Saddleworth hockey ace helps Great Britain continue unbeaten streak at Rio 2016

SADDLEWORTH HOCKEY player Nicola White got on to the scoresheet to help Great Britain beat India 3-0 and maintain their 100-per-cent record at the Olympic Games.

Nicola White in action for Team GB at the Olympics in Rio

And the 28-year-old added that the team was inspired by Adam Peaty winning Great Britain’s first medal the previous night, a swimming gold in the 100m breaststroke.

White said: “It has given the whole Team GB team a big lift, and let’s hope we get more on the board.

“We all wish each other good luck and we are all behind one another. Adam’s final was late, but we stayed up and watched it.”

After beating Australia in their opening pool match, White added it was important to build on that success against India.

She said: “It was a game we had to win, though it was never going to be pretty. India are tricky and skilful and it was all about getting the win.

“It wasn’t a perfect performance and we know we can play better, something we will be discussing and working on to improve as the competition goes on.”

White, who began her playing days at Saddleworth Hockey Club, was delighted with the goal, her 14th at international level and she has now found the net at two Olympics.

She described it as a “scrappy” effort adding they all count and the goal made it 3-0 giving Great Britain a commanding advantage.

“You are never comfortable at 2-0, but scoring a third gives you a cushion,” she said.

Great Britain will be bidding to make it three wins in a row on Wednesday against arch rivals Argentina in a hugely important game for both countries.


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