Scotland Men qualified for the next round of the Hockey Series Open after a convincing 4-0 win over Belarus in their final match on Sunday.
After a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Russia, Scotland responded perfectly, but had to wait until after a tight and goalless first quarter to stun Belarus in an all action second quarter.
Ironically, Belarus had put the Scottish defence under pressure by forcing two successive penalty corners, but a devastating and lightning quick counter attack following the second ended up with Robert Harwood and Kyle White combining for David Forsyth to finish in fine style in the 19th minute.
Two minutes later, Scotland succeeded where Belarus had failed, Cameron Golden doubling the lead from a well worked penalty corner routine, the ball slipped to Golden at the left post to score.
Scotland were truly in the ascendancy when Harwood scored their third goal leaving the Belarus defence in disarray in the 23rd minute.
Belarus had a chance to come back into the match four minutes before half time when they were awarded a penalty stroke following a penalty corner, but former Surbiton goalkeeper, Tommy Alexander made a save to his right.
Golden struck again in the 34th minute with his second goal of the match and sixth of the tournament as Scotland cruised to victory and moved back to the top of the table, with only Russia in position to overtake them with a victory in the last match of the tournament against hosts, Portugal.
Surbiton’s Tim Atkins and Willie Marshall kept up their ever present record of being the Scottish starting lineup.
More information about the tournament can be found at the FIH website
All matches are streamed live via You Tube. The Scotland v Belarus match can be viewed on the FIH channel
The Scottish Hockey match report can be read here