Buntingford Cougars Under 15’s played Broxbourne Borough in the Mid Herts Rural premier league play off on Tuesday night but it was not meant to be for Chris Adams impressive side that has done so well this season.
The game at Ware Youth’s Trinity Ground was a tight affair with both sides having won a game each against each other in the regular season. Cougars started the stronger side and carved out a number of opportunities with Matt Inman finding time and space on the right and delivering some excellent crosses. Buntoingford’s best chance of the half was an excellent header by Archie Rhodes that crashed back off the bar. Before the interval Broxborne also came close with a header but from point blank range it was brilliantly saved by Jay Caine low to his left
Ten minutes before the break Broxborne took the lead with a smart finish and it really took the wind out of Cougars’ sails before and after half time and then ten minutes into the second half the Cougars deficit doubled.
In the last thirty minutes Adams restructured to go three at the back and had a real go. A Sid Arnold free kick went over the defensive wall and was heading for the top corner but the Broxborne keeper produced an absolutely fantastic save. Eventually time ran out and Broxbourne ran out deserved two nil winners.
After thye game Cougars Under 15’s Manager Chris Adams told Sky Sports “Let’s put aside any disappoint from this play –off match and celebrate runners up spot in the top division of Mid Herts League. Last season we finished in the bottom half of the table with the same squad, of which the vast majority have been Cougars players right from Under7’s. They battled and have done us proud against big town teams which have multiple squads at each age group. The boys have sought to improve themselves individually and collectively. They should be very proud of their achievement this season.”