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Womens Football: A pasting in Preston; Professional touch shows up the Scots; ENGLAND WOMEN 5 SCOTLAND WOMEN 0.

Byline: By ED CASEY

SCOTLAND'S miserable record against the Auld Enemey continued last night in Prestonastheyslumpedto their 17th defeat in 18 games.

Despite a bright start, it was the same old story in the end as the Scots failed to do what they did way back in 1977 and get the better of their English rivals.

Vera Pauw's side fought hard against the 2005 European Championshiphostsinfrontofa crowd of 6779 but many of the English players are professionals and they were simply too good.

Yetthe Scots almosttookashock lead after just six minutes. Julie Fleeting burst clear on the right and her deflected cross had to be tipped on to a post by keeper Rachel Brown.

England then piled forward with much more purpose and duly went in front after 14 minutes.

Keeper Gemma Fay did well to tip Rachel Unitt's close-range shot away for a corner. But when Mary Phillip swung it back in and Fay tried to punch clear, Amanda Barr nodded the ball back over her and past the defenders on the line.

England almost doubled their lead moments later when Fulham striker Rachel Yankey was put in on goal buther lob over Faycleared the upright as well.

At that point it seemed not to bea case of who would win but by how many.

Jody Handley should have made it 2-0 for Hope Powell's team when Barr crossed to her but she couldn't connect properly.

Doncaster star Handley almost scored straight from a corner but after three forwards had missed her cross, Stacey Cook cleared off the line.

England increased their lead seven minutes before the break when Kelly Smith crossed for Fay White to steal in behind the defence and fire home.

And it was 3-0 after 43 minutes. Yankey's cross seemed destined for the side-netting until Fara Williams' cheeky flick saw the ball bounce over the line instead.

Coach Pauw threw on Claire Johnstone for keeper Fay andSuzanne Grant for Julie Ferguson at the start of the second half in an attempt to claw back some pride.

However, Johnstone's first job was to pick the ball out of the net as England grabbed their fourth within three minutes of the restart.

Yankey floated a corner in from the right and after Unitt had flicked it on, White prodded home in a packed penalty area.

Scotland almost pulled back a consolation in a rare foray up the parkbut Fleetingheadedoverwith the goal at her mercy.

Kilmarnock midfielder Joanne Love also had a chance to net but she snatched at her shot from 25 yards out and it ran well wide of the target.

England weren't finished, though, andgrabbed their fifth and final goal three minutes from the end when substitute Kristy Moore's corner was punched into her own net by Johnstone.

ENGLAND Brown (Everton) Champ (Arsenal), Unitt (Fulham), Chapman (Fulham), White (Arsenal), Phillip (Fulham), Handley (Doncaster), Williams (Charlton), Barr (Charlton), Smith (Philadelphia), Yankey (Fulham). Subs: Stoney (Charlton) for Champ, Moore (Floya) for Handley.

SCOTLAND Fay (Hibs), Robertson (Hibs), Cook (Kilmarnock), Sneddon (Kilmarnock), Barr (Hibs), Ferguson (Hibs), Love (Kilmarnock), Burns (Hibs), McBride (Hibs), Fleeting (Ross County), McWhinnie (Glasgow City). Subs: Johnstone (Kilmarnock) for Fay, Grant (Ross Co) for Ferguson.

Referee T Parkes.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 14, 2003
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