Unbeaten Great Britain march into World League quarters

16 June 2015 / 12:22

Match winner Sophie Bray insists it will be business as usual going forward despite Great Britain topping their pool with a 100 per cent record at this year’s World Hockey League Semi Final.

The tournament’s top scorer took her tally to five goals in Valencia with strikes either end of the game as Great Britain successfully navigated their way past China.

The victory was Great Britain’s fourth in succession and ensured they topped their pool, to set up a quarter final against either South Africa or Uruguay on Thursday.

Great Britain, who know a top-three finish in Spain will guarantee Olympic qualification,  got off to a dream start with Alex Danson cutting the ball back to Bray to score in the fifth minute.

The remainder of the match then saw clear chances at a premium although keeper Maddie Hinch was called into action in the closing stages to preserve her side’s lead, while Giselle Ansley then cleared off the line.

But Bray sealed the points with three minutes left on the clock, latching on to Kate Richardson-Walsh’s long pass to slot home.

“They’re a great side and play a different style to the European sides we’re used to playing against,” said Bray.

“We knew how we had to play and we got the result we needed. To get the win keeps the momentum going into the crucial quarter-final game.

“We’ll go home, rest and recover and get ready for Thursday. All the teams here are quality sides. We’ll look at the video and prepare for whoever we play as we have done all through the tournament.” 

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