Great Britain suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of China in their second home FIH Pro League match at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Friday evening.
China won 2-1, Zixia Ou giving the visitors the lead five minutes into the second half, latching on to a cross, her shot unfortunately last touched by Great Britain defender Anna Toman.
Although Surbiton’s Giselle Ansley levelled with a 41st minute drag-flick from Great Britain’s first penalty corner of the match, China sneaked the win with a penalty corner conversion of their own, Yang Peng brilliantly deflecting the ball past goalkeeper, Nicki Cochrane.
Great Britain had the chances to win the match, Lily Owsley, Sarah Robertson, Tess Howard and Surbiton’s Emily Defroand all having opportunities in the first half.
Tess Howard rattled the crossbar after just 17 seconds of the first half but it was destined to be China’s night.
With just under four and a half minutes remaining, Cochrane was withdrawn as Great Brltain elected to play with eleven outfield players, but China’s well organised defence held out for their third win of the campaign from twelve matches.
Surbiton’s Sarah Evans, Hannah Martin, Erica Sanders, Giselle Ansley and Hollie Pearne-Webb were all in the GB starting lineup; Emily Defroand came on as a fifth minute substitute.
More information about the Women’s FiH Pro League can be found at the FIH website