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England win fifth place in hockey play off

02 July 2002

Danny Hall became England’s top tournament scorer when he grabbed four goals in a 6-3 win against Canada.


England's captain Craig Parnham

The win gave England fifth place with sixth for Canada.

Canada took an early lead through Ken Pereira but England responded positively and were back on level terms on 10 minutes after a siege of the Canadian goal with Hall crashing home a shot from eight yards.

Hall flicked home his second from a subtle penalty corner routine in the 26th minute.

Top scorer Hall said: “Obviously I am pleased with the four goals, but disappointed that they came a few days late.”

Ken Pereira equalised with a smart reverse-stick strike on 47 minutes, but
England regained the lead with 15 minutes remaining when Billy Waugh smacked in a penalty corner.

Wayne Fernandes of Canada made it 3-3 from a penalty corner before England responded with two goals in as many minutes to seal the game. Captain Pearn (62 minutes) thumped home, and then Hall (63 minutes) completed his hat-trick

In a frantic final 10 minutes with Canada substituting their goalkeeper for an outfield player complete with helmet Hall grabbed his fourth.

On winning the match, captain Parnham, said: “It wasn’t the game I wanted us to play in, but it was important that we did win and we can draw some good things from it.”

“We created a massive amount of chances which isn’t always possible, so that was a positive thing,” he added.

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