GB put four past Argentina in thriller

London Olympics 2012 Jonty Clarke jumps on Richard Smith as they celebrate his goal against Argentina

A double for Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and a goal each for Dan Fox and Richard Smith ensured that Great Britain men got their London 2012 Olympics campaign off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Argentina at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

Speaking after the match, Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton was very grateful to have the home support. “It (the crowd) makes such a difference to us. We’re not used to this in the usual hockey we play in during the year.  To have a crowd like this making so much noise just gives everyone a lift. The hard thing at times is trying to control that energy and not get too carried away. We got a perfect balance today. We used the energy of the crowd.”

London 2012 Olympics Richard Smith celebrates his goal against Argentina


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GB men's next match at the Riverside Arena will be on Thursday 2 August, when they play South Africa at 16.00.

Meanwhile, Great Britain women continue their quest for an Olympic medal on home soil when they play Korea at 16.00 tomorrow in their second Pool A match.

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