Hockey: England's double over Kiwis

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ENGLAND finished their preparations at Milton Keynes last night for next week's World Cup in Utrecht with contrasting results but with both the men and the women in confident mood. The men beat New Zealand for the second time in two days - 2-0 - while the women, following their 2-2 draw with Australia, the world and Olympic champions, lost 5-2 to them yesterday but were not disgraced.

Jane Sixsmith, the golden girl of English hockey playing in her 150th international, scored one of the goals with the other coming from Purdy Miller, who deflected Kerry Moore's hard shot into the roof of the net.

The men's win against New Zealand followed up their 5-3 victory on Tuesday. England opened the scoring with just 55 seconds left of the first half from their third penalty corner, Jason Lee scoring on the slip. In the second half Nick Thompson scored their second.

ENGLAND (v New Zealand): S Mason (Reading); A Humphrey (Cannock), J Wyatt (Reading), B Waugh (capt, Southgate); J Halls (HDM), D Woods (Southgate), J Pidcock (Cannock), N Thompson (Old Loughtonians); B Sharpe (Cannock), R Garcia (HDM), J Lee (Old Loughtonians). Substitutes used: C Giles (Southgate), M Pearn (Reading), J Wallis (Teddington), B Garrard (Teddington).

ENGLAND WOMEN (v Australia): H Rose (University of Massachusetts); J Empson (Canterbury), J Mould (Leisester), M Clewlow (Canterbury), J Bimson (Loughborough Students); L Wright (Olton), K Bowden Capt. (Leicester), F Greenham (Olton); J Sixsmith (Sutton Coldfield), J Smith (Slough), P Miller (Leicester). Substitutes used: K Brown (Slough), M Nicholls (Slough), K Moore (Olton), S Blanks (Leicester).