WENNINGTON BOOTS FOR GOALS
Buntingford Cougars U11’s Blues were at home in the first round of the league cup against Symonds Green on a cold and blustery morning in what was described as a great match from both sets of supporters and Coaches. It was a tough game for Cougars that saw great defending by Jack Hedge, Rocco Douglas, Freddie Bentley and Sam and Ben Maley. The tenacity of the defensive group was complimented by some accurate passing, tough tackles and nonstop running from Ollie Baker, Stan Gurney and Dexter Cumberland. The hosts’ goalkeeper Ethan Vater kept a clean sheet with Stan Wennington & Ben Maley hitting the woodwork. It took a goal by Stan Wennington to break the deadlock and take Cougars through to the next round. Cougars’ man of the match accolade was awarded to Jack Hedge.
Cougars Under 9’s Blues also played at home as they welcomed Bedwell Lions to The Bury and enjoyed a comfortable victory. Captain Blue Salmon scored twice to compliment a brace from Lal Wennington and James Tungett. Mason Pugh was over the moon to have scored his first goal of the season. After the game Cougars Coach Spencer Pugh said “Everyone played really well, there was lots of goals and also a few narrow misses.” Man of the Match was awarded to Austin Cook.
Cougars Under9’s Whites managed by Ken Hayes also entertained Bedwell as they bought their Bedwell Cougars side. In an exciting match Magnus Coates scored for Buntingford in what was a very close encounter. Man of the Match went to Charlie Gerring for his committed tackles. Manager Hayes said afterwards “The whole team played really well and put in lots of effort so really deserved the accolades and the result in this match.”
Elsewhere for Cougars Peter Briffett’s Under18s Whites had a great win over Manuden as they scored three times to Manuden’s two. It was a good day for the Under18’s sides as Sean Curran’s Blues team went to the top of the table courtesy of a four all draw at Sawbridgeworth. In the Mid Herts League Cup Bruce Knapp’s Under16’s progressed following their trip to Knebworth, coming away with a four-one victory. Archie Rhodes, Matt Inman, Joe Parkins and Liam Smith were on the scoresheet for Cougars. In the Under14 section Bobby Whites team lost two nil at home to FC Comets whilst the Under14s Stripes lost two-one to Royston Town. The Under13’s also lost out to Royston Town as Paul Skinner’s troops went down by five goals to one.