Curran’s Cougars Still Up For It

Cougars Under15’s Blues led by Sean Curran climbed to the top of the table on Sunday thanks to a fine two one away win at Letchworth. With second placed Sawbridgeworth breathing down their neck enjoying a far superior goal difference Cougars may need to win the remaining two league games if the team are to secure the title. The two title duelling teams also face each other in the League Cup Final on Sunday at The Bury where Cougars are hoping for a big crowd for the 2pm kick off. It really is a nail biting finish to the season where both Sawbo and Cougars could end up with honours shared or a fantastic double or nothing at all.

Meanwhile Buntingfod Cougars Under 13’s welcomed Bishop Stortford Rangers in a double header at Luynes Rise on Sunday and finished up 4-1 winners in the 1st match with Harry Baker scoring a hat-trick and Harrison Knowles the other. Ben Clark received the Cougars Man of the Match award for Kev Ridgewell’s side after some great defending. The second game was full of end to end football and numerous chances for both sides. Nate Ridgewell and Ryan Lewthwaite both came close but miraculously the game remained goalless thanks to Cougars man of the match Jack Harler.

Elsewhere on Sunday Cougars Under 12’s Blues had a great victory away to Stevenage Borough Bluesox Rangers in an exciting match where the visitors ran out winners by the odd goal in seven but Buntingford’s Under14’s did not fare as well as Chris Adam’s boys uncharacteristically slipped up at home going down by four goals to nil against King George Pythons. Cougars Under16’s are hoping to finish their season on a high with a third place finish and Mark Watson’s lads did their efforts no harm at all with a two nil away victory at Melbourn Dynamos.

In the mini soccer section Cougars Under10’s trialled the new nine-a-side format as the Blues played host to Stevenage Boro Hurricanes and the Whites travelled to Stevenage to play Fairlands. At Edwinstree School the Blues played an exciting match that saw a couple of disallowed goals and a penalty save as well as a total of seven goals as Cougars went down 5-2. Cougars goals were netted by man of the match Jack Gurney and George Godfrey. Whites Manager Darryl Dean was pleased saying “Stevenage had played the new format a few times before and this was our first taste of it and the game was a bit closer than the scoreline suggested so I am delighted with our performance – we did well”. Cougars Whites enjoyed a closer affair narrowly going down by two goals to one with Ciaran Jenkins scoring on his return to the squad and a Hosh Ridings goal disallowed. Whites Manager Dean Howard was really pleased with the team’s first attempt at the new format saying “the lads done really well and adapted to the new format and the new rules – everyone was impressed with both teams.”

In the mini soccer section the Cougars new Under 6’s played Letchworth at The Bury as they prepare for their inaugural season. The large squad assembled by Managers Luke Fone and Ricci Crace played two matches against Letchworth Garden City Eagles and a wonderful morning of football was enjoyed by all.

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