Michael Hoare was at the centre of the drama as England’s hockey gold medal prospects suffered a serious setback on day six of the Commonwealth Games.
Hoare conceded a penalty stroke to put the New Zealand ahead in the crucial top of the table clash in Group B this morning and although Adam Dixon lashed home a leveller with 12 minutes left a late penalty corner strike from Simon Child gave the Black Sticks victory.
Defeat means England will almost certainly come face to face with Australia at the semi-final stage later in the week.
While Hoare felt hard done by with regard to the penalty award, he also felt England had sufficient chances to make having conceded it irrelevant.
He said: “I thought it was just two players coming together though I admit it did not look great on the big screen so I can see why they gave it.
“I thought a penalty stroke was a bit harsh considering he was nowhere near the ball, but it is about interpretation and the video umpire obviously felt it was a penalty stroke.
“It felt like we controlled the game especially in the first half. We had some pretty good chances and kept them to pretty much nothing.
“We had real momentum after we got back to 1-1. We had two or three chances then that had we put them away it would have been a different story.”
In track and field Brunel University’s Ashley Bryant is still gunning for decathlon bronze tonight.
He lies fourth after eight of the 10 events, 17 points behind Kurt Felix of Grenada.
Bryant’s chance looked to have gone after a disappointing 14.92sec in the 110m hurdles followed by a discus best that fell short of 44m.
However, a personal best of 4.70m in the pole vault has offered fresh hope ahead of the last two events this evening, the javelin and the 1500m.
Bryant’s training partner at Brunel Nigel Levine is also in action tonight in the 400m flat where he will be racing for a place in tomorrow’s final, while Wembley's Yamile Aldama goes for gold in the women’s triple jump.
Meanwhile Bayswater’s Tin-Tin Ho put her table tennis team event disappointments behind her to make an impressive start to the singles competition.
The 15-year-old won her first two contests of the group phase against Lukaaya Amina of Uganda and Shareef Aminath of the Maldives both by margins of 4-0.
However, it was another tough day for Heston & Hounslow Rifle Club's Sheree Cox on the shooting range as she finished 16th in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions.
Elsewhere this evening North Greenford United U18s assistant manager and lawn bowler John McGuinness and his England Fours teammates will attempt to continue their 100 per cent record in the competition so far when they face Zambia.
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