England pip Kiwis for fifth-placed play-off
England won through to the playoff for fifth and sixth positions with a 4-3 defeat of New Zealand.india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 19:45 IST
England won through to the playoff for fifth and sixth positions at the men's field hockey World Cup Championship with a 4-3 defeat of New Zealand here Friday.
The result of the match between the Netherlands and Pakistan will determine England's playoff opponent.
England played catch-up after New Zealand scored twice in the first-half through two low penalty corner flicks by Hayden Shaw, one deflected in by Ryan Archibald.
In the last minute of the first-half Simon Mantell took a rebound off Kyle Pontifex' pads from a Ben Hawes penalty corner flick to put England on the scoreboard and back in the match at 2-1 going into the break.
Glenn Kirkham capitalised on a defensive error by Archibald, dispossessed by Richard Alexander who ran to the right through the circle and fired in a shot to score with a diving backstick flick in front of goal for England's equaliser 11 minutes into the second half.
Simon Child drove in backstick shot from the top of the circle for New Zealand to lead 3-2 after 51 minutes but England's equalise came through a second for Mantell, set up again by Alexander's shot from the right.
James Tindall scored England's winner in the last minute from a variation penalty corner.
A win it might have been, but England coach Jason Lee was not too happy.
"This is the worst we have played in this tournament. It seems that England has a record of playing the sixth match of a tournament badly as we did in the European Cup and in the Commonwealth Games loss to Malaysia," Lee said.
New Zealand coach Kevin Towns said he was "extremely disappointed to concede the goals to England. We should have been able to put the game away after leading 2-0.