London 2012 - British handballers lose in Israel
Britain's handball men were left to rue injuries to two key players as Israel got their tactics spot on in the World Championships qualifier in Tel Aviv.
British team officials claimed they had been underestimated earlier this week at Crystal Palace, following a narrow 29-26 defeat.
But losing Martin Hare and Robin Garnham to ankle injuries didn't help their cause while Israel marked GB dangerman Steven Larsson, the top scorer earlier this week, out of the game.
Nicholas Satchwell did well in goal and finished with a save ratio of almost 45 per cent, while Garnham was top-scorer with five despite his injury.†
However, Israel were still comfortable 29-20 winners.
"We probably lost the game in the first two and a half minutes of the second half when they scored four goals without reply", said assistant coach Bill Baillie.
"They took out Steven Larsson, and put a lot more pressure on us and the crowd got behind them. We stabilised, but there was no way back and quite early in the second half we lost both Martin Hare and Robin Garnham with ankle injuries. Losing two experienced defenders meant we were just too exposed."