DROITWICH Hockey Club president Paul Woodward showed his penalty prowess as England LX White won the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup.
Woodward, 60, was a key player in Holland, scoring seven goals at the veterans’ tournament.
His biggest success came in the semi-final against the multi-national Alliance team.
After the teams couldn’t be separated, the clash was decided by a shoot-out, with Woodward scoring twice.
The England White side then defeated their compatriots England Red in the final 2-1 to secure the title.
England’s LX Club was formed in 1995 to provide a vehicle to select the best players of over 60 years of age to compete in matches and tournaments against similar teams from other countries.
Woodward, making his LX debut at the tournament, said: “I had never played for England at any level so this was a tremendous honour to play and it was great to take home the trophy.
“The penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals was tense. It was 2-2 after the first set of penalties so we had to go again. I am probably the only England player to score two spot-kicks in one shoot out!”
Meanwhile in the Summer League, Droitwich held on for a 5-5 draw in an end-to-end clash against Old Halesonians.
Spa made one change, bringing Brett Gwillam in at right back and shuffled the team around as they travelled to face third-placed Old Halesonians who had only lost one game.
Droitwich were two goals up in side six minutes with Joseph Neal and Guy Newsome on target.
But Halesonians made it 2-1 in the 12th minute.
Matthew Lee restored the away side’s three goal advantage after an astute pass from Neal allowed him to finish from close and claim his sixth of the season.
For the rest of the half the game was very stretched but Old Halesonians cut the deficit with two minutes to go before half-time.
After the restart Spa, were lacklustre and a combination of stout defence from Barry Williams, Nick Bartle and excellent clearances from George Robertshaw in goal kept the score to 4-2.
But Halesonians’ pressure eventually told, and they scored to quick goals to take a 5-4 lead into the last 15 minutes of the game.
Droitwich hit back with gusto and Newsome saw several chances go begging.
But Spa’s efforts were rewarded in the second half after some skilful play down the Spa right saw Neal pop up for this second of the game.