Indoor Tri-Nations Tournament

England men at the Indoor Tri-Nations Tournament

From 11-12 January the England Men's Indoor Squad travelled to Brussels, Belgium, for the Indoor Tri-Nations Tournament.

Match 1 - England 4-4 Scotland

In their first match against Scotland, England could only bring it to a draw after every time each team took the lead the other equalised shortly after. Despite being quick out of the block with a goal only two minutes in, Scotland came back with two goals, taking the lead for all of a minute before England equalised. The second half was much the same, although Scotland left it to a minute before the end before snatching victory away from then-leading England, ending the match at a 4-4 draw.

Match 2 - England 7-3 Belgium

England's second match was another quick starting game, though this time Belgium were first off the mark with a goal a mere one minute in. Not to be outdone, England bounced back courtesy of a brace from David Beckett to put them in the lead, which they held for the rest of the first half. In the second half England were able to increase their lead with another three goals before Belgium mounted a return. Even after a couple of consolation goals, it wasn't enough to bring the scores to level and England ran out 7-3 winners.

After the first day, Head [Indoor] Coach Andy Halliday said, "I am pleased with the progress we have made throughout the day across the two matches. The opposition presented us with different playing styles and therefore different challenges on court. I feel that we have learnt to deal with these challenges over the course of the first day and I'm impressed with all the players and how they have responded so far."

Captain Richard Springham said, "We've shown clear signs of starting to gel as a squad following a recent training camps, and I'm excited to see how we can develop further on day two of the Tri Nations."

Match 3 - England 1-5 Scotland

England's second match against Scotland proved to be much more decisive than their initial draw, despite a goalless first half indicating an even match. From the start of the second half Scotland were on the offensive, with a penalty corner opening the scoring, putting two away before England could fire a single retort. A hat-trick from Kenny Bain sealed the victory for Scotland, his third goal coming in the last minute of play.

Match 4 - England 6-5 Belgium

England's final match of the tournament was a close victory against Belgium, with the goals coming thick and fast throughout the game. Simon Egerton opened the scoring before a Belgian brace had England on the back foot. Not to be deterred, England came back with braces of their own from Chris Griffiths and Sam Ward. Belgium were able to equalise with ten minutes left on the clock, and only a last-minute penalty corner for England allowed the men to take all the points.

Head [Indoor] Coach Andy Halliday was pleased with the progress the squad made over the weekend, finishing off as runners up behind Scotland who secured a 4-4 draw with the Belgians in their final game. "We dominated the first half versus the Scots and failed to take our chances or convert our high penalty corner count - In the end turnovers cost us. However, the group showed great spirit and attitude to overcome a tough Belgian team to finish off this Tri Nations event with a pleasing win. We now turn our attention to Vienna and the challenges which lie ahead for us."

For more indoor hockey a little closer to home, see the best England has to offer LIVE at the Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Finals at Wembley Arena on 2 February 2014.