KO16 Results – Saturday
Reading 5 East Grinstead 3
Oranje-Zwart 4 RC Polo de Barcelona 3 (on penalties, 2-2 after extra time)
HC Bloemendaal 2 UHC Hamburg 1
KHC Dragons 3 Rot-Weiss Koln 2
Reading have won the battle of the English clubs in the Euro Hockey League with a 5-3 win over East Grinstead in Bloemendaal.
The light blues had a dream start with Richard Mantell burying a corner drag-flick in the third minute. Jonty Clarke finished from close to double the lead in the 21st minute.
[img_assist|nid=2012|title=|desc=Richard Springham’s Reading team-mates pile in to celebrate the sides fifth goal in their 5-3 EHL win over East Grinstead FRANK UIJLENBROEK/EURO HOCKEY LEAGUE|link=node|align=right|width=299|height=210]Chris Cargo scored one of the best goals of the weekend with a reverse shot from wide on the left to produce a 3-0 lead three minutes after half-time, and Reading looked in complete control. But two hard-won goals by Danny Hall (45m and 47m) opened up the game. Iain Mackay then set up Chris Cargo’s second strike for Reading to settle the nerves at 4-2, before a deflected goal by Gareth Carr in the 57th minute lined up a tense finish.
Reading’s fifth, from Richard Springham with fiveminutes to go, finished of a valliant East Grinstead. Reading go through to Monday’s quarter finals where they will play KHC Dragons of Belgium. Dragons defeated a star-studded Rot-Weiss Koln side 3-2, also today.
Tomorrow Beeston play HGC (Netherlands) at 1.30pm UK time. This is not scheduled for British Eurosport 2 at the moment. Watch Kansas City vs Chicago football and the Mountain Bike World Cup there! Check http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/tvschedule.shtml for any updates to the schedule. Failing that the game will be streamed on www.ehlhockey.tv
The other Sunday quarter final is the battle of the Spanish – Club de Campo vs Atletic Terassa at 11am UK time.
[img_assist|nid=2014|title=|desc=Flares are still in fashion with Bloemendaal fans|link=node|align=left|width=250|height=261]Other Saturday games saw Oranje Zwart (Ndl) go through on penalties against RC Polo de Barcelona and hosts Bloemendaal put away UHC Hamburg with a late Nick Meijer winner. Those results set up an all-Orange quarter final on Monday
Heaps of video interviews on the website, just go to www.pushhockey.co.uk/
europe and more tomorrow from the Euro Hockey League.