By Claire Bloomfield For The Daily Mail
Published: 21:07 GMT, 12 November 2019 | Updated: 21:16 GMT, 12 November 2019
Ending the year on a winning note must have been in Phil Neville’s mind when he scheduled the Lionesses’ final international friendly of the year against 28th ranked Czech Republic.
Though the snow will have been an unwanted extra on a night that had so much resting on it – for the England manager, at least.
Although scraping through with an unconvincing win should be just enough to keep the FA hierarchy at bay in the short term – the stats still don’t look pretty. Just two wins in eight games, and Neville clinging on.
A quickfire double from Bethany England and Beth Mead gave the visitors the lead
Mead's strike for England was a beautifully curled effort from inside the box into the top corner
However the World Cup semi finalists struggled to break down a stubborn Czech defence
Czech Republic (3-5-2): Votikova; Sedlackova, Bertholdova, Sonntagova; Szewieckova (Khyrova 71), Cahynova, Svitkova, Jarchovska, Vonkova; Staskova (K. Dubcova 85), Martinkova
Subs not used: Chlastakova, M. Dubcova, Lukasova, Necidova, Nepokojova, Ringelova, Ruzickova
Goals: Szewieckova (15, 27)
Manager: Karel Rada