St. Ives 1st 0
Pelicans Men 1st XI 4
Pelicans ended their away campaign with a comfortable victory at third bottom St. Ives on Saturday.
Another superb team performance was the topic of the day but it was Harry Lankfer who once again led the way in front of the goal with all four goals, two in each half to put his side in pole position of securing third place in the league as they enter the final round of games next weekend.
Lankfer’s first two strikes were slightly against the run of play as the home side, who are fighting for survival, started quickly and caused early problems to Major, Page and Allsop at the back.
Aldous as well was called into action on a few occasions.
The longer the half went on though the more Pelicans got into it. Kerry, Picton, Sheerin, Walpole, Frost (who carried on his excellent form from last week) and Johnstone were able to get on the ball and provide chances for Simons and Lankfer.
Lankfer’s first goal was a fine striker’s play as he put away the rebound from a Simons short corner before striking his second home after good work from Kerry. St. Ives started the second half in similar fashion but once again Pelicans stood firm; the experience of Henry and Dowers at the back saw to that.
Aldous was then yellow carded which meant Page went in-between the sticks as a kicking back and got in the way of a drag flick which certainly hurt. Lankfer notched his second two goals, firstly after superb work between him and Simons left the St. Ives defence chasing shadows before his fourth goal, a fine individual effort soon afterwards.
In truth Pelicans could have had more than four.
Chances fell to Johnstone, Simons and Major but nevertheless a very professional performance from Pelicans.
They entertain already promoted Ipswich & East Suffolk next weekend in their final game of the season.
Middleton Aggregates MoM: Chris Page.