Cambridge Uni deny King’s Lynn Pelicans with last-gasp equaliser

HOCKEY - Bury Men's II v Pelicans
HOCKEY - Bury Men's II v Pelicans

Pelicans Men’s 1st XI 2

Cambridge University 3rd 2

Pelicans have now gone six games without tasting victory which stretches back to their final game of 2016, but on Saturday they came agonisingly close to ending that run.

They were only denied by an equaliser by the students with the final touch of the game.

The first half was a case of both teams cancelling each other out and no real clear cut chances, although the hosts looked the more likely to break the deadlock.

Frost and Simmons resumed their partnership up front and both looked threatening and did force some early saves from the Cambs Uni goalkeeper.

At the other end Pelicans did have to be wary of their visitors’ fast flowing counter attacks. Major, Batterham, Grady, Dowers and Sheerin coped with these brilliantly.

The midfield as well worked incredibly hard throughout the game too, Johnstone, Collingwood-smith, Widdowson, Esse and Todd got up and down the pitch brilliantly.

In goal Green only had one real save to make from a short corner which he got down smartly to make.

The second half began with the visitors taking the lead.Grady was intercepted in midfield and before the rest of the defence had the chance to get back they’d been overpowered by the students who skilfully worked the ball past Green.

Desperate to make amends for recent defeats, Pelicans pushed forward looking for a response, and began to dominate the game and have the better chances.

Chances fell to Simons and Johnstone from well worked short corners, Frost and Widdowson tested the keeper out as well.

The equaliser came though after a superb run down the right flank by Major, he got into the D and won a short corner which this time was flicked into the corner to perfection by Simons.

The home side continued to dominate and push for another goal and in the dying moments of the game they got what their efforts deserved.

A move which started at left back with Sheerin who had a fantastic afternoon in both halves of the pitch, found its way to Esse whose pass for Widdowson sent the striker wide inside the D but he still managed to get a stunning strike in which was fired across the goalkeeper into the opposite corner.

Just when Pelicans thought their winless run was at an end they were left heartbroken after a short corner was awarded to the visitors on the full time whistle.

Despite Green saving the first strike the rebound was struck past him – not what Pelicans deserved at all.

There is no game next weekend due to a slip date in the league but in two weeks’ time they make another journey to Cambridge to face Cambridge City.

4way Refrigeration MoM: Will Sheerin.