Scotland beat a path to the 2015 Canada World Cup

By Heather Dewar in PolandBBC Scotland

Jane Ross has come a long way since her regular commute from the Isle of Bute to Glasgow.

At aged just thirteen, Ross would make the trip once a week to play competitively for Paisley Saints.

Her father George would travel with her, staying overnight in Glasgow or Wemyys Bay before travelling home on the first morning ferry.

But her commitment has finally paid off; her performance so far in Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign has been exemplar, including hat-trick in the 4-0 demolition of Poland making for a great finish to this part of the campaign.

Ross, as modest as ever, has been quick to praise the talents of her fellow players who have made it four wins from four in Group 4 qualifying on the road to Canada in 2015.

"It was a really good team performance," said Ross.

"It's always nice to score goals, but credit has to go the whole team."

The Scotland striker may be modest about her achievements, but six goals in four games has helped put the national side in a commanding position at the top of Group 4.

Her parents, watching from the sidelines wrapped in the Saltire, could not have been prouder of their daughter's performance.

Scotland's latest success against Poland is a credit to the hard work of the entire Scotland setup.

Poland went into the match full of hope and expectation having lost 2-0 to Sweden before hammering Faroe Islands 6-0.

The Polish FA had been meticulous in their organisation of this match, and as the sun beat down upon the Groclin Dyskoblia stadium, more than 4,000 spectators clambered into the stands, laden with pom-poms and flags to cheer on their side.

As the National Anthems played out, a party atmosphere was building, and Polish fans could hardly contain their joy when their side had the merest sniff of the ball.

To their dismay, it was Scotland who came away with the win, the hat-trick from Ross and a goal from Jo Love compounding their misery.

The scoreline did not perhaps do justice to the hosts, who sought to dig deep and defend in the same way they had done so against Sweden.

They were also unlucky not to score a wonder free-kick by Captain Patrycja Pozerska - which rocketed past the Scotland defence and smashed into the Scotland cross-bar.

Even David Beckham would have been impressed.

It was a massive win for the Scots, with Anna Signeul's side back to their best after a tired performance against Northern Ireland.

Signeul was clearly delighted after Thursday's win, and her players have now gone four games without a loss, scored 20 goals, and conceded only two.

"That is more than we could have dreamed of today, it exceeded expectations," said Signuel.

"It just shows the potential in this team. The four defenders are really growing together and communication is good.

"When we started to feel that we had the match under control, then we played very well.

"With twelve points going into the winter season that's a great feeling - that's amazing - we couldn't have staged it better."

Scotland must wait now until April next year before they play another qualifier, with the return leg against Poland next up in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Before that, they'll travel to Brazil for a competition featuring some of the best teams in Women's football. 2015 World Cup hosts- Canada- among them. Signeul admits that the timing of the event is not ideal, but says development and time on the pitch is crucial

"For every game we play it will develop us," said Signeul.

"It means a lot to play lots of games - and against Brazil, Canada and Chile, it's a once in a lifetime experience."

They will also have the opportunity to try out some of the venues for next year's men's World Cup in Brazil, a thrill in itself for the players.

Scotland have so far achieved their goals in this World Cup qualifying campaign and Signeul believes that their winning run shows just how much her squad has grown.

Her thoughts were echoed by Poland's Head Coach Wojciech Basiuk, who told a deflated press conference that the pressure and weight of expectation had been too much for his players, and admitted that the Scottish team were close to being a match for group favourites, Sweden.

"You have a young team, who are really hungry for success, looking for something special," said Basiuk.

"The Swedish team are older. They've tasted almost everything, so probably this is a chance for you.".

With Sweden just three points below the Scots in the group standings after a 5-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands, the pressure is now on for Scotland to maintain their progress.

Basiuk's words will give them hope.

Maybe this is their chance, after all.