Cougars travelled to Bedfordshire to face a formidable Shefford Saints team, and to their credit the visitors put in a determined performance from the first whistle to the last. A changed line up saw the introduction of the lively James Willis who worked tirelessly on the left wing and capped an excellent outfield performance with an imperious long rage free kick that gave the Saints’ keeper no chance.

At the other end Cougars’ keeper Johnny Nicholas was kept busy, making notable saves when he tipped a shot over the bar and repeatedly dashed off his line to close down onrushing strikers. Finlay Tanner held the line at the back in the position that he has made his own while up front Noah Benton kept the Saints’ defenders on their toes with his pace and persistence. Jack Nicholas, Ronnie Hennessy & Sam Dawson worked hard in midfield and all three were also called upon to defend and attack as the game swung from end to end.

In the second half Willis donned the keepers gloves and pulled off a string of saves to match the quality of his first half goal. Meanwhile Benton, both Nicholas brothers and Hennessy all came close to scoring but just couldn’t convert. Instead it was Dawson, who could have had a hat trick last week, who somehow found the net from an impossibly tight angle, having been set on his way after a through ball from Tanner. Coach Rod Tanner afterwards told the ITV’s Gabby Roslyn “All in all this was a tough match and the boys did themselves proud.”

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