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Hall Cross hockey star scores at the Olympics

FORMER Hall Cross pupil Barry Middleton scored the opener as the Great Britain hockey team held current Olympic champions Australia to a 3-3 draw in Beijing.

The result means Britain, whose medal hopes were all but ended by Sunday's draw with Canada, clinched third place in Pool B to set up a fifth place play-off clash with Korea.

Victory over Korea on Saturday (4am BST) would mark a successful campaign for Britain - giving them their highest Olympic finish since winning gold in 1988.

Middleton, who was brought up in Bessacarr and started his career at Doncaster Hockey Club, shocked the Aussies by putting his side ahead shortly before the break.

The 24-year-old was hardworking and impressive throughout - switching from defence to attack within seconds.

In the 33rd minute he denied Australia at one end before finding his way up the other end to turn in Jonty Clarke's cross.

But Australia's captain Bevan George levelled five minutes after the interval before Jamie Dwyer put the favourites 2-1 ahead.

Never-say-die Britain turned the game around again when Richard Mantell and Rob Moore regained the advantage but were denied when Australia's Eddie Ockenden netted with two minutes left.

 
 
 

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