England Results Service, Samsung FIH Champions Trophy 2010
ENGLAND 0 (0)
NETHERLANDS 3 (2)
Ellen Hoog 23 (F)
Kelly Jonker 31 (F)
Eva de Goede 66 (F)
The world's best team, the Netherlands, showed their class as they ran out 3-0 victors over England on day two of the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham in a match that captain Kate Walsh later said he felt was closer than the final score suggested.
Having beaten Argentina on the opening day, England faced an even tougher test in the form of the Olympic, world and European champions who had laboured to a 3-1 win over New Zealand on day one.
Following that performance, the team in orange upped the ante against England, limiting the hosts' first half attacking opportunities while creating several of their own. Susie Gilbert took two minutes rest for a green card on 19 minutes and soon after, with England back to a full compliment, 19 year old Ellen Hoog pounced on an error at the back to give the Dutch the lead. England felt there had been an infringement in the build up, a stick check on Leicester's Crista Cullen, and they referred the decision to the video umpire, who ruled that the goal stood.
Finding their feet after the goal, England won a penalty corner on the half hour mark. The ball out to the top was dummied by Cullen and subsequently by Walsh but as England looked to pull the trigger the umpire blew for obstruction. Sensing an opportunity, the Netherlands countered up field at pace and with the English defence chasing back, Kelly Jonker received the ball in space in front of Beth Storry's goal. After steadying herself, and with Reading's Storry advancing, she flicked the ball low inside the far post for 2-0, much to the disappointment of the England players who were still questioning the obstruction decision.
The second half was incident packed from the off. After a half time pitch watering, a delay ensued as excess water was brushed from the pitch. England saw a penalty corner come and go, during which Sophie Polkamp sustained a heavy blow the head from the stick of Chloe Rogers, who was swinging at the rebound from goalkeeper Fleur Engels. There then followed a flurry of cards as first Hannah Macleod, scorer of England's opener against Argentina on Saturday, received a green before the Netherlands' Vera Vorstenbosch also took a seat at the side. Three minutes later Clifton forward Charlotte Craddock was yellow carded by umpire Elena Eskina for taking a shot after the whistle had gone and Eva de Goede also saw yellow three minutes from time.
Prior to that and pushing hard to get back into the game, England's players were left frustrated when Dutch captain Janneke Schopman went down holding her face as Alex Danson started a promising attack.
Leicester's Kerry Williams narrowly failed in her efforts to score before Eva de Goede finished things with the Netherlands' third goal four minutes from time.
De Goede was yellow carded a minute later but it meant little in the context of the match.
In the post match press conference, England Head Coach Danny Kerry said: "I was disappointed we didn't get forward a little more but it was good for the youngsters as that is why we are here and what we are trying to get to grips with. It was really unfortunate for Crista (Cullen) for the turnover for the first goal and the second goal...I can't really sum it up as I will get into trouble, so that was us 2-0 down and we decided to move higher up the pitch. That failed, so that was the game."
Captain Kate Walsh added: "We can't win them all. We are disappointed and it's never easy to lose a game. I think it was tighter than the score line suggests but they were clinical in the circle and the decisions went against us today. I think we need to take our chances. I think yesterday we were excellent at that and today, not quite as good. I think that was the only difference.
"They are a fantastic side and I think it is the experience of playing under the pressure. It is about doing the little things and they have learnt that over many years.
"I think it is important we take some positives from the game but also learn from this game. We have got some youngsters in the team and although we are looking to the World Cup we are also looking to 2012."
In the day's first match, Germany and Argentina played out a 2-2 draw. There now follows a rest day on Monday, when Great Britain's men will play Japan in their opening game of the men's four nations tournament. England's next Champions Trophy match is against Germany at 13:30 on Tuesday.
England Squad v Netherlands
Beth Storry (Reading)
Crista Cullen (Leicester)
Laura Unsworth (Leicester)
Kate Walsh (c) (Reading)
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown)
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham)
Hannah Macleod (Leicester)
Helen Richardson (Leicester)
Chloe Rogers (Leicester)
Alex Danson (Reading)
Katie Long (Leicester)
Ashleigh Ball (Slough)
Charlotte Craddock (Clifton)
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury)
Kerry Williams (Leicester
Nicola White (Slough)
Did Not Play
Gemma Ible (Clifton)
Georgie Twigg (Clifton)