Men's England V. Scotland Indoor Test Series

England Men made an emphatic finish to their test series against Scotland with an 8-1 victory at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley on Sunday.

A hat-trick from prolific scorer Ashley Jackson underpinned the victory, but in truth there were strong performances throughout the squad which leaves coach Andy Halliday with real selection headaches ahead of the WASA Cup and the European Championships in January.

Jackson scored from a penalty corner after just two minutes, and England were 3-0 ahead following a 16th minute strike from Matt Daly and a second from Jackson on 19 minutes.

The home side pulled back a goal from a corner routine on 20 minutes, but England continued to dominate and extended their lead with Jackson scoring from a penalty stroke four minutes into the second half.

England's Indoor International Adam Dixon goes past a Swedish opponent during the EuroHockey Nations Challenge at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, January 2008Adam Dixon and Simon Egerton scored on 26 and 30, both from penalty corners, and after Jonty Clarke’s 33rd minute strike from free play, Richard Springham completed the rout with a goal from a corner in the final few seconds.

“It was a very good performance,” said team manager Nick Beasant. “We were pleased with how we finished the series. It’s always good to beat the Scots, but today we finished off the weekend with a good set of performances all round.

“Over the past two years that we’ve been in indoor hockey, we’ve seen a lot of improvements with everyone on the programme.

“The squad is looking good, and we need to make some tough decisions now about selection ahead of the WASA Cup and the Europeans.”

Previously the side had beaten Scotland in their opening fixture. East Grinstead's Ashley Jackson scoring four of the seven goals in the final 7-5 scoreline.

The 22-year-old – who has scored 13 goals in five appearances for the England indoor team – proved a real handful for the Scots, who struggled to cope with an England side who looked slick despite many having faced a long journey north in wintry conditions.

Jackson scored twice in the opening six minutes – once from a corner and once from open play – and when Simon Egerton scored from another corner on 16 minutes England looked comfortable at 3-0 at the break.

They continued to dominate after the break with Jackson scoring again on 24Richard Smith and 25 minutes, and when Egerton added his second on 32 minutes and Richard Smith scored seconds later, England looked dominant with a 7-2 lead.

However, they let their guard down and conceded three late goals to their hosts who were glad of giving the scoreline a look of respectability.

It seemed as though the second half of the Friday game was playing on the side's minds during Game One on Saturday which ended in a draw. 

England looked disjointed in their first game, and had to battle hard against a Scottish side who were much-improved from their opening performance.

Goals from Iain Mackay, Richard Mantell and Jonty Clarke ensured England raced into a 3-0 lead, but two goals in the space of a minute from Josh Cairns brought the Scots right back into contention at 2-3 at the break.

The hosts continued to push, and Chris Wilson’s 33rd minute goal salvaged a draw for Scotland.

The afternoon’s game was a lot tighter from England, although they had to battle back from a 2-1 half time deficit before securing victory.

After scoring four in the opening day’s win, Ashley Jackson added another three to his tally with strikes on 19, 27 and 34 minutes, while Richard Springham scored the final goal in the penultimate minute of the match.

“The Scots played a lot better than on Friday evening, “ said team manager Nick Beasant. “In the first game we only won one corner, it was a disjointed performance and we realized it was below par.

“In the second game we had four corner in the first half, but we struggled to exert our authority, however we improved in the second period, and once we came back we closed the game down well.”

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