King’s Lynn side Pelicans end season edged out by promoted Ipswich

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Pelicans Men 1st XI 4

Ipswich & East Suffolk 5

Pelicans finished off their season with a narrow defeat against already-promoted IES.

Things didn’t start well for the home side as they fell behind in the first minute of the match following a mistake from Major. Some more early pressure came Pelicans way but this was well soaked up by Major, Page, Allsop and Aldous in goal.

The more the half went on the more Pelicans started to find their feet and this was further proven by the chances they started to create as Walpole smashed the crossbar, Kerry stung the goalkeeper’s glove and Lankfer, Simons and Johnstone all looked threatening.

Walpole found the equaliser after superb work from Allsop and Johnstone down the left. The ball was crossed to Walpole who at the second attempt scored. Simons then made sure they took a lead into half-time when his penalty corner went right through the goalkeeper. The second half was full of fast flowing entertaining hockey as both teams exchanged chances and goals.

First it was IES who equalised and then took the lead in quick succession on the counter attack. Pelicans however kept fighting and they equalised in brilliant fashion when another superb pass from Allsop found Simons who deflected the ball perfectly into the bottom corner.

Despite added pressure from Pelicans and the continued effort from the midfield of Kerry, Dowers, Walpole, Frost Hall and Johnstone, IES once again took the lead thanks to their Australian overseas player who was a class above anyone else on the pitch. He completed his hat trick before turning provider in a break from a Pelicans short corner.

The scoring wasn’t quite finished however as Simons completed his hat-trick after being set up beautifully by strike partner Lankfer. Pelicans gave it a real go against one of the best in the league but came up just short.

It was a superb season from Pelicans, who will finish well inside the top half of the table after being promoted from Division Two last season.

Middleton Aggregates MoM: Seth Walpole.