England suffer two defeats at EuroHockey Indoor Champs

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ENGLAND’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup are hanging by a thread after another day of dramatic results in the EuroHockey Indoor Championships in Vienna, Austria.

A narrow 10-8 defeat to favourites Germany could easily have been an England win with the score tied at 8-8 with three minutes left. And England led 6-5 with three minutes to go against Sweden, only to concede twice and go down 6-7.

"I am very proud of the squad after today's two performances,” said Head Coach Andy Halliday. “It is fine margins in sport at this level and we came out the wrong side of them on both occasions.

"Although our World Cup qualification chances are very much in the balance, I'm still very pleased with all this group has achieved in such a short space of time."

England must now beat the Czech Republic – and hope that the Dutch beat Sweden – if they are to retain their top flight status and secure World Cup qualification.

Match Three

GERMANY

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10

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8

(3)

ENGLAND

Constantin Staib 11 (FG)

Sam Ward 5 9 23 33 (PC FG PC PC)

Richardo Nevado 21 25 36 (FG, FG, FG)

Simon Egerton 28 34 (FG FG)

Moritz Furste 10 13 16 39 40 (FG, FG, PC, FG, FG)

 

 

 

 

 

David Beckett 37 (FG)

Daniel Von Drachenfels 35 (FG)

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Griffiths 13 (FG)

England made a great start against Germany, but their early two-goal lead was soon wiped out and they went down 10-8 to the current World and European indoor champions.

Sam Ward goals on five and nine minutes put England ahead, but Germany hit back to lead 3-2 with captain Moritz Furste scoring two and Constantin Staib one. Furste completed his hat-trick shortly after Chris Griffiths had scored for England to make it 3-2 to the Germans at half time.

Richardo Nevado added another for Germany, and Sam Ward and Nevado traded goals to make it 6-4 before England dramatically took the lead with three unanswered goals from Simon Egerton (2) and Ward to make it 6-7.

Daniel Von Drachenfels and Nevado bagged more goals to re-take an 8-7 lead, but David Beckett’s 36th minute goal tied the scores again.

However, Germany took a lead they would not lose in the final couple of minutes with Furste scoring twice.

Match Four

ENGLAND

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6

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7

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SWEDEN

Ben Arnold 14 18 (FG FG)

Johan Bjorkman 2 9 15 18 32 37 39 (FG FG FG FG FG FG FG)

Sam Ward 23 37 (PC FG)

 

David Beckett 36 (FG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Griffiths 13 (FG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading by one goal with three minutes left, England Men conceded twice to Sweden in the closing stages to suffer a narrow defeat.

The two sides were close throughout, but it was the Swedes who edged the crucial result.

Johan Bjorkman scored all Sweden’s goals, the first two giving his side a 2-0 lead before England hit back to level thanks to Chris Griffiths and Ben Arnold.

Bjorkman and Arnold traded goals again to make it 3-3 before the Swede edged ahead with a fourth strike two minutes before half time.

Sam Ward scored early in the second half to level, and although Bjorkman put his side ahead again on 32 minutes, England took a 6-5 lead with David Beckett and Ward the scorers on 36 and 37 minutes.

However, two unanswered goals late in the match gave Sweden the win.

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