Great Britain slip to narrow defeat against Olympic champs

14 April 2015 / 23:53

Bobby Crutchley admitted frustration as his Great Britain side slipped to a narrow defeat to Olympic hockey champions Germany.

Alastair Brogdon broke the deadlock to give the hosts the lead but two goals in 60 seconds turned the match in the third quarter.

Mats Grambusch volleyed home from close range following a penalty corner before Christopher Wesley doubled Germany's advantage, with a well executed strike past Great Britain keeper George Pinner.

Crutchley’s men pressed for an equaliser in the final 15 minutes, substituting Pinner for an extra outfield player. Iain Lewers, bursting out from defence, found an unmarked Barry Middleton in the German circle. 

However, the England and Great Britain captain fired his reverse stick effort just wide of Nicolas Jacobi’s far post.

“It was a frustrating night," admitted Crutchley.

"We defended well in the first quarter and started to play some good hockey, but unfortunately we gifted them a couple of goals with two basic errors and it was always going to be difficult to come back when you’re playing against a side like Germany.

"We only showed glimpses of what we are capable of and that’s the bit which is frustrating. We could have snuck a draw near the end when we had a good chance but it didn’t come off for us.” 

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