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Saturday, April 03, 2010
GREAT Britain women went down fighting 40-20 in their 2010 European Championship clash against Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday.
The British side struggled to score against a strong and tall Icelandic side who were clinical in attack and scored almost at will during their best periods.
“It was a very disappointing first half,” said Head Coach Jesper Holmris. “Our normal strength of spirit was not 100 there, and it affected our performance. But we stepped up at the end of the first half, but it was only acceptable, still not great.
“We’re actually quite happy to have scored 20 goals as that was our aim in the match at Crystal Palace, but we let 40 goals in which isn’t great, as the goalkeepers had an off day and the defence was not good.
“But we’re not too sad - this is a tough tournament, and Iceland are much stronger than we are - but they aren’t 20 goals better when we’re 100 per cent focussed.”
Top-scorer for GB was newcomer Marie Gerbron who netted five on only her second match, while Kathryn Fudge and captain Lynn McCafferty both added three.