A brace from Herne Bay’s Neil Davey and a compact defensive performance ensured a hard worked 2-0 win for England’s second string. Davey’s first came from an excellent one two with Boston’s Dave Scotney and his second was an unstoppable shot from a Pete Henry free kick.
Whilst England created plenty of chances they were denied by some excellent goalkeeping, Scotney went close twice and Blue Flames Neil Carr was causing numerous problems with his assured movement and creative link play. Rob Pass and Paul Derbyshire were their commanding best at the back and on the odd occasion that Wales threatened Debutant Peter Gibbons (Hartshill) looked comfortable.
In a 35 minute each way game the players were finding it tough and as the work rate needed to break down the stubborn Welsh team took its toll. Regular rolling substitutions took place but Leeds Titans Nick Morris putting in a mammoth shift as he was only substituted with a few minutes left when the game was safe.
Dave Castle commented: “Another thoroughly professional performance from the lads today, the movement and interchange play was impressive and we look so solid at the back, Rob and Paul look better each game we play. Whilst I was pleased with everyone’s contribution, I’ve got to single out Neil Davey, you cannot give him space, the shot for his second goal went like a missile, I actually heard gasps in the crowd!”