Grand Masters Hockey European Tournament Trophy 2011- Neuss, Germany.

 ENGLAND LX Club Red over 65's

Day 1  Monday 22nd August 2011

England LX Red over 65's  3  v LX Blue over 65's  0

The two LX over 65s teams met in their first game with the Red's overcoming the Blues by 3-0.
The Red's had more possession but resolute defending with Nigel Stofton and Doug Barnes prominent and some good saves by Nigel Dixon kept the teams equal at half time.
Mike Gale was prominent for Blues in mid field but was given little opportunity to make attacks by the close attention of the Red's mid field , Ted Hayes in particular ably assisted by Bob Grenside and Paul Petch.
The Red's eventually made the breakthrough about 15 minutes into  the second half  with  Max Hamber converting after the initial attack had been saved.
The Red's continued to press with defenders joining in the excursions upfield and Keith Hunt converted two crosses to the left hand post , in the space of five minutes . The first came from a move down centre and the next from a cross from the right from Richard Danson.
The Blue's held out until the end without conceding any further goals and we all enjoyed refreshments together afterwards.

Day 2  Tuesday 23rd August 2011

England LX Red over 65's  2  v Nederland Two  1

LX O65 Red second game was against the Netherlands who had beaten the Germans 6-0 the previous day so we knew we had our work cut out.
They pressed early on and we were caught trying to dribble the ball out of defense and they caught us one short and converted the chance created.
However we started to push forward and created a short corner which Sudesh Nayar converted with a direct strike off the goalkeepers pads to restore equilibrium.
The defence soaked up the pressure with John Donnelly and Richard Danson keeping their wingers quiet and Sudesh and Roger Lomas controlling their up front man.
Our midfield began to exert more pressure but we found it difficult to break down a solid Netherlands defence.
It was a well matched second half with both defences resilient and Alan Dures coping capably with anything that encroached within the circle.
We man to man marked their dangerous front man and reduced his impact and as the game was still likely to go either way Graham Martin took the ball into their D and won a short corner.
The hooter went before the corner could be taken and after a false start a good hit out and replica strike from Sudesh gave us an important victory.

Day 3 Wednesday 24th August 2011

Day off.

Day 4  Thursday 25th August 2011

England LX Red over 65's  2  v Germany two  0

Day 5  Friday 26th August 2011

England LX Red over 65's  6  v Alliance  0