Dutch delight for GB U23 Men

GB U23 Men v Ned, June 21 2016 - 450

Great Britain U23 Men 6 (1)
Netherlands U23 Men 1 (1)

A hat-trick from Ed Horler was the highlight of a great team performance from Great Britain Under-23 Men as they beat the Netherlands 6-1 at Nottingham Hockey Centre in the first of their matches in the Futures 2020 Invitational Tournament on Tuesday.

Level at half time, GB hit back with a purple patch shortly after half time to earn the praise of their coaches.

“It was a really pleasing performance,” said Assistant Coach Zak Jones. “We were pleased to see the guys executing some aspects we’ve been working on in training.

“We’re delighted with the result but we feel there’s even more to come from this group of players.”

The Netherlands took an early lead with captain Bram Van Grosesen scoring from an 11th minute penalty corner, and it took GB until the 32nd minute to hit back, Robbie Gleeson scoring at a penalty corner.

After the break Great Britain came out strongly and took the lead when Peter Scott linked up well with Ed Horler to score from open play on 46 minutes.

Horler scored his first goal from a 51st minute penalty corner, and Gleeson then tapped the ball into the net at the back post a minute later.

Horler bagged his second on 58 minutes, but the Netherlands threatened a comeback as GB took their foot off the gas a little. Thankfully, their defence was up to the task and kept them at bay.

And GB had the last word, with Horler completing his hat-trick from a penalty corner in the final minute.

After a rest day on Wednesday, GB are back in action on Thursday with their second match against the Netherlands.