GB Draw in Germany

Azzurri Kelburnes Mark Ralph started for GB as they drew with World Champions in the first of three matches in Germany. Niall Stott also played in this match, details below;

Thursday 8 May 2008

GERMANY 2 (0)
Sebastian Draghaun 42 (PC)
Florian Zeller 48 (F)

GREAT BRITAIN 2 (1)

Simon Mantell 24 (F)
Jonty Clarke 69 (F)

Great Britain?s men?s side held World Champions Germany to a 2-2 draw in the first of three Test Matches being played in Dusseldorf as both teams begin their warm-up for Beijing in three months time.

This was the first match for both sides after securing qualification for the Olympic Games and it was Britain who took the lead in the 24th minute through Simon Mantell following a good move down the right hand side which resulted in an excellent pass from Matt Daly which left the youngest of the Mantell brothers just to deflect home with a reverse stick hit to put the Brits 1-0 up, an advantage which they took in to half time.

A second half double strike from the World Champions saw them take the lead as Sebastian Draghuan converted a penalty corner in the 42nd minute and then Florian Zeller firing home from an open goal six minutes later.

A 69th minute strike from Reading?s Jonty Clarke forced the draw after Ashley Jackson won the ball well in midfield and broke into the circle, passing to Clarke whose shot from the right hand post nestled nicely in the net to make it 2-2 with no time for a reply from the home side.

Germany was the last country to qualify for the men?s Olympic tournament and did so without conceding a goal in six matches.

Manager Pete Nicholson said ?We played well today in a fairly even match in pleasant conditions. We have a training session tomorrow and look forward to our next encounter on Saturday.?

Started
Richard Alexander (England & Surbiton), Jon Bleby (England & Loughborough Students), Matt Daly (England & Surbiton), James Fair (GK) (England & Cannock), Ben Hawes (England & Surbiton), Richard Mantell (England & Reading), Graham Moodie (Scotland & Western Wildcats), Rob Moore(c) (England & Surbiton), Mark Ralph (Scotland & Kelburne), James Tindall (England & Surbiton), Ali Wilson (England & Beeston)

Used Subs
Jonty Clarke (England & Reading), Ashley Jackson (England & East Grinstead), Simon Mantell (England & Reading), Alistair McGregor (Scotland & Loughborough Students), Niall Stott (Scotland & Kelburne)

Did not play
Glenn Kirkham (England & East Grinstead), Ben Marsden (England & Surbiton)