Canada Trounced in South Africa

CANADA 1 (0)
Ranjeev Deol 45 (F)

Jonty Clarke 23 (F)
Richard Mantell 40,51,63 (PC,PC,PC)
Barry Middleton 70 (F)

Great Britain followed up yesterday?s 2-2 draw against South Africa with a 5-1 win over Canada earlier today. Canada had previously held the hosts to a 1-1 draw and today?s win was the result of a good and determined performance from the Brits. Jonty Clarke took the lead for Britain and Richard Mantell hammered home a hat-trick of penalty corners before Barry Middleton made it five. Canada?s only reply came courtesy of Ranjeev Deol in the second half.

Although the first 15 minutes were even, Great Britain went on to dominate the rest of the game and the first of their goals came in the 23rd minute when Clarke scored a well worked reverse stick shot from the top of the circle to make it 1-0 at half time.

Richard Mantell scored the first of his three penalty corners ? all of which were straight, low drag flicks ? 10 minutes after the restart, but Canada halved the deficit shortly after when Deol netted from open play. Mantell regained Britain?s two goal advantage on the 51st minute and further increased it seven minutes from time. Middleton made it five with seconds left on the clock after a goal mouth melee saw the ball fall loose and he dived full length, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to score his 15th goal for Great Britain on his 51st GB appearance.

Manager Pete Nicholson said ?Apart from the first 15 minutes, we had the lion?s share of possession. We had a lot of travelling to do before yesterday?s game, but we had a good nights sleep and as a result we were a lot more mentally and physically prepared today and that showed on the pitch?.


Jon Bleby (Loughborough Stu), Jonty Clarke (Reading), James Fair (GK) (Cannock), Ashley Jackson (East Grinstead), Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead), Richard Mantell (Reading), Ben Marsden (Surbiton), Barry Middleton (HGC), Mark Ralph (Kelburne), Niall Stott (Kelburne), James Tindall (Surbiton)

Richard Alexander (Surbiton), Nick Catlin (Reading), Matt Daly (Surbiton), Rob Moore (Surbiton), Alastair Wilson (Beeston)

Did Not Play:

Stephen Dick (Inverleith), Brett Garrard (Surbiton), Ben Hawes (Surbiton), Simon Mantell (Reading), Alistair McGregor (GK) (Loughborough Stu), Graham Moodie (Western Wildcats), George Pinner (GK) (Beeston)