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England beat South Africa 6-4 at World Cup

FIH World Cup 2010
Dates:
28 February - 13 March Venue: Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi
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Hockey World Cup - England 6-4 South Africa

England beat South Africa 6-4 in New Delhi on Tuesday to maintain their 100% start to the World Cup.

The European champions, having beaten Australia in their opener, edged a thriller full of defensive lapses.

At half-time the sides were level at 2-2 before England scored three quick goals to take control and condemn their opponents to their second defeat.

Richard Mantell, with two penalty corners, Rob Moore, Ashley Jackson, Nick Catlin and Iain Mackay all netted.

"Scoring six goals means a lot and I am happy with the win, but we were not consistent enough," said England captain Barry Middleton.

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"We should have played well throughout the 70 minutes, but we did not do that against the South Africans. Our defence was not up to the mark.

"We have a tough game against Pakistan on Thursday and really need to work on our game."

England had fallen behind after 10 minutes when Marvin Harper opened the scoring for South Africa with a close-range strike.

Mantell levelled with the first of his two penalty corner goals four minutes later before England went ahead in the 23rd minute when Moore found the net.

South Africa were lucky to equalise two minutes later when Mantell turned a wayward cross into his own net.

But Jackson made it 3-2 in the 43rd minute, poking home after a great move involving debutant Dan Fox and Middleton.

The defensive strength that we displayed on Sunday wasn't there but it is two wins from two now

England manager Andy Halliday

They then scored twice more in as many minutes, Catlin netting in the 50th minute before setting up Mackay for the fifth.

Harper got one back for South Africa two minutes later, but Mantell made sure of the win with his 45th goal in 90 appearances before Thornton McDade got a late consolation for South Africa.

England manager Andy Halliday said: "Overall we're a little disappointed with the performance but having said that there were some patches of good hockey played, especially early in the second half.

"The defensive strength that we displayed on Sunday wasn't there but it is two wins from two now so we've got to be pleased with that."

South Africa captain Austin Smith said his team made the same mistakes as they did in the 4-2 loss against Spain.

"We competed well in the first half and I was delighted with the 2-2 scoreline," said Smith. "But we let ourselves down in the second half.

"England were very good after the break and scored too many goals. We were left chasing the equaliser which was not easy against a quality team."

England's next match is against former champions Pakistan on Thursday, with a 1305 GMT kick-off.

Pakistan overcame a 4-1 loss to India in their tournament opener to pip Olympic silver-medallists Spain 2-1 and earn their first points in the 12-nation tournament.


England: Fair, Hawes, Mantell, Smith, Wilson, Jackson, Kirkham, Moore, Mackay, Middleton (capt), Tindall.

Substitutes: Alexander, Brogdon, Catlin, Dixon, Fox.



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