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Visitors with bare 11 players create plenty of chances

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Pelicans travelled to second place St Ives with a bare 11 players knowing that they would all have to put in a strong performance to get anything out of the game.

Play started in a really positive manner with Pelicans creating chances through the driving runs of Hollie Nash, Emily Tompkins and Poppy Beales in attack.

Peele Leisure Centre - ladies hockey Long Sutton v Pelicans
Sutton goalie in black (7126326)
Peele Leisure Centre - ladies hockey Long Sutton v Pelicans Sutton goalie in black (7126326)

Across the midfield St Ives began to ping some strong one-touch passing play that was ably snubbed out by the Pelicans’ midfield of Emily Pluck, Laura Tea and Grace Carrier.

Eventually continued pressure from St Ives resulted in a well-worked goal to nudge them in front. Pelicans immediately responded with some good team passing and a goalmouth scramble saw Nash eventually slot the ball home.

This sparked St Ives into more attacking play which the defensive unit of Nic Lankfer, Ellie Burt, Ellie Bower and Tracy Bower held at bay until follow-up play from a short corner strike saw St Ives reacting quicker to the loose ball, forcing it into the back of the net.

St Ives continued to press at the end of the first half but Atlanta Stevenson held firm in goal, using both feet to great effect.

Following a positive half-time team talk, Pelicans restarted the second half piling pressure on the St Ives defence with some great pressing runs from all three forwards.

As the wind speed picked up so did the St Ives determination to win the game.

A couple of well-worked goals for the hosts followed but not before Pelicans had a number of opportunities frustratingly close to the St Ives goalline.

Although a final score of 1-6 is disappointing Pelicans can take heart in the fact that they were never out of this game and are creating chances through good positive passing play.

With three games to go and sitting just above the relegation zone they will certainly keep the committed team of supporters on their toes!

Player of the match: Ellie Burt.

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