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Hockey - 21. December 2009.

England let half time lead slip


England Results Service, Scotland v England International Indoor Test Matches, Lagoon Centre, Paisley



Scotland (women)






England (women)

Vicky Bunce (22 F)






Kerry Williams (9 F)

Julie Bryce (28 PC)






Ashleigh Ball (21 F)

Julie Bryce (34 F)







Amy Brodie (35 F)







Vicky Bunce (36 PC)







Vicky Bunce (38 PC)









ENGLAND Women had a disappointing end to their four-match test series against Scotland in Paisley, losing out 6-2 after having led at half time.


Scotland battled back in style from a 1-0 deficit thanks largely to a hat-trick from Vicky Bunce, leveling the series at 2-2 after three days of action at the Lagoon Centre.


England began well enough with Kerry Williams scoring from open play after nine minutes, and they doubled their lead shortly after half time with another open play goal, this time through Ashley Ball.


However, Scotland pushed hard and got back into the game in the very next minute, Bunce scoring from open play. Julie Bryce added goals on 28 and 34 minutes, and who Amy Brodie put Scotland 4-2 ahead with five minutes remaining, England knew they had to do something.


They went to a kicking back and withdrew their keeper, but the plan backfired with Bunce scoring twice more from penalty corners.


“We played very well in the first half,” said team manager Dan Tilley. “The Scots pushed hard in the second half and gained the upper hand.


“We chased the game and took our goalkeeper off and went for it. Unfortunately they scored a couple of corners which are difficult to defend with a kicking back.


“It’s still been a good positive experience. It’s been good practice ahead of the Europeans, and for some of the players it was their first indoor hockey.


“Obviously the seniors weren’t here, they’ve been out in Argentina, so when they return it will bolster the squad and we’re confident ahead of the Europeans.”

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