EDDIE Pepperell is well-placed to make a challenge at the Betfred British Masters after reaching the halfway stage tied for third.

The Abingdon golfer carded a four-under par 68 on day two at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, taking him to six-under for the tournament.

Pepperell was briefly one shot behind early leader Richard Bland at an event he won in 2018, before Scotland's Calum Hill ended eight-under later in the day.

Starting from the tenth, the Frilford Heath member recorded a trio of pars before bogeying the 13th.

From then it was plain sailing, though, as he strung together four birdies in the next five holes to reach the midpoint of his round three-under.

Pepperell was consistent after the turn, eight pars broken up by a birdie at the sixth.

It continued a positive couple of weeks for the 30-year-old, whose 12th place at last week's Canary Islands Championship was his highest finish since October.

Meanwhile, Liam Robinson revealed the reason for his late withdrawal from the tournament.

The son of Oxford United legend Les Robinson damaged his oblique muscle on Wednesday hitting a driver on the course.

He posted on Instagram: "I tried all I could today to at least start the event, but I couldn't even swing a six-iron on the range.

"Heartbroke, but hopefully I'll get another opportunity once I get back to full fitness."