Victory for U16 Boys over Belgium

England U16 Boys, Santander July 2014 - 450

England Under-16 Boys beat Belgium 2-1 in their final group match of the Four Nations Tournament in Santander, Spain, on Thursday morning.

Strong defence underpinned their victory, and after a poor first half they grew in confidence and held off a Belgian side who they will meet again in the Bronze play-off match on Friday morning (9am start).

“Brave circle defence was the highlight of an otherwise poor first half,” said Head Coach Charlie Bannister. “We scored from our only penalty corner of the game, and a much better second half performance gave the lads a well-deserved victory.”

Reading’s Jack Whelan gave England the lead after 31 minutes when he scored from a goalkeeper rebound at a penalty corner.

Belgium hit back when Jules Noten’s shot deflected off a defender’s stick on 47 minutes, but the very next minute England re-took the lead with Euan Gilmour scoring a fine solo goal after dribbling along the left baseline.

England defended well as Belgium had six penalty corners and were left frustrated at all of them, while England found the net with their one corner chance.

England Under-18 Boys

Leading at half time, England Under-18 Boys went down to a 3-1 defeat against Belgium in their final group game at the Four Nations Tournament in Santander, Spain, on Thursday.

Marlow player Jack Clee gave England the lead on 15 minutes when he spun round in the circle and unleashed a good shot, and England continued to dominate play and possession.

But after half time it looked a different England side which came out, and Belgium hit back through Tommy Willems on 45 minutes.

Another goal came from TH van der Putten on 55 minutes, and two minutes from the end they added a third through Corentin De Trez as England stretched themselves too thin in search of an equaliser.

Head Coach Jody Paul said afterwards: “The game went to plan in the first half and brought its just rewards and England were one-nil ahead, but good chances were created that could’ve extended that lead.

“In the second half the performance was below that expected and following a turnover the Belgian’s were let back into the game when we were down to ten men. Our energy levels were not as high in the second half and it allowed Belgium back into the game resulting in defeat.”

England will now play in the Bronze medal match at 11am tomorrow, against wither the Netherlands or Spain.