Hockey: Britain surrender to Dutch

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BRITISH defensive lapses in an eight-minute spell saw the Netherlands win 5-2 to reach the third-place match against Australia, writes Bill Colwill from Lahore. Britain play Spain for the wooden spoon.

Britain's reorganised defence, with Soma Singh at full- back and Julian Halls out injured, kept the Dutch at bay until the 27th minute, when they succumbed to the first of Taco van den Honert's three goals at a penalty corner.

Four minutes later, Stephan Veen set up Remco Wijk for the first of his two goals. Simon Nicklin pulled a goal back from a penalty stroke but five minutes after the break Honert struck again at a penalty corner and then beat five men to add his third, before setting up Wijk's second with a reverse stick pass. Don Williams gave Britain a 63rd- minute consolation goal.

GREAT BRITAIN: S Mason (Firebrands); P Bolland (Hounslow), Soma Singh (Southgate), R Davies (Harlesden Magpies), J Laslett (Teddington), M Sutton (Bourneville), D Williams (Havant), J Shaw (capt, Southgate), R Garcia (Polo Barcelona), S Nicklin (Teddington), R Thompson (Hounslow). Substitutes used: C Mayer (Kannock), P McGuire (Teddington), R Rutchley (Hounslow).

NETHERLANDS: B Looije; J Delmee, W van Pelt, F J Bovelander, B Poortenaar, J Brinkman, M Delissen (capt), G van Hout, S Veen, T van den Honert, R Wijk. Substitutes used: E Jazet, T van Meer.

Umpires: J L Cortazar (Spain), A Amin (Egypt).