Scotland lose out to England in Men's 4 Nations
26 April 2014
FT: Scotland (Chris Nelson 33') 1-3 England (Barry Middleton 22, Tom Carson 43', Simon Mantell 65')
Scotland’s Men’s 4 Nations campaign suffered a blow today after a 3-1 defeat by England at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Despite an equalising goal from midfielder Chris Nelson shortly before half-time, field goals from Barry Middleton, Tom Carson and Simon Mantell ensured England left with the three points.
(Scotland's players celebrate after Chris Nelson's equalising goal. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray)
Reflecting on his side’s performance, Scotland Head Coach Derek Forsyth said, “Defensively at times we were excellent, but when we’re playing teams at this level we need to keep the ball longer so we can control the game a bit more. Every time we defended well, we made life hard for ourselves by turning the ball over too quickly.
“We were right in it for the whole game, yet we only had one corner. If we’d scored that corner to make it 2-2 that changes everything. The second England shouldn’t have stood so the contest was a lot closer than the result suggests.
“That said, England are a good team about to head to the World Cup. Another great experience for the players and we move onto Monday against Argentina.”
(Chris Nelson, left, was on target for Scotland against England. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray.)
Following a tight opening period with no significant chances for either side, it was Scotland who fashioned the first chance of the game. Nicky Parkes found space on the right flank and the Surbiton forward’s dangerous cross was met by Gareth Hall, whose dive and slender deflection went narrowly wide of the left hand post.
England retorted in the 17th minute, winning a penalty corner after good play from Barry Middleton. However, the Scottish defence was alert to the threat of Ashley Jackson, Kenny Bain getting a stick to the East Grinstead midfielder’s shot to ensure the ball was diverted over bar.
Three minutes later, Dan Fox threatened the home side’s goal, working a one-two pass with Simon Mantell, but his weak shot rolled past the far post.
Nevertheless, the visitors found the opening goal in the 22nd minute. Excellent wing play from Mantell enabled the Reading midfielder’s cross to find Middleton in space inside the circle, and the England captain made no mistake with a low drive past Scotland goalkeeper Jamie Cachia.
Cachia had to be on his toes shortly after, the Sheffield shot-stopper getting down low to repel Phil Roper’s effort.
(England's Ali Brogdon battles hard for possession. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray)
Further frustration came for the home side in the 31st minute when Gary Cameron’s challenge on Middleton led to the award of a penalty stroke, but Jackson’s option to hit the stroke high proved ill-judged, the ball coming back off the crossbar.
England were left to rue the missed chance two minutes before the half-time interval, Kelburne midfielder Chris Nelson latching onto Dan Coultas’ hit into the circle to send the ball past English ‘keeper George Pinner.
Confusion then abound in the 43rd minute when it appeared that a foul had been committed during an England foray into the circle, but Tom Carson was credited with the away side’s second goal, restoring their advantage.
Cachia was again Scotland’s saviour midway through the second half, making a fantastic double save to deny Mark Gleghorne’s penalty corner strike and then Middleton’s follow-up from the resulting re-bound.
The home side had an opportunity to find a second equaliser in the 55th minute following the award of a penalty corner, but Coultas’ effort fizzed wide of the left hand post to the angst of the Scots.
Five minutes from time, England sealed victory following great skill by Jackson to find Mantell sliding in at the near post to make it 3-1.
(Scotland team thanks their supporters after the match. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray)
Scotland Senior Men: Jamie Cachia (Sheffield), Gareth Hall (Beeston), Michael Bremner (Kelburne), Dan Coultas (Holcombe), Alan Forsyth (Surbiton), Chris Grassick (Surbiton), Ian Moodie (Edinburgh University), Ross Stott (East Grinstead), Chris Nelson (Kelburne), Kenny Bain (Hurley), William Marshall (Sheffield), Iain Scholefield (Qui Vive), Niall Stott (East Grinstead),David Forsyth (Qui Vive), Nick Parkes (Surbiton), Gavin Byers (Sheffield), Gary Cameron (Grange), Gavin Sommerville (Western Wildcats)
England Senior Men: James Bailey (Reading) Alastair Brogdon (Wimbledon) Tom Carson (Reading) Nick Catlin (Reading) David Condon (East Grinstead) Dan Fox (Holcombe) Mark Gleghorne (East Grinstead) Michael Hoare (Wimbledon) Ashley Jackson (East Grinstead) Iain Lewers (East Grinstead) Simon Mantell (Reading) Harry Martin (Beeston) Barry Middleton (Holcombe) George Pinner (Beeston) Phil Roper (Wimbledon) Dan Shingles (Reading) Tim Whiteman (Beeston) Ollie Willars (Beeston)
FT: Belgium (Tanguy Dosyns 9', 55') 2-1 Argentina (Facundo Callioni 33')
Meanwhile, Belgium surged to the top of the Men's 4 Nations Pool Standings with a 2-1 win over Argentina.
(Belgium's Tom Boon in action for Belgium against Argentina. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray)
Tanguy Dosyns opened the scoring in the ninth minute from a penalty corner, but Facundo Callioni pulled Argentina level shortly before the half-time interval after brilliant play from Matias Paredes.
However, Dosyns ensured the win for the world number five team, finishing off from close range.
BEL P2 W2 D0 L0 GF6 GA4 GD +2 Pts 6
ENG P2 W1 D1 L0 GF5 GA3 GD +2 Pts 4
ARG P2 W0 D1 L1 GF3 GA4 GD -1 Pts 1
SCO P2 W0 D0 L2 GF4 GA7 GD -3 Pts 0