England won their second match of the tournament on Monday (24 October) evening with a 17-14 victory over Czech Republic.
The win moves England onto 6 points in the group, equal on points with Belgium.
England made the perfect start to the match racing to a 3-0 lead with goals from Palfreyman, Goodridge and Turner after just three minutes before the Czech Republic scored.
Bedford then converted two penalties to extend England’s lead to 5-1, forcing the Czech team to call an early Time-Out. At the end of the 1st Quarter England had pulled further ahead; 8-2.
The Czech Republic recovered in the 2nd Quarter scoring three goals to just one for England.
The teams traded goals throughout the 3rd Quarter, but once again it was the Czech team who ended the quarter on top. England’s lead had been reduced to just three goals [14-11].
The Czech team continued the chip away at England’s lead, reducing the deficit to just a single goal on 36 minutes.. You could not predict who was going to win the match..
Palfreyman then scored England’s 16th goal of the match with one minute to go to restore England’s two goal advantage.
Victory was then assured with the last throw of the match as Norwich Knight’s Vogwill scored from the sidelines!
What a match! Phew!
Next up for England… Portugal. Wednesday 25 October at 13:00 BST.