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England crash to New Zealand
England 1 New Zealand 4
England's women must now beat Malaysia on Saturday to guarantee a semi-final place after crashing to the Blacksticks in Delhi.
England's morning started well and they took the lead through Ashleigh Ball’s first international goal. But they were rocked by two Kiwi goals before half time (Samantha Harrison – pictured – and Katie Glynn). And then conceded two more goals (both to Glynn) with Helen Richardson on the yellow-card naughty step.
England Head Coach Danny Kerry said New Zealand were worthy winners.
“New Zealand were better than us everywhere and they deserved their win. The first two goals were very poor from our perspective; that’s not where we’re at. When we were short with a player off the pitch they got their goals. We had too many people off their game today.”
England had to contend with some early New Zealand pressure and Beth Storry gloved away a straight shot from the top of the circle just two minutes in.
Slough’s Ashleigh Ball scored her first international goal with England's first reall attempt on goal. Ball deflected home Slough teammate Nicola White’s cross from the right
New Zealand’s equaliser came when England's back line allowed a diagonal ball in from the New Zealand right to run through the circle to the back post where it was met by 19-year-old Samantha Harrison.
Katie Glynn put New Zealand ahead with a well taken shot on the move.
The match turned after Helen Richardson was shown a yellow card with just under 20 minutes remaining. Katie Glynn was the Kiwi who did the damage, netting her second with a low reverse stick shot from close range after cutting in from the English left.
Things got worse for England with a fourth New Zealand goal, again from close range and again from the stick of Katie Glynn, who volleyed home her hat-trick from close range after receiving a pass cut back from the baseline.
The England Malaysia game is down for 9.30am (5am UK)– but we'll confirm this!