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Hockey: Bronze for sloppy Slough

ROTT-WEISS COLOGNE won the women's European Club Championship in the Netherlands yesterday in a remarkable steal from the host club, Den Bosch, who had led 2-0. The Germans came back to score twice in the closing five minutes and then win the penalty shoot-out 3-1, with Scotland's Susan Gilmour scoring both the equalising goal and winning penalty.

Slough took the bronze medal by beating Edinburgh Ladies 2-0. Julia Robertson, with a goal after 57-seconds, gave Slough the perfect start as she slipped the ball past Morag O'Neil after the goalkeeper had saved well from Mandy Nicholson and Jane Smith had lashed the ball against the crossbar.

Slough then slipped back into their bad habits of earlier games with careless passing and poor finishing, and it was not until 47 minutes into the match that they made the game safe, when Karen Brown pushed the ball home.

There was good news from the other venues as England's A Division status was retained. Beeston beat Minsk 2-0 in Amsterdam in the men's Club Championship, with goals from Paul Sheardown and Craig Keegan, while in Terrassa, Spain, Clifton beat Vaivorykste-Gintra from Lithuania 3-0 in the women's Cup- Winners' Cup. Glasgow Western also maintained Scotland's position with a 1-0 win against Komunalschik Barnaul from Russia.