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English women's hockey hopes are still alive


The Commonwealth medal hopes of England and India stayed alive after their 1-1 draw on Monday 29 July, in front of a near-capacity crowd.

Jennie Bimson

Jennie Bimson celebrates her goal against India

The hotly contested match began with both teams having opportunities but failing to convert.

Englandís best runs came from Anna Bennett who was prevented from putting her side ahead on a number of occasions because of a solid Indian defence.

However, India were first to capitalise upon their chances when Suman Bala Saini put her team on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute after a low short corner was put past Hilary Rose with the aid of an England deflection.

Englandís determination was rewarded four minutes later when Jennie Bimson equalised, after an initial short corner was blocked.

England continued to dominate in the second half but was again prevented by the strength of their opponentsí defensive play.

Jane Smith was denied a chance in the last minute, which could have given England a much-needed victory to top their pool.

A rather disappointed Smith said: ďI was falling. I wasnít sure if Anna Bennett got near it as well. Itís just unfortunate it didnít go in.Ē

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