Scotland edge out Wales for third place

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Scotland take third place at the Investec London Cup after beating Wales 3-2

Scotland 3 (2)
Nikki Lloyd 12 (FG)
Vikki  Bunce 31 (FG) 
Ali Bell 46 (FG)

Wales 2 (0)
Phoebe Richards 55 (FG)
Emma Batten 70 (PC)

In their final game of the tournament, Scotland faced Wales in a battle for third place.  Wales started strongly, putting early pressure on Scotland’s defensive line.  It was Scotland, however, who were able to hold onto the ball for the majority of the first half, resulting in them gaining a two-goal lead at half time.  The first was scored by Nikki LLoyd who was able to finish Emily Maguire's shot, and the second by Vikki Bunce who smashed it past the keeper to find the backboard.

The second half started in a similar manner to how the first half finished.  Scotland were working together nicely in defence, as well as exerting pressure up front. They eventually broke through the Wales defence for third time as Ali Bell slotted another one for her side.  The biggest reaction from the crowd, though, came when Phoebe Richards unleashed a powerful shot in to the top right-hand corner, getting Wales on the scoresheet. A penalty corner in the final minute allowed Emma Batten to score a second goal for Wales but they ultimately came up short as Scotland walked away with third place.

Linda Clement reflected on her team's performance: "It's been a good tournament. The aim for us was to concentrate on performance game on game, but it's also given us some things to go away and look at. It's ideal preparation for the Commonwealth Games, so we can make a few tweaks between now and Glasgow."