WEI Adams slotted a double yesterday as Scotland claimed their fifth straight hockey win, and their fourth in a row against the Home Countries, when they strolled to a 5-2 victory over England A at Peffermill in Edinburgh, writes NIGEL DUNCAN.
The former Hillhead and Grange star, who plays club hockey in Belgium, slotted goals in each half as Scotland, who beat the experimental English combine 2-0 on Saturday, followed up strong performances and two wins against Wales also in Edinburgh the previous weekend.
Coach Derek Forsyth was well satisfied with the performance and results in the double-header and said: “We’re developing well as a squad and we have several experienced players ready to return after injury so this augurs well.”
Forsyth must now pick his squad for clashes with the Czech Republic and Spain in July before the EuroHockey Nations Championship II in Vienna in August. Yesterday, the Scots got off to a flyer when Grove Menzieshill star Paul Martin slotted home after four minutes andScotland’s fans had to wait only another nine minutes before the home side were 2-0 ahead, Adams slamming the ball home after a flowing move. It was 3-0 only 13 minutes later when Surbiton player Nick Parkes scored.
England upped their game in the second-half and Ross Stott (Grove Menzieshill) blocked a shot near the line with goalkeeper Allan Dick (Holcombe) beaten. Adams then claimed his second goal four minutes into the period, slotting a rebound from the England goalkeeper, but the visitors replied from a penalty flick taken by David Beckett three minutes later. The white shirts pressed but it was Scotland who made it 5-1 when Callum Duke (Edinburgh University) latched onto the ball and made no mistake after 49 minutes. England netted a second when Jimmy Kinder scored six minutes later but it was only a consolation.