Illness strikes but England book Euro semi with Scotland win

20 August 2013 / 18:18

Head coach Jason Lee is hopeful the effects of a sickness bug within the England camp will be gone by the time of their semi-final at the EuroHockey Championships in Belgium.

England’s women booked themselves a place in the last four with a 2-1 victory over Scotland – Hannah Macleod and Sam Quek scoring either side of half-time in the win.

Nikki Kidd equalised for Scotland from a penalty corner in the 49th minute but it was not enough as England claimed second in Pool B behind Germany, who went three from three.

Second place secured England a place in the semi-finals and, with a full day free before then, head coach Lee is confident they will be back 100 per-cent for Thursday.

“We've got a sickness bug running through the camp with nearly all the girls suffering from it, so energy levels were very low and we just had to do what we could to get through the game,” said Lee.

“Although I do think Scotland played very well and I don't want to take anything away from them, I have no doubt they will be strong contenders in their remaining matches.

"We'll start again really, we've had an up and down time in the group stages, but this is the exciting part of the tournament now.

“I'm optimistic we can bring it together for the final two games and physically I'm sure we'll be in better shape by Thursday.”

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