GB are new frontrunners in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Great Britain lead the table at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia after a 3-1 win over New Zealand today. [img_assist|nid=2059|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=150|height=117]

Second-placed Australia, who thumped Pakistan 5-1 at Ipoh, do however have a game in hand.

In the other day four match, India defeated hosts Malaysia 5-2. 

Tomorrow is a rest day for all teams, but GB benefit from Wednesday off too, ahead of a key match against Australia on Thursday. Australia play the high-energy Koreans on Wednesday.

GB’s win over New Zealand came of the back of a 14th minute penalty corner from Reading’s Richard Mantell. Mantell was involved again in Great Britain’s second after younger brother Simon found a Kiwi foot in the circle. Richard’s penalty corner low to the left was saved but Reading clubmate Jonty Clarke picked up the rebound to make it 2-0. 

And it was 3-0 minutes later when Surbiton’s Richard Alexander smashed home his fifth goal in the colours of Great Britain – the 29-year-old taking full advantage as New Zealand failed to clear their lines.

Shay Neal pulled one back for the Commonwealth Games bronze medalists, tipping home on the back post with an hour played.