Gold Coast 2018 Days 2-3 - Rampant England, narrow loss for Scotland

Scotland huddle v Can CWG 2018
Scotland’s men couldn’t quite follow up their superb victory against South Africa as they narrowly lost a tight contest with Canada 1-0 on day three of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A 12th minute goal by Matthew Sarmento, deflecting a penalty corner past Tommy Alexander, was enough to give the Canadians their maiden win of the tournament.

The Blue Sticks had plenty of chances from their own, looking particularly threatening at penalty corners, but could not find a way past a resolute David Carter, although they remain ahead of their North American opponents on goal difference in Pool A, lying third.

There was also disappointment for Wales’ men as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat by Malaysia in their second fixture of the Games.

Two goals from Faizal Saari and a strike from Joel van Huizen were to be the undoing of a Welsh side, who started the game confidently having drawn 1-1 with Pakistan two days previously, but couldn’t convert their early chances.

The result means they currently lie fifth in Pool B but they are only two points behind group leaders England, who dismantled Malaysia 7-0 yesterday to start their competition in the best possible fashion. Sam Ward and Mark Gleghorne each bagged themselves two goals with Phil Roper, David Goodfield and Harry Martin - the latter with a spectacular sliding effort - also on target.

There were plenty of goals in the first Home Nations clash of the tournament as England’s women overpowered a stubborn Welsh side 5-1 to top Pool A, with Susannah Townsend and Grace Balsdon scoring for the second time in the tournament alongside strikes from Giselle Ansley, Hannah Martin and Sophie Bray. Eloise Laity had pulled the score back to 2-1 in a strong third quarter for the Welsh but ultimately England’s experience would prove too much in the end.

Elsewhere Scotland’s women picked up their first points of the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Canada, although they will feel slightly unlucky as Amy Brodie’s late strike was disallowed despite a video referral.

Four of the Home Nations sides will be in action on day four, with the fixtures being:

England W v India W - 00:30 BST
England M v Pakistan M - 05:30 BST
India M v Wales M - 10:30 BST
Australia M v Scotland M - 12:30 BST