Saturday 25 June
England Men 3 defeated Wales Men 0
Goals: ENG – Richard Mantell – PC 23m PC 37m PC 53m
hat trick by Richard Mantell in his first game back after cruciate ligament surgery was the highlight of England’s dour match against Wales in Swansea on Saturday.
Mantell struck in the 23rd minute to give England the break they needed after a strong Wales start.
England, having started poorly, enjoyed a dominant middle phase in the match with Mantell slotting again in the 37th and 53rd minutes. England failed fully to capitalise on their dominance however and, in coach Jason Lee’s words, played more sloppy hockey in the last quarter.
There was a promising debut from Ben Marsden at left half and with Jonty Clarke penetrating well down the right, England forced 22 circle penetrations to Wales’ seven.
Wales failed to have a shot in open play and Nick Brothers in the England goal did not have a shot to save throughout the match. George Harris, his opposite number, was kept busy but could offer no resistance to Mantell’s lethal drag flicking.
Wales Senior Women 2 defeated England Under 21 Women 1
Goals: WAL – Louise Bevan PC 24m, Dawn Mitchell FG 38m; ENG – Susie Rowe PC 65m
In the other match England Under 21 women took on the senior Wales women’s team and lost 2-1.
“An interesting game that highlighted key areas we need to work on. If we can remedy these areas for tomorrow’s match we are certainly capable of a positive outcome,” England Under 21 coach Karen Brown said.
Sunday 26 June
England Men 3 defeated Wales Men 0
Goals: ENG - Richard Mantell PC 19m PC 36m PC 45m
Richard Mantell repeated his remarkable comeback from injury with another hat trick of penalty corner goals as England once again outplayed Wales, winning 3-0 in Swansea.
The match was a better game than the first match between the teams on Saturday with more flowing hockey from both sides, particularly England who more readily overcame the sturdiness of Welsh tackling to create chances.
George Harris once again coped with these well in the Welsh goal while his opposite number, Jon Ebsworth, faired similarly to Nick Brothers yesterday, required to do little as England dominated.
The Welsh proved difficult to breakdown on both days and England coach Jason Lee was disappointed that his side did not score any goals from open field play on either day.
Lee was, however, satisfied with his team’s penalty corner conversion rate along with the performance of Ben Marsden who gained his first caps this weekend. He singled out Barry Middleton as England’s most consistent player but praised his squad generally.
England Under 21 Women 2 drew Wales Senior Women 2
Goals: WAL - Beth Fisher FG 12m, Nia Fowler FG 54m; ENG - Gemma Darrington PC 15, Natalie Seymour FG 42
In the day’s other match, England Under 21 women drew 2-2 with the Wales Senior Women’s team.
Wales got off to a bright start with Beth Fisher converting from open play in the 12th minute before England responded soon after with Gemma Darrington’s penalty corner goal three minutes.
England pulled clear after the break but midway through the second half, Wales found a way through their opponent’s defence with -Nia Fowler converting to secure a 2-2 draw.
“Another competitive game against Wales allowed us to show some improvements to yesterday’s performance. However, from both an individual and a team perspective we still have a long way to go if we are to be successful at the Junior World Cup in September,” England assistant coach Sue Chandler said.
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