Cougars duo shine to see off Arrowheads challenge
SCOTT Piggott and Michael Holland inspired Buntingford Cougars Under-15s to victory with a crushing 5-1 win over Austen Arrowheads. Austen started the game strongly and forced Buntingford to defend, although they could find no way through the tight Couga
SCOTT Piggott and Michael Holland inspired Buntingford Cougars Under-15s to victory with a crushing 5-1 win over Austen Arrowheads.
Austen started the game strongly and forced Buntingford to defend, although they could find no way through the tight Cougars backline.
And as a result of some fine defensive play, Buntingford broke forward with Piggott working hard to put his side in front.
Austen then went close to equalising when they were denied by the post, before Holland increased Cougars' lead with a well-timed finish.
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In the second half, the Arrowheads had another strong opening period, and reduced the deficit with a deflected effort that left Cougars keeper Mark Kenney stranded.
But Buntingford re-grouped and within minutes they were back on the offensive, and increasing their lead midway through the half, with Piggott slotting the ball home.
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Holland then grabbed his second of the game, before Buntingford captain Alfie Long rifled the ball into the top corner for goal number five.
There were also five goals for both the Royston Celtic A Under-10s and Royston Celtic B Under-10s.
The A team beat Pin Green A 5-0, thanks to Lorcan George's well-taken hat-trick and Richard Jonas' cool double.
The B team also saw off their Pin Green opposition, with Brandon Hargreaves' brace adding to an early own goal, before Edward Atkins and Tom McGlynn notched second half strikes in a impressive 5-1 win.
Despite dominating the game Buntingford Cougars Under-13s lost out to Stotfold Youth 3-0.
The two Bassingbourn Youth Under-nine teams produced good performances against Hitchin Town Hawks and Harriers.
Bassingbourn beat the Hawks 4-0 in an impressive all-round display.
Adam Fleming broke the first-half deadlock minutes before the break, after some clever play by James Sharp.
Matthew Gwynn added a second moments into the second half, before grabbing his second midway through the half.
And with Bassingbourn in complete control, Fleming also notched a double to complete a fine day's work.
Bassingbourn's second team were unlucky not to have picked up at least a point as they narrowly lost to the Harriers in a hard-fought match.
The Hitchin club took the lead in the first half, as Bassingbourn took time to settle.
Despite Bassingbourn going close on a number of occasions, it was James Ashton who proved the busier of the keepers as the Hawks did enough to hold on for the three points.
Harry Jarman's late equaliser secured a share of the points for Hormead Hares Blacks Under-nines as they drew 1-1 with Arlesey.
Thanks to Hormead goalkeeper Benji Wrigley the score remained goalless at half-time, although Hares did concede early into the second half thanks to one skilful move through the middle of the park.
But player-of-the-match Jarman's confident finish five minutes from time rescued a point for the hosts.
Hormead Hares Oranges Under-nines also struggled in their game with Arlesey, and after trailing 1-0 at half-time, ended up losing 4-0, despite Hormead's player-of-the-match Jack Congrave doing his best in midfield.