Friday, 20 January 2012
SLOVAKIA 1 (1) – 6 (2) ENGLAND
Kristina Smatanova – 19 (PC)
Denise Marston-Smith – 7 18 (PC, PC)
Samantha Quek – 23 (F)
Katie Long – 26 31 (F, F)
Emma Thomas – 34 (F)
RUSSIA 1 (0) – 1 (0) ENGLAND
Tatiana Voronina – 35 (F) Katie Long – 25 (F)
ENGLAND remain on track to reach the final stages of the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship after securing a win and a draw in their first two matches in Slagelse, Denmark, on Friday. They began with an emphatic 6-1 win over the Slovak Republic, and then battled to a 1-1 draw with Russia. Those results leaves England second in the group and with high hopes of beating leaders Lithuania tomorrow morning and topping the group.
Against the Slovak Republic, England made a promising start with captain Denise Marston-Smith scoring twice from penalty corners – on 7 and 18 minutes – to help England into a 2-0 lead. Their rivals pulled one back a minute later, but England held firm and after the break added further goals.
England played with patience, and if it wasn’t for some excellent goalkeeping from Zuzana Popelkova they could’ve been further ahead. However, they didn’t have to wait long before adding to their score. Sam Quek found the net from open play on 23 minutes, and Katie Long added two more in similar style on 26 and 31 minutes. Finally, Emma Thomas added a sixth on 34 minutes. But hopes of another free-scoring game were put on hold as England took on Russia.
England didn’t make the most of the chances they created, and despite dominating could only draw. England did well to create a number of open play chances as well as nine penalty corners, but failed to find that elusive finishing touch with a mixture of good saves from the Russian Goalkeeper Maria Malakhova and some narrow misses.
At the other end goalkeeper Maddie Hinch did well to prevent Russia from stealing all the points with a couple of crucial saves late in the game.
Afterwards, Head Coach Nick Clark was upbeat about the number of positive goal scoring opportunities created, and the solid, well-organised defence that suffocated the opposition’s scoring chances.
EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championships II Fixtures & Results
Friday 20 January
09:30 B Lithuania 9 v 2 Russia
10:40 B Slovakia 1 v 6 England
11:50 A Scotland 5 v 4 Denmark
13:00 A Switzerland 3 v 6 France
14:30 B Russia 1 v 1 England
15:40 B Slovakia 2 v 7 Lithuania
16:40 A Switzerland v Scotland
18:00 A Denmark v France
Saturday 21 January
08:00 B Lithuania v England
09:10 B Russia v Slovakia
10:20 A Denmark v Switzerland
11:30 A Scotland v France
14:30 D 4th Pool A v 4th Pool B
15:40 D 3rd Pool A v 3rd Pool B
16:50 C 2nd Pool A v 2nd Pool B
18:00 C 1st Pool A v 1st Pool B
Sunday 22 January
09:30 D 4th Pool A v 3rd Pool B
10:40 D 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B
12:00 C 2nd Pool A v 1st Pool B
13:10 C 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B