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England women off to winning start in Hockey World League

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 July 2017

Alex Danson celebrates a goal with Jo Hunter  (pic Rodrigo Jaramillo/England Hockey)

Alex Danson celebrates a goal with Jo Hunter (pic Rodrigo Jaramillo/England Hockey)

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England 3 Poland 0

England’s women claimed victory in their opening Hockey World League semi-final match in South Africa thanks to two goals from Sophie Bray and one from captain Alex Danson.

Bray’s double and a second-half strike from Alex Danson saw England notch up a comfortable victory over Poland and get their campaign in Johannesburg off to the perfect start.

England’s dominant performance will give them confidence ahead of their upcoming pool A fixtures with Japan, Ireland and Germany as they battle to progress to the World League final in New Zealand later in the year.

It didn’t take long for England, who included Havering’s Emily Defroand in their starting line-up, to make their mark on the match when Bray struck after just three minutes.

After stealing the ball from a Polish defender inside the opposition area and darting past another, the forward kept her composure and fired between the goalkeeper’s legs.

England continued to dominate and went close through Giselle Ansley’s drag flick and Lily Owsley’s strike before Bray found the net once again.

Danson found space at the top of the circle to launch a strike at goal and Bray was on hand to get a clever touch in front of the goalkeeper to double the lead before the first break.

The second quarter saw England in total control of proceedings, owning the ball and playing with a lot of confidence, causing Poland problems while remaining solid in defence and they were unfortunate not to lead by more at half-time.

Poland responded in the third quarter, calling Maddie Hinch into action and she was equal to the task to keep England’s two-goal lead intact. Shortly into the final quarter England put further distance between themselves and Poland, when a fine team move released Danson in the circle and she lifted her effort over the goalkeeper on the reverse.

A mazy run from Danson saw her beat three players but she was then bundled to the ground and awarded a penalty stroke.

However Ansley pushed her effort wide of the right post, but this was to be the only blip of the game for England as they kept up their intensity to the end and secured victory.

Next up for England are Japan on Wednesday, starting at 3pm UK time, with every game from the event being shown live on BT Sport.

England: Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth, Giselle Ansley, Hollie Webb, Susannah Townsend, Anna Toman, Sarah Haycroft, Emily Defroand, Sophie Bray, Nicola White, Alex Danson. Subs: Hannah Martin, Grace Balsdon, Lily Owsley, Shona McCallin, Jo Hunter, Amy Tennant (GK).

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