England leave for the European Championships on Tuesday by finishing their final warm-up game with a 16 – 6 victory over Team Manchester.
The scoring was opened early doors by England attackman Ady Bennett who showed the supporting crowd what Team England would be capable of, with a well placed finish after some impressive ball movement in the attack. It looked like Team England were out to impress, dictating the pace of the game and soon added a second to the tally. Queue Danny Ives who replied in style for Team Manchester with an impressive outside rip, however this is as good it was going to get for Team Manchester in the first quarter as England quickly raced to a 7-1 lead, backed by dominant defensive play at the back.
The second quarter was played in much the same fashion as the first, with England looking in good form. Team England looked particularly strong with the ball in transition and from the face-off X. With Nick Watson and Ady Bennett clocking up a mass of points between them. Adding a further 5 goals to their scorecard, added pressure was placed on Team Manchester to make something of the second half which they dually did.
It appeared that the game would have a different complexion in the second half with the England defence being the busier of the 2 sides as the clinical edge of England in attack was lacking. The defence was tested and was equal to the task, managing to keep an ever more threatening Team Manchester at bay. With the game becoming more of a battle, England managed to add only 2 in the third, summised by an Alix Davidson slap-shot.
The fourth quarter seemed to be much of the same with Team Manchester adding 3 goals vs England’s 2, to finish the game on a high. The overall consensus that the second half was much closer than the first and it seemed like Team England had set out to win this game in the first half which they did. Continuing with first half performances over the next fortnight, Team England will be difficult to beat.
Good luck to the boys who fly out on Tuesday and who’s first game is against Ireland on Thursday 21st June at 17:00GMT. View the game live at 247.tv or catch the highlights and stay up to date with Team England right here @ englishlacrosse.co.uk. You can also send messages of support to the Team using their social media platforms.
Ady Bennett 8, 2
Nick Watson 3, 4
Sam Russell 2, 0
Ben Lyon 1, 0
Joe Singleton 1, 2
Alix Davidson 1, 0
Colin Clive 0, 3
Tom Gosnay 0, 3
Mike Armstrong 0, 2