Home Nations Report - 050s start with a win.

Eng Men 050

England Masters Over 50s Men

Home Nations Championships 2018 – Southgate

England O50s men started their campaign on Friday with a scratchy performance against Wales..  With the team having their preparation impacted by the Beast from The East there was a lack of fluidity at the start of the game.  Wales were certainly up for the battle after pushing England close in the Euros last year.  With a number of players making their debuts at this level it took a while for the nerves to settle down.

The first quarter was forgettable other than for the number of chances squandered.  However, the second quarter saw England creating a lot more positive outcomes and as a result after a couple of short corners debutant Rob Hill stepped up and fired a short corner in off the right hand post.  The Wales keeper was playing well bit a number of shots were fired straight at him.

The squad were rotating hard in the heat and were starting to stretch the Wales players across the pitch and probably should have extended the lead.

The third quarter saw England take their foot off the gas and refocus at quarter time saw them come out for the final period playing much better.  Soon after the resume Peter Langley got on the end of some good play to fire under the keeper to make it 2 -0.  He could have immediately added a second but one of his own players blocked his shot.  Neil Pendle who was a constant threat up from slotted in from the right hand side after forcing the keeper to commit.  Quickly after this was followed by Luke Watson who pushed a hard pass in from just inside the D and found it getting through to the backboard unaided. 

 A good 4 – 0 win despite some huffing and puffing

The squad was Stoneley, Plastow, Brown, Hill, Camilerri, Watson, Stokes, Von Der Hyde, Jones, Pendle, Cooper, Brady, Langley, Pendle, Nash, Miller, Brady, D’Mello.  Manager – Ollerenshaw, Coach - Dixon

Their next game is against Ireland on Saturday at 11am.  The results are available at www.masters.altiusrt.com.