Belgium hadn’t read the script on day one of the London Cup.
England raced to a 2-0 lead in their cup opener cheered on by a large crowd. But the Belgians rallied to score just before half time and then added three unanswered second-half goals to run away with a comfortable win.
England’s goals came from a fine reverse-shot by Richard Alexander and a deflection on a Glenn Kirkham strike by skipper Barry Middleton.
The home side must now get their campaign on track with tonight’s match against Korea at 8pm, at the Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Grounds, Cavendish Road, Chiswick, Hounslow, Greater London W4 3UH.
Tickets are still available on the gate and online (for the following days). England play New Zealand at 8pm on Friday and the top-two teams in the round-robin will play in Saturday’s final at 5.30pm. The third/fourth game is at 3pm Saturday. See here for a full schedule.
In Wednesday’s other game New Zealand play Belgium at 5.45pm. On day one the Blacksticks defeated Korea 2-0.