Hockey: Reading and Slough look for double bronze haul

Reading and Slough will today play for the bronze medals in the MG Rover European Club Championship in Barcelona after yesterday's final pool games in which Reading's men found their goalscoring form to beat Polish champions Grunwald 7-3, while Slough's ladies had to settle for a disappointing goalless draw with Kolos Borispol from the Ukraine.

Reading twice went behind during the opening exchanges but equalised first through Mark Pearn and then Andy Watts with the first of his two goals. The game's turning point was two goals from Simon Mantell within a minute of half-time.

Although the Poles narrowed the gap in the second half, Reading regained their two-goal advantage through a penalty stroke from Jonty Clarke, with Andy Todd and Watts's second wrapping things up.

If Reading can repeat this type of performance today against Amsterdam, who yesterday went down 3-0 to the host club, RC Polo, they should add yet another European medal to their trophy cupboard.

Slough went into their final Pool game yesterday needing a win against Kolos Borispol to secure a place in today's final.

But in spite of Kolos twice going down to 10 players Slough could only manage a goalless draw, and will today play Rot Weiss Koln in their final game.

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