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England defeat Russia to start the U21 Euros on a winning note

England U21 women got their EuroHockey Junior Nations Championship off to a great start, beating Russia 2-1 in Waterloo, Belgium, on Sunday morning.

After falling behind to an early goal by Elena Sazhina, England levelled just before the break through Clifton’s Stephanie Addison. They took the lead on 45 minutes through Canterbury ace Grace Balsdon, and held that lead to the end.

Coach Kevin Johnson said: “It was important to start the tournament with a win, which we have achieved.

“After taking a while to get into the game we began to find our rhythm and intensity and had a strong second half performance, creating several goal shots and earning a number of penalty corners. We look forward to the next game in full confidence.”

A scrappy goal gave Russia the lead, and England battled hard to get an equaliser. It finally came on 33 minutes, Addison diving to deflect home a cross from the right.

They took the lead on 45 minutes from a penalty corner, and it was Grace Balsdon who scored with a drag flick from the top of the D.

England Under-21 Women are next in action on Monday (4pm UK time) when they play Spain.

Match Schedule

Time (BST) Match Result
Sunday 20 July 2014
09:00 Spain v France 1-0
09:30 England v Russia 2-1
13:30 Germany v Czech Republic 12-1
14:00 Netherlands v Belgium 3-1
Monday 21 July 2014
15:30 France v Russia  
16:00 England v Spain  
17:45 Germany v Netherlands  
18:15 Belgium v Czech Republic  
Wednesday 23 July 2014
11:00 Spain v Russia  
11:30 France v England  
15:30 Netherlands v Czech Republic  
16:00 Belgium v Germany  
Thursday 24 July 2014
15:30 4A v 4B  
16:00 2A v 1B  
18:00 3A v 3B  
18:30 1A v 2B  
Saturday 26 July 2014
07:30 4A v 3B  
08:00 3A v 4B  
12:30 LSF1 v LSF2  
14:30 WSF1 v WSF2  



Team Lists

U21 Women
Name Club
Amy Tennant (GK) Bowdon
Grace Lawes (GK) Reading
Olivia Chilton Birmingham University
Stephanie Addison Clifton
Holly Hunt Bowdon
Rebekah Walker Beeston
Emma Trunks Birmingham University
Emily Defroand Birmingham University
Kim Leiper Loughborough Students
Hannah Martin Birmingham University
Anna Toman Birmingham University
Olivia Paige Reading
Grace Balsdon Canterbury
Joanna Leigh Clifton
Rebecca Van Berkel Birmingham University
Lydia Clissitt Birmingham University
Kathryn Lane Isca
Alice Wills Old Loughtonians























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