Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth and Luke Taylor both scored for Great Britain in the second of two tests in Brussels on Saturday afternoon, but Belgium won 3-2 to win the first series of GB’s European Tour.
The teams had drawn 1-1 in game one, but Belgium struck twice early in the first quarter to take the initiative in game two. Loick Luypaert’s penalty corner conversion in the seventh minute and Florent van Aubel’s open play effort a minute later left GB with a battle on their hands.
Forsyth struck in the first minute of the second quarter from open play to reduce the deficit, but Luypaert restored Belgium’s two goal advantage with another penalty corner conversion two minutes before half time.
The second half was quieter with a goalless third quarter and Taylor giving GB hope five minutes from the end, also from a penalty corner, but Belgium came away with the victory.
Harry Gibson started in the GB goal with George Pinner taking over in the second quarter. Forsyth and Brendan Creed were also in the GB starting lineup, with Taylor, coming into the squad after missing the first game, entering the action from the subs bench in the sixth minute.
Great Britain now face the Netherlands in an uncapped game on Monday and then take on Germany in two official internationals on 20 and 22 June.
More information about the tests against Belgium can be found at the FIH Altius website
Fixture information about the matches against Germany in Cologne can also be found at the FIH Altius website
The Great Britain Hockey Match Report can be found here