Bray double keeps GB women marching on in Valencia

14 June 2015 / 15:08

Alex Danson insists Great Britain’s women will not take their foot off the pedal at the Hockey World League Semi Final, after maintaining their 100 per cent record with a 4-2 victory over Canada.

Goals from Danson, Georgie Twigg, and a Sophie Bray double handed Danny Kerry’s side their third consecutive victory and kept them in pole position to qualify top of Pool A.

But despite dominating most of the play, Danson is adamant there are still improvements to be made before GB’s final group clash with China on Tuesday.

“We set out our stall very clearly before we came here and that was to get the job done one game at a time,” said the 30-year-old.

“We’ve got the points here today and now we’ve only got one more crucial game to look forward to.

“We had some fantastic goal-scoring opportunities today, and the secret to this side is how hard we work away from the field.

“So we’ll certainly be disappointed that not more of those went in, and we’ll go away and review.

“They key for us now is just to recover and get ready for the next game.”

GB dominated proceedings in the first-quarter, earning themselves a 1-0 lead on eight minutes with a superb short corner routine straight off the training ground.

Kate Richardson-Walsh flicked towards goal and Danson was on hand to expertly deflect the ball home.

Canada found it hard to escape their own half with GB pressing high up the pitch, but equalised against the run of play when Stephanie Norlander squeezed the ball past Maddie Hinch from close range on 21 minutes.

But GB responded in style two minutes later through Twigg, who collected the ball off the keeper’s pads before spinning it into the corner from another short corner.

Another two goals followed after the break, Bray converting GB’s third penalty corner of the day on 35 minutes when she fired into the roof of the net.

And the 24-year-old rounded off the victory with her third goal in two days to make it 4-1, although Canada did pull one back with a penalty corner of their own with the final play of the game.

Kerry’s side will now face China in their final pool match on Tuesday, with victory there guaranteeing a place in the semi-finals where the top-three sides will book their spot on the plane to Rio next summer.

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