England look for Glasgow boost in London Cup finals

12 July 2014 / 22:16

England's hockey teams will look to springboard into the forthcoming Commonwealth Games with morale boosting victories at the London Cup.

Bobby Crutchley's men's squad maintained their 100 percent record with a 4-1 win over Ireland, courtesy of goals from Barry Middleton, Alastair Brogdon, Harry Martin and Henry Weir.

And they'll play again in Sunday's final after Scotland lost 3-2 to South Africa in the other match.

"I don't think we played as well as we have in our previous two games, but we've only given away one goal in three games so I can't complain," said keeper George Pinner. 

"I think we've been defensively pretty solid for the best part of a year now and after the recent World Cup we've been focusing on goal scoring, so the guys firing them in up front really gives us a boost at the back."

England's women were 2-1 winners over Scotland, scoring through Alex Danson and Ellie Watton, while Nikki Kidd set up a tense finale.

They will now play South Africa in the final, after their 8-2 victory over Wales.

"It's always a close game against Scotland, so it's good to come out on top and we're looking forward to playing them again at the Commonwealth Games," said Danson.

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