Pelicans Men 1 Spalding 2
Once again Pelicans narrowly missed out on securing their first home league points of the season as the promoted sides from Division Two met again in Division One.
Pelicans left the pitch feeling frustrated that they didn’t make the most of their chances throughout the match. Spalding opened the scoring from a penalty corner which was scrappily finished off.
However Pelicans dusted themselves down and the midfield of Frost, Johnstone, Walpole and Kerry opening up the Spalding backline and giving chances to Lankfer and Simmons up front. Lankfer thought he had equalised after good work from his strike partner Simmons only to see it disallowed as it came off his foot. However he did equalise soon afterwards following good work from Kerry and Simmons who squared it for his strike partner to slot home. The rest of the half was an end to end affair, Spalding looking good on the break which kept Major, Allsop, Page and Dowers on their toes,
Aldous did well when called upon between the sticks for the home side. Just before half time Walpole had a great chance to give his side the lead when Simmons’ mazy run and pass gave him an open goal only for the ball to hit his foot this time. The second half followed much the same pattern with both sides throwing men forward before having to avoid a counter attack.
The winner for the visitors came from another short corner which was cruelly deflected in off defender Batterham.
Pelicans pushed hard for an equaliser and had many short corners of their own. The best of these chances fell to Page who agonisingly struck the post. Pelicans battled hard and threw men forward but they just couldn’t find what would have been a deserved equaliser.
Next weekend Pelicans face Ford in another long journey looking to pick up some valuable points.
Middleton Aggregates MoM: Ian Simmons.
Pelicans 2nds 2 Harleston Magpies 3rds 1
This was an important fixture for Pelicans as Harleston are one of the stronger sides in the league, previously being a National League club.
A depleted Pelicans had the able additions of Batterham and Widdowson. Pelicans had much the better of the first half but failed to convert any of their short corners.
Kent continued his sparkling form and Hoare retained the ball well. At the back Taylor was equal to most attacks. Bower in goal saved some fizzing shots.
The Pelicans defence held true though as Vinson repelled any central threat and Lemon held the right. Human, the team’s heartbeat, played at left back.
There were good passages of passing. Cuthill, having worked tirelessly on the right, won the ball and passed infield. Interpassing between the combative Batterham and Brown led to Brown picking out Human who smashed a ball in. Cuthill then deflected the ball home through the keeper’s legs before Hoare ensured it was over the line. Kent was soon dismissed with a yellow card after winning a short corner due to a misunderstanding with the umpire.
Widdowson picked up the ball and beat four defenders before cracking the ball home from the finest of angles.
Poor tackling allowed a Harleston goal.
Middleton Aggregates MoM: Edward Brown.