England Men were held to a 2-2 draw by China in their opening match at the Odisha World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India on Friday.
England, ranked ten places above a Chinese squad making their debut at the World Cup, fell behind in the fifth minute, Guo Xiaoping running along the baseline before chipping the ball over England goalkeeper, George Pinner and into the net.
Mark Gleghorne equalised for England in the fourteenth minute with a clinical penalty corner conversion and after two further goalless quarters, former Surbiton player Liam Ansell gave England the lead with a moment of brilliance in the 48th minute.
With Yang Ao trying to carry the ball away from goal Ansell dispossessed him before unleashing a superb reverse stick into the goal to put England ahead for the first time in the match.
However China were not to be denied a point on debut and having reverted to a kicking back with just over two and a half minutes remaining,Talake Du converted a penalty corner in the penultimate minute, the shot deflected off Surbiton’s Harry Gibson through sheer power.
England tried an aerial ball in the final seconds, but although Surbiton’s James Gall was positioned on the goal-line, the ball eluded him and went straight into goal without an attacker’s touch to confirm the draw.
Gall and Zach Wallace were in the England starting line-up whilst Luke Taylor came on as a fourth minute substitute and Gibson played in the second and fourth quarters.
More information about the tournament can be found at the Odisha World Cup website
All the games are being shown on BT Sport and the schedule for all their channels can be found here
The England Hockey match report can be found here