Danson goal claims GB victory

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain 450

Great Britain narrowly took the spoils in the first of three encounters against Spain in Valencia.

SPAIN 0 (0)

Alex Danson 37 FG

Taking up the role of Skipper, Alex Danson led the way scoring the only goal of the game as she fired home a shot from the top of the circle in the 37th minute to make it 1-0 to Great Britain. The goal marked her 75th in an international shirt.

Spain pushed Great Britain all the way and were unlucky not to score from a couple of penalty corner and open play opportunities in the closing stages of the match, but Danny Kerry’s side held on to take the first victory in the series.

Newcomer to the centralised training squad, 24 year old Holly Payne, made her international debut in what was the 37th encounter between these two sides.

There were also Great Britain debuts for two Scottish athletes, goalkeeper Amy Gibson who subbed on for Maddie Hinch at the half-time break and Holcombe’s Sarah Robertson. Robertson’s club teammate Lucy Wood, who will be a familiar name to those who followed England at the Commonwealth Games, also pulled on a Great Britain shirt for the first time.

Speaking after the game Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry said: “It wasn’t a great performance from us, Spain could have easily won today and we rode our luck at times. Credit to Spain, they are a much improved side from the last time I saw them play and they deserved to get something out of the game. We were very much reliant on the experience of Kate Richardson-Walsh and Laura Unsworth in our defence today as they covered up a lot of our play. These test matches are so important for us to develop the squad and ensure the less experienced players get to play at the very top level before we go into major tournaments. I’m confident we’ll get better over the next two games.”

Great Britain’s next match against Spain will take place tomorrow at the same time [1530 UK time]. The three matches are taking place at Polideportivo Virgen del Carmen Betero, the same venue Kerry’s team will travel to in June when they battle for Olympic qualification at the FIH Hockey World League Semi Final.

Match information including scorers can be accessed via this link http://tms.fih.ch/reports/competitions please be aware that Spain have opted to update the information following each match and not on a live basis.

Click here to find out the starting 11 and substitutes.

Great Britain Women v Spain – fixture information
Tuesday 10 February - 1530 - Spain v Great Britain
Wednesday 11 February - 1530 - Spain v Great Britain
Friday 13 February - 1030 - Spain v Great Britain

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