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England off to a winning start on day one of indoor world cup

England’s world cup campaign got off to a flying start in Poland with a 2-1 win over 2007 fourth-place getters the Czech Republic.
Glenn Kirkham put England ahead and a Simon Mantell penalty restored the lead after a Czech equaliser from Richard Kotrc. All the goals came in the second half.
The penalty stroke came after England’s most penetrative forward James Tindall was stick-tackled by goalie Filip Neusser. This followed a typically skilful run from the Surbiton striker.

England’s world cup campaign got off to a flying start in Poland with a 2-1 win over 2007 fourth-place getters the Czech Republic.
Glenn Kirkham put England ahead and a Simon Mantell penalty restored the lead after a Czech equaliser from Richard Kotrc. All the goals came in the second half.
The penalty stroke came after England’s most penetrative forward James Tindall was stick-tackled by goalie Filip Neusser. This followed a typically skilful run from the Surbiton striker.
Kirkham’s goal was set up by captain and international indoor debutant Barry Middleton who crossed from the left to find the East Grinstead midfielder just to the right of the penalty spot.
The Czech equaliser followed soon after when Kotrc was picked out near Nick Brothers’ left post by a fine circle injection.
England indoor coach Andy Halliday said although the game was close, he felt his side had been in control. “It felt secure,” he said. Praising the defensive effort all over the court. “We showed enough quality to keep them out. It was a good team performance.”
Click here for a video interview with skipper Barry Middleton. http://www.pushhockey.co.uk/events/indoor-world-cup/video/England-2-Czech-1
In other games in England’s group, 2010 Euro champions Austria were convincing 5-1 winners over what looked like a nervous Iran. But the Asian champions showed enough to make sure no one will take them lightly. Also in pool B, Russia, England’s opponents on Wednesday,looked slick in taking apart USA 6-2. We’re looking to midfielders Alexander Zhirkov and Barry Middleton clashing tomorrow. Germany spanked Namibia 18-0, while in the closing game, a very impressive Poland outplayed and out-thought Australia 3-1.
We haven’t seen a women’s game yet – but will rectify that tomorrow!
For full results see http://www.pushhockey.co.uk/events/indoor-world-cup/results and all the boring stuff like tables is there on our website too.
We’ll be back tomorrow with the Tweets and hopefully a few pics and interviews too. England play Russia at 11.15am (10.15UK). Follow us: www.twitter.com/pushhockeymag

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