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Hockey girls hit back with win over US

PUBLISHED: 04:18 03 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:08 03 March 2010

Hockey: England remain on course for their target of a top-six finish at the women's World Cup in Australia following a slender 1-0 victory over the United States today.

England remain on course for their target of a top-six finish at the women's World Cup in Australia following a slender 1-0 victory over the United States today.

England went into the game on the back of two defeats and a draw so victory was essential to prevent the remainder of the tournament becoming a major disappointment.

By contrast, the United States' last game was a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over South Africa so England, for whom Canterbury forward Anna Bennett won her 150th cap, were never in for an easy ride and that was underlined in a goalless first half.

The breakthrough eventually came midway through the second half when Olton & West Warwicks' Lucilla Wright found the net for the only goal of the game.

England's final group match is a must-win encounter against tough Spanish opposition on Wednesday.

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