England U16 Girls in Belgium for three-match series

England U16 Girls v Belgium in Antwerp 3 - photo by Peter Joarder 450

Between 4-7 July England's U16 girls headed out to Antwerp to play a series of three test matches against the home side, Belgium.

Match 1

England 1 (0)
Charlotte Calnan 65 (FG)

Belgium 0 (0)

England got their three game-series with Belgium off to a winning start in Antwerp on Friday afternoon. After 65 minutes of play dominated by England, but without the ball getting past the Belgian keeper, Charlotte Calnan finally struck a tremendous reverse-stick shot into the bottom corner to seal the match.

England U16 Girls' Head Coach Marc Bourhill said after this first game: "It was pleasing to see the girls execute some of the things we have worked on in the training ground. Hopefully we'll see even more of it in the next two matches."

Match 2

England 1 (1)
Charlotte Calnan 6 (FG)

Belgium 0 (0)

Once again it was Charlotte Calnan who won England the victory in their second match against Belgium. A determined performance allowed England to run out a 1-0 win against an improved Belgian side. Calnan finished off an excellent move by deflecting the ball high into the net after just six minutes of play, a good early result from some good pressing. Although scrappy in parts England created some really good chances with some great deliveries across goal, but the forwards diving in front of goal were unlucky not to get a touch.

Match 3

England 2 (2)
Meg Dowthwaite 18 (PC)
Annie Mills 31 (FG)

Belgium 1 (1)
27 (PC)

England made it three out of three victories in Antwerp on Monday, with the final score decided by the end of the first half.

An impressive first half performance saw England take the lead when Meg Dowthwaite deflected a penalty corner strike into the far corner. The home side levelled just under ten minutes later, also from a penalty corner, before Annie Mills calmly finished off a sweeping move for the goal of the series. England created more chances in the second half, but Belgium battled hard to leave the half goalless but finishing up 2-1 to England.

England U16 Girls' Head coach Marc Bourhill said after the series: "I was pleased with the way the girls coped with some structural changes in the last game and were still able to dominate long periods of play. The squad are now looking forward to the 5-Nations tournament at Beeston HC next week."