Hockey Pro League: Susannah Townsend nets goal wishes for GB women

Susannah Townsend gave her mum a birthday goal as Great Britain atoned for an opening double header defeat to see off Germany 2-0 on Thursday night in the FIH Pro League.

Anna Toman’s deflected penalty corner strike put GB ahead before Townsend netted her second goal in succession with another deflected strike on the stroke of half-time.

There were chances for Sarah Evans and Izzy Petter, while a stout defence kept Die Danas at bay.

GB have worked with Townsend on finding the net more often and the midfielder admitted that the team’s win was a “step in the right direction” after a string of uncapped and now Test match games under their belt.

She said: “It’s my mum’s birthday today and she messaged me asking for a birthday goal so that one is for her! It’s something I’ve been working on, to be on the end of things. But most of all it’s three points for the team.

“We’ve not had a lot of matches recently so it’s good to put in a good performance. We’ve been on the pitch almost every day fine tuning things, we’ve got the Europeans as England coming up, then the Olympics as GB so hopefully we’ll perform as well as we can.”

Meanwhile, Evans spoke of GB’s match ploy of finding more attacking intent after reversing the 3-2 defeat to Germany on Wednesday.

“It was great to get the win, much more enjoyable [than defeat on Wednesday],” said Evans, named player of the match. “All over the pitch I think you could see that we were on the front foot, more aggressive, and able to win the ball higher up the pitch.”

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