England beat USA to claim second victory

Richard Smith 10 (PC)  
Richard Mantell 23 (PC)  
James Tindall 30 (F)  
USA 2 (1)
Sean Harris 19 (F)  
Patrick Harris 27 (PS) 

A first international indoor goal from Surbiton forward James Tindall sealed a narrow victory for England over the USA at the FIH Indoor World Cup on Wednesday afternoon, keeping alive English hopes of a semi final berth.

Richard Smith is challenged by Thomas Krauss of the USA while in action for England at the FIH Indoor World Cup in Poznan, PolandIn contrast to the morning’s match against Russia, England struggled to find top gear against the Americans, but still found the back of the net three times through Loughborough Students’ Richard Smith (pictured), Reading’s Richard Mantell and Tindall. 

The USA twice pegged back England with equalisers before Tindall's cool finish on 30 minutes.  England breathed a sigh of relief when the USA struck the post with five minutes remaining and England 3-2 up but the ball stayed out and England held on for a second Indoor World Cup win.

Speaking afterwards, Indoor Head Coach Andy Halliday admitted, “We played poorly in the first half and gave the USA a sniff of a chance of the win, which boosted their confidence.  Although we tired, we played better in the second half, we have six points and are in with a chance of making the semi finals.”

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