After disposing of Wales on Wednesday, things looked particularly bright when they took the foursomes 3-2, but there was a serious singles collapse which meant they won only three of the ten games and halved one.
Now they need to beat England today and hope that Ireland do not gain too convincing a victory over Wales to possibly bring about a triumph on countback of individual points secured over the three days.
At the top of the singles order Graeme Robertson suffered his second successive defeat, losing 2&1 to Dubliner Gavin Moynihan, and this week's indifferent displays by the Scot may not bode well for his chances of Walker Cup selection.
Jack MacDonald's defeat on the last hole to Dermot McElroy after leading for much of the match was a major setback and when Scott Crichton beat Jack Hume, also on the closing hole, it was game over for Scotland.
Only Grant Forrest, Alexander Culverwell and Bradley Neil secured points for the champions. Scotland captain Scott Knowles, said: "My team is more than capable of performing. We can do it against England but it is going to be difficult,"