Holland hat-trick sets up Cougars

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 November 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 12 May 2010

STEVENAGE Borough had no answer to Buntingford Cougars under-15s relentless attacks as the visitors hit them for seven. The Cougars ran out worthy 7-1 winners after playing some fine football. And despite missing an early penalty, Michael Holland bounce

STEVENAGE Borough had no answer to Buntingford Cougars under-15s' relentless attacks as the visitors hit them for seven.

The Cougars ran out worthy 7-1 winners after playing some fine football. And despite missing an early penalty, Michael Holland bounced back with two first-half strikes, before Tom Dolden added his first for the club.

Buntingford increased their lead further in the second half, with Holland notching his hat-trick and Scott Piggott, Alfie Long and Johnson adding further strikes.

There were also plenty of goals in Buntingford Cougars under-14s' win against Baldock Town Knights, with Joe Pemberton setting Cougars on the road to a 4-2 victory.

Pemberton grabbed two first-half goals, before Baldock pulled one back early in the ­second half. However, the Cougars replied with another when Oliver Lee-Stevens headed home James Clannell's free kick.

The lively Pemberton then completed the scoring with his well-taken third after some good play from man-of-the-match James Lovegrove before Baldock grabbed a late consolation.

There were no goals however in Buntingford Cougars under-10s Stripes' draw with Stevenage Borough Patriots.

Buntingford pushed hard to break the deadlock, but found the Stevenage keeper a worthy opponent. At the other end Cougars' number one Albert Bourke kept the Patriots attack at bay with a man-of-the-match performance.

Buntingford Cougars under-13s battled hard in their game with Sawbridgeworth, and after having a goal disallowed lost 3-2.

Stand-in keeper Lewis Fitzgerald was outstanding throughout, but had little chance with the Sawbridgeworth goals.

Darren Aldridge opened the day's account with a controlled finish, with Buntingford's second coming from George Harris following Jonathan Bowell's corner.

It was mixed fortunes for Buntingford Cougars under-8s Whites and Blues in what turned out to be two hard fought games with St Neots.

The Whites won 2-1, with Jordan Moore giving the Cougars an early lead, before St Neots replied with a well-taken leveller.

However, after an end-to-end second half, Alex Hewer popped up with the winner.

The Blues, however, were less fortunate, and despite a battling performance slipped to a 2-1 defeat. Matthew Inman grabbed the Blues' only goal with a deserved close range finish.


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