Glasgow 2014: England overcome Wales in hockey

ENGLAND had to work hard to overcome a gritty Welsh side 2-0 to get their campaign off to a positive start in Pool B of the women’s hockey tournament.

The England team celebrate with Alex Danson of England after she scored during the preliminary match between England and Wales. Picture: Getty

After finishing 11th out of 12 nations at last month’s World Cup finals, a performance which cost coach Jason Lee his job, England were under pressure to underline their credentials as serious Commonwealth Games gold medal contenders.

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Both teams enjoyed noisy backing from their supporters in a decent crowd at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, although the 5,000 capacity venue was some way short of full.

Alex Danson gave England a 1-0 half-time lead with her 44th goal for her country. Wales, who included Xenna Hughes, daughter of Stoke City manager Mark, in their line-up defended admirably throughout and occasionally threatened on the counter-attack. White finally sealed the points seven minutes from time with a sliding finish from a penalty corner.