Great Britain and Argentina series finishes all square

George Pinner faces a penalty corner for GB 2015



Great Britain and Argentina could not be separated for the second day in a row as the two teams played out a 0-0 draw. In a game that marked a 50th international cap for Reading’s Dan Shingles and the 150th for Holcombe’s Nick Catlin the two defences came out on top as neither side could find a way through.

Argentina started with a much more attacking approach compared to yesterday’s game and George Pinner had to be alert from the start, beating away a fierce backhand strike from Agustin Mazilli in the opening minutes. The Holcombe No1 did even better seconds later. Matias Paredes was all alone inside the circle, but Pinner advanced quickly and made a splendid block to deny Los Leones’ Captain. Argentina then forced the first penalty corner but Mark Gleghorne did well to charge down Gonzalo Peillat’s effort. At the other end Catlin burst into the circle but Juan Vivaldi smothered at close range.

Great Britain spent the second quarter on the front foot but the game became frenetic with both sides conceding possession in what was becoming a scrappy affair with few clear chances.

In the third quarter Tim Whiteman showed good skills along the baseline in the circle but he couldn’t quite force the ball home from a tight angle and then Ashley Jackson’s low penalty corner was saved by Joaquin Berthold, the half time substitute goalkeeper.

Peillat had another penalty corner chance in the fourth quarter but once again Pinner reacted well to glove the ball clear and then with time running out, Great Britain had arguably the best chance of the match. David Ames showed terrific skill to find space to feed David Condon, whose through pass sent Barry Middleton clear but Berthold was up to the job, sliding out to block the Great Britain captain’s shot, ensuring it ended goalless.

Great Britain Head Coach – Bobby Crutchley

On the performance: “There were good passages and we created some chances but our play on the ball wasn’t as good as yesterday. We turned possession over too often, which allowed them into the game and made it a bit scrappy. It was difficult to create consistent pressure as a result.”

On Argentina: “They were better today which I expected but they still aimed to play on the break trying to cause us problems that way. Some of our defending was very good but overall I’m a bit disappointed. That said they are a good team so it’s not as though we expected to win comfortably.”

On the depth in the squad: “Over the two games a few people have really put their hands up and made it difficult to select a squad for the World League. We knew we had that depth and to see it in a game is very pleasing. We need options within the 18 that travel as well as outside it to push them. The group looks very promising right now.”

For squad information including starting lineups and caps, click here.

Bobby Crutchley’s Great Britain side will return to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to face World Champions Australia on 13 June. This one-off international is the last chance to see Great Britain men on home soil this summer. Tickets are still available, for further information click here.