Great Britain made it two wins in two days against Germany as they ran out 3-1 winners in their FIH Pro League match at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Having won 5-3 in yesterday’s match, today’s game was a slightly less explosive encounter but the points went to the hosts once more to move them up the Pro League table to sixth.
Goals from Chris Griffiths, Alan Forsyth and Rupert Shipperley were enough to secure the win for Danny Kerry’s side despite a late strike from Niklas Wellen for the visitors.
The opening quarter of the match didn’t produce any goals but both goalkeepers were called upon. Ollie Payne was forced into an early save to keep out Marco Miltkau whilst at the other end, Victor Aly was equal to the task, denying Phil Roper, Shipperley and Liam Ansell in an action packed end to the first period.
With 24 minutes gone the deadlock was broken. A lovely long range pass from player of the match David Ames picked out Griffiths and although he was initially denied by Aly, his follow-up shot found its way through the goalkeeper’s legs for the opener.
Five minutes later Forsyth doubled the lead with a tap-in after Sam Ward’s cross found its way to him at the back post.
Germany’s best chance so far came in the third quarter when Thies Prinz’s penalty corner deflection thudded against the crossbar.
Germany enjoyed a strong spell of pressure and had Great Britain on the back foot for a long period, however a blistering counterattack involving Ames, the impressive Zach Wallace and Liam Ansell allowed a sliding Shipperley to net a splendid third goal.
Wellen produced a lovely individual strike with time running out but it was to be a mere consolation as Great Britain closed the game out to win 3-1.
Great Britain’s next match is the home game against Spain, on 22 May at 15:30.