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Visitors come from behind twice to claim a share of the spoils

Pelicans ladies saw two points slip from their grasp and go into the Christmas break reflecting on a few matches where points have been dropped.

On this occasion, fine defending and a particular deftness in intercepting the hard hit pass from Tracy Bower, Laura Tea, Ellie Burt and Emily Pluck was let down by wayward or poorly weighted passes out from the back.

Pelicans twice took the lead, only to be pegged back in the latter stages of the match at Lynnsport.

Coach Sam Tea will no doubt work on the technical issues and Pelicans can look forward to the New Year with some optimism.

Spalding Hockey Club, Glen Park, Surfleet - ladies first team v Pelicans
First half Spalding goalie in green (5629330)
Spalding Hockey Club, Glen Park, Surfleet - ladies first team v Pelicans First half Spalding goalie in green (5629330)

Bourne Deeping started strongly and carried the attack to Pelicans with their young left winger looking a particular threat.

Pelicans, having defended well, counter attacked with a fine pass from Laura Tea finding Poppy Beales who sped up the right wing pinging a cross into the well-placed Annabelle Brown who was only denied by some fine defending.

On 20 minutes, Deeping won a penalty corner which was well-worked around the D, drawing a fine save and clearance from Pelicans goalkeeper Atlanta Stevenson.

A great interception and drive forward from Tracy Bower saw her threading a pass through to Beales who watched her shot deflected comfortably wide by the Deeping keeper.

Deeping stepped up their efforts and a wave of attacks put pressure on the home defence but some fine work by Emily Pluck kept them out.

Gabby Stilgoe began to cause problems for the Deeping defence, while a penalty corner from Beales drew a deflection off the visiting goalkeeper.

The deadlock was broken when Suzie Lemon picked up the ball and drove into the D before unleashing a powerful strike which flew in off the goalkeeper.

Pelicans’ lead was short-lived, though, as Deeping converted from a penalty corner to make it all-square going into the interval.

After the break, Beales won a penalty corner following a ball from Gabby Stilgoe but the resulting effort from Laura Tea went wide.

Shortly afterwards, a strong shot from Pluck was neatly deflected in by Brown to make it 2-1. Deeping poured forward in search of an equaliser and Beales twice went close to increasing Pelicans’ advantage.

Another attack saw the hosts left exposed as Deeping picked up the ball deep in their own half and, with a few well-placed passes, dispatched a strong and accurate shot past Stevenson with just seconds on the clock.

Players’ PoM: Emily Pluck.

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