Pelicans hockey sides pushing for promotion
A number of sides from Pelicans Hockey Club are fighting for promotion at the halfway point of the league campaign.
The men’s first team, the ladies' seconds and the men’s seconds are all flying high in their respective divisions going into the Christmas break.
Pelicans find themselves third in East Men’s Division One North while the seconds, whose game was postponed due to Covid at the weekend, are third in the East Men’s Division Two North East.
And Pelicans ladies' 2nds sit top of East Women’s Division 4 North West following a 1-1 draw at Kettering.
Elsewhere, the men’s fourths are fifth in the East Men’s Division Five North East while the ladies' thirds are ninth in East Women’s Division Five North West.
Pelicans Ladies 2 Long Sutton 2
Trailing at the interval, Pelicans took advantage of a short corner to equalise through a thunderous effort from Charlotte Aguilar early in the second half.
Long Sutton took the lead for a second time before a cracking goal from Bianca Fraulo-Hilario levelled the scores for a second time.
This result leaves the team fifth in East Women’s Division 2 North West.
Middleton Aggregates PoM: Lucy Sagrott but special mention to Jessica Beck and Amelia Beck who stepped up from the seconds to play.
Kettering 1 Ladies 2nds 1
This was always going to be a tough top-of-the-table clash with Kettering.
Kettering were strong from the off, making Pelicans work hard to keep them at bay.
Some effective defending from Jane Hughes, Louise Walker and Katie Page, did enable some excellent counter attacks, with some great distribution through to the front line of Maisy Beales, Hannah Howes and Jenny Metcalfe.
Kettering’s attack was relentless and they eventually took the lead, but Pelicans levelled the scores with the aid of a deflection.
Middleton Aggregates PoM: Katie Page.
Pelicans Men 4 Bury St Edmunds 2
Pelicans delivered a strong performance in their final outing of 2021 with Sid Carpenter (2), Sam Philips and Chris Page all finding the back of the net against Bury St Edmunds.
Middleton Aggregates PoM: Sid Carpenter.
Norwich City 5ths 1 Men’s 3rds 4
After last week’s tough fixture away at Bury, Pelicans found themselves on the road again, this time at Norwich City.
The game started end to end, with both teams trying to find their rhythm.
Pelicans opened their account first through a quick-fire Sam Kent goal, which was rapidly countered by a well-worked City short corner routine.
Pelicans gritted their teeth and with some slick passing through the phases, promptly returned three more goals from Ash Corbett and Kent.
Defender Chris Hallum had an excellent game for Pelicans, who are eighth in East Men’s Division Four North East, at the back.
Middleton Aggregates PoM: Sam Kent.