Norwich City men’s 3rd XI 3 Pelicans men’s 1sts 9
Pelicans brought the curtain down on their division 2N season with a comfortable and convincing win against already relegated Norwich City on Saturday.
In a game with nothing riding on it for either side, the home side Norwich took an early lead when a short corner was awarded and the flick beat Craig Green in goal.
For the rest of the half, however, it was all Pelicans as they ended the half well and truly in command with a 4-1 lead. Firstly it was Henry Frost who equalised following a run out wide: he turned the defenders inside out before unleashing a reverse stick shot into the top corner.
Very quickly after, a long ball over the top from Iain Page found Major forward from left back who beat the right back to the ball before finding Simons, who turned and scored at the second attempt after his first was well blocked.
The third goal arrived soon after and again after a fine flowing move.
Ed Brown started it and after finding space he found Lee Dowers whose pass opened up space in the D for Emerson Collingwood Smith to score with a full length dive.
The final goal of the half arrived just before half-time and it was thanks to a Simons short corner which was well won by that man Frost.
The second half followed the same way as the first with Pelicans dominating, however Norwich still had chances on the break as Pelicans looked to push players forward to score.
Major, Sheerin, Olley and Dowers were put under some pressure but dealt with it well, as did Green who made some good saves when called upon.
Pelicans scored their fifth goal through Frost again after good build up play which involved Toby Hoare and Andrew Todd.
It was then Josh Widdowson’s turn to get in on the act from another short corner, slipped to him by Simons before finding the net with his shot.
Frost then grabbed his hattrick with a bit of brilliance, a pass from Otto Esse – who again was superb all game – was skilfully deflected past the keeper. Simons rounded off the scoring with two more of his own following good work from Todd and a bit of individual brilliance.
More chances fell to Brown, Major and Todd as Pelicans pushed for double figures but it was the home side who had the last word as they scored two goals towards the final whistle thanks to a penalty stroke and a deflected strike from a short corner.
Pelicans ended the season in sixth place and will look to build on that performance next season, however they will have to do it without Frost, Brown, Collingwood Smith, Hoare and Todd who leave for university. The club wish them all well for the future, thank them for their performances and hope to have them back in the black and purple soon.
4Way Refrigeration MoM: Henry Frost.