Scores reversed in England vs Scotland clash
7th June 2019
England men unfortunately lost out to Scotland in a full international last weekend in an outing that saw a number of English players make their senior debuts.
Hoping for a repeat of last year’s 50th anniversary match, which saw the England men triumph 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-20) in Newcastle, the squad travelled north of the border to Perth College for the re-match on Saturday 1st June.
Led by Head Coach Simon Loftus, familiar names including Toby French and Alex Jenkins featured on the team sheet in addition to Sam Marsh, Ben Lucas and Calum Sage who were called up to represent England at a senior level for the first time.
A historic fixture dating back to 1968, which saw Arthur Mosely captain England in the maiden fixture, this installment in the England vs Scotland saga opened with closely contested set, with Scotland emerging on top 25-23. But making the most of their form, Scotland strode on and took the second set comfortably 25-18.
In the third set, England took an early lead and capitalised on their performance to take the score to 20-13 in their favour, showing the promise in the squad. Over the fixture, Ben Lucas, Sam Marsh and Zakk Hadgett earned their first England caps.
The more experienced Scots, however, ultimately got their revenge and put an end to England’s dreams of keeping the Carol Russell trophy south of the border in a straight sets victory (25-23, 25-18, 25-23).
England also played a scrimmage match at Edinburgh College against Scotland on Sunday 2nd June, which saw Max Norton-Steel, Calum Sage and Chester Searle make their senior debuts.
Over the weekend, England were represented by:
- Alex Jenkins
- Rupert Scott
- Sam Marsh (first call up)
- Zakk Hadgett
- Andy Clayton
- Jack Williams
- Nathan Fullerton
- Jordan Dalrymple
- Toby French
- Ben Lucas (first call up)
- Calum Sage (first call up)
- Ali Ahmed
- Chester Searle
- Max Norton-Steel
Streamed live by the Scottish Volleyball Association, you can catch up with the full international game on their Facebook page.