SLOVAKIA WOMEN 5-1 GB WOMEN

Great Britain Women were beaten 5-1 by Slovakia Women in the second of their two-game series this weekend.

The game was part of GB’s preparations for the upcoming Olympic pre-qualifiers in Kazakhstan in November.

Slovakia, who won the first meeting yesterday 3-1, took the lead at 3:47 through Miriam Mikeskova.

Radka Trebulova made it 2-0 at 7:43, before Michaela Hana Hajnikova grabbed Slovakia’s third (22:30) to put the hosts in control.

Mikeskova completed her hat-trick with goals at 44:51 and 49:25, while Casey Traill scored her first GB goal with 44 seconds remaining (59:16).

Coach, Michelle Smith, said: “This was another hard game against a very good side.

“Slovakia are a tough side but we often held our own against them.

“We are going to return home with plenty to be happy about in many different areas.

“We took a number of younger players to this tournament and they didn’t disappoint.

“Of course, we have some areas we need to work on, but I think we can be happy with the two games.”