Double header as England teams face Malaysia

Susie Gilbert in action for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games 450

Since securing two victories and six points on the opening day of Glasgow 2014 England men's and women's teams have enjoyed the luxury of two rest days; something which seldom occurs in tournament hockey. 

We reckon we've got your Sunday viewing sorted as both teams fire back into action tomorrow with a double header against Malaysia at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

England women v Malaysia - Sunday 27 July – 1100
Venue: Glasgow National Hockey Centre

BBC scheduling information for the game will be updated here – all matches will be live on BBC Online.

England women claimed three points from their opening game against Wales on Thursday with a hard fought 2-0 victory. England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said after the win, "With tournament hockey nobody remembers what the score line was in the end, they just remember how many points you had on the table so I’m really happy to get the win." England will however be looking to build on that performance when they face Malaysia - the seventh ranked side here at Glasgow 2014 - tomorrow at 11am in their second Pool B game.

England last played Malaysia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago where squad members Nicola White, Alex Danson and Georgie Twigg were all on target that day in a 3-0 victory. Prior to that there have only been two other encounters which England won comfortably and they will be looking to secure another three points from their pool game tomorrow.

Speaking ahead of the game midfielder Susannah Townsend said, "It's hard to know exactly what to expect from a team England hasn't played since Delhi [2010 Commonwealth Games], but we will be looking to improve on our performance against Wales and stick to our game plan."

England men v Malaysia - Sunday 27 July – 2100
Venue: Glasgow National Hockey Centre

BBC scheduling information for the game will be updated here – all matches will be live on BBC Online.

After beating Trinidad & Tobago 6-1 in their opening Pool B match at Glasgow 2014, England men's next opposition comes in the form of Malaysia tomorrow evening. The sides most recently met last month at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup; England scored two to take the win with goals coming from Mark Gleghorne and Ashley Jackson.

Of the 28 meetings between the sides England have won 15 times and drawn eight. Although Malaysia can only claim five victories, England Captain Barry Middleton and teammate Simon Mantell will vividly remember the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games 3rd/4th play-off where Malaysia won 2-0 to claim bronze.

England Captain Barry Middleton on next opponents Malaysia: "I think they’ve got a different team here to the one we played recently in the World Cup so I don’t know exactly what to expect, whether it is younger or older, but we have played them a lot in recent years. All the Asian teams are strong, they give you a good battle going forward so we have to be right on it and take a step up from our opening game against Trinidad & Tobago."

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley on what to expect from the world number 13 side: “Malaysia are a top country [ranked sixth at Glasgow 2014] and they’ve caused us trouble in the past at the Commonwealth Games. They will be quick on the counter attack and are a well organised side.

“For us the challenge is to keep improving through the tournament, whoever we play we are looking to put a performance down and execute our game plan.”


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