Panter and Great Britain off to a fine start

Great Britain celebrate their fourth goal in their opening 4-0 win over Japan
Great Britain celebrate their fourth goal in their opening 4-0 win over Japan
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Wellingborough hockey star Anne Panter played her part as Great Britain kicked off their Olympic Games campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Japan at the Riverbank Arena.

A brace from Reading’s Alex Danson, together with goals from Sarah Thomas and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton in an explosive first half, ensured that the home nation delighted an excitable and vociferous home crowd on the first day of the hockey competition.

Panter started as a substitute but was soon in the action, although her trip to the sin bin was one of the only moments of drama in the second half.

Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry now has injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Korea after captain Kate Walsh left the field late in the second half having sustained a facial injury. She was taken to hospital and is undergoing a medical assessment.

Helen Richardson was also forced to leave the field when a lifted ball struck her on the knee.

Kerry said, “I thought that was a very thorough performance.

“We controlled the game and that led to good penetration. We took our chances in the first half. I felt we were tight and disciplined. In the second half we hit the post and their keeper made a good save.”

Great Britain take on Korea, who were beaten 4-0 by China in their opening game, at 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday).