Poppy Beales and Ella Picton both notch braces in crucial win
Pelicans Ladies 5 Spalding 2
Poppy Beales and Ella Picton both notched braces as Pelicans Ladies recorded a crucial victory over Spalding at Lynnsport.
Pelicans knew this was a must-win game with Spalding sitting below them in the table and they showed their intent with fast attacking play from the first whistle.
Incisive midfield play from Susie Lemon, Picton, Grace Carrier and Laura Tea drove Pelicans forward with some controlled passing and increased pressure on the Spalding defence.
The pressure finally took its toll when a shot from Picton was saved by the visiting goalkeeper, only for Emily Pluck to pounce on the rebound and force the ball home.
Spalding came back at Pelicans with some long ball passes looking for their centre forward but their attacking play was confidently snubbed out by the defensive unit of Ellie Burt, Ellie Bower, Tracy Bower and Atlanta Stevenson between the posts.
Midway through the first half, Picton doubled Pelicans’ lead with a sublime reverse shot that rocketed into the roof of the net.
Pelicans started the second half with their tails up but it was Spalding who capitalised first, scoring from open play.
This spurred Pelicans into an instant response with Beales driving deep into the Spalding D only to round off the run with a well-taken goal.
This steadied the ship again and the forward line of Mia Moore, Amber Scott, Poppy Beales and Emily Tompkins made a number of surging runs into the Spalding D.
Spalding scored a second against the run of play to get the nerves jangling again until Beales scored her second to make it 4-2. Some full-blooded tackles were made from both sets of players and one resulted in Beales picking up an unfortunate green card.
Pelicans continued to work hard across all areas of the pitch and were rewarded when Picton scored her second late on.
Overall, this was a determined effort from Pelicans with their neat team passing and interplay creating several opportunities to score some great goals.
Player-of-the-match: Ella Picton.