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England smash Poland in the European U21 championships

England u21 Men beat Poland 6-2 as they turned on the style in the EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships in Belgium on Tuesday evening.

A hat-trick from East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor underpinned their victory, while others came from Arjan Drayton Chana, Sam French and David Goodfield.

England coach Jon Bleby said: “I’m pleased with the win again, although there are still some things that we need to improve on. With the way results have gone today we still have to win tomorrow to be sure of progressing.”

Cannock ace Drayton Chana opened the scoring from open play after 19 minutes following good work by Rob Farrington,  before Taylor bagged his first from the penalty spot following a foul on Jonty Griffiths on 21 minutes.

That score held until the second half, but just two minutes in Birmingham University player Sam French scored from England’s third penalty corner in a row, dragging high into the net.

Poland pulled one back on 45 minutes with a deflection from a free hit on 45 minutes, but Sheffield Hallam’s David Goodfield ensured England maintained the upper hand with a 55th minute strike, again after good work by Farrington.

Two yellow cards cost Poland dear as, while they were short-handed, Taylor scored his second from a penalty corner on the hour mark, and then completed his hat-trick on 64 minutes from another penalty.

Poland pulled a second goal back in the final minute through Chwalisz, but it wasn’t enough to challenge England’s supremacy.

England play France at 5.45pm (UK time) today.

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