Won one lost one, that was the story on day two of England’s indoor world cup campaign. The loss came 3-2 against a clever and skilful Russian side. The win was also 3-2, against a combative USA.
The performance against the US was disjointed, but go-to man James Tindall saved the day with a half-way line steal and half-court dribble into the net. That came after the US equalised at 2-2 with a penalty despite Richard Mantell’s protests the ball had hit his stick. I probably don’t need t tell you about that – you probably heard the shouting back in Reading.
Other goals came from Richard Smith and Richard Mantell corners. Sean Harris levelled the scores at 1-1 just before the break – ensuring a nervous second-half for England fans.
Next up, the dangerous Iran at 3pm tomorrow (2pm UK) and then European champions Austria at 1.15pm (12.15 UK) Friday. It doesn’t get any easier does it?
In the other group, pool A we watched Germany demolish Australia 11-2 – it was awesome and it is hard to see anyone else winning the cup (which by the way, no one else ever has!)
All the results and tables are on the website and if you’ve found this you shoudl have seen video interviews with James Tindall and coach Andy Halliday. More from Poznan tomorrow.