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Gorleston boost hockey confidence

PUBLISHED: 15:23 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:27 03 July 2010

Gorleston 7, Pelicans II 1

For the second successive hockey match Gorleston scored seven goals against a major Norfolk club's development team and so travel with confidence to take on league leaders Felixstowe.

Gorleston 7, Pelicans II 1

For the second successive hockey match Gorleston scored seven goals against a major Norfolk club's development team and so travel with confidence to take on league leaders Felixstowe. They are determined not to capitulate as they have done this season against the two other leading Suffolk title contenders - Harleston III and Bury II.

As with Norwich City three two weeks ago, Gorleston certainly had the edge in speed and commitment, but their young opponents showed some neat touches and gave their hosts plenty to think about.

But the Gorleston defence, well marshalled by Andrew Lilly and Nick Mobbs, seldom looked troubled and this left plenty of opportunities and time for the midfield quartet of Johnny Mobbs, Martyn Vaudin, Jamie Higginbotham and Kevin MacDonald to move up in support of the attack.

The breakthrough came after 20 minutes when Russ Crawford and Malcolm Berry created confusion in the Pelicans D and the ball rebounded kindly for Monty Raymond six yards out to strike. Ten minutes later Nick Mobbs overlapped down the right wing and his cross beat Russ and his marker but was slotted home by Monty on the reverse stick at the far post.

After the interval and under floodlights it did not take Gorleston long to seal the game. Russ Crawford scored with a good opportunist effort before Nick Mobbs combined well with Mark Vaudin for the latter to power home the best goal of the match. Aix minutes later Jamie Higginbotham scored following a short corner but Pelicans, despite a hamstring injury to one of their defenders, never gave up and were rewarded when Sam Kent pulled a goal back following good work down the right by Olly Batterham.

Monty Raymond was determined to have the last word and five minutes from time he fired home for his first hat-trick for the club. He claimed a fourth goal two minutes later when his well-struck shot was helped into his own net by a Pelicans defender.

Gorleston entertained unbeaten Newbury and Thatcham of the Southern Division in round three of the HA Vase and cruised to a 3-1 victory when the visitors could muster just nine players on the pitch.

Fielding a particularly strong side with guest appearances from Adam Stone, Gareth Green and Ross Trimble, Gorleston grabbed an early goal through Russ Crawford. Although this was ruled out by a sweet short corner strike from Newbury skipper Kevin Lambert, 10 minutes later Adam Stone put Gorleston back in front following a well-taken free-hit from Peter Jones on the right.

Two minutes later Mark Vaudin doubled the lead with the best move of the game and that ended the scoring despite an entertaining second half.

In the last 32 of the HA Vase Gorleston have another home tie on February 15 when it is believed their opponents will be East Midland's side Solihull.


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