Pelicans Hockey Club weekend round-up
Pelicans ladies failed to hold on to an early lead as they slipped to a 2-1 reverse against St Ives at the weekend.
A positive first-half display saw Pelicans take the lead through Rosie Booth and this was just rewards for some great passing forward play.
Midway through the second half, St Ives capitalised on a wayward defensive pass to level the scores before the hosts added a second against the run of play.
This spurred Pelicans on and a number of scoring opportunities were created but the St Ives defence held out to the end of the game.
Player of the match for the Pelicans was Sophie Page.
Elsewhere, although they slipped to a 2-0 defeat, the ladies second team delivered an excellent performance against UEA.
Good teamwork provided circle penetration that created many shots, short corners and a penalty stroke.
A high percentage of those were on target, forcing good reaction saves from the UEA keeper.
The young squad showed enthusiasm and application, a group that are willing to learn and improve together.
Meanwhile, the ladies IV team took on Dereham and lost 5-1. The team, who had several new faces in their ranks, were a bit reluctant to go out and play seeing how it had just rained.
Dereham had the push back and the Pelicans started the game with some great passing and good teamwork. Goalkeeper Eleonor Jackson made some great saves and the defence worked well to keep Dereham at bay. Tallie Bryant-Hammond took a ball to the knee and had to come off the pitch for an ice pack which left the team with only 10 on the pitch.
Dereham took advantage of this and managed to score before extending their advantage close to the interval.
After a good half time talk by captain Kassie Arlott the team came out with a lot of fighting spirit and the rain had stopped.
There was a lot of great passing from Pelicans in the second period, but unfortunately Dereham managed to add three more goals.
Team spirit still remained high and after a bit of confusion in the Dereham D, Arlott managed to tap the ball past Dereham’s keeper for a consolation. The whole team gave it their all and the player of the match was Charlotte Wheatly.
Other results: St Ives 1 Pelicans men 3, Pelicans II 4 Ipswich II 1, Pelicans III 9 Ipswich Cranes 2, Pelicans IV 2 Dereham IV 3, Pelicans Ladies III 0 Dereham IV 3.
Weekend fixtures: Men’s 1sts v Long Sutton 1sts (away) pb 1pm; Men’s 2nds v North Norfolk 1sts (home) pb 12.15pm; Men’s 3rds v Bury St Edmonds 4ths (away) pb 4pm; Men’s 4ths v Norfolk Nomads 2nds (home) pb 1.45pm; Ladies 1sts Cambridge City 4ths (home) pb 2.30pm; Ladies 2nds v East Coast 2nds (away) pb midday; Ladies 3rds v Loddon 2nd XI (away) pb 10am; Ladies 4ths v Carrow 2nds (home) pb 1pm.