Wales looked as though they would push an England side containing many of the gold-medal winners from the Team GB squad at the Rio Olympics all the way, but they were blown away in the final quarter to make the scoreline look more one-sided.
Anything other than an England victory would have been harsh, though, after they registered 18 shots on goal compared to just four from Wales.
The opening goal did not arrive until midway through the second quarter when England finally broke the deadlock through Giselle Ansley, and Susannah Townsend added a second two minutes later to give her side control of the match at half time.
Eloise Laity's strike less than four minutes after the restart reduced the deficit to one heading into the final quarter, though, leaving Wales with hope of pulling off an unexpected victory.
England's next match sees them face India on Sunday, whereas Wales take on South Africa on Monday.