Sweden in England's Sights on Sunday

England progressed to the promotion pool, Pool C, at the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Trophy in Poznan today after a 2-2 draw with Switzerland but they were left to rue missed opportunities both against Switzerland and again later when they met the hosts Poland.

Loughborough Students' Richard Smith put England in front in their final Pool A match and when Reading's Jonty Clarke doubled the lead in the 15th minute England were well in control.

However, a fightback from the Swiss saw Quentin Studmann and Phillipe Bernhard score within three second half minutes of each other to rescue a point for Switzerland and ensure they qualified for Pool C alongside England. 

Following the formation of Pool C, England played the hosts Poland in the final match of the day.  The game was a highly competitive and evenly balanced affair but it was Poland who came away from the game with the points thanks to goals from Karol Szyplik (14 minutes) and Krysztof Kmiec (33 minutes).  England had their own chances to score but just could not find the back of the net in what was an otherwise accomplished team performance. 

Afterwards, Head Coach Andy Halliday was pleased with his side’s performance against the team that has come down to the Trophy division from the top tier Championship.  “It was a very even game between two evenly matched teams,” he said.  “If we had taken the chances that we created we’d have won but on the whole I thought we played well.  It was an accomplished performance against a strong team.”

England can still achieve their target of promotion with a good victory over Sweden, however, to qualify for the 2011 Indoor World Cup in Poznan they will need to hope that Poland beat Switzerland and that England finish as runners-up to the future World Cup hosts.

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