Dutch Clinch Title of NOW: Pensions Nations Cup

The final match of the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup did not disappoint as four goals apiece from England and the Netherlands resulted in a thrilling draw.Goals from Beeston teammates Ben Arnold and Michael Hoare, as well as two own goals, proved not to be enough as the Netherlands snatched a last minute equaliser to draw the scores level at 4–4 and take a series win 1–0.

The Netherlands win the NOW Pensions Nations Cup (Credits: David Kissman / England Hockey)

The Netherlands win the NOW Pensions Nations Cup (Credits: David Kissman / England Hockey)

The final match of the NOW: Pensions Nations Plate was an eleven goal thriller which saw the Malaysian U21 side steal a 6 – 5 win against England U21s right at the end. Continue reading →

Dutch bounce back to play 3-3 draw with England

In the second match of the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup, the Netherlands were forced to play catch up as they fought back from two goals down to earn a 3–3 draw against England.

England's Captain Barry Middleton in action against Tim Jenniskens of Netherlands (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Captain Barry Middleton in action against Tim Jenniskens of Netherlands (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Reading’s Tom Carson was on target twice and the Dutch put the ball into their own goal to give the hosts a score of three, but Hofman [two] and Jonker were both on target for the Netherlands to earn their side a share of the spoils.

Speaking after the game, England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “I think there was a lot of improvement today, we were in control for about 50 minutes of the game, which against the Dutch is probably as good as it gets. In the last 20 minutes I think we stopped playing a bit and allowed them back at us, although even in that period we still created chances where we could have taken the game.” Continue reading →

Dutch hold off England fight-back to take match one

England kicked off the first day of the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup with a tense but entertaining game against the Netherlands. It was a hard fought encounter which unfortunately saw England come out on the wrong side of the 2-1 result. The solitary England goal came from Reading’s Tom Carson.

England's Tom Carson celebrates after scoring a goal against the Netherlands at the NOW Pensions Nations Cup in Wakefield (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England’s Tom Carson celebrates after scoring a goal (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Earlier in the evening, the England U21 men’s team left it late to score in the 69th minute to come away with a deserved 3-3 draw against a strong U21 Malaysia side.

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We’re always disappointed to lose a game, but this was definitely a better performance compared to last week in Hamburg. The Netherlands like to score goals and we stopped them from doing that tonight so I’m pleased about that part of our play. We need to work on our individual skills and our quality of possession to really hurt them, but we’ve got some good positives to take out of today.” Continue reading →

England men set for Dutch showdown at Wakefield

Crutchley names a squad of 20 to face the Netherlands in NOW: Pensions Nations Cup

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

31 July 2013: England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 20 players for the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup, which starts tomorrow. The tournament will see England play the world number three side, Netherlands, on Thursday 1, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August. Both sides will operate a rotation system with 18 athletes being selected for each match.

Playing the Netherlands on home turf at Wakefield ahead of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, which start on August 17, forms a key part of England’s final preparations. And England will be looking to get even with the side ranked one place above them in the world after a 6-1 loss last week at the ERGO Hamburg Masters. Continue reading →