Silver for Wood, Bray and team-mates after thriller

Sophie Bray in action in the final against Australia. Picture by Ady Kerry

Sophie Bray in action in the final against Australia. Picture by Ady Kerry

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Sussex duo Lucy Wood and Sophie Bray were part of the England women’s hockey team that were denied gold in the cruellest of fashions at the Commonwealth Games.

But Wood, from Horsham, and East Grinstead player Bray can be extremely proud to come away from Glasgow with silver medals.

They both played their part in a tremendous performance against three times Commonwealth Games champions Australia.

England led 1-0 until overwhelming pre-match favourites Australia equalised with 11 seconds remaining to send the gold medal contest to a shootout.

Australia went into the final having conceded just one goal in the entire tournament with their ‘worst’ result being a 3-0 win over England in the group stages.

But England shocked them by taking the lead in the 49th minute with a good finish from Lily Owsley after good work down the right by Susie Gilbert.

England mopped up pressure throughout and looked like they had done enough until Australia were awarded a short corner in the final minute which Jodie Kenny scored from.

In the shootout, Australia triumphed 3-1.

Wood, who previously played for Horsham and East Grinstead, had England's best chance of the best half.

It was a tremendous effort by England who finished a hugely disappointing 11th at the World Cup just a few weeks ago.

England took bronze in Delhi four years ago.

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