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Pelicans Ldies up to fifth in the league standings




A change in personnel was unable to stop the flow of Pelicans Ladies as they continued their recent good form with a 4-0 victory at Newmarket.

Pelicans adopted their normal diamond formation with Atlanta Stevenson in goal, a back three of Emily Pluck at left back, Tracy Bower at centre back and Nic Lankfer at right back.

Holly Nash was in left midfield, with Ellie Burt at the base of the diamond, Annabelle Brown in right midfield and Laura Tea at the top of the diamond.

A three-player forward line-up consisted of Grace Carrier on the left wing, Mia Moore at centre forward and Amber Scott on the right wing.

Pelicans held firm early on following a strong start from their hosts before Moore picked the ball up in her own half and surged forward into the Newmarket D only to be denied by the goalkeeper.

Scott fired the rebound back at goal, but the home shotstopper was back on her feet and saved again.

With the momentum all with Pelicans, Scott made another blistering run down the right touchline and her shot from a narrow angle was saved.

Pictured is an old picture of the Pelicans under-14 squad, five of whom have gone on to play for the ladies first team this season. On the back row, from left, are: Meg Willis, Millie Bastain, Mia Moore, Izzy Pope, Poppy Beales, Ellie Padmore, Grace Carrier. Front: Amber Scott, Chloe Padmore, Lucy Sagrott, Emily Pluck, Hannah Stoutt.
Pictured is an old picture of the Pelicans under-14 squad, five of whom have gone on to play for the ladies first team this season. On the back row, from left, are: Meg Willis, Millie Bastain, Mia Moore, Izzy Pope, Poppy Beales, Ellie Padmore, Grace Carrier. Front: Amber Scott, Chloe Padmore, Lucy Sagrott, Emily Pluck, Hannah Stoutt.

The trio of Brown, Carrier and Moore combined to move the ball rapidly upfield for the advancing Scott to slot home the opening goal.

With 30 minutes gone, sustained Pelicans pressure saw them win a short corner which was passed neatly around the D until Tea fired home to double their advantage.

Not content with that, a further short corner just before half-time enabled Moore to place her drag flick into the right-hand corner from a very awkward height.

The second period was a much scrappier affair with less of the fluid, passing hockey of the first half.

Nevertheless, Brown, who enjoyed an outstanding game, used all her trickery to beat four Newmarket players and find Scott out on the left wing with a lovely through ball.

Scott made further ground before squaring the ball to Holly Nash who coolly nutmegged the keeper on the reverse stick.

Once again, Ellie Bower came off the bench to make a big contribution to the team.

This was another good win for Pelicans and again the impact of Sam Tea’s coaching is clear with fluid, passing hockey, clearly defined roles for each player and great bench management.

Tomorrow, Pelicans Ladies travel to Cambridge IV before returning to home action on November 17 when they host their counterparts from St Ives.



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