Gold Coast Day 6 - A Home Nations thriller between England and Wales

Eng v Wal CWG 2018
Sam Ward was England’s hero as they came back from two goals down to beat Wales 3-2 in a gripping game, ensuring they qualify for the semi-finals of Gold Coast 2018.

Having pushed India all the way in their previous game it looked as though the Welsh were going to cause a major upset in the first competitive meeting between the teams since 2002, goals from captain Luke Hawker and GB EDP squad member Ben Francis putting them in control at half-time.

But England woke up in the second half and pounded the Welsh goal, with Ward scoring with three varied but equally impressive victories to seal a superb comeback and secure a final four berth with one group game to go.

They next play India tomorrow to determine who will top the group while Wales will be in the 9th/10th play-off  on Thursday 12 April at 23:30 BST.

Elsewhere Scotland’s women put up a brave fight against hosts Australia but eventually lost 2-0 to end their bid to qualify for the semi-finals.

The Tartan Hearts put in a fantastic shift against the five-time Commonwealth champions and came close to being the first team to score against them this tournament, while Nikki Cochrane also pulled off several superb saves in goal.

However strikes from Jodie Kenny and Grace Stewart condemned them to defeat, meaning they currently lie third in Pool B but could drop to fourth should Canada beat Ghana tomorrow.

The result also confirmed that England’s women will take on New Zealand in their semi-final on Thursday 12 April.

There was also a 5-2 defeat for Scotland’s men against New Zealand as, despite two goals from Alan Forsyth, the 2010 bronze medallists moved to the top of Group A courtesy of a hat-trick from Kane Russell and further strikes from Jared Panchia and Hugo Inglis.

Following that game the Blue Sticks lie third in their group but call fall below Canada and/or South Africa depending on the outcome when they play each other tomorrow evening.

The final day of pool action tomorrow sees both England’s men and Wales’ woman back in action at the following times:

Malaysia W v Pakistan W – 00:30 BST
India M v England M – 10:30 BST