Dutch at the double as GB remain winless in the Hockey Champions Trophy
- Credit: Photo: Simon Parker
Great Britain are still searching for their first win in the Hockey Champions Trophy after a 2-0 reverse to Olympic champions the Netherlands.
Goals from Lidewij Welten and Maartje Paumen were enough for the Dutch to make it two wins from two at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre on Sunday.
GB had started their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Argentina on Saturday.
The hosts had started slowly in that game, much to their chagrin, but the first quarter against Holland was far better.
Lily Owsley came closest to breaking the deadlock, clipping the ball over Joyce Sombroek only to see it come back off the bar.
She had another shot saved by the pads of the Dutch keeper moments later as Britain finished the quarter strongly.
But within two minutes of the second quarter they were behind, Welten touching in a well-worked penalty corner from Eva De Goede.
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Sombroek was forced to make some excellent stops from Giselle Ansley and Crista Cullen with her opposite number Maddie Hinch also in action to deny De Goede.
And the Netherlands closed the game out superbly in the fourth quarter, keeping the ball and holding Great Britain off.
They made sure of victory three minutes form time when Paumen, who had scored four in the 6-2 win over New Zealand on Saturday, smashed a low penalty corner beyond Hinch.
The Netherlands top the six-team tournament on six points, with Argentina and Australia two points adrift.
GB and USA have one point with New Zealand yet to get off the mark.
Britain’s next game is against the Kiwis tomorrow (Tuesday).
Starting XI v Argentina
Maddie Hinch (Holcombe)
Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead)
Helen Richardson-Walsh (Reading)
Susannah Townsend (Canterbury)
Kate Richardson-Walsh (Reading)
Sam Quek (Holcombe)
Giselle Ansley (Surbiton)
Sophie Bray (East Grinstead)
Hollie Webb (Surbiton)
Lily Owsley (University of Birmingham)
Nicola White (Holcombe)
Hannah Macleod (St Albans)
Georgie Twigg (Surbiton)
Alex Danson (Reading)
Shona McCallin (Holcombe)
Crista Cullen (No club)
Did not play
Kirsty Mackay (East Grinstead)
Joie Leigh (Clifton)