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GB women suffer defeat by Swiss

Great Britain's women suffered a second defeat at the Four Nations tournament in Liverpool when they went down 20-18 to Switzerland.

The hosts made a strong start but found themselves 17-14 behind before pulling level through Kelsi Fairbrother, Louise Jules and Holly Lam-Moores.

Annina Ganz replied with two quick strikes for the Swiss who held on to secure the victory.

Britain take on Italy in their final game of the tournament on Saturday.

And with the title out of reach, they will be determined to achieve a consolation win.

They led 7-3 after 17 minutes against Switzerland, with captain Lynn McCafferty and Yvonne Leuthold, who holds dual Swiss-British nationality, among the scorers.

But Louise Jukes was given a two-minute penalty for holding and Britain were unable to re-establish an advantage after going into the interval only 10-9 down.

Fairbrother and left-back Ewa Palies found the net three times each for the home side, but both players were also guilty of missing penalties.

"Throughout the game as a whole, there was probably the same amount of mistakes as the first game against Portugal," said GB coach Jesper Holmris.

"I think the critical moment in the second half was when we were a player up - six against five - and normally that should mean that in this period the score to us is maybe 2-1 or 2-0.

"But they scored and it was 2-0 to them in this two-minute phase and this was decisive in the end."

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