Perfect Olympics preparation for Barry

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Barry Middleton scored for Team GB in their final warm up game before London 2012.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Barry Middleton scored for Team GB in their final warm up game before London 2012.

BARRY Middleton was on the scoresheet as the Team GB men’s hockey side completed the perfect London 2012 warm-up in Spain.

The Bessacarr-born team captain scored the decisive goal in Team GB’s 2-1 win over Spain to win the Tri-Nations Tournament in Santander – just two weeks before the side’s opening match at the Olympics.

Middleton put his side into a 2-0 lead after Jonty Clarke put them ahead, with the Spanish only able to pull a single strike back.

Team GB will lock horns again with Spain in the final group game on August 7 which should be a crucial match for both sides’ medal hopes.

Earlier in the tournament, Team GB earned another morale-boosting win as they saw off eight time Olympic champions India in a 3-1 triumph.

Britain came from behind to see off India with goals from James Tindall, Ashley Jackson and Harry Martin.

Middleton almost extended his side’s lead in the dying moments but pulled his effort wide.

Former Hall Cross pupil Middleton is due back in the country today and will join his Team GB teammates in moving into the Olympic Village on Sunday.

Team GB open their Pool A campaign on July 30 against Argentina (7pm).

Clashes with South Africa (Aug 1, 4pm), Pakistan (Aug 3, 4pm), Australia (Aug 5, 7pm) and Spain (Aug 7, 7pm) will follow.