Pelicans u14s were involved in a 16-goal thriller against Peterborough. Back, from left: Rebecca Bush, Mia Moore, Poppy Beales, Chloe Papworth, Amber Scott, Grace Carrier. Front: Katie Page, Hannah Stoutt, Poppy Tunmore, Lucy Sagrott, Emily Pluck, Chloe Gatwood and Millie Bastian.

HOCKEY: A topsy-turvy encounter saw Pelicans u14s come out on top of a 16-goal thriller against Peterborough.

Pelicans found themselves a goal down less than two minutes from the start and a minute later Peterborough doubled their lead with a goal from a short corner.

It was a shock to the system but the West Norfolk girls regained composure and started to grow in confidence, building attacks with fine passing hockey.

Poppy Beales pulled one back with still only five minutes gone.

During the attack a Peterborough player took a blow to the head, which needed hospital attention. She returned in time for teas with the teams afterwards.

The game continued end-to-end and Pelicans pulled level at 2-2 only to go 3-2 behind before rallying to lead 4-3, going on to open a 7-4 advantage at half-time. The second half continued at the same frantic pace with the game eventually finishing 11-5 in favour of Pelicans.

It was a great team effort as it was the first time this group of girls had played a match together.

The team is made up of players from all four ladies teams, as well as the girls development team and included three debutantes in the side.

Beales ended the match with six goals to her name. Other scorers were Mia Moore 2, Amber Scott 2 and Grace Carrier.

The players’ player of the match award was shared by Beales and Emily Pluck, who also won the manager’s and coaches’ award.