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Sam Phillips scored a brace as high-flying Pelicans claimed the derby spoils in East Men's Division 1 North.

Phillips opened the scoring after an aggressive start from the visitors on their way to a 4-2 victory at their A47 rivals.

The game ebbed and flowed for the remainder of the half as the hosts found an equaliser goin into the interval.

Josh Widdowson chases down the ball hotly persued by a Wisbech defender. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952264)
Josh Widdowson chases down the ball hotly persued by a Wisbech defender. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952264)

Pelicans restored their lead quickly after the restart and added another for good measure to take the score line to 3-1.

Wisbech added a second of their own before Pelicans completed the scoring after netting a loose rebound from a short corner.

Sid Carpenter and Alexander Palmer-Silcock were also on target for Pelicans.

4 Ways PoM: George Van Aalst.

Iain Page closes down a Wisbech attacker. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952273)
Iain Page closes down a Wisbech attacker. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952273)

Pelicans 2nds 1 Dereham 2nds 2

Pelicans got off to a good start and were pressing right from the off.

They took the lead when Toby Phillips played the ball in to Shen Wei Lim, who went around the goalkeeper, before setting up Cam Robertson to poach home from a few yards out.

Dereham levelled matters and Pelicans goalkeeper Sam Mallet made countless magnificent saves before they added a second from a short corner.

Dan Malihov and Cam Robertson had late chances to equalise for the Pelicans, but the Dereham goalkeeper was equal to the task.

4 Ways PoM: Cam Robertson.

Men's second team captain Stu Olley. (52952278)
Men's second team captain Stu Olley. (52952278)

Pelicans 3rds 6 Sudbury 3rds 0

Pelicans came to this game full of confidence after two wins on the bounce.

They commenced well with plenty of slick passing and within a few minutes found themselves 2-0 up with Ash Corbett scoring back-to-back goals.

Sudbury struggled to keep hold of the ball and Pelicans capitalised to great effect with more goals coming from Steve Long, Paul Searle and club chairman Charlie Lankfer.

After the break, Long netted the final goal in a much tighter second half.

4 Ways PoM: Martin Metcalfe.

Ladies first team player Jane Proctor is closely marked by the Kettering defence. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952280)
Ladies first team player Jane Proctor is closely marked by the Kettering defence. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952280)

Pelicans Ladies 0 Kettering 2

Pelicans made a good start to this game but were kept at bay by an athletic Kettering goalkeeper in this East Women's Division 2 North West encounter.

After a goalless first period, confidence was knocked ten minutes into the half with the opposition scoring the first of their goals from a slick short corner routine.

Ladies first team player Nic Lankfer breaks out of the Pelicans defence. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952301)
Ladies first team player Nic Lankfer breaks out of the Pelicans defence. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952301)

Despite Pelicans setting a strong press, Kettering continued to make the most of their swift counter attacks and proceeded to score a second, again from a slick short corner routine.

Despite the final scoreline, Pelicans played some good fluid hockey throughout the game.

4 Ways PoM: Grace Ashton and Susie Lemon.

Ladies first team players Hannah Howes and Jessica Walker defend against the Kettering captain. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952282)
Ladies first team players Hannah Howes and Jessica Walker defend against the Kettering captain. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952282)

Pelicans Ladies 2nds 1 Cambridge City 6

With a number of new faces in their squad, Pelicans found it difficult to gel and found themselves on the back foot from the start.

Cambridge were a well-drilled team who took an lead early and continued to dominate as they went into the interval with a four-goal advantage.

Ladies first team player Grace Ashton one of the joint Players-of-the-Match on Saturday. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952303)
Ladies first team player Grace Ashton one of the joint Players-of-the-Match on Saturday. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952303)

After the break, an early short corner strike from Jane Hughes was picked up from the keeper’s pads by Tracy Brown whose shot was touched in on the near post by Jessie Pack.

Cambridge went on to score a further two goals in a punishing defeat for Pelicans.

4 Ways PoM: Jane Hughes.

Ladies first team players Susie Lemon & Charlotte Aguilar combine to steel the ball from Kettering's attack. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952287)
Ladies first team players Susie Lemon & Charlotte Aguilar combine to steel the ball from Kettering's attack. Picture: Richard S Brown. (52952287)


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