England Men beat India 2-1 on Saturday and will bring home Bronze medals from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
There was no late comeback for India this time, having previously come back from 3-2 down to win their pool game 4-3.
The game was a battle of penalty corners, Sam Ward’s drag-flick in the seventh minute opening the scoring to give England a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
By half time, India were level, the ball slipped to Varun Kumar to drag-flick past England goalkeeper, George Pinner.
The deciding goal came from England’s fourth penalty corner, Ward forcing a goalkeeper save and then scoring directly from the rebound for his ninth goal of the tournament.
Both teams used their right to a video referral wisely, England using theirs with two minutes to play after an eventful attack which saw the ball kept of the line by Surbiton’s David Goodfield. However the video referral showed that there had been a foul earlier in India’s buildup and England could breathe again.
India installed Harmanpreet Singh as a kicking back with 3 minutes and 44 seconds remaining, but strangely as the clock ran down, India didn’t seem to show the attacking urgency which earned them a dramatic win earlier in the tournament.
Surbiton’s Harry Gibson was in the England goal in the first and third quarters, and was joined by Brendan Creed, who showed how to run down the clock with possession skills, in the starting lineup. David Goodfield came on as a third minute substitute with James Gall following three minutes later.
The Daily Schedule containing links to information about individual matches can be found at the Commonwealth Games website