Goals galore for Royston and the Cougars

A SUPERB team performance by Royston Town s under-nines A squad saw them demolish their Stevenage Borough Lions opponents 8-0 in the second round of the Herts County Cup. Great work from Callum Toovey, Jamie Penn, Jamie Copeland and a good clean sheet fro

A SUPERB team performance by Royston Town's under-nines A squad saw them demolish their Stevenage Borough Lions opponents 8-0 in the second round of the Herts County Cup.

Great work from Callum Toovey, Jamie Penn, Jamie Copeland and a good clean sheet from Jack Hallewell in goal provided a solid platform on which the performance was built.

Max Logan was the pick of the goal scorers with five, while Mickey Baulk, Keiran Blois and Lewis Anderson also grabbed one goal each.

A well taken goal by Matt Bailey against HC Cougars under-nines was enough to win the game for Royston Town under-nines C team.

The goal came late in the second half following a fine corner by Danny Baulk.

Finlay Burchett was outstanding throughout the game and good tackling and passing by every Royston player helped the team secure the hard won victory.

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The newly formed Royston Town under-nines D team put on a very impressive performance against HC Cougars' B team and ran out 3-0 winners.

Terrier-like tackling from Lewis Poulter and Frankie Crotty kept it tight at the back while two goals for Alex Little and one for Jack Davis won the game for Royston.

Manuden Juniors under-nines continued their fine run with their third victory in as many weeks by beating Knebworth Youth 3-0.

Manuden dominated the game and deserved their 2-0 half time lead thanks to goals from Callum Macmillian and Jacob Taub, and although Knebworth performed better in the second half a second goal from Taub sealed a comfortable victory.

Manuden Juniors under-10s started brightly against Bedwell Rangers Aztecs, reflecting the sunshine in which the game was played.

A good run and neat finish by Lewis Wake opened the scoring for the visiting team before Nick Phillips got their second.

Wake doubled his tally for the day by scoring Manuden's third goal and Bedwell responded with a goal of their own before half time.

The second half saw a second goal for Phillips before Wake completed his hat trick, and although Bedwell got two back it wasn't enough. Manuden ran out 5-3 winners.

Buntingford Cougars under-11s blue team matched up to Hitchin Town in the League Cup, and beat them 16-0.

Despite playing on a very cold and wet Sunday morning, the weather wasn't enough to put the blues out of their stride and they completely outplayed their opponents in every area of the pitch.

Josh Coldicote-Stevens was the top scorer with five goals, while Tom Burns, Charlie Owen and Matt Moore all got three each.

Charlie Rome and Louie Debnam completed the haul, but it could have been more.

The Cougars' under-11s white team came up against a strong Letchworth side four divisions above, and were beaten 7-0 as a result.

The Cougars, who are in Division 4, battled from start to finish against their first division opponents but it wasn't enough.

Buntingford's under-14s team continued their great start to the season against Stotfold in very poor conditions.

It was a testament to players and staff on both teams that despite the driving rain, sleet and snow, they were able to put on a good show.

The Cougars opened the scoring with a great strike from Jamie Simpson from just outside the penalty area and they soon made it two when Callum Marshall pounced on a mistake from the Stotfold defence to finish well.

A great George Harris free kick and after a fine run and finish from Darren Aldridge rounded off the scoring and the 4-0 Cougars win made playing in the awful conditions worthwhile.

Facing Sawbridgeworth Reds in the Crow Youth League Division One, Buntingford Cougars ran out 3-1 victors.

A heavy and wet pitch made playing conditions difficult but despite this the Cougars started brightly and put together some good play.

They were soon pinned back by their opponents but some excellent saves by keeper Tim Rice prevented the Cougars from going behind.

The first half ended goalless, and in the second the Cougars used the channels to their advantage and opened the deadlock when some determined play by Steve Archibald led to a cross which Tommy Faherty headed home.

Josh Sewell was unlucky not to double his team's lead when his header was cleared off the line, but a second was soon on its way when a powerful strike from Scott Piggott flew into the top left hand corner of the net.

After withstanding heavy pressure Alex West scored the Cougars' third and last of the game, although they did concede a late consolation penalty in the final minutes.