ENGLAND MEN BEATEN BY HOSTS SPAIN AT FOUR NATIONS
By Colin Pike
England Men slipped to a disappointing defeat to hosts, Spain in their second match at the Four Nations Invitational Tournament in Barcelona on Friday night.
The defeat ended England’s hopes of winning the tournament as Malaysia beat Spain 4-3 on Thursday and Ireland 2-1 on Friday to carry maximum points into their meeting with England on Sunday.
Pau Quemada gave Spain the lead in the 20th minute after a goalless first quarter. Sam Ward levelled two minutes later, both goals coming from open play. Diego Arana restored Spain’s lead in the 25th minute with Xavi Lleonart adding a third goal just before half time, both goals from penalty corner conversions.
Sam Ward pulled a goal back in the 32nd minute but Quemada sealed the win with eleven minutes to play, both second half goals coming from open play.
N.B. The 32nd minute goal was originally credited to Wallace. After the match the goal was retimed in the 13th minute before the goal was restored to the 32nd minute before being re-credited to Ward.
Wallace and Surbiton’s Harry Gibson were both in England’s starting lineup whilst James Gall came on as a third minute substitute and Tom Sorsby followed three minutes later.