GB and Germany play out thrilling 3-3 draw

GB in Germany

Great Britain and Germany played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the second match of their Test series in Mannheim.

Goals from Liam Ansell and Luke Taylor put GB into an early two-goal lead before Germany fought back in the second half through Mats Grambusch and Marco Miltkau.

An Adam Dixon goal put GB back into the lead however German captain Grambusch was on target again to rescue a draw for his side.  

Speaking after the match Crutchley said: “This was a much better performance tonight. We started strongly, we were tighter defensively and looked more purposeful and threatening in attack.

“Third quarter was disappointing, but overall this was a performance with much more intensity and I thought we could have snatched the win in the dying minutes. It was also good to see Ed Horler earn his first Great Britain cap.”

Crutchley rotated his large squad for the second contest which saw Ed Horler make his Great Britain debut, joining Luke Taylor, Liam Ansell and James Albery who made their first appearances on Monday night.

It was GB who raced into the lead just as they did in the first match of the series, Ansell scoring a field goal on 11 minutes before Taylor netted his second in two games from a penalty corner to extend the lead.

However after the half-time break Germany fought back and two goals in two minutes saw them draw level. Firstly Grambusch was on target and Miltkau converted a penalty corner moments later.

GB put themselves back into the lead with ten minutes to go through Dixon but Grambusch found the net with five minutes to go.

Great Britain: George Pinner (GK,C), Luke Taylor, Henry Weir, Brendan Creed, Adam Dixon, Harry Martin, Chris Grassick, Barry Middleton, Ed Horler, Sam Ward, Alan Forsyth

Subs (Used): Harry Gibson (GK), Dan Kyriakides, James Albery, James Gall, Tom Carson, Liam Ansell, Phil Roper