Netherlands hold England U18 Boys at bay

England U18 Boys, July 2017

England Under-18 Boys (0) 0

Netherlands Under-18 Boys (1) 4
Karst Timmer 26 38 (FG, FG)
Valentijn Charbon 31 (PC)
Teun Kropholler 35 (FG)

Despite playing with more energy and desire than in recent matches, England Under-18 Boys were beaten 4-0 by a clinical Netherlands side in the third match of their Six Nations Tournament at the Nottingham Hockey Centre on Thursday afternoon.

Head Coach Jody Paul was quick to defend his side’s performance, and look forward to building on the positives and securing wins in their final two matches on Saturday and Sunday.

“The guys played with a lot more energy and desire today, but unfortunately we were beaten by a side who were slightly technically better,” he said. “But that will give us a good platform to go into our last two games.”

After an even first half, Karst Timmer scored the first of his two goals after 26 minutes, and then early in the third quarter the Netherlands doubled their advantage with Valentijn Charbon scoring with a shot into the top right of the goal from a 31st minute penalty corner routine.

Teun Kropholler made it three-nil with a 35th minute open play goal, before Timmer secured his second three minutes later.

England pushed on in search of a way back into the game, but a strong Netherlands defence held out despite England creating some good chances.

After a rest day on Friday, England Under-18 Boys are next in action on Saturday against Germany. The match at the Nottingham Hockey Centre starts at 11.30am.