Tindall golden goal wins England men bronze

James Tindall’s golden goal helped England’s men to the European bronze medal against Belgium in Monchengladbach on Sunday afternoon. 

Tindall’s close range effort five minutes into extra time sealed the win for England who had led early on through a sixth minute Richard Mantell penalty corner. 

Adam Dixon congratulates Richard Mantell after he scored a goal for England against Belgium in the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championships bronze medal match

Belgium equalised through Alexandre Depaeuw’s close range reverse strike in the 42nd minute, much to the disappointment of the English defence, which had referred the goal to the video umpire claiming an initial ball into the circle, which flew past two players at head height, was dangerous.  The goal stood though. 

James TindallEngland goalkeeper James Fair made a couple of saves as the match wore on and Surbiton’s Richard Alexander tested Fair’s opposite number David Van Rysselberghe with a stinging shot late in regulation time.  But with no further goals the match went to golden goal extra time.

Determined not to leave Germany empty handed England bossed the opening exchanges of extra time and Tindall was unfortunate to see captain Barry Middleton’s cross fly past his stick after eluding the goalkeeper.  Minutes later Tindall was in the right place at the right time when Van Rysselberghe could only push his save from Nick Catlin to the England forward.  As the ball came back through a Belgian defender Tindall did well to control on his reverse before guiding it into the unguarded net to seal victory and the bronze medal.

Following the match, England Hockey President presented two members of England's bronze medal winning squads with awards in recognition of their efforts by the Hockey Writers' Club.  The awrds, the Marjorie Pollard Award and the Chris Moore Award, are made to the best UK player in the European Championships.  Helen Richardson, scorer of both of England's goals against Spain on Saturday, was awarded the Marjorie Pollard Award while men's captain Barry Middleton picked up the Chris Moore Award.  Congratulations to both of them.

In the final, the hosts Germany, England's conquerers in the semi final, beat the Netherlands 4-2 to lift the EuroHockey Nations Championships trophy.

Supporters cheer England's bronze medal win at the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championships

Read the full match report on the international results page.

  • Jason Lee post-match interview - listen here
  • James Tindall post-match interview - listen here

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