Danson double gives England edge at World League

03 December 2013 / 20:58

Alex Danson's double secured England a 3-1 victory over Germany in the women's hockey World League finals.

Germany broke the deadlock when Eileen Hoffman netted after 17 minutes but the lead lasted just seconds, after Hannah Macleod's quick-thinking released Danson, who scored with her first touch.

Sophie Bray's 41st minute penalty corner put Jason Lee's side ahead and Danson completed the scoring in the closing stages as the rain lashed down.

“I think it was a very gutsy performance from the girls and some of the girls who have struggled a bit across the first two games really stepped up their efforts which was really pleasing for me to see," said Lee.

"Germany have had the edge over us this year so it was nice to get our own back a little bit. ”

Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh admitted the result was extra special, with the game marking her 200th England appearance, 

“It felt like a typical English day out there, with the rain lashing down and the pitch playing quite slow we really had to work hard for the result," she said 

"200 England caps is not something I ever imagined I would achieve when I started playing back in 1999 and to seal it with a win today in a game like that is really special. We always say we never lose on a milestone and I feel really proud to have got the three points.”

The result secures England second place in their group behind unbeaten Holland and they will learn their Thursday quarter-final opponents later today, with Australia, Argentina and China all potential rivals.

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