Spalding 1st 4
Pelicans Men’s 1st XI 1
Fourth-place Pelicans were beaten by East Men’s League Division One leaders Spalding on Saturday but the scoreline did not reflect the performance and the work rate Pelicans put in.
This was evident in the opening 15 minutes of the game when Pelicans took the lead and certainly shocked the league leaders.
After good work from Johnstone and Lankfer the ball fell to Walpole whose shot was diverted in by Simons off the underside the bar.
They then had chances to increase their lead first through Kerry, who struck a stunning shot only to see it just clear the cross bar, and then Lankfer who couldn’t quite squeeze the ball home from a tight angle.
The midfield of Johnstone, Picton, Frost, Walpole and Kerry worked their socks off for the entire 70 minutes.
The home side then began to move the ball around and look threatening through some short corners.
They equalised from one of their many routines.
Allsop and Major both cleared one off the line before from another one Spalding were awarded a penalty stroke which after having to be retaken was well placed, leaving Aldous with no chance.
There was time for Spalding to score a third from a well struck shot and a fourth goal early in the second half to give themselves breathing space.
However Pelicans never stopped running, never stopped believing and continued to fashion chances for themselves and forced Spalding to defend.
Page and Johnstone tested the goalkeeper and Simons, Lankfer and Walpole both came close.
A gutsy performance from Pelicans who certainly deserved far more.
Tomorrow they travel to Bishop’s Stortford looking to bounce back.
Middleton Aggregates Man of the Match: Harry Lankfer.
Table on the right.
Other weekend results: Men’s 2nds v Harleston 3 D 4-4 (scorers Corbett x 3, Means; PoM Bower); Boys Dev v Norwich Dragons D 2-2 (T Phillips, Harvey J; PoM Searle O).