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Great Britain defeated in Spain tests

England and GB captain Barry Middleton in action

• Great Britain men lose both games in two-match series.
• Spain win first game 1-0 and second 4-1
• Iain Lewers wins 100th combined Great Britain and England cap
• Ollie Willars wins 50th combined Great Britain and England cap
• Squad used the same as the England squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy, plus Ollie Willars and Scotland’s Chris Grassick.

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Great Britain 0 1 Spain
Marc Salles 47 (PS)

      
A 49th minute penalty stroke from Spain’s Marc Salles was enough to give the home side a win in atrocious conditions at Atlétic Terrassa Hockey Club, Barcelona. It was a match of few chances, settled when Salles held his nerve to slot home from the spot 11 minutes from full time after Henry Weir had conceded a penalty stroke for a foul in the circle. Great Britain were unable to break the Redsticks down and though neither side were able to force a penalty corner, it was Bobby Crutchley’s men who went home empty handed.

The game marked Iain Lewers’ 100th combined England and Great Britain cap.

Thursday 13 November 2014

Great Britain 1  4 Spain
Ashley Jackson 59 (PC) Xavi Lleonart 14 (F)
 Alex Casasayas 15 (F)
 Marc Salles PC (39)
 Albert Beltran Mir 53 (FG)

                          
                                                                                                                         
Great Britain slipped to their second defeat in as many games as Spain swept into a four goal lead at Real Club de Polo, Barcelona. Two goals in the first quarter did the damage as Spain took advantage of the visitors’ mistakes. The pick of the goals as far as the Redsticks were concerned came from Albert Beltran Mir who evaded a number of tackles before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Paddy Smith’s shoulder and into the roof of the net. Ashley Jackson struck a late consolation goal but it was too little, too late.

The game marked Ollie Willars’ 50th combined England and Great Britain cap.

Quotes – England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley

“We looked a bit rusty and although there were some good moments, there were too many occasions we were poor in key areas. We made too many defensive errors and simply weren’t clinical enough in their circle. It’s been a frustrating couple of games and a few players looked off the pace but we will be able to take some positives from the trip.

It’s been a good exercise in getting back to playing international hockey against a tough opponent. It’s shown us the standards we need to set and the levels we need to reach when we go to the Champions Trophy as England."

Squad

Name – Club – Hometown, Region

Alastair Brogdon – Wimbledon – Hale, Manchester
Tom Carson – Reading – Wellington, Somerset
Nick Catlin – Holcombe – Marlow, Buckinghamshire
David Condon – East Grinstead – Leicester, Leicestershire
Adam Dixon – Beeston – Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Dan Fox – Holcombe – Godalming, Surrey
Mark Gleghorne – East Grinstead – Antrim, Northern Ireland
Chris Griffiths – East Grinstead – Birmingham, West Midlands
Michael Hoare – Wimbledon – Liverpool, Merseyside
Ashley Jackson – East Grinstead – Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Iain Lewers – Holcombe – Belfast, Northern Ireland
Harry Martin – Beeston – Ipswich, Suffolk
Barry Middleton – Holcombe – Doncaster, South Yorkshire
George Pinner (GK) – Holcombe – Ipswich, Suffolk
Phil Roper – Wimbledon – Chester, Cheshire
Patrick Smith (GK) – East Grinstead – Harlow, Essex
Henry Weir – Wimbledon – Nantwich, Cheshire
Tim Whiteman – Beeston – Bungay, Suffolk
Chris Grassick – Surbiton – Edinburgh, Scotland
Ollie Willars – Beeston – Leicester, Leicestershire

Spain are one of the sides in action when Eurohockey 2015 comes to London’s Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. England will face Netherlands, Spain and Russia. For all the details of the competition and how to get tickets, click here.

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