England men defeat Scotland 6-0

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England's men opened their Investec London Cup campaign with a solid 6-0 victory over Scotland.
England 6 (4)
Ashley Jackson 2, 67 (PC, PC)
Henry Weir 11 (FG)
Mark Gleghorne 27 (FG)
Simon Mantell 31 (FG)
Phil Roper 60 (FG)

Scotland 0 (0)

The men’s first game of the Investec London Cup started explosively. A penalty corner in the first minute allowed East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson to score with his trademark drag flick, giving England an early 1-0 lead. Dominant in possession, it wasn’t long before England doubled their goals, this time through Henry Weir who tapped the ball in to the back of the net after a goal-line scramble, bringing the score to 2-0.

An impressive run along the baseline by Phil Roper set up England’s third goal which was rifled home by Mark Gleghorne; 3-0. With just minutes left in the first half, England scored a further goal; an excellent team effort finished off by Reading’s Simon Mantell for the fourth goal. Despite the best efforts of Kenny Bain and Chris Grassick, Scotland were unable to capitalise and the score remained 4-0 to England at half time.

England continued to press the Scottish defence in the second half with notable attempts at goal from Nick Catlin and Ollie Willars but it was not until the 60th minute that another goal was scored. Roper was again involved, this time getting his name on the score sheet; rifling a shot past Scotland goalkeeper Gavin Sommerville and giving England a 5-0 lead. A well-practiced penalty corner routine enabled England to increase their lead further and with another goal to his name, Jackson brought the final score to 6-0.

England captain Barry Middleton said after the game; “We’ve been looking at trying to score goals, so it was nice to get a few today. Some were scrappy goals, obviously they’re not great to watch but they’re the goals we’re looking to score because they win tournaments.”