Stoke’s fighting spirit brings historic victory

HISTORY-MAKERS: Stoke-by-Nayland's successful Mail on Sunday Classic team who won at Ipswich

HISTORY-MAKERS: Stoke-by-Nayland's successful Mail on Sunday Classic team who won at Ipswich

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When Stoke-by-Nayland were drawn away in round five of the Mail on Sunday Classic to Ipswich Golf Club they knew they faced a tough fixture.

The club had never progressed beyond this stage in the competition so the team was under even more pressure, but they triumphed 3-2.

Ipswich started well with victories against Richard Bland and Tim Dickens, but Paul Nuttall secured the first Stoke point to bring the tie to 2-1.

The team gathered round the 18th to await Ian Collett’s match. They were not disappointed to see his ball land on the green, and the match all square 2-2.

It was now all down to Craig Morton in the final match.

After winning the 17th to level the scores Morton found himself on the final green with two putts to secure the victory.

He carefully rolled the ball just past the hole for an easy tap in.

Stoke now await the draw for a history-making round six tie.

n Stoke played their second round Norman Plum Trophy match against Three Rivers, and the 4.5-1.5 win means a trip to Rayleigh in the third round.

This Essex County four-ball better-ball competition sees three pairs playing at home and three away.

At home Marcus Harden and Steve Evans were five up after eight holes but their opponents fought back to halve the match.

Tim Dickens and late replacement Adrian Dent were never in trouble.

Five up after five holes, they won 4 and 2.

Paul Nuttall and Craig Morton faced a tough match, giving eight shots to their opponents, but triumphed 3 and 2.

It proved to be very competitive at Three Rivers with Shaun Underwood and Trevor Warren losing a tight match 2 and 1.

But Dan Gaddard and Keith Hodgson played well to win 3 and 2, as did Dan Brown and Ian Collett in a 5 and 4 victory.