Another Michael Barker hat-trick helps CPs to win over Japan.
Michael Barker scored yet another hat-trick as England hit Japan for six at the Cerebral Palsy World Cup in the Netherlands on Sunday.
The Merseyside teenager is now the tournament’s top scorer having hit his first treble in the one-sided win over South Korea last week and then scoring twice as England were downed 3-2 by Argentina in the last group stage fixture.
Having failed to make the Quarter Finals, England are now in the play-offs to determine their overall World Cup finish with ninth place now the aim for Lyndon Lynch’s men.
England blew off the cobwebs of their Quarter Final disappointment within 20 seconds of kick-off against Japan when Barker teed up Alistair Heselton who hit a perfect shot past goalkeeper 'Kagayama.
The Japanese stopper proved to be in decent form as he kept his side in the game with a string of crucial saves before Barker struck twice in a minute to give England the upper hand and Matt Ellis made it four just before the break.
Nine minutes into the second half and Martin Sinclair found the net with a brave header to make it 5-0 and Barker completed his hat-trick when he converted from the penalty spot on 49.
The win means that England face Australia in the second round of play-off ties on Tuesday.
Scotland, who will make up Team GB with England and the other Home Nations at London 2012, were downed 4-1 by Brazil in their Quarter Final while tournament favourites Russia and Ukraine eased into the Semi-Finals with wins over USA and the Netherlands.