Great Britain (men) draw in second test against Germany10.05.08
GERMANY 4 (3)
Niklas Meinert 2 (F)
Sebastian Draguhn 4 (F)
Matthais Witthaus 27,65 (PC,PC)
GREAT BRITAIN 4 (2)
Matt Daly 13 (PC)
Richard Mantell 19,39,53 (PC,PS,PC)
Great Britain drew the second of their three test matches against World Champions Germany 4-4 in a pulsating end to end game which saw Richard Mantell net a hat-trick of set pieces in front of a good crowd in Essen.
Britain were 2-0 down within four minutes with the only two open play goals of the game as Niklas Meinert struck in the second minute and team-mate Sebastian Draguhn added to his goal in yesterday?s match following a flowing move down the right hand side.
Surbiton?s Matt Daly reduced the deficit on the 13th minute as he converted a penalty corner and six minutes later, Britain were back on track as Mantell equalised with another penalty corner goal.
Matthais Witthause replied for the home side on the 27th minute to regain the lead which they took into half time making it 3-2 at the break.
Britain made it even stevens just after the interval when Mantell made no mistake from the penalty spot when a stroke was awarded following a foul in the circle on James Tindall as he moved to strike.
Mantell took his tally of goals to three with another set piece goal in the 53rd minute to take the lead for the Brits for the first time in the game, but it was an advantage they could not retain as the World Champions hit back through Witthaus who scored his second of the match with just five minutes left on the clock to save the draw for the hosts.
Assistant Coach Dave Bunyan said ?The team has progressed today with the work they are doing on outletting and this reflects an open game.?
Jon Bleby (England & Loughborough Students), Jonty Clarke (England & Reading), Glenn Kirkham (England & East Grinstead), Richard Mantell (England & Reading), Simon Mantell (England & Reading), Alistair McGregor (Scotland & Loughborough Students), Graham Moodie (Scotland & Western Wildcats), Rob Moore(c) (England & Surbiton), Mark Ralph (Scotland & Kelburne), Niall Stott (Scotland & Kelburne), Ali Wilson (England & Beeston)
Richard Alexander (England & Surbiton), Matt Daly (England & Surbiton), James Fair (GK) (England & Cannock), Ben Marsden (England & Surbiton), James Tindall (England & Surbiton)
Did not play
Ben Hawes (England & Surbiton), Ashley Jackson (England & East Grinstead)