Cougars Weekend Round Up 11th and 12th January 2014
Despite the recent deluges our U8’s and U9’s games went ahead today whereas the U7’s were rained off . . . . . .
Our U8’s played out a fine draw with Royston Town in a hard fought and exciting derby match. Cougars went ahead when a fine cross from Finlay Walker was turned in expertly by Archie Prior. It wasn’t long before Royston drew level but it was Cougars who went closest to adding a second with the last kick of the game with a penalty but the spot kick was well saved. Man of the Match for Cougars for his fine defensive display was Orran Taylor.
Cougars U9’s travelled to Hatfield and enjoyed a 4-1 victory. The whole squad played really well but remarkable performances were delivered by Jamiu Adjisa, Sam Maley, Freddie Bentley and Stan Wennington and Noah Gibson. Man of the match at Hatfield was Jake Craddock for an all round outstanding performance.
Cougars U10’s travelled to Stotfold with the Blues competing well against Stotfold Reds but eventually losing out 4-2 to the hosts. Nathan Anderson and Jack Gurney were on the scoresheet and defender Jake Vottariello was man of the match for his commanding defensive performance.
The U10’s Whites playing Stotfold Whites narrowly lost 1-nil despite a great second half performance where they did everything except score. Kameron Weston, George Godfrey and George Hegarty played particularly well but man of the match went to Josh Ridings.
Cougars U11’s did their goal difference no harm as they scored ten to no reply at Knebworth.
Cougars U13’s, according the their gaffer Kev Ridgewell put in probably their best performance of the season and deserved a win at home to high flying FC Comets and were unlucky to go down 2-1 after a missed penalty. For Cougars Eden Gardiner and Jake Cooley were in top form.
Cougars U14’s was the most exciting match of the weekend as in the league cup they hosted Enfield based Omnia who had won their previous eleven games. Chris Adam’s warriors saw out a tense 0-0 draw which meant extra time. Early in the extended period Alex Hewer put Cougars ahead and it looked as though they may hold on until in the last minute of extra time the visitors equalised to take the game to a penalty shoot-out. The penalties saw Cougars guardian Jay Caine make two great saves as well as him score one too and that was enough to secure the win for Cougars. U14’s Boss Chris Adams said “I rarely single out players but Archie Rhodes really ran his socks off day today, but again it was our strong team ethic that was the difference and we were brilliant all round.”
Cougars U16’s started the new year as they ended the last with a 7 nil win at lowly Potton Colts to keep the pressure on for a title run in. Manager Mark Watson was delighted with the team performance and particularly the display by Ieuan Brierley who earned Man of The Match. Goals were spread across the U16’s boys as George Woods and Jack Childs both scored a brace to compliment strikes from Myles Radwell, Ieuan Brierley and Will Hewer.