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Spalding prevail in top-of-the-table clash at Pelicans



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Pelicans Ladies were beaten 4-2 in their top-of the-table clash against league leaders Spalding in an entertaining, but physical tussle, at Alive Lynnsport.

Spalding scored early having been awarded a penalty flick for what was believed to be an intentional foot blocking a well-struck shot and soon doubled their lead from open play.

Pelicans showed confidence, with some extremely positive play, solid defensive work and an impressive string of passes which resulted in a goal following a superb strike from Jane Proctor.

The game ebbed-and-flowed with Spalding’s resolve holding firm until Bianca Fraulo-Hilario trickled the softest of goals over the line.

Debutantes Brogan Wright and Jenny Metcalfe provided fantastic pace down the wings but it was the visitors who added two further goals.

4 Ways POM: Goalkeeper Lucy Sagrott.

First team debutant Brogan Wright receives close attention from a Spalding defender. (54343271)
First team debutant Brogan Wright receives close attention from a Spalding defender. (54343271)

Pelicans Ladies 2nds 0

Cambridge South 3

Despite some good defending from Louisa Walker, Jane Hughes and Chloe Richardson and some excellent saves from goalkeeper Atlanta Stevenson, it was evident from the start that Pelicans were going to be up against it.

Lucy Skerry worked admirably to control the midfield while Sophie Mosedale and Sophia Horton-Jones provided great support.

4 Ways PoM: Atlanta Stevenson.

Pelicans Ladies 2nds 4 Ways player-of-the-match Atlanta Stevenson who had a solid game and played bravely between the posts. Picture: Richard S Brown. (54343262)
Pelicans Ladies 2nds 4 Ways player-of-the-match Atlanta Stevenson who had a solid game and played bravely between the posts. Picture: Richard S Brown. (54343262)

Pelicans Men 1sts 1

Harleston Magpies 2nds 3

Pelicans suffered defeat in their top-of-the-table clash at Harleston Magpies.

Their attacking persistence paid off midway through the half when an inch-perfect pass from Sam Phillips enabled Will Lankfer to slot home in the D.

Harleston equalised just before the half-time whistle and scored from a short corner which took an unlucky deflection off a Pelicans defender.

Magpies added a third and final goal from open play.

The loss sees Pelicans fall behind in the race for promotion.

4 Ways PoM: Sam Philips.

Tracy Bowers performed wonderfully at the heart of the Pelicans defence. Picture: Richard S Brown. (54343264)
Tracy Bowers performed wonderfully at the heart of the Pelicans defence. Picture: Richard S Brown. (54343264)

Pelicans 2nds 0

Bury St Edmunds 2nds 2

Having lost 3-1 against Felixstowe in a rearranged Covid fixture the previous week, Pelicans were hoping to put that disappointment behind them against Bury St Edmunds at Alive Lynnsport.

Both teams started well with Gavin Johnson, in the centre of the midfield, distributing the ball and Pelicans pushing for the first goal.

Eddie Van Alst and Cameron Roberts combined well with some fast attacking play but it was Bury that capitalised first after defensive errors by the home backline. After the break, Toby Philips and John Lemon tested the visiting goalkeeper as Pelicans pushed for an equaliser.

But a quick Bury counter-attack finally sealed Pelicans' fate as the visitors added a second goal.

4 ways PoM: Eddie Van Alst.

Bianca Fraulo-Hilario chases through the Spalding midfield lines after a loose ball. Picture: Richard S. Brown. (54343266)
Bianca Fraulo-Hilario chases through the Spalding midfield lines after a loose ball. Picture: Richard S. Brown. (54343266)


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