World Champions Russia overcome England in tournament opener.
The England Cerebral Palsy team opened their World Championship campaign with defeat, but having come up against the reigning Champions there is no shame in defeat for the Three Lions.
Despite coming away without any points from the game, there were plenty of positives for Head Coach Lyndon Lynch in the opening game of group C.
2-0 down to the current World Champions inside ten minutes, England recovered their composure, demonstrating a tenacity, craft and resilience which will be a concern to the rest of the sides in the competition.
With captain Matt Dimbylow winning vital tackles and keeper Jordan Raynes making two important saves, England re-established their shape and passing game carving out a chance of their own when Barker headed over from Beacham’s in swinging corner.
Half time came and went with the Russian’s failing to add to their lead. Tireless tracking from Ellis, Sinclair and Leclerc served to nullify the Russians, whose growing frustration was finally eased when a momentary lapse in English concentration at a corner resulted in the third and final goal of the game.
England now move on to the Angelslo Stadium in Emmen on Tuesday where they will be looking to rebound from this defeat against group outsiders South Korea. Team:
Raynes, Beacham, Dimbylow (c), Barker, Ellis, Leclerc, Sinclair. Subs Fletcher (52), Rudder (60) Unused Heselton, Townshend, Thompson.