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Sunday, 27 May, 2001, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Banks sees off Scots
Scotland's Stacey Cook tries to tackle Angela Banks
Angela Banks (r) proved a constant threat for England
England 1-0 Scotland

By BBC Sport Online women's football correspondent Tony Leighton

Arsenal striker Angela Banks hit her second international goal to give England a fortuitous victory in their final match before next month's European Championships finals.

Three weeks before they fly out to Germany for Euro 2001, Hope Powell's team claimed their fifth successive win, but made hard work of beating Dutch coach Vera Pauw's much-improved Scotland team.

Banks, who hit 42 goals in Arsenal's recently completed treble-winning campaign, scored the winner just before the interval.

Scotland had the better of the second period and deserved to score, which would have seen them avoid a 15th defeat in their 16 matches against the Auld Enemy.

Scotland's Nichola Grant challenges Katie Chapman
Grant and Chapman scrap for the ball

Julie Fleeting, who has scored 59 in 47 internationals, was a always a threat and could have scored several times in a match played in constant drizzle at Bolton's Reebok Stadium.

Scotland started brightly with Ayr striker Fleeting almost claiming a fifth-minute lead when she curled a 20-yard effort just over the bar.

England responded well, with Banks being unlucky when her back-header from Sue Smith's corner came back off the bar.

Banks and Rachel Yankey both went close for the hosts, but the Scots remained dangerous on the break and twice Fleeting might have put them ahead.

With half-time looming, Banks struck for England.

Late fortune

She spotted Gemma Fay off her line and cleverly sent a 20-yard chip over the keeper and into the roof of the net.

England introduced four substitutes for the second half and almost got an early dividend when Karen Walker had a 50th minute header cleared off the line.

Scotland pushed for the equaliser with Donna James crashing a 20-yard shot over the bar and Fleeting forcing Pauline Cope into two goal line saves.

Fleeting should have equalised with seven minutes remaining.

Put clean through by Donna James she delayed her shot and the retreating Katie Chapman was able to make a last ditch block.

With 87 minutes on the clock England had a much luckier escape, when Cope dropped a James cross but recovered to prevent the ball from crossing the line.


Pauline Cope (Charlton), Danielle Murphy (University of Florida), Rachel Unitt (Everton), Becky Easton (Doncaster Belles), Maureen Marley (capt.) (Everton), Katie Chapman (Fulham), Karen Burke (Doncaster Belles), Vicky Exley (Doncaster Belles), Rachel Yankey (Fulham), Angela Banks (Arsenal), Sue Smith (Tranmere)
Substitutes: Julie Fletcher (Charlton), Faye White (Arsenal), Amanda Barr (Everton), Sammy Britton (Everton), Karen Walker (Doncaster Belles), Marieanne Spacey (Arsenal)

Subs not used: Leanne Hall (Doncaster Belles), Aran Embleton (Doncaster Belles)

Gemma Fay (Ayr United), Rhonda Jones (Ayr United), Stacey Cook (Ayr United), Nicky Grant (Cumbernauld), Michelle Barr (capt.) (Cumbernauld), Julie Smith (Kilmarnock), Amanda Burns (Ayr United), Karen Penglase (Cumbernauld), Mhairi Gilmour (Ayr United), Julie Fleeting (Ayr United), Donna James (Ayr United)
Substitutes: Denise Brolly (Ayr), Alana Bruce (Forfar)

Subs not used: Claire Johnstone (Kilmarnock), Shelley Kerr (Hearts), Lesley Fowler (Kilmarnock), Lyn Cullen (Cumbernauld), Darlene Campbell (Kilmarnock)

Referee: C Richards

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