GB secure world status

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SHEFFIELD Steelers’ international contingent can begin their Summer break today after helping Great Britain secure their World Championship (Division 1A) status with a 5-4 victory over Hungary in Slovenia.

It has been a tough season for players like club and country captain Jonathan Phillips - and although he has ended without a title or a medal, at least the Welshman and his team-mates’ overseas mission ended on a relative high.

GB had needed a decent result to stave off relegation.

And Phillips scored in the first minute to put them on the road to a win.

Hungary forged back with two replies before ex-Steeler Robert Dowd’s powerplay goal at 17:43 saw the sides tied at 2-2.

The second period was a 1-1 draw, Owen Fussey staking GB’s marker.

And while Hungary went in front for a third time GB took the points courtesy of David Clarke and Dowd.

Coach Tony Hand said: “I told them to play as if your lives depended on it. All credit to my guys, they battled hard and dug in and were a credit to their country.”