Britain bounce back with win

Aileen Neilson's rink posted a morale-boosting 7-3 success over Norway

Aileen Neilson's rink posted a morale-boosting 7-3 success over Norway

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Great Britain's wheelchair curlers showed plenty of character to bounce back from their heaviest ever Winter Paralympic defeat to finish on a winning note on Tuesday.

Aileen Neilson's rink were humbled 13-4 by Finland in the morning, but recovered to post a morale-boosting 7-3 success over Norway.

"We just didn't execute our game (against the Finns) and if you are up against a team that has brought their 'A' game, you need to match that and we just couldn't," Neilson said.

"But coming back to beat Norway was really pleasing."

A day after celebrating a 12-2 thumping of previously unbeaten Slovakia, their biggest Games victory, Neilson's team were outclassed by the Finns, losing a four and a five-stone end.

Skip Neilson was even replaced by Angie Malone after the fourth end with her team 8-1 down, but the change could not spark a comeback.

At one point Britain trailed 13-1 and looked in danger of slipping to the record heaviest loss in Winter Paralympic history. It was still Britain's worst defeat, though, eclipsing their 9-2 reverse to Germany in Vancouver four years ago.

"We needed to change the dynamics to bring something new to the table and I was happy to do that for the team," Neilson said on being replaced.

"The decision came from the coach (Tony Zummack) and we are here as a team of five, so when that happens it is what we do to get back on track that is important too.

"I think it showed that no matter if we throw a good stone or a bad stone we stick together."

The skip returned for the Norway match, though, in which a three-stone seventh end sealed victory.

That win left Britain with four victories and two losses from their six matches to lie in third place in the round robin. They face joint leaders Russia at the Ice Cube Curling Centre on Wednesday.

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