England men draw with Argentina

Ashley Jackson battles with Matias Paredes during England Men's match against Argentina in the Four Nations tournament at Glasgow, April 25 2014 - 450

England Men had to settle for a 2-2 draw from their opening match of the Four Nations tournament in Glasgow on Friday evening, with Argentina defending deep and hitting them on the attack.

England 2 (1)
Alistair Brogdon 3 (F)
Mark Gleghorne 47 (PC)

Argentina 2 (1)
Manuel Brunet 24 (F)
Agustin Mazzilli 54 (F)

Wimbledon’s Ali Brogdon gave England the lead after just three minutes, but Manuel Brunet ensured Argentina were level with a 24th minute goal. Mark Gleghorne scored from a 47th minute penalty corner, but England’s lead only lasted seven minutes before a superb individual goal from Agustin Mazzilli ensured the points were shared.

“We made too many errors across the whole game,” said England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley. “However there were plenty of good signs that came from our performance. We now have a great opportunity to learn from this game as we move forwards to the Scottish game tomorrow.”

England drew first blood after just three minutes through Wimbledon forward Ali Brogdon. Captain Barry Middleton created space just inside the Argentine half and, after a one-two with East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson, slotted the ball through some static defenders into the circle for Brogdon to deflect into the bottom right corner of the net.

Argentina pulled level after 24 minutes. England let an Argentine defender step up into England’s half, and they maintained that momentum down the left of centre where, after reaching the circle, Manuel Brunet fired home.

They went in search of another goal, but strong and patient defending from England negated their efforts and, by the end of the half, Argentina were sat deep and seemed happy to be level.

Both sides came out seemingly more willing to attack, but after a good spell of opening pressure from Argentina, it was England who retook the lead from their first penalty corner on 47 minutes. After the initial shot from Ashley Jackson was saved by the goalkeeper, his team-mate at East Grinstead Mark Gleghorne was on hand to quickly control and slot home the rebound.

While Argentina were a man down with Andino having received a yellow card, England missed their second penalty corner which was fired over the goal, and four minutes later Argentina were back level.

A stellar run from Agustin Mazzilli, who caught England napping as he rounded five defenders, saw him lift the ball over a sliding George Pinner in the England goal to pull his side level.

England went in search of a third goal to ensure they started the tournament with a win, but Argentina sat deep and looked content to take a point.

Hosts Scotland take on Belgium in the evening’s second match which began at 7pm.

England are next in action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) when they play Scotland, prior to the Argentina versus Belgium clash. England then face Belgium on Monday (11am), before placement matches on Tuesday.

* Above photograph of Ashley Jackson is by Rodirigo Jaramillo.