Pelicans share the spoils with Harleston Magpies
All Pelicans’ teams lost this weekend except the Men’s 1st XI who drew 1-1 with Harleston Magpies 2nds.
Pelicans pressed high from the outset, forcing Harleston to play out wide from their defence.
This caused multiple turnovers, enabling the home side to quickly counter-attack.
From this method Pelicans took the lead, with a move down Harleston’s left.
Will Lankfer was superbly positioned to deflect an across goal shot from Sam Phillips.
In the second half, the visitors forced a questionable pass from the Pelicans defence across the D, which was intercepted.
With a last-ditch effort the Pelicans centre back committed a foul resulting in a penalty stroke.
Goalkeeper Paul Aldous saved the ball onto the post from the flick, only to see it rebound onto the back of his own stick and trickle over the line. The draw was perhaps a fair result.
PoM: Ed Brown in midfield.
Pelicans Men’s 2nds 0 Bury St Edmunds 2nds 2
Bury had a number of short corner attempts enabling them to net the first goal of the match.
The second half continued with Bury dominating mainly due to their greater numbers on the bench.
Pelicans continued a spirited defence but more short corners for the home team were rewarded with another goal.
Pelicans then had many attempts and a drag flick by Philips was blocked by the stomach of a Bury defender.
Ipswich & East Suffolk 5ths 3 Pelicans Men’s 3rds 2
I & ES made the most of their limited chances and managed to end the first half 2-0 up.
Pelicans battled hard and Steve Long and Sam Kent made it 2-2. Ipswich however scored from one of their few chances in the second half.
Spalding 2 Pelicans Ladies 0
Pelicans were caught off guard immediately, Spalding scoring in the opening minute.
Spalding played very high, drawing Pelicans out of their press which had proved successful in the previous game. By half time the score was 2-0.
The second half saw a marked improvement. Pelicans’ short passing improved and strengthened. Despite the loss, this was another strong performance.
PoM: Lucy Sagrott for an outstanding performance in goal.
Pelicans Ladies 2nds 3 Cambridge 4
With no time for a proper warm up, Pelicans achieved a 2-1 lead by the break, with two goals from Tracy Brown.
Cambridge came out for the second half fighting; going 3-2 up. Amelie Beck levelled but with five minutes to go Cambridge bagged the winner.
Freya Langley on her 2nd XI debut played well.
PoM: Jessica Beck.
Pelicans Girls Development 1 Watton 2
Pelicans started their league season with a full squad.
During the first quarter Pelicans dominated and a sublime through ball found Lily H in space who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.
Midway through the third quarter Watton got a breakaway goal. Going into the final quarter Pelicans again dominated midfield but Watton won a short corner which they scored from.
PoM: ‘keeper Poppy Cooper and Lucy Pepper.