OLYMPICS: Alastair Wilson settles for score draw

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Sheffield’s Alastair Wilson was thankful for a point after Great Britain men’s hockey salvaged a draw against South Africa at the Riverbank Arena.

GB had led 1-0 at half time through Ashley Jackson but two strikes by South Africa midway through the second half looked like causing a shock defeat for the home side. However Jackson nudged in with less than two minutes to play to level the match.

Wilson said: “We should have won, but after trailing we’ll take a point. To qualify we have to finish in top two positions so tomorrow’s match with Pakistan is no different to any other - it’s must win.”

Rachel Laybourne and her volleyball team came back to earth with a bump as they lost 3-0 (25-27 12-25 12-25) against Italy at Earls Court.

The Sheffield-based squad will have to beat Dominican Republic tomorrow to make the last eight of the tournament. The men’s team also take on Italy tonight (10pm).

Rotherham’s Fran Leighton couldn’t stop her GB water polo team losing their third match in a row. Australia beat them 16-3. The men play America today at 6.20pm.

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