Hockey: Marksman Middleton delighted with England’s Commonwealth win

Barry Middleton. Picture: Andrew Roe
Barry Middleton. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster’s Barry Middleton was delighted with England’s 6-1 thrashing of Trinidad and Tobago in their opening match of the 2014 Commonwealth Games - with the skipper also getting on the scoresheet.

Thursday evening’s tie at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre proved a comfortable one for England who ran riot with six different scorers.

Bessacarr-born Middleton added England’s sixth and final goal after strikes from Ashley Jackson, Iain Lewers, Mark Gleghorne, Nick Catlin and Phil Roper downed a plucky Trinidad and Tobago side who could only respond through Mickell Pierre.

“People underestimate teams with their rankings, we’ve proven in the end we have won the game quite comfortably but you have to fight to get that chance to start putting some goals in,” said Middleton.

“There are no games where they are going to roll over and let you walk past them, you still have to work hard for them.

“There was no messing about from us, or thinking we are better than them - when we are like that we don’t play to our full potential.

“But it’s a win in the end and I’m happy with that.”

England’s second game in their Pool B group takes place on Sunday against Malaysia, 9pm start.