto the post and behind, Willis scored direct from the corner - near post! And Mcgeehan hit an absolute peach of a 30 yard freekick that the keeper had no chance with; sneaking one foot under the bar! What! A! Goal!

The second half was a battle. Few chances and lots of players on both sides absolutely blowing, completely unused to the 19C heat! Hedge had another good save to make but the action was mainly in the centre of the pitch.

A drinks break refreshed the players and back on with the last 15.

Hedge tipped one over the bar but the back 8 were good enough to see out the game. What a shift!

Great game both teams.
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Cougars U12s Royals vs Thorley Manor, Sunday 9th May, Home
Durr, Gower, Parker, Nicholas (JA), Bliss, Woolhead, Duxbury, Beattie, Cooper, Heath, Nicholas (JO)

It was an early start for the Royals on a warm and sunny May morning and it seemed the team were still snuggled in their duvets as it was 15 minutes into the game before they woke up! By that stage Thorley Manor had racked up a decent lead but, my word, when the Royals did finally arise from their prolonged slumber they roared into the game in magnificent fashion.

With Coach Bliss urging the back four higher up the pitch the wide open expanses of turf initially exploited by their opponents began to disappear and the Royals’ early timidity in the tackle was replaced by some determined challenges. Durr had made some good saves during this spell of pressure and, as the home side started to get a foothold in the contest, Beattie and Cooper linked up well down the left touchline with Heath eventually breaking through on goal to force a save from the keeper. A follow up effort from Nicholas (JO) flew narrowly wide. Parker battled bravely at the back to win a 50/50 challenge and Cooper created the opportunity for another shot. Some good clearances from Bliss helped turn the tide and despite going into the break 4-0 down, spirits were lifted for the second half.

Durr moved into a central defensive berth for the second period with Nicholas (JA) taking his place between the sticks. Durr won plenty of tackles and anticipated well to snuff out threats early. Nicholas (JA) was quick off his line as the sweeper keeper and made a number of sharp stops. A Cooper break forced a corner and Cooper’s fine delivery from the set piece saw a scramble which ended with Heath belting a shot towards goal that was saved well by the keeper but Duxbury was on hand to tuck away the rebound. Game on!

More good pressure from the Royals saw Nicholas (JO) almost through on goal before a spectacular long range strike from Thorley Manor restored their four goal advantage. At right back Gower was winning a series of duels with his opposing winger and Woolhead was remaining calm in the maelstrom of central midfield, getting his foot in whenever possible. Beattie chased everything and the back four pushed out relentlessly, catching the eager forward line offside on numerous occasions.

Nicholas (JA) pulled off a great save from point blank range before Cooper broke through one on one against the keeper who matched Nicholas’s efforts with a fine stop of his own. Cooper wasn’t to be denied, however. Heath recycled possession well and Cooper buried the opportunity this time round. In midfield, Duxbury was growing increasingly influential and sped away to create another couple of chances. A late Cooper corner saw an effort from Duxbury cleared off the line and the final whistle sounded on an excellent second half display from the Royals. After such a tough start, they had won the second period 2-1 and listened well to put Coach Bliss’s instructions into action, making him a proud gaffer at the post-match press conference. Player of the match went to Durr for a fine display in both of his roles.

In preparation for next year, the Royals had played with all 11 players on the pitch throughout and, despite the warm weather, kept going right to the end. It was a really useful friendly and the Royals were able to put into practice much of their learning from the weekly training sessions. Hopefully there will be a few more opportunities before the season ends. Well done everyone on a superb effort!
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Cougars U9s vs Biggleswade, Saturday 8th May, home

Another well matched game this week and the second U9s home game had the fortune to get under way just after the rain as the drenched earlier players trooped off for a warm bath.

The team displayed some fine passing and crossing moves leading to some tidy finishes against a decent Biggleswade goalkeeper.

Lots of energy all round the pitch with all the players making good contributions to the game.

The team showed good resilience to bounce back after any set back.

Well done all. A great game.
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