GB fight back to finish ERGO masters unbeaten
SIMON MANTELL’S double in the last 10 minutes clinched Great Britain’s 2-2 draw against Belgium and ensured they remained unbeaten after their final game at the four-nation ERGO Masters in Dusseldorf on Sunday.
Reading’s Mantell, 32, was only selected as a traveling reserve for the Rio Olympics but made a telling contribution in GB’s last match of their pre-Games preparations.
Belgium were two-up after 22 minutes through field goals from Elliot van Strydonck and Sebastien Dockier but Mantell’s brace gave his side a final second place behind Germany, who beat the Netherlands 3-2.
His first on 50 minutes came after Mark Gleghorne found acting captain Ashley Jackson, whose pass set up Mantell to fire home. GB’s goalkeeper James Bailey was replaced by an extra outfield player for the last two minutes and the move paid off. The second goal, with virtually the last action, saw another Jackson pass touched in by Mantell.
GB head coach Bobby Crutchley said: “I’m disappointed with how we played because we didn’t execute our plans and that’s a little frustrating. At times we overplayed in an effort to get back into the match and that upset our balance. It’s not quite the display I wanted and we didn’t have the control I was looking for but I’m really happy with the character we showed to get something from the game.”
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