Ipswich East Suffolk
Men’s 2nd XI 2
Pelicans Men 7
Pelicans made the long journey to Ipswich on Saturday and were rewarded with three points and also some of their best hockey of the season.
As is so often the case Pelicans were a little slow out of the traps and found themselves 1-0 down in the first five minutes.
However instead of folding at such an early stage, Pelicans recovered and very quickly found themselves 2-1 up through new captain Will Sheerin.
He twice found himself in space on the right hand side of the D and finished expertly on both occasions.
For the rest of the game it was all Pelicans and some of the hockey they played going forward was simply outstanding.
Chances fell to Frost and Widdowson up front but it was Page who scored the third from another well struck short corner after it was well won by Simons.
The home side threatened briefly at times on the break but Dowers, Major, Olley and Page settled down after a bad start and comfortably dealt with any attacks.
The fourth goal arrived just before half-time and it was superb.
Major got forward from left-back and Page found him with a superb ball over the top. He then exchanged passes with Frost in the D before squaring for Widdowson to finish neatly.
There was still time for Dowers to narrowly miss out on a fifth goal as his shot just went wide from a short corner.
The second half started the same way as the first with the home side desperate for points as they look to avoid relegation, and from a resulting short corner they scored the next goal.
Major again cleared the first shot off the line before the rebound was finished well leaving away goalkeeper Craig Green with no chance.
Once Pelicans settled again the rest of the game was like a defence vs attack training game with the visitors dominating and scoring three more goals, and could easily have had more.
Firstly Toby Hoare, who impressed all game, smashed in at the back post following good work from Frost and Simons.
Ed Brown pulled the strings in central midfield all afternoon and he started the move for Simons to score on his return from injury.
Brown picked out Major whose cross was missed by the defenders and left by Widdowson and Simons tucked it away nicely.
Page rounded off the scoring after another flowing move. This time it came down the right hand side and involved Brown, Sheerin, Dowers and Frost who squared the ball to Page to easily roll in his second and the seventh of the afternoon.
A superb performance in a game that could have seen more goals for Pelicans.
A big thank-you to new coach Paul O’Neil who travelled with the side and will no doubt have been impressed with what he saw.
Next weekend Pelicans welcome league leaders Sudbury to Lynnsport as they look to gain revenge for the 7-2 humiliation they suffered earlier on in the season.
4WayRefrigeration MoM: Josh Widdowson.