Ipswich duo Harry Martin and George Pinner play for England in World Cup draw with Holland

Alastair Brogdon scores for England

Alastair Brogdon scores for England - Credit: Ady Kerry

England face India in their second Rabobank World Cup group match today (3pm) after drawing 1-1 in their tournament opener against Spain on Saturday.

Ipswich duo George Pinner and Harry Martin both started the Pool A stalemate against the world number 10 ranked side, in Holland.

Alastair Brogdon put England in the driving seat after just six minutes with a fantastic shot from the top of the circle after Nick Catlin had played the ball through to find the Wimbledon forward.

A goal up, England looked confident and dominated play as Barry Middleton, Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne and Catlin all came close to converting.

With just two minutes gone in the second half Spain levelled the score through Eduard Tubau, who got the faintest of touches on a ball fired into the circle from long-range.


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Goalkeeper Pinner hardly reacted and a hit-out to England was initially given, but Spain referred and the replays confirmed the touch.

At 1-1 the game was poised for a big finish, but both sides showed signs of nervousness and a few mistakes started to creep in.

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England head coach Bobby Crutchley said: “The game showed a lot of what we’re about. There was some really good hockey in there and we created plenty of chances. We played particularly well in the first half and then we lost some control in the second half and that’s when they put us under pressure, but overall we played very well.

“We’re a bit frustrated not to win having created so many chances, but it’s a long tournament and they are a good team so one point is a decent start and we’ll move on and build on it for India on Monday.”

England’s women play their first game against the USA at 12pm. All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports with analysis from a host of international stars including former Chelmsford player Chloe Rogers.

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