Reward for Britain

Hockey England 4 Pakistan 3
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The Independent Online
England, showing much character, fought back after conceding two first- half goals to beat Pakistan, the world champions, here last night in the opening game of the Rabobank Four Nations Tournament.

After Pakistan's Kamran Ashraf had taken advantage of slack defensive play to put his side two goals ahead and England had wasted five penalty corners, England's second-half prospects were looking bleak.

Two penalty corner conversions from Calum Giles within eight minutes put Britain on terms and a follow-up by Jason Lee at another corner gave them the lead. Pakistan now threw everything forward, winning a number of penalty corners and Danish Kaleem finally beat David Luckes. A penalty stroke five minutes from time was neatly placed in by Russell Garcia for the winning goal.

PAKISTAN: Mansoor Ahmed; Danish Kaleem; Tarig Imram, Mohammad Usman, Mohammad Khalid Snr, Mohammad Waseem; Mohammad Khalid Jnr, Tahir Zaman, Kamran Ashraf, Mohammad Sarwar, Barbar Abdullah. Substitute used: Rahim Khan.

ENGLAND: D Luckes (East Grinstead); J Wyatt (Reading, capt); G Fordham (Hounslow), A Humphrey (Cannock), Soma Singh (Southgate); B Sharpe (Cannock), J Pidcock (Cannock), B Waugh (Southgate); R Garcia (HDM Netherlands); B Crutchley (Cannock), J Lee (Old Loughtonians). Substitutes used: C Giles (Laren), P McGuire (Teddington), D Woods (Southgate), D Hall (Guildford).

Umpires: F Idenburg (Neth) and M Bolel (SA).