HOCKEY: Pelicans Ladies Seconds maintained their unbeaten start to the Empresa Norfolk Women’s Hockey League Division One season with a 6-0 victory over North Walsham Seconds.
It puts them two points adrift of leaders Diss after three games.
Pelicans started slowly and took a while to find their shape.
However, they did eventually start to play some lovely passing hockey. Jane Major got the scoring underway with a fiercely struck shot following some great open play and Pelicans never really looked like conceding with some great defending by Eilish McGovern, Katie Watts, Nicky Lankfer and Major.
Only one goal up at half-time, Pelicans continued to put the Walsham team under immense pressure. Frankie Cowan played well at centre forward and was unlucky to see her efforts go wide and Emma Hotchin worked tirelessly.
Nicky Lankfer made a great run from the back and hit a shot just inside the D, which comfortably beat the keeper. Tracy Brown hit the third from a rebound.
Annabel Brown Sue Picton and Fern Ramsdale worked hard in midfield spraying the ball around well before Major was on the score sheet.
Pelicans fifth was finished well by Sarah Sagrott before Lankfer scored her second with a rasping shot.
Player of the match was Emma Hotchin.
BRIGHT PLAY UNREWARDED
HOCKEY: After three tight games to open their Development League season, Pelicans Girls slipped to a 4-0 defeat against Norwich City at Taverham.
Pelicans started brilliantly with attacking play from Ella Scott and Sophia Basset.
Lucy Lim joined in, making a pass, which split the Norwich defence and gave Scott a chance on goal. Unfortunately her shot went wide of the goal.
A shell-shocked Norwich side soon awoke to take the game into the Pelicans half. Charlotte Gardyne and Ellie Bower made strong challenges and Mikayla Glover battled hard, making several double and triple saves but was finally overwhelmed by a deflection.
Norwich added a second a few minutes later from a penalty corner and a third towards the end of the half.
After the restart the Pelicans dominated the game for 15 minutes through determination and good passing.
Amy Thompson and Ellie Burt put together some skilful pass and move hockey with Middleton Aggregates player of the match Lim and Charlotte Dod.
This great midfield play gave Holly Jillings and Scott further chances to score but the Pelicans were just unable to find the net.
Aoife McGovern, who had set up many chances with strong running had the best opportunity to score but could not direct the ball past the keeper.
Megan Savage and Connie Wildbur worked well together to defend the Pelican circle but were unable to prevent Norwich adding a fourth.