Seconds concede late equaliser

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Pelicans 2nds 2

Newmarket 2

Pelicans entertained another first team and for the second week running Pelicans decided to play to clichés in a game of two halves.

Newmarket scored first by catching Pelicans on the break. Human’s introduction to midfield from the subs’ bench added tempo to the game.

Brown in midfield also battled well; indeed his closing down was somewhat robust on occasion and earned him a yellow card. Collingwood-Smith also showed great steel in tackling.

A good half-time talk by head coach Mark Jarvis encouraged Pelicans to greater efforts from the whistle.

As last week the passes started to flow and Newmarket came under pressure. A succession of short corners were won and Hall launched one of his trademark powerful flicks past the keeper’s ears for a fine opening goal.

Hall had a superb game and created problems for Newmarket because of his excellent close skills.

He frequently cruised past his opposing players and found team mates in the D.

Cuthill too was on song. Early in the game he played right midfield and took the ball forward. Later he played up front and caused problems, chasing everything down and making great runs.

The team could learn much from Cuthill’s movement off the ball. He is a fluid player who makes well thought-out diagonal runs to make space for himself and others. Vinson again proved effective at right back, pressing forward to the opposing D where he whipped crosses in.

Pressure from Brooks and Hoare led to more short corners and it was Vinson’s turn to strike. Newmarket came out at speed but Vinson sold a sweet open side dummy, matador-like watched the defender run past and then calmly belted one into the corner.

At 2-1 up Pelicans were in charge, especially as Newmarket then had two players dismissed.

However loose passing after Newmarket returned to strength led to a penalty flick being awarded which was duly converted.

Again Pelicans need to learn to retain the ball and choose more wisely when making risky passes.

The team look forward to the return of Corbett and Kent.

Middleton Aggregates MoM: Emmerson Collingwood-Smith.