Gleghorne goal helps England to draw

Mark Gleghorne scores for England against New Zealand at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Melbourne (c) Treebyimages

A goal from East Grinstead forward Mark Gleghorne helped England to a 1-1 draw against New Zealand in their final Pool A match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne. The 27 year old’s quick reactions in the 11th minute saw him pounce to give England an early lead, which they held for much of the match until Phil Burrows’ late equaliser for the Black Sticks.

The result, coupled with Germany's 3-2 win over India and Australia's 1-0 win over Pakistan, means England finish third in Pool A and will take on hosts Australia, the Olympic bronze medallists, in the quarter finals at 9:00am GMT on Thursday.

England Head Coach Jason Lee was pleased with how his inexperienced side measured up to a New Zealand team that featured ten of their Olympic squad from London 2012. “I thought we did well to adapt to the different zonal style of the game,” said Lee, whose side came under pressure late on. “Overall, it was a completely different style of hockey to the first two games and we did well to stay in the game, although I felt we actually had enough chances of our own to have won.”

Gleghorne’s close range finish came at the end of a flowing English attack down the right that began with an aerial pass out of defence from Richard Smith and finished with Gleghorne pouncing on a defensive lapse.

The 20th competitive meeting between the two sides was an evenly fought contest throughout with only a handful of clear cut opportunities falling to either team. As New Zealand pushed for an equaliser, late cards shown to two of England most experienced players – Richard Smith and Barry Middleton – meant England had to defend resolutely for the final few minutes after Phil Burrows’ near post deflected equaliser with just seven minutes remaining.

England’s match against Australia will be streamed live online at and shown live on British Eurosport 2.

Read the full match report in the International Results section.

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