Wimbledon knocked out of EHL

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Wimbledon will not progress in this season KO16 EuroHockey League after a nail bitingly close draw with Mannheim seeing the German side top the group. 

The Wombles kick started their EHL campaign comfortably on the Friday night beating Russian side Dinamo Elektrostal, 5-2. 

Eugene Malthouse opened the scoring with a lovely turn and shot in the seventh minute. Ian Lewers extended his sides lead rocketing away a penalty stroke after the ball hitting a foot on the line. 

Jonathan Codling slotted home the third and Ian Sloan cleaned up a mid-circle chance which Dinamo were unable to clear. Phil Roper got Wimbledon’s fifth after wonderfully intercepting a ball across goal overheard, volleying home a glorious shot for 5-0 lead. 

The Russian side pulled one back just before half time after a scramble in the circle, beating James Baily in goal after a dominant display from the English side.  It was only in the final quarter when Mikhail Proskuriakov snuck a shot past Bailey’s stick side to give his side a second goal but it wasn’t enough with Wimbledon coming away clear winners. 

Wimbledon had to win against Mannheim after the German outfitters beat Elektrostal 7-2 the day before which meant their goal tally was greater. 

Last time these two sides met Wimbledon beat them in a penalty shoot out after a thrilling 2-2 draw at full time to see the English side through to the KO4 in 2017. Both sides started the game not giving anything away with the German side forcing Baily to make some spectacular saves. 

Gonzalo Peillat’s powerful drag-flick gave the German club the half-time lead as he scored from the first of two corners before the break. Wimbledon were relentless and forced the German side to defend strong to deny their lead to be taken away. 

Wimbledon knew they needed a bit second half and they gave it their all. Both sides forced the keepers to deny either side a goal, but Wimbledon tore into their attacks, Ben Arnold’s shot denied in the 43rd minute. Ed Horler gave his side their first goal with 12 minutes left following a swift baseline attack, calmly slotting home from the near post. Unfortunately, Mannheim stayed calm and won, topping the table on goal difference. 

The KO 16 draw will be taking place on October 21 including Premier League title holders Surbiton. For more information and match highlights please check out EHL website here.