Grace Ashton leads the Pelicans Ladies first team attack.

HOCKEY: Pelicans started off on the wrong foot and were caught off guard against Cambridge South in Division Two North West of the East Women’s League.

The visitors scored early on to knock Pelicans’ confidence and set the tone for the rest of the game as they went on to win 4-1.

South were quick and skilful opposition, who played very high, drawing Pelicans out of the press. The opposition made the most of their short corners and by half-time led 2-0.

The second half saw some improvement from Pelicans, with the team building up play through the middle. However, South were strong defensively and kept Pelicans at bay. Despite a couple of short corners, Pelicans struggled with the final conversion.

South continued to attack aggressively, scoring twice more. The final play of the game saw Pelicans gain reward with a goal from Jane Proctor.

The Four Ways Player of the Match award was shared by Lucy Sagrott and Charlotte Aguilar. 

The Seconds were beaten 3-2 at Haverhill Seconds in Division Four North West.

Pelicans were on the attack from the off with excellent work in midfield from Jessica and Amelie Beck feeding the ball through to the forwards. 

Despite strong defending from Brogan Wright, Louisa Walker and Katie Page, Haverhill converted a short corner, however, Jessica Beck soon equalised.

Pelicans were dealt a blow when goalkeeper Atlanta Stevenson had to go off with an injury after a powerful shot on goal struck her on a knee, despite her pads.

The visitors stepped up to the mark and denied any chance of letting the opposition increase the score, with Jane Hughes saving two shots as the stand-in kicking back. 

Atlanta returned to the pitch for the second half having received treatment but it did not prevent Haverhill from scoring twice more. 

Determined attacking from Tracy Brown paid off when she celebrated her birthday with a goal to make it 3-2.

The Four Ways Player of the match was Brogan Wright, for her sterling efforts in defence.

Pelicans Men’s first and second teams both failed to win. The firsts drew 3-3 at Cambridge South in Division One North of the East Men’s League, while the seconds went down 2-0 at Ipswich & East Suffolk Seconds in Division 2NE: 

There was better news for the thirds, who won 3-0 against Norwich Dragons Fifths, while the sixth team were held 0-0 at home by Harleston Magpies Sixths.

The boys’ development team beat Harleston 2-0 but the club’s over-40s lost 5-0 at City of Peterborough on Sunday in the East Men’s o40s Championship.