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Mark Gleghorne is playing a key role for England

Mark Gleghorne is playing a key role for England

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Mark Gleghorne is playing a key role for England

Ulsterman Mark Gleghorne grabbed the glory for the second time in four days as England maintained their unbeaten start to the World Cup finals at The Hague.

The former Instonians striker scored in England's 2-1 win over India on Monday and yesterday he repeated the feat with the first goal in a 2-0 win over Malaysia to stay in the hunt for medals.

His goal against India was a drag flick penalty corner, but this time the East Grinstead player picked up the ball in the circle and deftly scooped it over the goalkeeper to give England a fourth-minute lead.

Ashley Jackson added a second three minutes from the end when he converted a penalty corner and it means England, with two wins and a draw, sit second in their pool behind favourites Australia, who have won all three games to date, including the important one against Belgium yesterday (3-1).

England have arguably the two toughest pool games to come – against Australia tomorrow (3pm BST) and Belgium on Monday (6.45pm) – but the inclusion of Gleghorne's fellow Ulsterman Iain Lewers following injury has tightened and already solid defence.

Gleghorne and Lewers, of course, were previously Irish internationals, but took up residence in England and became available to them after sitting out a three-year international quarantine.

Belfast Telegraph