England Men start with six

England's Ashley Jackson is challenged by Trindad and Tobago's Mickell Pierre during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games 450, Photo by Ady Kerry

England Men started their Commonwealth Games campaign by putting six past Trinidad and Tobago in their opening game.

England 6 (3)
Ashley Jackson 7 (PC)
Iain Lewers 25 (PC)
Mark Gleghorne 27 (PC)
Nick Catlin 51 (PC)
Phil Roper 59 (FG)
Barry Middleton 64 (FG) 

Trinidad and Tobago 1 (1)
Mickell Pierre 29 (FG)

England eased to victory in their opening Pool B group game, defeating Trinidad and Tobago 6-1 at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Thursday evening.

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Goals from Ashley Jackson, Iain Lewers and Mark Gleghorne – all from penalty corners – put them 3-0 up after 32 minutes.

Mickell Pierre’s dribbling run and finish reduced the deficit just a minute later but an England victory was never in doubt as Nick Catlin, Phil Roper and Barry Middleton added further goals after the break.

England now have two days break before taking on Malaysia in their second Pool B group game on Sunday at 2100.

Barry Middleton, England Men’s captain, said after the game: "People underestimate teams with their rankings, we’ve proven in the end we have won the game quite comfortably but you have to fight to get that chance to start putting some goals in.

"There are no games where they are going to roll over and let you walk past them, you still have to work hard for them. There was no messing about from us, or thinking we are better than them; when we are like that we don’t play to our full potential. But it’s a win in the end and I’m happy with that."

Bobby Crutchley, England Men’s head coach, added: “We were a bit frustrated with the performance. There were good bits, but we were a bit slack with some of our passing and attacking play.

“Having said that I thought Trinidad & Tobago played well, they frustrated us and had a good game plan. There were certainly glimpses of some quality play for us across the 70 minutes and we will look to take that into the game against Malaysia on Sunday.”

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