Town youth clinch cup win

Stevenage Colts Under-14 0 Royston Town Youth A 8 ROYSTON continued their impressive start to the season thrashing League Cup opponents Stevenage with an emphatic 8-0 victory. Town were too strong for their hosts, and were 5-0 up by the interval, with t

Stevenage Colts Under-14 0

Royston Town Youth A 8

ROYSTON continued their impressive start to the season thrashing League Cup opponents Stevenage with an emphatic 8-0 victory.

Town were too strong for their hosts, and were 5-0 up by the interval, with three more the result of an equally impressive second half.

Jordan Hall nabbed a four-goal haul, with man-of-the-match Connor Saggers also in on the act with a coolly taken brace. Jake Benstead and Ashley Chapman completed proceedings, with Royston keeper Jamie Seabrook making sure of the clean sheet with a fantastic double save late on.

Gadeside Rangers Under-11 1

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CELTIC made the long trip to Watford and it proved to be worthwhile as Royston hit nine past their hosts.

The visitors' passing and movement was too much for Rangers, with Leavers helping himself to a first-half hat-trick. Jonas followed suit with three of his own, before the impressive George and Henderson made it seven and eight.

Pinner capped the rout with a well-worked strike late in the second half, with the hosts snatching a consolation.

Buntingford Cougars Whites Under-10 6

Bedwell B 0

DOUBLE strikes from Sam Ward and Dane Hyland led the way for The Cougars, as they impressed with a superb 6-0 victory against Bedwell.

The hosts were 4-0 up at half time, with Ward's brace and strikes from Olly Pallet and Dane Hyland making the difference.

Josh Wyatt then made it five, before Hyland rounded the Bedwell keeper for his second and Cougars' sixth.

Hormead Hares Under-15 6

London Colney 2

DESPITE shipping two goals Hormead cantered through to the second round of the County Cup with a comfortable win over London Colney.

Luke Cox opened the scoring after quarter of an hour, latching on to Louis Mac's pin-point pass, before Hormead added two more before the break.

However, after the re-start the visitors were awarded a penalty before slotting home a second.

Fortunately for the hosts, Joe Pemberton established some control with a well-taken brace, with Hormead's sixth coming soon after.

Hatfield A Under-8 3

Melbourn Dynamos Panthers 0

DESPITE Willem Louwers' excellent performance in the Panthers' goal, Melbourn were hit by a second-half flurry.

Harry Weber also impressed for the visitors, however after a hard-fought first-half Hatfield quickly took control and knocked three past Dynamos. Despite the three goals Melbourn named centre-back Ethan Chesham player-of-the-match for his sterling work in the heart of the Panthers' defence.

Arlesey Town Under-14 0

Buntingford Cougars 7

DARREN Aldridge notched four as Buntingford blitzed a helpless Arlesey Town.

A first-half Aldridge hat-trick and a strike from Jamie Simpson put the visitors firmly in control with a 4-0 cushion at the interval.

And it was more of the same in the second half with Aldridge slotting home his fourth, before William Silverosa added two fine strikes.

Bassingbourn Youth Under-11 8

Baldock Town Knights 3

BEN Blower fired home five in this exciting game with Baldock Knights.

Blower opened the scoring and never looked back, with Evan Goldman, Tom Needham and Callum Waller also on the scoresheet.

Jacob Stekly, Lewis Bonfield and Becan Davies also impressed as Bassingbourn controlled from start to finish.

Hatfield B Under-8 0

Melbourn Dynamos Tigers 0

THERE was another clean sheet for Melbourn keeper and player-of-the-match, Max Laverriere, as Dynamos held on to take a share of the spoils.

Some confident defending by Callum Gartlan saw the tricky Hatfield attack kept at bay, while at the other end Josh Montgomery went close for The Tigers with some skilfull play.

Baldock Knights Under-16 3

Buntingford Cougars 2

DESPITE a strong first half, Cougars slipped to a narrow 3-2 defeat at Baldock Knights.

Having dominated the opening period the Cougars just could not capitalise on their chances, with Liam Harler and Tommy Farrety going close.

As a result, it was the hosts who made the breakthrough, however, Michael Holland did draw his side level just before half time.

Cougars continued to impress, and took a deserved lead courtesy of Alfie Long's coolly taken penalty.

However, a Baldock equaliser soon came, before a well-taken third late in the half.

Royston Celtic Crusaders Under-14 7 Girton 1

HIGH-FLYING Girton put up a strong challenge but were eventually overwhelmed by Celtic's superior play that saw them cement their position at the top of the table.

