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Stoke men close to eclipsing cup run

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s men’s team will be hoping to go one better in the Mail on Sunday Classic this year, after making it into the draw for round five with a 3.5-1.5 victory over Colne Valley.

Played on home turf on the picturesque Constable Course, the round four match started well with both Richard Bland and Tim Dickens recording 6&4 wins and putting two points on the board.

Ian Smith gained the all important third point, winning by two holes.

Rob Benson halved his match and Martin Cotton lost on the 18th, to Colne Valley’s strongest player, giving a final result of 3.5-1.5.

n The afternoon pairings proved to be too strong for vistirors Stoke-by-Nayland as Playgolf Colchester triumphed 6.5-2.5 in their second Jubilee Cup league match.

Six singles matches playing off scratch (12-14 handicap) and three four-ball better-ball matches (17-24 handicap) were played.

After the singles Stoke were trailing 3.5-2.5 with wins for Don Wiggins and Daniel Brown and a halved match for Ian Benson, before they succumbed in the afternoon pairings.

Stoke-by-Nayland: Tim Dickens, Don Wiggins, Tony Woods, Paul Nuttall, Daniel Brown, Ian Benson, Roger Gardiner, Damien Slater, Richard Allen, Keith Hodgson, John Sandford, Chris Williamson.

n Despite defeat in the Junior Youth Shield, Stoke-by-Nayland put in an encouraging display away to Five Lakes.

The competition is played off scratch and it meant that the three higher handicap members of the team were under pressure.

After the first two matches Stoke had secured one point, with an Alex English win, but added a second when Sam Nixon won at the first play-off hole.

But both Matt Thompson and Henry Day lost their games as Five Lakes triumphed.

Stoke-by-Nayland: Sam O’Brien, Alex English (Captain) Sam Nixon, Matt Thompson, Henry Day.

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