Ipswich’s Harry Martin scores twice as England win to qualify for World League Finals

England's Harry Martin celebrates scoring their first goal during the Men's World Hockey League Semi

England's Harry Martin celebrates scoring their first goal during the Men's World Hockey League Semi Final, 3rd/4th place match at Lee Valley Hockey Centre, London. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Harry Martin scored from two penalty corners as England defeated Malaysia 4-1 yesterday to qualify for the World League Finals that take place in India, later this year.

Ipswich-born Martin, whose sister Hannah has just been selected for England’s women’s squad for the Hockey World League Semi-final in Johannesburg, scored after five and 28 minutes, either side of a David Ames strike that put Bobby Crutchley’s men firmly in the driving seat,

England, for whom fellow Ipswich-born goalkeeper George Pinner, played in goal, have also qualified for the World Cup and made it 4-1 through Phil Roper’s strike.

Crutchley said: “I’m really pleased with the step forward we’ve taken in a pressurised situation with World Cup and World League Finals qualification on the line.

“We achieved that, and that gives a really good opportunity to prepare for the next 18 months with lots of exciting tournaments ahead.”


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