England take four point lead over Spain  

England won four of this morning’s five foursomes to lead Spain 7-3, with just the singles left to play in the weekend international at Formby Golf Club.

The high winds of yesterday abated to let the players show their style, with Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb leading the way with their 5/4 win.

They didn’t lose a hole in their game and were comfortably below par after three birdies and an eagle on the long eighth hole.

Jake Burnage and Ben Hutchinson were well beaten yesterday by Victor Pastor and Eduard Rousaud, but they turned the tables today, defeating the Spanish pair 4/2.

It was a top quality game, with neither side scoring worse than par on any hole and the English pair were five under when they took their point.

Ben Jones and Bailey Gill traded birdies with their opponents, Asier Aguirre and Adrian Mata, for much of the round, amassing 12 between them.

The English pair were put on the back foot on the front nine when they lost three holes in a row, two of them to birdies. But, they turned it round on the back nine and led by one hole over the closing holes. It was enough for their point when the Spanish birdie attempt slipped past on the 18th.

England’s fourth point was provided by Bel Wardle and Emily Toy, who finished strongly to win two up after a tight game. They were pulled back to all square after 16, but won the two closing holes.

Georgina Blackman and Lily May Humphreys lost 2/1 after their opponents, Carla Tajedo and Nieve Martin, forged ahead with birdies on 14 and 16.

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Caption: Tom Plumb (left) and Tom Sloman (image copyright Leaderboard Photography).