Buntingford Cougars Under9’s Blues put in an outstanding performance at The Bury on Saturday and were rewarded with some great goals. Danny Skipp’s side hosted Morden Magpies in a game that the impressive Finlay Walker netted a hat trick to compliment strikes from Spencer Sendall and Freddie Arnold. The Under9’s Whites were equally impressive, losing narrowly to Magpies in the second game. Also in the mini soccer section Cougars Under 7s had a good weekend with the Blues travelling to Cheshunt and enjoying an even game and the Stripes and Royals led by new Manager Tom Curtis wowing the crowds with a goal fest at The Bury.
Dean Howard’s Under11s Whites continued their fantastic start to 2015 with a 2-1 away victory at Stotfold. Casey Heenan was on form finding the target twice in a game that Howard suggested could have been won by more after Tom Carter went close a couple of times. Man of the match was Kameron Weston who according to Gaffer Howard cleared everything up at the back to ensure the victory.
Darryl Dean’s Under11’s Blues continued their 100% new year record away to Baldock. The visitors started well with top scorer George Godfrey scoring a sublime long range goal from the corner of the box after just three minutes and the resilient Jack Gurney doubling the lead on sixteen minutes after slotting home under the keeper from close range. Baldock came back with a great strike on twenty minutes and then earned a penalty just before half time that the impressive Sam Daly in the Cougars goal managed to turn around the post with his finger tips. The second half started well for Cougars with Lily Hall troubling the hosts constantly, the tricky midfielder was unlucky not to score when her shot struck the cross bar but the next goal came courtesy of a clever ball from Nathan Anderson as he found Gurney in the box for him to double his tally. Cougars pressed for a fourth to secure the game but were caught too far up field in the 46th minute as the hosts scored a deserved goal to make it three-two. The next goal would decide the match and it was Cougars who scored after Gurney’s trickery bought about a trip in the box and the resulting penalty was dispatched by Jack Lally. In the last few minutes with the hosts pushing forward Gurney secured his deserved hat-trick. For his Herculean effort in midfield Archie Vass-Smart earned Man of the March. After the game Boss Darryl Dean was delighted saying to BBC’s Radio FiveLive; “We had some players out today and yet the team rallied together and delivered probably one of our best performances of the season. Every single player played out of their skin. I am really pleased”.
The Under11’s Stripes traveled to St Neots and suffered a defeat with Yann Boulter scoring a consolation and Adam Richmond being awarded Man of the Match for his ‘never say die’ attitude. Elsewhere Cougars Under12s won four two away at Royston but the Under14’s lost heavily at Fairlands.
Buntingford’s Under15’s exited the league cup in the quarter final after a close defeat away to Harlow. The hosts scored on twenty five minutes and the remainder of the first half saw Cougars on the back foot with keeper Jay Caine having to save well on several occasions. Chris Adams side fared better in the second half and after Matt Inman and Archie Rhodes had shots blocked it was Min Lankester who created the equaliser as he picked up a loose ball and fed Matt Adams who from mid way in the Harlow half beat three defenders and picked his spot to level the scores. However after some injury forced reshuffling by Adams Harlow’s winner came as Cougars surrendered possession and the tie went to Harlow. After the game a respectful Chris Adams told BT Sport “Today we were well beaten. Harlow are a top footballing side with a work ethic to be proud off. We can now focus on our league games”