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Canterbury Hockey Club's Susannah Townsend happy to still be in the hunt for a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

31 July 2014
by Alex Hoad

Susannah Townsend was in bullish mood after scoring the winner against the Auld Enemy to keep England on track for a Commonwealth Games medal.

The Canterbury HC star has impressed as England’s midfield dynamo, scoring in their opening 2-0 win over Wales last Thursday and inspiring a 5-0 rout of Malaysia on Sunday, before her 25th birthday on Monday was marred by a 3-0 group stage defeat to Australia.

Townsend bagged the crucial second goal as England saw-off Scotland on Wednesday morning, with Canterbury’s Nikki Kidd dispatching a clinical penalty corner strike for the host nation to set up a nervous finale in a 2-1 win for England.

Susannah Townsend Picture Ady KerryEngland Hockey

Susannah Townsend Picture: Ady Kerry/England Hockey

 

Townsend said: “It was an enjoyable game. We started out very well and got two nice goals, which was good. I was due a goal.

“Credit to Scotland they came back and had a very good second half but we look to be building our momentum and taking it into the semi-finals.

“It wasn’t our best day, but it’s something for us to build on. The Scots played well and had a lot of support. If we can get a win playing not at our best then that’s the sign of a good team.

“This was probably how (the organisers) wanted the script to go, apart from the result, us playing Scotland on their home turf in effectively a quarter-final.”

England’s likely opponents on Friday lunchtime are New Zealand, with South Africa the favourites to face Australia in the other last-four clash.

Townsend claimed: “We’ve played all the teams before. Each team you come up against in a semi-final is going to be a great team.

“I don’t mind who it is. You have to beat the best teams to win a gold medal and I’m going to do my best to win us a medal.”

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