England brush aside Argentina at hockey World League

29 June 2013 / 21:06

England will face Australia in a mouth-watering ‘Ashes’ clash to determine the top team in the hockey World League semi-final.

The hosts slapped down the challenge of Argentina with a 4-2 victory in London - which secured their qualification for both the World League final and underlined their place at the next World Cup.

Argentina gifted England an own goal before Carla Rebecchi's strike levelled it but Nicola White kept Jason Lee's team's nose in front in the first half.

Hannah Macleod was rewarded for her second half effort and although an England own goal put the visitors back in the game, Susannah Townsend secured the win.

“We’re overjoyed with the result but it was an easier game for us to approach than some of the other games in the tournament," admitted England head coach Lee.

“The pressure was off because World Cup qualification was assured so we could play with more risk and more attacking play.

“And we had a good day because a lot more attacks ended up being goals.”

Australia earned their place in the final beating China 4-1 and also remain unbeaten but captain Kate Walsh feels there is some momentum building with this new-look England team.

“We looked hard at ourselves after the last game and Jason asked for a bit more oomph, I think was the technical term," she said.

“I think we did provide that and a lot of the young girls made themselves stand up and be counted, kept their head up and played, and are also tackling, much better.”

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