Michael Viera-Roodenburgh's quick-thinking found Kieran Willis-Wright for the first, before Viera-Roodenburg turned goal-scorer with a powerful strike.

Mitch Wooding and Leighton then combined for a Geraghty strike, before the visitors replied with a well-worked goal of their own.

Willis-Wright then increased the Royston lead with his second goal, with Wooding heading home number five, before man-of-the-match Danny Tye unleashed a brilliant strike from distance for six.

Elliot Burr completed the scoring following a mazy run from the left.

Letchworth Eagles B Under-7 5

Buntingford Cougars Blues 7

KIERAN McKinna inspired Cougars Blues as his five goals helped his side to an entertaining win at Letchworth Eagles.

McKinna opened the scoring, with Harry Rome adding a second shortly after. McKinna then nabbed two more before slotting home goals four and five in the second half.

Cameron Owen ensured victory with a coolly taken strike in the closing stages.

Echoes Youth Under-11 5

Melbourn Dynamos Panthers 7

MELBOURN came out on top in this 12-goal Challenge Cup thriller, demonstrating once more their never-say-die attitude.

It was the hosts who made the early breakthrough, with Ross Cockburn unfortunate to see his clearance fly into the top corner.

However, The Panthers rallied round and replied courtesy of James Rushton's athletic strike, before Youth hit back with a second.

Two became three within minutes of the second half, however Sam Bedlow headed Melbourn back into the game midway through the half.

Then with the final whistle looming Ben Webb sent the game to extra-time with a thumping late leveller.

With the momentum, The Panthers soon got their noses in front with Rushton making it 4-3 before Charlie Weber headed home Melbourn's fifth.

But the hosts bounced back with another well-worked goal, before Bedlow restored the visitors' two goal cushion. Echoes did hit back, but Bedlow ensured victory by nabbing his hat-trick with minutes on the clock.

Buntingford Cougars Blues Under-10 1

Bedwell A 4

COUGARS faced a difficult game against a strong Bedwell, and after a brave fight slipped to a 4-1 defeat.

Despite going 4-0 down, The Cougars continued to battle and their encouraging play was rewarded with Jack McMecchan keeping his cool to slot the ball home.

Hormead Hares Under-12 6

Sawbridgeworth Blues 2

RHODRI Hughes notched five as Hormead ran riot against Sawbridgeworth Blues.

After last weekend's impressive win, The Hares continued their commanding form with Hughes running the show in attack for the hosts.

At 1-1 Jack Taney fired home a brilliant strike to send Hormead in front, and from then on the home side never looked back. Blues did hit back late in the second half, but the points were already in the bag for The Hares.

Buntingford Cougars Whites Under-11 1

Tring Tornados 7

SOME sloppy defending saw Cougars on the back foot early on and from then on could never get going.

Whites pushed hard to reduce the arrears, with Sam Friend rewarded with an excellent finish under pressure. Reece Voller also impressed and without his resolute defending Tring could well have scored more.

Manuden Juniors under-12 10

Stevenage Colts 0

SIX goals from Callum Taylor did much for a resounding Juniors victory - with Stevenage beaten by 10 goals.

Joe Monti also did well in front of goal with two calm strikes, while Eren Bache and Ben Colman completed the rout with two more. Although largely untroubled, Juniors keeper Jack Fradd did well and ensured a clean sheet courtesy of some brave defending.

Letchworth Eagles A Under-7 3

Buntingford Cougars Whites 1

A SPIRITED first-half performance saw Cougars take a deserved 1-0 lead courtesy of a fine strike from Harrison Caldicot-Stevens.

Tommy Jackson also went close following a positive start, however the hosts replied with an equally impressive second half that produced three excellent strikes.

Sawbridgeworth Town under-16 3

Manuden Juniors 4

MANUDEN moved to second following a hard fought comeback at battling Sawbridgeworth Town.

The hosts were leading 2-0 before Riley Frost reduced the arrears with Max Buch levelling for Juniors just before half time.

In the second half, Manuden upped the tempo with Frost sweeping home a brilliant free-kick after an hour. New boy Joe Mortimer then made it four with a cool strike, before the hosts snatched a third late in the half.

Buntingford Cougars Blues Under-11 1

Bury Rangers Blues 0

THE Cougars edged out a strong Bury Rangers in the County Cup, with Reece Fitzgerald making the difference with a coolly taken finish.

Bury started the stronger and could well have gone in front, however the Buntingford defence held firm and kept Rangers' pacy attack at bay.

At the other end, Fitzgerald broke free following a super move through the middle of the park and slotted home a deserved winner.