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Kent athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - Day 7 - Wednesday, July 30

By Alex Hoad

Day seven of the 2014 Commonwealth Games saw plenty more activity for Kent competitors.

I was at Glasgow Green bright and early to see England’s women book their place in the semi-finals of the hockey competition with victory against Scotland in a pulsating game.

Egerton ace Susie Townsend was a key figure as her driving run through midfield paved the way for the opening goal, with Holcombe-bound Nicola White feeding talisman Alex Danson from out wide to turn and score a virtuoso solo goal.

Townsend then put England 2-0 to the good with a beautifully lofted finish over a diving keeper after a penalty corner attempt from Holcs' Laura Unsworth was slightly fluffed.

The strike drew praise from former England footballer Rio Ferdinand, who tweeted about her 'cheeky dink' to nearly six million followers on twitter.

Canterbury's Nikki Lloyd went close at the other end but it was her Scotland and Canterbury teammate Nikki Kidd who dispatched a rasping penalty corner strike to spark wild scenes among a partisan crowd.

After the break Holcombe keeper Maddie Hinch proved the difference, thwarting the hosts from a series of penalty corners and open play moves, as the hosts piled on the pressure, seeking an equaliser.

Holcs duo Lucy Wood and Sam Quek provided a good outlet for possession however and England saw the game out to progress to Friday's semi-finals, where they will likely face New Zealand.

Meanwhile Dartford Harrier Grace Clements finished her heptathlon campaign at Hampden Park in seventh place, with the Commonwealth bronze she won four years ago being claimed by compatriot Jess Taylor.

With three events taking place on the second day of the competition, Clements began with the long jump at midday.

The 30-year-old's best leap of 5.80m was good enough for sixth place in the event and kept her eighth overall, taking her to 4,021pts after five events.

This evening she added a further 695 points in the javelin, in which she finished fourth with a throw of 41.97m and then completed the grueling final event, the 800m, with a time of 2mins 22.80secs, finishing eighth, but sealing seventh place overall with 5,512pts.

There was good news though for Canterbury-born bowler Sian Gordon and the England’s women’s triples at Kelvingrove.

Needing a win against the host nation at lunchtime to qualify for this afternoon's quarter-finals, the trio triumphed 21-9 to secure top spot in their section, and then the former Whitstable and Oyster BC member - whose married name is Honnor - helped trounce Malaysia 24-6.

She said: "We got off to an incredible start really. But you are always thinking they are going to come back so it’s important to keep pushing which I think we did really well.

“The girls were awesome and we’re really pleased.”

The former Simon Langton Girls Grammar School pupil will be back in action in the semi-final against Wales at 12.45pm on Thursday with the winner guaranteeing at least a silver medal.

She added: “I’ll just say to the girls to get stuck in before we go out there. It’s one game at a time.

“You can’t think about the fact of guaranteeing yourself a medal, it’s about getting the win."

Updates here and on twitter - @AlexHoadKOL – throughout the day.

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