Hockey: Great Britain 3 Pakistan 2

Hawes the hero as two late strikes beat Pakistan
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Ben Hawes, the specialist penalty corner striker, with two goals in the closing 10 minutes, was Britain's match-winner in a 3-2 victory over Pakistan in the third game of the Tri-Nations Tournament here yesterday. Hawes led a dramatic fightback after Britain had gone into the interval trailing 0-2.

Ben Hawes, the specialist penalty corner striker, with two goals in the closing 10 minutes, was Britain's match-winner in a 3-2 victory over Pakistan in the third game of the Tri-Nations Tournament here yesterday. Hawes led a dramatic fightback after Britain had gone into the interval trailing 0-2.

In a first half dictated by Pakistan, two rebound penalty-corner goals separated the sides. In each case Britain's goalkeeper, Jimi Lewis, closed down and blocked Sohail Abbas' initial shot. Abbas picked up the rebound to score in the 16th minute, then on the interval Kashif Jawad scored the second. Only a couple of good saves from Lewis denied Pakistan further goals, but Britain edged their way back with Guildford's Guy Fordham scoring from a melee in the 58th minute after a free-hit from Mark Pearn.

With Pakistan looking very tired, carelessness crept into their play, presenting Britain with their first penalty corner in the 60th minute following a foul by Ali Ghazanfar on Rob Moore. Hawes made no mistake with a low drag shot. With three minutes left he repeated his effort for the winner.

Britain's Jason Lee was delighted: "We kept playing good hockey and at the end of the game we were dictating the match. This sort of performance is going to make final selection very difficult."

After today's rest day Britain take on Australia in the second round of matches at Beeston HC.

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