Chelmsford 2nd 5
Pelicans Men 1st XI 1
Brave Pelicans travelled to Essex to face the unbeaten league leaders and came away empty-handed.
The game did not reflect the scoreline and Pelicans were incredibly unlucky not to get something out of it. Although missing the experience of Page and Kerry the hard work the team put in was superb.
Chelmsford led 1-0 at half time and although they had dominated the game Aldous in goal along with Major, Allsop, Hall and Batterham were superb in denying them. This included a goalline clearance from Major.
Walpole had Pelicans’ best chance in the first half but his shot was well saved.
Pelicans felt aggrieved when Simons seized on a mistake and was taken out by the goalkeeper who was only penalised with a short corner and not a penalty stroke and potential yellow card. They scored a deserved goal to bring the score to 2-1 when Lankfer’s short corner strike was saved and Simons tucked away the rebound. It was only in the last third of the match that Chelmsford secured victory.
Next weekend Pelicans entertain Colchester looking to bounce back.
Middleton Aggregates MoM: Olly Batterham.
Ipswich & East Suffolk 2nds 1 Pelicans 2nds 3
Pelicans won a tough game and dominated midfield early on.
Short corners were won but not converted, the first after a mere 45 seconds. It was the introduction of Corbett and Kent after 15 minutes that really showed the strength in depth. Following good work from Norman, Kent fired off one of his trademark thunderous reverse stick hits goalbound. The ball was stopped on the line illegally and Corbett duly powered home his penalty flick.
The IES sweeper engineered a short corner which was fired in.
IES came out hard in the second half but lessons were learned from the first and the IES sweeper was closed down.
At a short corner Brown picked out Hoare at the far post who fired home. Kent’s effort was saved on the line, Brooks too nearly fired home but within minutes Kent found Brooks who lashed the ball home.
Pelicans 2nds Man of Match: Iain Page.
Pelicans Girls’ Dev’ment 4 Lowestoft Railway 1
Continuing their good run of form, Pelicans notched up an impressive win on Saturday to go top of the Empresa Girls’ Development league.
Pelicans started strongly with Lauren Noble and Holly Jillings creating some early chances for captain Ella Scott. Reward came after just nine minutes when Lauren Noble’s pass found Izzy Pope in space in the Lowestoft circle and she struck the ball hard into the corner of the net. Amy Thompson placed a fine cross to Pope to score midway through the first half.
In the second half Amber Scott made her league debut with a notable performance at centre forward. Her older sister Ella scored Pelicans’ third goal after some good supporting work by Emily Puck.
Immy Ramsdale made a great one-on-one save in the Pelicans goal and Jasmine Lemon cleared the ball confidently.
Pope completed her hat-trick with a tap-in. Lowestoft bagged a consolation goal five minutes from time.
Player of the match: Izzy Pope.