Buntingford Cougars Under12s had a good day as the Whites dispatched Bassingbourn with six goals to no reply at London Road. The goal glut started midway through the first half as Josh Ridings (pictured) carved an opening when he cut in from the right and sent a shot high towards the far corner which found the net despite the keeper getting a hand to it, Ridings doubled his tally before half time when he wreaked havoc again down the right to fire in a low shot from a tight angle. The second half started in similar fashion with Kameron Weston firing in low following some good work from Luke Goodchild and Ben Garratt. Weston doubled his tally after he smashed a great volley into the roof of the net from 10 yards. Lily Hall then got on the score sheet before Ridings rounded off a great performance with his hat-trick, his first for the club. Manager Dean Howard was really pleased telling BT Sports Ian Wright that “Josh Ridings did really well today, but hats off to everyone who really dug in for a great result.”

Cougars Under12’s Blues also found their scoring shoes as they saw off a spirited Watford Town in the first round of the Herts County Cup. Brogan Fakhfakh bossed the middle of the park and helped to create chances early in the game. In the first half Jack Gurney with two, Nathan Anderson and Yann Boulter scored with the visitors getting two and in the second half it was the Gurney show again as the Cougars striker scored another four times with Watford also scoring twice again to make it eight – four to Cougars, who face St Albans in the next round. Manager Richard Daly in his post match interview told ITV’s Dickie Davis “After a difficult start to the season in a really tough division it was good to see the team do well in this cup game. Lots of great performances all over the park but Brogan Fakhfakh’s display was awesome.”

Buntingford Cougars U11’s Whites played at home against Ashwell and found themselves two down by half time. An inspirational half time team talk from Ross Craddock and Scott Piggott got the players firing again and the hosts were soon level courtesy of goals scored by Freddie Bentley and Thomas Norris. Some great team work by Jake Craddock, Jammiu Adajsi, Tom Trinder, Gabrielle Barbria and Noah Gibson aided by a brave performance by goalkeeper Tom Betley saw the team hold on until man of the match Ethan Vater scored in the last few minutes to secure a famous victory. Boss Scott Piggott was pleased telling BBC’s five live “Great commitment today from the lads delivered a tight but well deserved scoreline.”

Buntingford Cougars U11s Blues welcomed Stotfold and a great game saw Buntingford’s man of the match and prodigal son Stan Wennington get a hat trick and hit the cross bar. There was some fantastic passing and tackling from Stan Gurney, Sam Maley, Freddie Bentley and Samuel Miles. Just before half time Olly Baker scored to make it 4-0. In the second half the performance levels were maintained with Ben Maley making some great runs and it was deserved when Cougars added a fifth via Dexter Cumberland before Rocco Douglas ran up from defence to make it six. Great defending from Jack Hedge kept the visitors goalless. After the game Coach Richard Bentley told Sky Sports News “The side were pretty much unstoppable today and ran out comfortable winners.”

Cougars Under16’s enjoyed their first victory of the season, the win came against Enfield based Omonia as Sid Arnold and Archie Rhodes wrapped up a two nil win. Sean Curran’s Under18’s progressed in the Herts County with an emphatic 9-4 win over St Albans.

Elsewhere for Cougars the under 7s continue to impress with their attitude and style of football. The Under 13’s after going up a division continue to find their feet, going down 7-2 to Stevenage whilst in the Under14’s section Martin Stevens Blues side sit top of the league with two wins from two games. In the third division Cougars Under14’s Whites and Stripes played out a high scoring game with Bobby White’s side coming out victors to also enjoy six points from two games. Kevin Ridgewell’s under 16’s are still seeking their first points after going down at Symonds Green

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