England U21s in action in Scotland

Chris Proctor drives forwards against Scotland for Eng U21s

On Saturday England travelled to Glasgow and faced a Scotland side eager to maximise home advantage and put on a good performance for a partisan crowd. It was the England side however who started the stronger, scoring two early goals. With more clinical finishing and better decision making around the circle, the game as a contest could have been over before half time. Scotland however rallied forcing themselves back into the game late in the first half before drawing level in the early part of the second half. The equaliser instigated a response from the England squad who went onto score four goals without reply. Final score 6-2 to England.

Goals v Scotland (Won 6-2)

Taylor 3 63 (PC PS)
French 16 46 (FG PC)
Proctor 61 FG
Calnan 70 FG

Sunday and game two versus Ulster U23. England again dominated the early stages of the game and were two goals to the good inside 10 minutes. England were guilty of not taking advantage of further pressure against a resolute and resilient Ulster team. England had to wait until ten minutes into the second half before making it 3-0. Ulster took advantage of some sloppy defending to remain in the game at 3-1 before a final goal in the 69th minute secured a 4-1 victory for England.

Eng U21s threaten the Scotland goal

Goals v Ulster (Won 4-1)
Taylor 3 (PC)
Simpson 7 (FG)
Horler 46 PC
Albery 69 (FG)

Following a rest day on Monday, England faced a Wales Development squad at Glasgow Green. England started well, but had to wait until the 11th minute to open their account. England dominated possession and should have been further up before a second goal eventually came on the 32nd minute. England continued to dominate possession in the second half, scoring three further goals, running out 5-0 winners

Goals v Wales (Won 5-0)
French 11 (PC)
Horler 32 45 (PC, PC)
Clee 50 (FG)
Taylor 55 (PS)

The final game of the trip came against a Scotland side eager to respond the the defeat on Saturday evening. An early start didn’t dampen the mood of the England squad who ably broke down a Scottish side who were unable to sustain possession of the ball. England scored six goals without reply to go into the half time with a seemingly unassailable lead. The interval didn’t detract from the momentum the England side had built up in the first period. Three further goals were scored by England in the second half resulting in a 9-0 victory.

Goals v Scotland (Won 9-0)
Taylor 8 46 (PC PS)
Simpson 14 (FG)
Horler 21 33 53 65 (PC, FG, FG, FG)
Boon 22 (FG)
Albery 29 (FG)