England U18 Boys beat the Dutch

England U18 Boys, Santander, July 2014 - 450

A goal in each half was enough for England Under-18 Boys to record a deserved 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the Four Nations Tournament in Spain on Tuesday.

A much-improved display all-round helped the team draw praise from Head Coach Jody Paul, who said: “I’m very pleased with the performance, especially after the Spanish performance the day before. There were improvements across the pitch in defence and attack.

“The lads seem to have clicked, taken on board everything we have been working on in training and dramatically improved.”

A hefty tackle in the circle at a penalty corner earned England a 13th minute penalty stroke which Mat Ming took very well, and they held that lead to the break.

The Netherlands levelled on 44 minutes through Jente Van Deursen with a slight deflection, but England pulled ahead again 11 minutes later with Max Ansell getting a deflection following some good circle play by Will Calnan.

England Under-16 Boys are back in action on Thursday against Belgium at 12noon (11am UK time).

England Under-16s

HEAD Coach Charlie Bannister hailed the performance of England Under-16 Boys, who led for much of the first half before losing out narrowly 2-1 to the Netherlands in their second match of the Four Nations Tournament in Santander, Spain, on Tuesday morning.

Ollie Rogerson’s 10th minute goal gave England the lead, and they battled superbly to hold off the Dutch until shortly before the break. Dutch goals came on 30 and 60 minutes, but England’s play continued to please Bannister.

“I’m very proud of the way the lads went about the task in very warm conditions,” he said. “The circle defence was outstanding and could’ve equalised with more rub of the green.”

Beeston ace Rogerson gave England the lead with a well-placed lob when the Dutch defence were expecting a cross, and they held off an increasing Dutch threat with strong defence.

Tony Van Veen pulled his side level with a penalty corner on 30 minutes, but the match was still hanging in the balance into the second half. However, the Dutch clinched the win with a goal from open play from Coen Verdoorn on the hour mark.

After a rest day on Wednesday, England Under-16 Boys are back in action on Thursday against Belgium at 10am (9am UK time).