Scotland Men slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Canada in their second match in the Five Nations Tournament in Malaga, Spain.

With Scotland rotating their squad, Surbiton’s Chris Grassick made his first appearance at the tournament, captaining his country in the starting line-up, with Nick Parkes coming on as a fifth minute substitute.

Alan Forsyth and Willie Marshall, who scored in the 3-1 win over the USA, were both rested.

Scotland faced a Canadian squad, ranked twelve places higher, Scotland ranked 23rd and Canada, 11th.

All the goals came in an eight minute period in the second quarter, Matthew Sarmento breaking the deadlock in the 22nd minute.  The teams then exchanged penalty corner conversions in the 29th minute, Brenden Bissett extending Canada’s lead before Kenny Bain responded for Scotland.

Neither side could find the net in the second half, Scotland particularly frustrated at failing to score from a run of successive penalty corners.

After two days, Ireland lead the way on goal difference from Scotland, with Spain in third with a game in hand. Canada’s victory leaves them in fourth place, the four teams all on three points, whilst the USA, also with a game in hand will hope to improve on their opening day defeat to Scotland.

The Scottish Hockey match report can be found on the Scottish Hockey website here

More information about the tournament can be found on the FIH website here