King's Lynn-based hockey club make flying start to new season
Pelicans Ladies got their campaign off to a flying start against a strong Long Sutton side.
Clair Morton, Susanna Lemon and Tracy Bower were all on target in a 3-1 victory as the side put a tough pre-season firmly behind them.
Going in all-square at 1-1 at the break, Pelicans came out the stronger of the two sides for the second half.
Grace Ashton created some brilliant opportunities down the right, which saw her voted player-of-the-match and Pelicans added two more goals to their tally..
Pelicans Men 3
Bury St Edmunds 0
Sam Phillips helped himself to a hat-trick as Pelicans built on a fine pre-season by beating Bury St Edmunds in their opening fixture.
Tackling well and moving the ball about nicely, Pelicans won an early short corner from which they opened the scoring.
Pelicans dominated the second half as Phillips went on to complete his treble.
Bury’s late push to score was thwarted by the strong defence of Sam Major, Iain Page and Ian Simmonds.
The team are back in action at Alive Lynnsport tomorrow (2pm).
Pelicans Men’s 3rds 1
Norwich City 5ths 7
The men’s 3rd XI opened their account with a tough home game to Norwich City, who are always a strong side and present many challenges.
Pelicans had many of their familiar faces and welcomed a new addition to this seasons team, in the very talented Eddie Van Last, who promises to be a future star.
From the start Norwich City positively and by half-time Pelicans found themselves trailing 4-0.
Heads were kept high and they pushed on in the second half, with Steve Long scoring with a perfect lob over the Norwich keeper.
This turned out to be a consolation goal as Norwich went into another gear, scoring another three goals.
Next up for the team is a clash against Ipswich & East Suffolk.
Pelicans Men’s 2nds 2
Both sides created a number of chances in a goalless first half.
The fast reactions of the Felixstowe keeper denied the drag flicks taken by Page on several occasions.
Pelicans’ defence held firm with Mitchell, Drane, Olley and goalkeeper Dillion blocking Felixstowe’s attempts at goal.
The deadlock was finally broken by Page, dribbling past the defence and sliding the ball with some precision past the Felixstowe keeper.
Pelicans continued to push the attack with solid performances from Lemon and Picton in the middle.
Reed was the chief tormentor on the wing and a second goal arrived when a long aerial ball from Phillips at the back was converted by Robertson at the other end of the pitch.
Pelicans Ladies 2nds 4
Some solid defending from Lucy Skerry, Jane Hughes and Marileze Verdoes led to some positive attacks down the pitch as Pelicans commenced their league season.
Neave Hayter was relentless on the right wing and this paid off with an early goal.
Louisa Walker added a second to give Pelicans a 2-0 lead by half-time.
Goalkeeper Lucy Sagrott made some outstanding saves to ensure that Pelicans kept a clean sheet.
The trio of Jenny Metcalfe, Louisa Walker and Lucie Wicks worked hard in midfield while both Jessie Pack and Brooke Harris were unlucky not to score.
Tracy Brown tapped in a third and Jane Hughes then scored from a short corner to complete the scoring.