Germany take all three points in rain-affected FIHPL match

Giselle Ansley in the FIH Pro League for Great Britain's women
Germany 2
Hablac (38', FG), (58', FG)

Great Britain 0

Great Britain suffered defeat away to Germany in a rain-affected match in Moenchengladbach.

The start of the match was delayed by 45 minutes because of heavy rain, and the visitors were left to rue a below par second half performance that saw Germany take a deserved victory.

The opening two periods saw Britain holding their own, but a goal after the break put Germany on top, and Mark Hager's side were unable to get a foothold in proceedings.

Amy Tennant was in fantastic form in the Britain goal and deserves a special mention, while defender Giselle Ansley made her 50th appearance for Great Britain.

Attention now turns to Saturday's first home game when GB host USA in London at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. With the women's team having won one of their six matches, they will be looking to a home crowd of more than 4,000 to make a difference on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Mark Hager's side have ten games remaining; eight of them at home, and will now look to use home advantage to move up the table, starting this weekend.

Full report
Hosts Germany had the ball in the net very early on, but it was pulled back for a dangerous clearance by Laura Unsworth, with Germany instead awarded a penalty corner. Down the other end Lily Owsley went on a great break but was unable to release the right pass in time.

Grace Balsdon then produced what proved to be Britain's closest moment in front of goal; her penalty corner clipping the heel of the German goalkeeper and rolling very narrowly wide.

Right before the first quarter interval, Owsley then showed her defensive qualities with a brilliant last-ditch tackle.

After the break it was then captain Hollie Pearne-Webb's turn to produce a brilliant tackle, and Germany then had two big chances through Horn and Lorenz but failed to hit the target. Amy Tennant then came into her own with a trio of fantastic stops, and Amy Costello also produced a great challenge just before half time to keep Britain in the game at 0-0 despite concerted German pressure.

Into the second period and Germany finally made their advantage pay; Hannah Gablac shooting home on the turn after good play down the left. Unfortunately GB didn't truly look like getting back on level terms, and needed Tennant to produce another couple of important stops.

With Tennant off the pitch and GB using eleven outfield players, Gablac took advantage to seal the win into an empty net with two minutes to go.

Great Britain: Tennant (GK), Unsworth, Balsdon, Toman, Ansley, Pearne-Webb (c), Howard, Costello, Robertson, Evans, Defroand, Rayer, Petty, Jones, Owsley, Martin, Hunter
Unused sub: Heesh

Great Britain's women in the FIH Pro League