Sunday, December 3, 2023

Hockey Pro League: England women earn first points after USA trip

England women came away from their Pro League double header against the USA with their first set of points in this year’s competition

England came from two goals down to claim two points following a shoot-out victory on Sunday, adding to their opening 3-1 win on Saturday.

Two first-half goals had put David Ralph’s side on the back foot, the hosts scoring through Megan Rodgers and Danielle Grega inside 20 minutes,

But England ramped up the pressure and surged back after a debut weekend goal from Pippa Lock and Sophie Hamilton, who levelled two minutes from time, forcing a shoot-out that the visitors won 3-1.

Ellie Rayer scored the winner after Hamilton and Izzy Petter converted theirs and Sabbie Heesh made vital saves.

England had earned their first points of the season, after defeats to Argentina, with an emphatic 3-1 victory.

Second-half strikes from captain Hollie Pearne-Webb, Rayer and Grace Balsdon saw Ralph’s side to a convincing win at University of North Carolina.

Meanwhile, South Africa men nearly earned their first win over Argentina since 2013 but a last gasp penalty corner goal from Franco Agostini split the points as the South American hosts won the shoot-out.

Argentina had also just edged South Africa 4-3 on Saturday.

READ: Can European club hockey experience give Great Britain best of both worlds? 

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