FORMER SADDLEWORTH Hockey Club player Nicola White scored again in Rio de Janeiro as Great Britain maintained its 100-per-cent record with a 2-0 victory against Japan.
Goals from Lily Owsley and White made it four successive wins to top their pool with only one game left against the United States on Saturday.
White, whose grandparents live in Delph, sealed victory with five minutes left with the second goal and 15th at international level which came from a penalty corner. Owsley had given England the lead after only five minutes.
It was starting to look like the second goal would never come but with five minutes to go, GB got what they were looking for.
Japanese keeper Asano made a splendid stop to deny Crista Cullen from a penalty corner but with the ball popping up White showed terrific reflexes and technique to volley in from above her head.
And Danny Kerry’s side, already assured of a quarter-final place, looks in great shape for next week’s knockout phase.
Kerry said: “We deliberately haven’t looked at other results. The players learned their lesson in a tournament a few years back not to tune in to other teams.
“We will now because we’re definitely in the top two so we can predict a little bit more.
“We’re in a good position that we can scout knowing a bit better, but we feel we can match anyone, like we did against Argentina and Australia.”