Page Opens a New Chapter for Cougars Under8’s
Buntingford Cougars Under 8’s Royals started the new year well in driving rain and stunning rainbows (see pic) at Stotfold with goals from Henry Turner and Jessica Page who scored her first Couars goal for Dale Brett’s side. Turner secured a hat trick in just ten first half minutes but the hosts kept battling back and could have got back in the game if it were not for the stoic defending from Jonny Rofe, Aiden Broci and Ronan McGuire. Turner added another two goals in the second half before Stotfold pulled two back then Jessica Page opened up her Cougars account with a cool calm finish set up with a beautiful through ball by Jamie Coote. Beau Lampard in between the sticks pulled off some great saves to keep the hosts at bay. Cougars Guv’nor Dale Brett was happy telling Match of the Day’s Gary Linekar “All round it was a great performance, everyone showed everything they had and enjoyed their football. We cannot ask for more than that”
Cougars Under8’s Stripes travelled to Stotfold for their first match of 2016. Wet and cold conditions didn’t stop the visitors from playing some great football. Beau Quinn troubled the hosts early on, his shot was saved but the rebound was slotted home by William Brown. At the other end Tyler Jordan was making some awesome saves to keep Cougars ahead before Brown doubled his tally and then got his hat trick. Some good solid defensive work from Miles Arnold kept a clean sheet before half time.
The second half began with the home side scoring in the correct goal and then their own and then added another two before the final whistle to make it a very close score line and seven goals. Cougars man of the match was Beau Quinn. Cougars Gaffer Tom Curtis was delighted telling Sky Sports News “It was a bit nail biting at the end but the lads did well enough early on to hold on.”
Cougars Under 9s Blues played away against Sawbridgeworth Panthers and enjoyed a high scoring victory. Skipper Blue Salmon opened the scoring as he netted his first of a brace before Austin Cook, Lal Wennington and James Tungett all netted hat tricks to compliment strikes from Liam Neill and man of the match Mason Pugh. Cougars Under 9s Whites then faced Sawbridgeworth Cougars and put in a great performance to draw one apiece. Oliver Mckinley scored the visitors goal and the man of the match award went to Alfie Bester for a great display of defensive prowess. Under9’s Boss Wes Cook told the BBC’s 5Live Show “Both Cougars teams put in a lot of effort today and deserved their results”
Buntingford’s Under12’s Blues went to Shefford Saints and put in a decent performance to move them third in the table. Leading scorer Jack Gurney scored all three with Saints unable to find the net in a game that Jack Lally earned the man of the match accolade. Manager Richard Daly said “It was a difficult match on a tiny pitch but we made the playing area as big as we would with intelligent play and our patience paid off. We did well.”
Cougars Under 7s enjoyed some fantastic matches at Letchworth with lots of goals and lots of progress. Cougars Manager Phil Allen said “It was a great days football that put lots of smiles on faces of players and parents from both sides.”