GB men share spoils with Germany

Barry Middleton is on target for Great Britain against Germany as the sides play out a 2-2 draw in Mannheim 450

With less than four weeks to go until Great Britain men face Olympic Champions Germany on home turf in the Nations Cup, Bobby Crutchley’s side have travelled out to Mannheim to face the world number three side in two unofficial games and one official capped test match.

Tobias Matania 11 (FG)
Pilt Arnold 56 (PC)

Barry Middleton 21 (FG)
David Condon 41 (FG)

Earlier tonight a squad of 18 athletes, selected from a 23 man training squad, played out a 2-2 draw against the world number three side. Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and East Grinstead’s David Condon were both on target either side of half time, but goals from Germany in the first and final quarter left everything even after 60 minutes.

Great Britain started slowly and had to fight back after going a goal behind to Germany in the opening quarter. Tobias Matania netted for the Germans in the 11th minute, but Middleton pulled the scores back level to 1-1 on 21 minutes. Middleton’s Holcombe teammate Iain Lewers broke from defence to find Chris Griffiths who swept the ball across goal for the GB Captain to finish from close range.

Despite losing Middleton to a slight injury just before half time Crutchley’s side dominated play in the third quarter and they were rewarded for their efforts in the 41st minute when David Condon found the target with a reverse stick effort from 10 yards out beating the German keeper at the far post. Great Britain were unlucky not to go further ahead as they sustained the pressure on Germany in the final quarter, but a penalty corner in the 56th minute resulted in a goal for the hosts and gave them a share of the spoils in Mannheim. Crutchley’s men will play one more training match [unofficial] against Germany tomorrow before heading back to the UK.

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley On the performance: “We were slow to start and were opened up in the first quarter, which is frustrating, but once we got into the game we played well. I was a bit frustrated not to win it given the way we played, but overall I’m pretty pleased with the performance. Once we got the intensity up I thought we had good control for long periods in the final two quarters, controlling possession well and creating chances. This was another good match in our development leading towards the Olympic qualifiers [World League Semi Final] in June.

The next official match between Great Britain and Germany will be played on home turf on Tuesday 14 April as the Olympic champions return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the first time since London 2012. To find out more about the Nations Cup click here.