Susannah Townsend celebrates scoring the winning goal for England against Scotland during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 30th July 2014 - credit Ady Kerry.jpg

England ended Scotland’s Commonwealth Games women’s hockey medal hopes with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Glasgow Green on Wednesday.

The win puts England through to the semi-finals where they will almost certainly play New Zealand. The best Scotland can hope for now is a fifth-place. 

First-half goals from Alex Danson and Susannah Townsend put England in pole position heading into the break but Nikki Kidd pulled one back for the hosts from a penalty corner.

And in the second half, roared on by a raucous home crowd, Scotland pushed hard for an equaliser with a succession of penalty corners.

Danson said: ““We are obviously delighted with the win today, the game was exactly what we thought it was going to be it, it was tight and Scotland had obviously done their homework.

“They won lots of corners but we are delighted, we stuck to our task and are over the moon to be building momentum for the next game.

“If it is New Zealand that we are playing we will prepare hard, we know it will be a tight game again but a good showcase and hopefully a great match.”