Pelicans have late goal ruled out to deny them a draw
A fine opportunist goal from Mia Moore wasn’t quite enough to earn Pelicans a draw against Long Sutton at the weekend.
The hosts opened the scoring in the opening minutes and, although Moore levelled matters in the first period, a goal on the stroke of half-time handed Long Sutton victory.
Despite falling behind, Pelicans rallied to win a number of short corners while Poppy Beales forced the home goalkeeper into a fine save.
Pelicans continued to press forward from the defensive fulcrum of Tracy Bower and Nic Lankfer.
Grace Carrier combined a strong defensive shift with occasional driving runs forward and some good link-up play with Ellie Burt, Suzi Lemon and Lucy Lim, who worked hard throughout the match.
Annabelle Brown came off the bench to bring her usual wizardry to midfield while Moore and Gabby Stilgoe, on either wing, showed their pace and control, ably augmented by Holly Nash from the bench.
A powerful pass forward from Laura Tea was met by Beales with an open stick, the ball looping over the Sutton defence and into their D where the alert Moore neatly collected and rounded the keeper to score.
Long Sutton bundled home a second going into the break before Pelicans forced home what they thought was an equaliser on the stroke of full-time but it was quite rightly disallowed for an infringement blown before the ball crossed the line.
One point of note was Pelicans being penalised four times when injecting a short corner – for having a foot on the pitch.
This appears to be a misreading of rule 13.3d which states “the attacker taking the push or hit from the back line must have at least one foot outside the field”.
The experienced Long Sutton keeper was clear during the match that the penalty was wrong and certainly it will be clear in future.
Generally, the umpires try hard to play advantage and were at pains to speak to players about discipline and their playing of the game.
As we all know, umpiring is a difficult and often thankless task.
Players-of-the-match: Lucy Lim and Mia Moore.
n Pelicans have reminded players about the rule the club has in place regarding showing dissent towards an umpire during a game.
If a player is yellow-carded for showing dissent towards an umpire he/she will be suspended for the following match.
Players have also been told to take care when posting on social media by respecting both the umpires and also the opposition so the club doesn’t have any sanctions imposed as a result of any such postings.