Horsham’s Lucy Wood played a key role as England women’s hockey team secured silver medals at the Commonwealth Games last night.
The former Millais School and Collyer’s pupil was heartbreakingly close to gold as they led 1-0 against favourites Australia in the final with just 11 second remaining, before losing in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
England took the lead in the 49th minute through Lily Owsley and Wood had a fine chance to extend the lead.
But Australia, who had conceded just one goal in the tournament before the final, hit a leveller with seconds left through a short corner via Jodie Kenny.
Wood, who plays for Holmcombe in the National Conference East League, and her team-mates then went on to lose 3-1 in the shoot-out.
A silver medal, however, will be a welcome tonic for the 20-year-old striker who feared her career was over last year after an injury nightmare where she ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, which ended her season.
England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “I’m devastated. Taking it that close and losing is heartbreaking.
“I’ve played enough games to know about last-minute equalisers. But it has honestly been amazing, the fans have been great.
“It’s one of the best pitches I’ve ever played on. Without a doubt, before coming to the Games, I knew Glasgow was going to be amazing.”
Match highlights can be watched here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/commonwealth-games/28622824