Pelicans Ladies first team’s ever-improving goalkeeper Lucy Saggrott. Picture: RICHARD S BROWN.

HOCKEY: A tight East Men’s League Division One North match was transformed into an away romp for Pelicans.

After twice taking the lead in the early stages, Pelicans were pinned back to 2-2, however, that proved to be the catalyst as they upped a gear to run out 10-4 winners.

The visitors scored three more before half-time from well-worked open play and short corners. From the start of the second half Pelicans controlled the game, working the ball around well and capitalising in the opposition’s D.

Sam Phillips led the way to goal with a nap-hand, a tally matched with single strikes from Will Lankfer, Jack Major, Sid Carpenter, Ed Brown and Josh Widdowson.

Two goals in both halves earned Pelicans Ladies a 4-1 win over Cambridge City Fourths in Division Two North West of the East Women’s League.

A short corner was converted by Jess Walker for the first goal and Jane Proctor’s persistence paid off when she scored to make it 2-0 at half-time.

A third goal came from player of the match Karise Sherry, from a fantastic solo run that had started at the halfway line, continued down the right wing before negotiating the defenders with ease to finish off with a cracking shot on target.

City pulled one back before a goalmouth melee gave Sherry the chance to grab her second goal.

Pelicans Men’s Seconds hit back from behind to earn a point from a 2-2 draw in Division Two East against UEA Seconds.

UEA went ahead after a break down in the home attack allowed them to run clear to score. Pelicans were level shortly afterwards when a penalty flick was awarded and Stuart Olley put Pelicans on the scoreboard with a masterful flick into the top left corner.

UEA quickly regained the lead and were 2-1 up at the break. Both teams continued to battle for dominance in the second half but it was George Lemon who scored Pelicans equaliser. 

The men’s third team rattled off a 7-0 win over Norwich Dragons Fourths in Division Four North East.

It was much closer in Division 5NE(N) where Pelicans Fourths came out on top by the odd goal in nine at Cambridge Nomads.

Pelicans did not start well and found themselves 2-0 down through a combination of hapless defending and unlucky bounces.

They pulled one back but, despite some magnificent saves from Rahmaan Nasar, Pelicans were 3-1 down at half-time.

The second half proved to be a revelation with Ben Allen diving in to make it 3-2 and another shot levelling things up.

Four teenage players made their presence felt for Pelicans as they clicked into gear, moving into space to receive the ball and making quick, simple passes to pressure Nomads.

That pressure saw the Nomads crack as Pelicans turned things round to win 5-4.

Honours finished even in Division Four North West of the East Women’s League at Ely Seconds, where Pelicans Seconds earned a 1-1 draw.

The first half was deadlocked at half-time but Pelicans came out after the break in determined mood as the first half. Tracy Brown, despite nursing an injury, was on hand to place the ball just inside the post to open the scoring. 

Pelicans held that lead for the majority of the second half but Ely broke down the defence and scored an equaliser with 10 minutes left. 

The player of the match award was shared by Brogan Wright and Jane Hughes.

The ladies’ third team were 8-3 winners against Kettering Fourths in Division Five North West.