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Result: England women continue winning start against Wales

England's women's hockey team make it two wins from two at the Commonwealth Games with a 5-1 victory over neighbours Wales.

Team England's women's hockey team have made it two wins from two at the Commonwealth Games courtesy of a 5-1 victory over Wales on the Gold Coast this evening.

Wales looked as though they would push an England side containing many of the gold-medal winners from the Team GB squad at the Rio Olympics all the way, but they were blown away in the final quarter to make the scoreline look more one-sided.

Anything other than an England victory would have been harsh, though, after they registered 18 shots on goal compared to just four from Wales.

The opening goal did not arrive until midway through the second quarter when England finally broke the deadlock through Giselle Ansley, and Susannah Townsend added a second two minutes later to give her side control of the match at half time.

Eloise Laity's strike less than four minutes after the restart reduced the deficit to one heading into the final quarter, though, leaving Wales with hope of pulling off an unexpected victory.

However, goals from Hannah Martin, Sophie Bray and Grace Balsdon saw England storm clear in the final 15 minutes, taking them to the top of Pool A as the only team with an unblemished record.

England's next match sees them face India on Sunday, whereas Wales take on South Africa on Monday.

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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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