GB EDP teams begin Six Nations with wins

GB EDP M v Belgium 6N 2018
It was a successful start to their Six Nations campaigns for the men’s and women’s EDP teams as they both saw off Belgium in highly competitive matches.

The women overcame the tournament hosts 3-2 thanks to two strikes from senior international Erica Sanders, while Charlotte Watson scored the pivotal third goal in the second half.

Sanders – who played for England in the World League Final in December – scored the only goal of the first half with an overhead smash into the top left corner while her second came from a corner, a sight that will be very familiar to those who watch her play for the University of Birmingham.

Watson’s goal was certainly a fine individual effort as, after being forced wide by the ‘keeper, she dummied a pass – fooling her opponents – before slapping the corner into the far corner to secure the points.

After the game head coach Hannah MacLeod said: “It’s always good to start a tournament with a win, particularly against a well organised home team. 

“I was particularly pleased with the team’s response to the half-time instructions and we delivered moments of real quality.”

It was a similar story for the men too as they battled their way to a 2-1 victory over Belgium to start their tournament in the perfect fashion.

Having faced the same opponents at Bisham just a few days before, GB used that experience alongside some improved attacking play and plenty of hard work in the blistering heat to grind out the win thanks to a penalty corner strike from Eddie Way and a field goal from Surbiton’s Zach Wallace.

Both teams now face India later today in the bid to continue their impressive starts to the tournament.