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Spain 1 (Bonmati 68)
at Swindon Town F.C.>
England 2 (Mead 36, White 46)
Spain 1 (Bonmati 68)
at Swindon Town F.C.
England got back to winning ways on Tuesday, with a convincing performance and 2-1 victory over Spain in Swindon.
A well worked goal in the first half saw Beth Mead open the scoring, before Ellen White swept home a second almost straight from kick off in the second half.
However Spain tested the Lionesses at both the start and end of the game, with Phil Neville making nine changes to the team which started against Canada in Manchester last week, including handing a debut to goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck as well as a new central defensive partnership in Millie Bright and Leah Williamson.
England had to be on full alert in the opening stages as Spain enjoyed almost exclusive possession for the first fifteen minutes, but without creating any real clear chances or attempts on Roebuck's goal.
England found their feet though and got their first scent of goal in the 22nd minute when Mead's back heel sent Jill Scott clear in the box. The Manchester City midfielder, wearing the captain's armband, pulled a pass back for White but she fired over the bar.
The opener arrived ten minutes before the break, and it was a team move worthy of any occasion. It started with Jade Moore, whose probing pass forward picked out Toni Duggan on the left. She advanced forward, before flicking a pass into White in the left channel of the box, and her first time cross found the onrushing Mead at the far post to gleefully slide home her fifth goal for her country.
England doubled their advantage less than 40 seconds after half time as Moore and Scott combined before the skipper's poked pass into the box found White. Her first time finish, her 28th England goal, flew into the top corner and gave Sandra Panos no chance.
Spain still held a threat though and they reduced the arrears with just over 20 minutes remaining when Mariona Caldentey's run saw her skip past both Rachel Daly and Williamson before teeing up a tap in for substitute Aitana Bonmati.
Bonmati could well have equalised in the dying moments, when substitute goalkeeper Mary Earps' clearance found its way to her feet. After rounding Earps, she wastefully chipped the ball wide, with better options to her left and right.
That proved to be their last chance, as England held out to get their first win on the Road to France series, which will continue with matches against Denmark and New Zealand at the end of the season.
England: Ellie Roebuck (sub Mary Earps 45mins), Rachel Daly (sub Gemma Bonner 68mins), Alex Greenwood, Jade Moore (sub Lucy Staniforth 54mins), Millie Bright, Leah Williamson, Beth Mead (sub Nikita Parris 84mins), Jill Scott, Ellen White, Toni Duggan (sub Chioma Ubogagu 54mins), Georgia Stanway (sub Keira Walsh 68mins). Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Jodie Taylor, Karen Carney, Demi Stokes, Abbie McManus.
Spain: Sandra Panos, Marta Corredera, Irene Paredes (sub Ivana Andres 52mins), Andrea Pereira, Mapi Leon (sub Leila Ouahabi 52mins), Vicky Losada (sub Angela Sosa 79mins), Silvia Meseguer (sub Virginia Torrecilla 39mins), Amanda Sampedro (sub Aitana Bonmati 63mins), Alexia Putellas, Mariona Caldentey, Jennifer Hermoso. Subs not used: Mariasun Quinones, Celia Jimenez, Marta Torrejon, Barbara Latorre, Olga Garcia, Irene Guerrero.
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