12th June 2013.
England SGM 2 - Scotland XI
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.
settled, they were able to work the ball forward and nearly embarrassed the
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.
were then unable to capitalise on a couple of good opportunities and the half
time score stood at 1-0.
reinvigorated after the break,
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.