Hockey: Laslett makes the difference

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reports from Brussels

Belgium 0 Great Britain 1

Great Britain completed a useful double over Belgium here yesterday at the start of their build-up to next month's Olympic qualifier in Barcelona.

Compared to Saturday's impressive performance 3-1 win, however, this was a drab, scrappy affair, played in freezing fog.

After a first half in which the Belgians called the shots, Britain reshuffled their line-up and Jason Laslett came on to score the winner, set up by Danny Hall, following a lucky deflection, Britain's captain skilfully chipping the ball over the goalkeeper from close quarters.

BELGIUM: M Van Oost; M Coudron, capt; L Kelecom, H Ciselet, T Renaer; J Beunen, J Willems, J-M Deville; G Dewamme, A de Chaffoy, M Beunen. Substitutes used: F Berger, M Kinnen, C Moraux, T Carette.

GREAT BRITAIN: D Luckes (East Grinstead); Soma Singh (Southgate); J Wyatt (Reading); G Fordham (Hounslow), Kalbir Takher (Cannock), S Hazlitt (Hounslow); H Hoskin (Reading) J Shaw (Southgate), N Thompson (Old Loughtonians), R Garcia (Polo Barcelona), C Mayer (Cannock). Substitutes used: J Laslett (Teddington, capt), C Giles (Havant), J Halls (Old Loughtonians), D Hall (Guildford).

Umpires: P von Reth and B Hinfelaar (Neth).