Gold Coast 2018 Day 4 - Heroic Wales fall just short, England falter

Gareth Furlong hat-trick v India CWG 2018
A hat-trick from Gareth Furlong was not quite enough to give Wales’ men a historic victory over India in Pool B as the competition starts to hot up at Gold Coast 2018.

The Surbiton player struck three times from corners against the world number six side - bringing his side level on each occasion - but the Welsh were dealt a cruel blow with just 90 seconds remaining as Sunil Sowmarpet tucked in the final goal in a 4-3 thriller.

That result means Wales are all-but-out of contention of making the semi-finals while India move to second in the group, sitting behind England on goal difference after Bobby Crutchley’s side drew 2-2 with Pakistan.

All the goals came in the second half, with Pakistan taking the lead thanks to a lovely turn and finish from Muhammad Irfan Jr. before Mark Gleghorne equalised two minutes later.

Sam Ward then thought he had won the game, converting a clever penalty corner, with nine minutes left but it wasn’t to be as Ali Mubashar’s flick was deflected over George Pinner by Barry Middleton to ensure the game ended level.

It was a frustrating day for England’s women as well as they succumbed 2-1 to India. Alex Danson had given her side the lead after just 35 seconds but a field goal from Navneet Kaur and a stroke from Gurjit Kaur gave their opponents the win.

However England remain top of Pool A on goal difference and a victory against Malaysia in their final group game tomorrow will guarantee them a semi-final berth.

Elsewhere Scotland’s men were beaten 6-1 by world number one outfit and Olympic silver medallists Australia to effectively end their chances of qualifying for the last four. The Kookaburras raced into a 4-0 lead by the end of the first quarter that, despite an improvement from the Blue Sticks which saw them score through Robert Harwood, was too much to come back from.

Each of the Home Nations’ women’s teams will be in action on day five in Australia, with the fixtures being:

South Africa W v Wales W - 05:30 BST
Scotland W v Ghana W - 07:30 BST
England W v Malaysia W - 10:30 BST