Wesley Cook’s Cougars Under8s put in a great away performance to win 4-1 at Hitchin Town in what Cook described as “a great game of passing, teamwork and finishing”


Cougars Under 15’s travelled to play at fantastic facilities at Barnet Azzuri looking to avenge last season’s two defeats. Chris Adam’s boys playing with the wind behind them in the first half had the vast majority of possession but found the hosts defensively strong and well organised. The best opportunity in the first twenty minutes was when Alex Hewer let fly from 20 yards forcing a full length save from the home keeper. On half hour the deadlock was broken as Matt Adams made space for himself on the left edge of the box cut inside and curled the ball from 15yrds round the keeper into the bottom corner, a lead that was taken into the break.


The second half started with real purpose for Buntingford as Dan Curtis took a quick throw in before Adams and Liam Smith exchanged a neat one two into the box allowing Smith to drop his shoulder beat the defender and finished in style to double the away side’s lead. Soon after a third was added when Smith was fouled in the box and he dusted himself off to dispatch the spot kick. Ten minutes later Matt Inman beat two men to cross to the back post where Smith headed home for a well deserved hat trick. Cougars pressed on and made it five when Matt Adams volleyed into the roof of the net following a free kick.


With ten minutes to go Azzuri got one back with a fabulous strike before Matt Inman forced a penalty that Sid Arnold coolly dispatched to make it six.

Being interviewed by the BBCs Gary Linekar Cougars Undwer15’s boss Chris Adams said “We played some super football today and took our chances well. Special mentions to my full backs Danny Curtis and Reece Knapp who both got the balance between attack and defence spot on, they were always looking to get on the ball and get us playing.”


Buntingford’s Under11’s Blues were knocked off top spot in division two after a defeat at Biggleswade United despite going ahead in the eighth minute courtesy of a thunderbolt 20 yard strike from George Godfrey. The full time result of five one was probably a little harsh on Cougars who dominated periods of play at the start of the first and second halves.


Meanwhile Cougars Under11’s Whites won 3-2 with Brogan Fakhfakh, Tom Carter and Casey Heenan netting in a game that Jimmy Brown put in a man of the match performance.


Cougars Under11’s Stripes went down by the odd goal in five despite being two goals up. Scoeres for Ian Jenkins side were Freddy Cocks and Yann Boulter with Man of the Match going to Ben Hancox.


Cougars Under13’s Whites were dumped out of the league cup by Stevenage Boro Juniors Bluesox whilst Cougars UnderU14’s took on a strong Melbourn side in the league and succumbed to defeat despite some great defending from Callum Andrews and Ryan Jackson.


In the Under16s section Buntingford’s Blues dropped to mid table following a narrow one nil defeat at Stevenage Vikings and the Whites exited the league cup following a 4-2 loss at Stotfold.

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