England move closer to R&A Trophy win going into final day of Boys Home Internationals
Victory over 2010 champions Ireland will give them the title and the Triple Crown- but should they slip up then it would come down to a count back of individual games won.
England made themselves favourites for the Trophy with an 8 ½ - 6 ½ success over a battling Wales side who fought every inch of the way, while Scotland kept their hopes alive surprisingly beating the Irish side 9 ½ - 5 ½.
English captain Derek Hughes was naturally delighted. “The boys battled hard but the Welsh did too. There was some very good golf out there and I had 100 percent from the boys - I can’t ask for more and I hope it will be the same tomorrow.”
Coach Graham Walker added; “It could easily have slipped away but we have strength throughout the team. The tail wagged today and that was significant as they knew they were under pressure.”
The English led 3-2 after the foursomes and for much of the afternoon it was nip and tuck. Max Orrin, Ollie Carr and Nathan Kimsey all won their matches with something to spare.
Oliver Carr and Toby Tree were the stars as they won both their matches on a day of high tension.
Scotland gave a greatly improved display and their captain Stuart Wilson, the 2004 Amateur Champion who played at Harlech in the Men’s Home Internationals of 2002 attributed their success to a much better performance from the tee.
“They were keeping out of the rough today and mainly down the middle - the boys were getting a lot of birdies at crucial times,” said Wilson, a former European Silver Medallist.
Liam Martin, the Irish skipper was magnanimous in defeat. “They were the better side today and really played well. We can have no grumbles.”
Greig Marchbank had the biggest singles win for the Scots as he powered to a 6&5 defeat of Conor Glynn while Grant Forrest, back in action after recovering from a bout of sickness, and Bradley Neil had given them a good start at the top of the order.
Earlier Scotland had established a 3-2 foursomes advantage with some high-quality golf.