England Narrowly Win World Cup Opener

England got off to a winning start at the BDO FIH World Cup as they squeezed out a narrow 3-2 victory over Spain in Rosario. 

Before the match, Kerry presented forward Alex Danson with a bouquet of flowers to mark her 100th international appearance for England as he named the same 16 athletes that secured Champions Trophy bronze in Nottingham in July with a 2-1 win over Germany.

After going behind to an early penalty corner England forced their way back into the game through Alex Danson, who scored on her 100th appearance for England, before taking the lead from Crista Cullen’s penalty corner just before the half hour.  Errors at the back cost England an equaliser just three minutes later and there was a touch of fortune about Susie Gilbert’s winner, which came in the dying seconds of the first half. 

A goalless second period followed the first half goal fest and England held on to secure a crucial opening day victory although Head Coach Danny Kerry was less than satisfied with his team’s overall performance.

After the match, Head Coach Danny Kerry was clear in his assessment of the game.  “We were awful but we won,” he said.  “We were outplayed for most of the game and Spain played very well.  I was happy with the way we defended against their skilful players.”

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Read the full match report at www.englandhockey.co.uk/womensworldcup.

Follow England Hockey at the World Cup
As ever, England Hockey website is just one of the places to follow England’s progress.  There will be match reports, previews and photographs throughout the tournament on the homepage and in the international results section here.

You can also engage with us through our Twitter account - @EnglandHockey – through which we’ll be chatting during England matches with special guest Tweets from the likes of Sally Munday, England Hockey Chief Executive.

Just as during the Men’s Champions Trophy earlier this month, Laola1.tv will be streaming the tournament live online at www.laola1.tv so you can watch England wherever you have an internet connection.

Live television coverage of England's World Cup games will be provided by Zee Cafe, Sky channel 846.  From Tuesday 31 August Zee Cafe will be Free to Air in order to showcase the hockey.  So you will be able to see England's games against China, Korea, South Africa and Argentina on TV for free.

The BBC Sport website will have highlights and reports from England’s matches here.  If England make it to the final four then look out for further announcements about possible red button coverage.