England U15 14 : Rheintal EC 2

Peter Winn’s team started brightly with a convincing victory over their first German opponents today in Fussen. The game started with both teams playing a high tempo but it was England who got the first goal through Sam Talbot (Swindon). From that moment England dominated and began to put into play the game plan developed in training. The second goal coming from D with George Hoang (Guildford) finding the net. Third and fourth goals from Jack Crowston (Nottingham) and Sam Talbot getting his second.

England’s domination came from solid cycling down low in the offensive end and a well disciplined net drive. Tap-in goals followed from Oscar Evans (Swindon) and James Shaw (Sutton). By the end of the first twenty minute period England had a commanding 8:0 advantage with two quick goals from Jamie Ord (Whitley) and Carter Lloyd ( Cardiff).

At the start of the second period England lost power forward Jamie Ord with a shoulder problem and soon after lost Joe Hazeldine (Nottingham) with a knee injury. But that did not affect team focus or game plan resulting in a goal from Callum Burnett (Slough) from the blue line. England then had a few minutes where their discipline was lost and conceded two short-handed goals. The first was from a 5-on-3 and the second from a 5-on-4 leaving goalie Nick Winters (Sutton) with no chance of keeping a shut-out.

At 9-2 England had been convincing and regained momentum through Talbot’s hat – trick goal. Further goals from Crowston and Evans with two further goals from Louis Morgan and Tyler Nixon (Sheffield) rounding off a solid performance.

After the game bench coach Alex Green said: “we worked hard throughout. Our play down low was solid with good cycling and net presance. Our D were strong and held the blue line well in the offensive zone.” He went on to say: “I hope our guys learned about decision making and discipline to take into our next game.”

Team Head Coach Pete Winn was happy overall with the team commitment and said: “It’s tournament hockey and we are building a feeder team for GB. I am pleased with our progress so far. The signs are encouraging”.