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Great Britain lose hockey test in South Africa

 

South Africa 5 (2)
Austin Smith – 24 (PC)
Julian Hykes – 30 64 (F, F)
Ian Haley – 43 (F)
Lloyd Norris-Jones – 49 (F)

Great Britain 3 (1)
Nick Catlin – 12 (F)
Simon Mantell – 44 (F)
Rob Moore – 70 (F)

GREAT Britain Men made a disappointing start to their three-match hockey test series against hosts South Africa in Cape Town on Friday evening, losing 5-3.

Despite taking the lead after 12 minutes it was against the run of play, and South Africa soon opened their account and eased into a 2-1 lead at half time – a lead which they held to the end.

“It was a disappointing start to the test series,” said manager Andy Halliday. “We were slow out of the blocks and were punished by a clinical South Africa team, but we had plenty of chances to get back into the game which we didn’t take.

“But on the plus side, it was great to see more than 2,000 hockey fans in Cape Town for the match, which was the first men’s international in the city for eight years.”

Reading’s Nick Catlin put Great Britain into the lead after 12 minutes when he followed up on a penalty corner by Richard Mantell.

After a sloppy start GB came back into it and looked dangerous on the counter-attack but they couldn’t get the final touch, and it was instead South Africa who scored next, Catlin’s former team-mate at Reading Austin Smith – the South African captain – scoring from a 24th minute penalty corner.

Indecision in the GB defence let their hosts in after 30 minutes, Julian Hykes pouncing on the ball to beat Brothers in goal.

Shortly after play resumed South Africa doubled their lead with Ian Haley scoring a good individual goal on 43 minutes, attacking down the right and scoring from the top of the circle.

However, GB were not finished and they pulled it back to 3-2 the very next minute, Reading’s Simon Mantell following up his own shot which had rebounded out.

GB pushed for an equaliser, but they left themselves overstretched at the back, and on 49 minutes Lloyd Norris-Jones scored to make it 4-2 to the home side.

Hykes scored his second goal on 64 minutes after good work down the right, and left GB with too much to do.

Surbiton’s Rob Moore smashed home a 70th minute consolation after good work by Harry Martin in getting into the circle, but it was too little too late for GB, who head to Stellenbosch on Tuesday for the second match of the series.

 

GREAT BRITAIN’S FIXTURES v SOUTH AFRICA

Date – GMT – Local Time          

Friday 3 February – 17:00 – 19:00 – South Africa v GB

Tuesday 7 February – 17:00 – 19:00 – South Africa v GB

Saturday 11 February – 17:00 – 19:00 – South Africa v GB

 

GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD FOR SOUTH AFRICA TRAINING CAMP

Name (Club) [Home Nation] GB Caps/GB Goals – Home Nation Caps/Home Nation Goals – Age

Richard Alexander (Surbiton) [England] 46/5 – 130/13 – 30

Alastair Brogdon (Bowdon) [England] 5/0 – 43/4 – 24

Nick Brothers (Reading) [England] 8/0 – 28/0 – 28

Nick Catlin (Reading) [England] 8/2 – 45/3 – 22

Jonty Clarke (Reading) [England] 43/11 – 138/28 – 31

Matt Daly (Surbiton) [England] 43/12 – 95/44 – 28

Adam Dixon (Beeston) [England] 18/0 – 58/2 – 25

James Fair (Cannock) [England] 26/0 – 87/0 – 31

Ken Forbes (Surbiton) [England] 6/0 – 3/0 – 33

Dan Fox (Hampstead and Westminster) [England] 5/0 – 23/0 – 28

Mark Gleghorne (East Grinstead) [England] 8/1 – 0/0 – 26

Ben Hawes (Wimbledon) [England] 78/19 – 125/25 – 31

Ashley Jackson (East Grinstead [England] 50/16 – 71/49 – 24

Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead [England] 57/5 – 145/7 – 29

Iain Lewers (East Grinstead) [England] 16/0 – 15/1 – 28

Iain Mackay (Reading) [England] 19/1 – 63/11 – 26

Richard Mantell (Reading) [England] 48/19 – 115/49 – 30

Simon Mantell (Reading) [England] 51/9 – 83/35 – 27

Harry Martin (Old Loughtonians) [England] 15/1 – 8/0 – 19

Barry Middleton (East Grinstead) [England] 88/29 – 159/43 – 28

Rob Moore (Surbiton) [England] 71/18 – 148/19 – 30

Mark Pearn (East Grinstead) [England] 85/23 – 157/50 – 34

George Pinner (Beeston) [England] 3/0 – 6/0 – 25

Richard Smith (Loughborough Students) [England] 7/3 – 64/7 – 24

Niall Stott (East Grinstead) [Scotland] 82/8 – 120/0 – 30

James Tindall (Surbiton) [England] 53/19 – 126/56 – 28

Alastair Wilson (Beeston) [England] 45/0 – 103/6 – 28

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