Wales seal first win in international test with France.

Wales goalkeeper David Kettle

Wales Men secured a 1-0 win in the first of two international test matches at the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff today. For Wales Head Coach Zak Jones, it was a promising result for a young side ahead of a busy summer of international hockey:

“It was a pretty even game, but I am just delighted to get an international win on the board to start the season. It was a real team effort today, obviously Luke Hawker did well to nip in there with the goal, and now we’re looking forward to the second test tomorrow.”

France have also put out a young side for the test, with a number of their players having played for the U21 team that got a silver medal at the Junior World Cup in 2013. It was a close match, but it was Captain Luke Hawker that put Wales ahead with an impressive volley in the final five minutes.

As the clock counted down France were given the opportunity to equalize through a penalty corner, but they were denied in the last 30 seconds by Wales Goal Keeper and also Captain David kettle, who made an outstanding save to seal the win for Wales.

Their fellow captain Lewis Prosser commented on their performance today: “I felt we were very good defensively today and getting the win is a great start to our international campaign. There are some areas we need to improve on; we need to be more clinical in the D and attacking 25, but otherwise a great performance today, particularly from the three debutants.”

The second and last test against France tomorrow starts at 18:00, again at the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff.