England SGM   v.  Scotland XI 

 Played at Durham on 12th June 2013.

 England SGM 2 - Scotland XI  1

This was the opening fixture of the 2013 campaign and the England side took to the field with new Captain Peter Danson in charge. Early England moves looked promising without creating too many problems for the Scots who were having to concentrate on defending but Adrian Stephenson went close with a shot from the left.  As Scotland settled, they were able to work the ball forward and nearly embarrassed the England defence with a sharp raid which was thwarted by a timely Brian Tubb interception. Pressing forward into Scottish territory, England finally took the lead when Ted Hayes was in position to touch home a ball into the ‘D’ from Ken Wilcock.

England were then unable to capitalise on a couple of good opportunities and the half time score stood at 1-0.

With Scotland reinvigorated after the break, England struggled to get back into their first half rhythm and allowed the Scots far too much room as they moved out of defence. Using this to their advantage, Scotland moved more strongly into the English half and George Hazell, Percy Steele and John Longden were having to work hard to contain the Scots forwards. Having built up a head of steam, the Scots equalised when as an English attack broke down, a quick ball forward was moved into the English ‘D’ and Paddy Maher was unable to prevent the score. Prompted from midfield by Peter Danson and good work from Rod Cochrane and Peter Ross, England slowly re-established some superiority and were close to moving ahead from a well worked short corner routine but the Scots were finally undone when Adrian Stephenson fed Gerald Wilkinson whose shot on goal was deflected past the ‘keeper by Bill Warrender.


Squad: P Danson (Capt); P Maher; J Longden; G Hazell; P Steele; B Tubb; T Hayes; K Wilcock; C Pearce; T Hayes; G Wilkinson; A Stephenson; R Cochrane; P Ross;   W Warrender; Manager; A Holden.