BIG BEN CHIMES FOR COUGARS UNDER 10’S
Buntingford Cougar’s Under10’s Whites put in their best performance of the season to record a two all draw against Biggleswade. Damien Kennedy’s side played their hearts out to wow the crowds and goals came courtesy of Ben Hume and a stunning Oscar Kennedy free kick.
Cougars Under12’s Whites put in a stunning performance on Sunday against Bassingbourn and came away with a deserved four – one victory. Dean Howard was pleased with his side’s display as they continue to develop and progress. Particularly pleasing was the distribution from the back with keeper Will Lewis, and defenders Luke Goodchild and Ed Green finding useful passes that enabled the hosts to build from the back. The first half saw Cougars go two up as Yann Boulter opened the scoring and birthday boy Kameron Weston doubled the lead before half time. In the second half Bassingbourn pulled a goal back before the same duo of Weston and Boulter both scored again to put the result beyond doubt.
Cougars Under12’s Blues in the second division hosted high flying Letchworth Golds from the first division in the league cup on a blustery morning. The home side opted to play against the wind in the first half and set up to weather the storm. Manager Darryl Dean could ask for no more as his side put in a dogged shift to end the first half without conceding as the two teams played out an exciting stalemate. In the second half it was Cougars who struck first as top scorer Jack Gurney latched onto a Jack Lally pass and stroked the ball past an oncoming keeper. A strong Letchworth side though came back and through sheer determination scored twice despite Cougars guardian Sam Daly making some fine and brave saves. Buntingford equalised midway through the second half after some neat work from Josh Ridings found Jimmy Brown who made no mistake from close range. However as the game looked to be heading towards extra time Letchworth found an extra gear and managed to score a third. Dean pushed players forward in the last few minutes and the hosts came close twice but a close affair ended with Letchworth as three – two victors. Buntingford Manager Darryl Dean said afterwards “I was really proud of our lads today, they did really well against a very good team.”
Buntingford’s Under9s continue to progress well as a team as the Under 9’s Blues played away at Bishops stortford United and took part in a goal fest as nets bulged ten times. Man of the Match James Tungett was on fire as he scored five times to add to a Blue Salmon goal. Meanwhile Cougars Under 9’s Whites faced Bishops Stortford Wanderers and scored through Kaan Taz which complimented a Man of the match performance from Charlie Gerring.
Cougars Under 8’s have moved up a league but continued where they left off with a great performance. Despite goalkeeper Tyler Jordan being tested early on Cougars took the lead with a fine goal from William Brown. An end to end period followed but Buntingford’s defence stood firm and kept the opposition goalless and enable Luke Ross to score and double the lead. The opposition pull two goals back and equalise before Ross doubled his tally before the interval and then secured his hat trick early in the second half. Ross was then taken down in the penalty area and Alfie Vottariello stepped up to dispatch the ball before the opposition scored three late goals. Manager Tom Curtis told BBC’s Gary Linekar “It was a great game with lots of fantastic goals”. Man of the match was Jamie Coote (pictured).
Elsewhere for Cougars Paul Skinner’s Under13’s were knocked out of the league cup by one of the silverware favourites Ashwell. Cougars Under 14s had a mixed day with the Blues team in second place in the top division losing out in their top of the table clash with Hitchin by four goals to three. The Whites team enjoyed an emphatic victory over Shefford Saints whereas the Stripes team lost out away to Barmond. Buntingford’s Under18’s Blues continued their good season winning seven nil away to Manuden whilst the Under18’s Whites lost six one to Letchworth.