Mistakes prove costly as GB U20 slip to defeat against Romania

Great Britain U20’s hopes of promotion are over after they were beaten 4-3 by Romania in the World Championship Division 2A tournament in Brasov on Friday.

Italy are promoted to Division 1B with a game to spare, while GB will have to settle with a fight for the silver or bronze medal on the final day.

Logan Neilson netted again to become the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals, but Romania raced ahead in the middle session to leave GB with a mountain to climb.

Further goals by Oliver Endicott and Finley Howells gave GB hope, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Head coach, Martin Grubb, said: “We knew coming into the game that we needed a result to give ourselves a chance at gold and ultimately a massively disappointing second period has ended that dream.

“We made too many mistakes that get punished at international level. We needed to make sure our execution and game management was better.

“Romania were a desperate team as they knew a loss meant relegation. We spoke about how we had to outwork them and make sure we played fast, simple and direct.

“Unfortunately, that middle period we put ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of. We have to regroup and stick together as a group.

“We need to finish as strong as we can to make sure that this tournament has a positive ending for us and the support back home.”

GB finish their tournament against Italy on Sunday (face-off 2.30 pm UK time).

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