England Under-21 Men, who were unlucky not to qualify for the semi-finals, losing out on goal difference, finished fifth at the EuroHockey Junior Championships in Valencia, Spain after beating Austria 1-0 in their last Pool C game.
The only goal was scored by Tom Sorsby and Surbiton’s Zach Wallace came on as a fourth minute substitute.
England were particularly unfortunate as they were unbeaten during the tournament, winning three games and drawing two.
Ireland and Portugal were relegated to the second tier of European hockey. Ireland needed to beat Portugal by 18 goals and won 11-2 to be relegated on goal difference.
More information about the tournament can be found at the Match Centre section of the FIH website here
Meanwhile, England’s Under-21 Women won bronze after beating Germany 3-2, former Surbiton player Holly Munro scoring England’s second goal.
England had led 1-0 at half time thanks to Erica Sanders, but Nele Aring and Elisa Gräve put Germany 2-1 up with just five minutes to play.
But Munro’s game with four minutes left and Esme Burge’s winner with just two minutes to play earned England bronze.
The England squad also included former Surbiton players, Charlotte Calnan, Harriet Mitchell and Eloise Stenner.
More information about the women’s tournament can be found here
Due to illness affecting both Spanish squads, Germany men were awarded the bronze medals and a decision has to be made about Spanish women’s status as the result of their postponed game against Ireland was scheduled to determine which team would be relegated to the second division.