One win and one loss for England Powerchair team
The Para Lions beat Australia 6-1 but lose 3-0 to France in latest games at the FIFPA World Championship in Sydney
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With the competition’s round-robin stage continuing at the Quaycentre in Sydney’s Olympic Park, Colin Gordon’s team were looking to build on their impressive start which has seen victories over Argentina, Republic of Ireland and Denmark.
But they suffered their first setback of the tournament when faced with old rivals France in their first game of the day.
The Para Lions paid the price for a poor start to the game, with France taking the lead after just two minutes, when captain Mohamed Ghelami's long-range effort picked out the corner of the goal.
France 3-0 England
Watch back the game against France at the FIFPA World Championship
Para Lions head coach Gordon responded with a substitution by introducing Ed Common in place of Dan McLellan as England looked to find a way back into the game and the match levelled out as they started to pose questions of the French.
But with a strong back line in place, the second half saw France consolidate their lead and keep England at bay, before Ghelami completed his hat-trick in the last minute when Chris Gordon's clearance was closed down by the Frenchman and diverted home to seal a comprehensive win.
That result didn’t hit England’s confidence too much though, as they came back out later to register an impressive 6-1 win over the host nation.
And they doubled the lead after eleven minutes, following a well-worked move started by Bolding which saw him trade passes with Marcus Harrison before working the ball back to out to Harrison at the far post where he finished from close range.
The Bolding-Harrison axis paid dividends again five minutes later, when the captain picked out Harrison in the box where he timed his movement to perfection to finish off the move.
Four minutes into the second half, the Aussies reduced the arrears when Abdullah Karim struck home an angled shot to make it 3-1.
Australia 1-6 England
Watch back the full game as the Para Lions pick up an impressive victory in Sydney
Ed Common then notched his second of the tournament after a controlled shot following a diagonal pass from Gordon found him on the left.
There was another to follow in quick succession, as Bolding shot home from distance to make it 6-1.
England will face USA (4am BST) and Uruguay (7am BST) on Wednesday, before they play their final round game against Northern Ireland on Thursday (5.10am BST)
England starting line-up v France: 7 Chris Gordon, 8 Jon Bolding (c), 9 Marcus Harrison, 10 Dan McLellan
Substitutes: 4 Ed Common for McLellan 6, 10 Dan McLellan for Common 32, 5 Dave Lewis for McLellan 39
Substitutes not used: 11 Tyler Reece, 19 Bradley Bates
England starting line-up v Australia: 7 Chris Gordon, 8 Jon Bolding (c), 9 Marcus Harrison, 19 Bradley Bates
Substitutes: 10 Dan McLellan for Bates 12, 11 Tyler Reeve for Gordon 26, 4 Ed Common for Harrison 29, 5 Dave Lewis for McLellan 31, 8 Bradley Bates for Bolding 34
Goalscorers: Jon Bolding 8 (p), 31 Marcus Harrison 11, 16, 25, Ed Common 30