Hockey: Thompson too much for the Egyptians

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Rob Thompson scored the first of his two goals within 30 seconds of appearing as a substitute in Great Britain's 3-1 win over Egypt in Cairo yesterday.

Britain completed their second win on successive days in the Nasser City stadium. As in Wednesday's game, which they won 2-0, they gained a good start with Russell Garcia converting an early penalty corner. The hosts were soon on terms but Britain reclaimed the lead in the 21st minute following Thompson's arrival. The Hounslow striker, coming off his marker at a long corner, was able to deflect Chris Mayer's cross into the roof of the net.

After good work by Garcia and Guy Fordham, Thompson collected his second in the 58th minute, sweeping in a pass from his namesake, Nick, playing in his 100th international, to put the game beyond doubt.

Egypt: H Aal; I Tawfik (capt); A El Saied, A Aboelyaz, M Yazid; Y Monaim, A Shafik, I Amin; M Abdulla, B Ibrahim, M Saied. Substitutes used: H Abdulla, A Fattah, M Rifaat, M El Saied.

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

Umpires: M Mowafy, M Anwar (both Egypt).

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