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England Masters Over 50s Men

Match 1 – Fri 27 July vs Wales

England O50s opened up their campaign with a hard fought, physical but ultimately very professional  6 - 1 win vs Wales. A couple of changes from the Home Nations meant that this 18 had not played together until this game and in the last two tournaments Wales have proved to be tricky first time out.

England put a game plan into place based upon good discipline and good movement of the ball into key positions on the pitch and aiming to get pressure right in front of the opposition keeper.  With both sides starting strongly it was England that opened their account first when a good attack down the right found the opportunist Jeff Longden in about a yard of space at the top of the D.  That was all that was needed and the ball flew across the keeper into the far side of the goal.  This woke up Wales and they went to a full press and turned over an outlet from the back and managed to quickly equalise.  England remained calm and quickly regained the lead when again Jeff Longden popped up in the right place with a near identical goal.  After a series of good passes skipper Ian Phillips made it 3 1 just at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started well and Peter Langley and Neil Pendle scored excellent goals.  This settled the team and they could have scored a number of other goals but were often just missing the final touch.  The best goal came from the practice ground and Kevin Miller was in exactly the right place to slot home a well worked deflection within 3 yards right in front of the keeper

With the score finishing at 6-1 the skipper, Ian Phillips was well pleased with a disciplined display in a good physical game and sets the side up nicely for game against Argentina on Saturday, who are an unknown quantity.

Squad

Plastow, Stoneley, Spooner, Hill, Stokes, Gillett, Von Der Hyde, Camilleri, Phillips, Cooper, Langley, Jones, Watson, Longden, Pendle, Nash, Miller

Manager – Ollerenshaw

Coach - Dixon