Judith Stoutt on the ball for the Ladies fourth team in their heavy home defeat against Harleston Magpies.Pictures: Richard S Brown.

HOCKEY: The sun was shining on the Pelicans pitches at the weekend as the men’s first XI got themselves back on track by securing a 4-0 home win against Dereham.

Josh Widdowson 2, Jack Yule and Sam Phillips got the goals to keep them in the hunt for title glory in Division Two North of the East Men’s League.

The seconds lost a hard-fought match at UEA 4-2 but the third team stormed to a 7-0 win against Bury St Edmunds in Division Five North East, courtesy of a hat-trick from Steven Long, a brace from man of the match Graham Brooks and a goal each from Tom Sowerby and Charlie Lankfer.

No such joy for the fourth team though, they collapsed 10-0 against UEA in Division Six North East (North).

Men’s 4 XI UEA suffered a 0-10 heavy defeat against UEA

The ladies first team enjoyed a deserved 1-0 win at home to Bourne Deeping in a well-fought encounter.

Player of the match was Nicki Lankfer who held the opposition back with some great goal line saves. 

Amy Thompson made some cracking runs throughout the game and the team came out on the attack in the second half with lots of energy and motivation.

They were rewarded when Hollie Nash provided the winning goal with a strong strike from the top of the D.

After a four-week break, the fourth team took to the pitch with three new players and Millie Milnes stepping in as goalkeeper at the last minute as the team took on Harleston Magpies Sevenths.

The girls knew it was going to be a tough game against the top-of-the-league side but they made a solid start with some good passing.

But Magpies showed their pedigree and stepped up the pace to open an 8-0 half-time lead.

After a big team talk at half-time and a switch of positions Pelicans came out playing stronger with more teamwork and they managed to keep their opponents down to only four more goals.

Player of the match was Jenny Metcalfe.

Pelicans girls development took on tough Watton opposition and went down 7-2. 

The team gets stronger every week. Development hockey really is not about the final score but the development from junior to adult hockey and enjoying and learning from every game. 

Those watching from the sidelines have been impressed to see the progress the girls have made since the start of the season.

Manager Tony Meek said: “I was immensely proud of the girls as they all rallied round and showed a lot more determination and grit. This is how they should play against every team from the start.”