England bring it on in Sweden

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England Win the BSWW Sweden Cup 2013

Match Score : England 6 Holland 4

There are times in sport when the bar that represents your sporting level of success gets raised by a large amount and today in Malmo, Sweden that’s exactly what happened to the England Beach Soccer team’s bar as it reached a record high.

Yes they’d won their first ever tournament in Valence, France last month and yes they’d beaten a Division A side in Germany earlier in the year in, but today was different. Holland are one of only four teams from Europe that have qualified for this year’s FIFA World Cup Finals that takes place in Tahiti in September. To make it 6 competitive match victories in a row is an achievement in itself but to do it against such strong opposition pays a massive compliment to what Terry Bowes and all the squad have achieved this year.

England got off to a flyer when Gareth True threw the ball long down the left hand side for Captain Matt Evans to head across goal to Mark Mitchell at the back post who slammed the ball into the roof of the net after just 26 seconds of play. The Dutch tried to come back but found the entire England side in resilient mood and so clear cut chances were few and far between.

It was England who found the net twice more before the end of the first period. James Temple was proving a handful up front and he scrambled home the second goal before Matt Evans scored from a long range free kick to cap off possibly the best period of play ever witnessed by an England team.

In the opening 6 minutes of period 2 Holland showed just why they are off to Tahiti as they wiped out the 3 goal deficit with goals from Van Dieren, Ax and Kaleveld. Two years ago in Den Haag England let a 3-1 lead against the Dutch slip that saw them lose the game 7-3. History was not to be repeated this time as the lion roared back with goals from Josh Younie and Mitch Day seeing the scoreline at the end of the second period 5-3 to England.

Klijbroek scored for Holland after only 27 seconds of the third period but Mark Corbett restored the two goal advantage with one of his trademark ‘turn on a sixpence and slot the ball home’ goals. England had good chances to widen the gap further but more importantly prevented the opposition from creating any clear cut chances and so the match finished 6-4 in England’s favour.

Victory means that England have already won the Sweden Cup with still a game to go against host country Sweden and it sends a big message to the worldwide Beach Soccer community that England are improving at a rapid pace. More importantly it gives a massive boost to Head Coach, Terry Bowes and his squad that despite the lack of resources and funding back home you can still achieve a decent level of success.

Sadly, Mark Mitchell who was simply awesome in marking the very dangerous Koswal out of the game may well have suffered a broken metartarsel and so misses today’s game. Let’s hope the injury is not as bad as first feared and that he can recover in time for the Promotional Finals in Spain in August.

Match Stats:
Goals, (England first)
1-0 Mitchell (p.1-11min)
2-0 Temple (p.1-6mins)
3-0 Evans (p.1-1min)
3-1 V.Dieren (p.2-10min)
3-2 Ax (p.2-7mins)
3-3 Kaleveld (p-2-7mins)
4-3 Younie (p.2-5mins)
5-3 Day (p.2-2mins)
5-4 Klijbroek (p.3-11mins)
6-4 Corbett (p.3-9mins)

1 Samuel Webb (GK)
3 Mitch Day
5 Terry Bowes
6 Aaron Clarke
8 Matt Evans (Captain)
12 Mark Mitchell
14 Josh Younie
16 James Temple
17 Mark Corbett
18 Gareth True (GK)