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Saturday, January 16, 2010

GB v Bosnia: A Game of Two Halves

TRAILING by just five goals at half time, Great Britain Men struggled to cope with a strong and relentless Bosnia Herzegovina side and went down fighting 19-44 in the second match of the World Championship qualifying tournament in Finland on Saturday.

Great Britain battled well with a strong line-up on court throughout much of the first half, and at one point trailed by just three.

However, GB went for almost 13 minutes without scoring a goal, while Bosnia rattled seven into the net, and after a raft of around five substitutions, Great Britain were further picked apart with an 11-0 run on goal from a strong Bosnia side.

“It was probably the most contrasting game so far,” said assistant coach Bill Baillie. “We were great in the first half, and at one point were only three behind and then missed a penalty which would’ve brought us to within two.

“But Bosnia scored seven without reply which really killed the game off for us. We went goal for goal with them for a while, but we never got any closer, and then once we started changing our starting line-up we lost our shape. We ran out of steam and the players looked tired.

“We’re still optimistic of beating Finland tomorrow, having seen them play yesterday, so hopefully we can go out on a high.”

Steven Larsson top-scored for GB with six goals against Bosnia, while John Pearce added three.

Pic: GB top-scorer against Bosnia, Steven Larsson. Pic: Reiner Worm.

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