Nicola White helps unbeaten GB into quarter finals at Rio 2016

NICOLA WHITE helped Great Britain women’s hockey team move into the quarter finals of the Olympic Games with a perfect record.

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Nicola White in action at Rio 2016

The 28-year-old former Saddleworth Hockey Club member helped them make it five wins out of five with a 2-1 victory against the United States at Deodoro Stadium.

Late goals from Sophie Bray and Alex Danson earned Great Britain victory after they fought from behind as Michelle Vittesse had given America the lead.

White, who has two goals already, would have added another but for a fine save from the American keeper at a time when the US were ahead.

It was also a special night for Crista Cullen who won her 100th GB cap while Hannah MacLeod made here 150th international appearance.

Great Britain captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “If you’d offered us top spot at the start of the week, I’d have bitten your hand off.

“The momentum we’ve created is good. All the sides are excellent in this tournament so I’m really proud of what we’ve done so far.

“We had to show resilience tonight. USA are full of positive energy and resilience so we had to feed off that. Momentum plays a big part.

“The Dutch, Argentina and Australia always do it well. They keep building the performances at tournaments and that’s what we’re doing here.”

Great Britain will play their quarter final on Monday against Spain.

 

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