Webb forecasts even brighter England future after EuroHockey Championships bronze
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Webb forecasts even brighter England future after EuroHockey Championships bronze

26 August 2017 / 19:09

Defender Hollie Webb is predicting England’s EuroHockey Championships bronze medal to be just the start of even greater heights after beating Germany to take their place on the podium.

Hannah Martin opened the scoring in the first half, while Alex Danson scored in the fourth quarter in Amsterdam – a goal that wrapped up the bronze medal from a confident performance.

Victory also alleviated the disappointment of the semi-final defeat to the Netherlands just a day previous, a loss that had stopped them competing for gold.

But with a pleasing note to end their Dutch adventure, Great Britain or England have now won at least one medal in major competition in every year since 2009.

Yet for Webb, there is a feeling of more to come from this ever-promising side.
Alex Danson receives her medal

"We didn't want to be in the bronze medal match after battling so hard against the Dutch,” she said.

“But we picked ourselves up and we were determined not to leave here without a medal so I'm really proud of the girls.

"This group of players is so exciting. There is so much more to come from us, we have shown some of it here but it's just the beginning."

Three penalty corners saw England edge the early stages, though it took a smart save from Maddie Hinch to keep the game goalless early on.

With everything at stake the game took a frantic end-to-end turn towards half-time, but it was England who forced what proved to be a vital opener.

A break from Ellie Rayer saw her find Martin in the circle, unbalancing the keeper before firing her country into the lead by the second interval.

That goal seemed to settle England heading into the third quarter, leaving Hinch with little to do despite the endeavour shown by the Germans in their own bid for bronze.

But the clinch moment was to come with just a few minutes left on the clock, Sophie Bray playing smart hockey along the baseline, then crossing for Danson to lift over the keeper at the near post.

Unsurprisingly that prompted a removal of the keeper for Germany in exchange for a kicking back, but the English defence was to stand firm, a resolute and pleasing way to end their competition.

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Defender Hollie Webb is predicting England’s EuroHockey Championships bronze medal to be just the start of even greater heights after beating Germany to take their place on the podium.

Hannah Martin opened the scoring in the first half, while Alex Danson scored in the fourth quarter in Amsterdam – a goal that wrapped up the bronze medal from a confident performance.

Victory also alleviated the disappointment of the semi-final defeat to the Netherlands just a day previous, a loss that had stopped them competing for gold.

But with a pleasing note to end their Dutch adventure, Great Britain or England have now won at least one medal in major competition in every year since 2009.

Yet for Webb, there is a feeling of more to come from this ever-promising side.

"We didn't want to be in the bronze medal match after battling so hard against the Dutch,” she said.

“But we picked ourselves up and we were determined not to leave here without a medal so I'm really proud of the girls.

"This group of players is so exciting. There is so much more to come from us, we have shown some of it here but it's just the beginning."

Three penalty corners saw England edge the early stages, though it took a smart save from Maddie Hinch to keep the game goalless early on.

With everything at stake the game took a frantic end-to-end turn towards half-time, but it was England who forced what proved to be a vital opener.

A break from Ellie Rayer saw her find Martin in the circle, unbalancing the keeper before firing her country into the lead by the second interval.

That goal seemed to settle England heading into the third quarter, leaving Hinch with little to do despite the endeavour shown by the Germans in their own bid for bronze.

But the clinch moment was to come with just a few minutes left on the clock, Sophie Bray playing smart hockey along the baseline, then crossing for Danson to lift over the keeper at the near post.

Unsurprisingly that prompted a removal of the keeper for Germany in exchange for a kicking back, but the English defence was to stand firm, a resolute and pleasing way to end their competition.