Darts: Romford edge past Wood Green

PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 November 2017

The latest news from the local darts scene (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

The latest news from the local darts scene (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

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Romford edged to a 4-3 win over Wood Green in their latest London Super League match, following the shock resignation of manager Terry Rees.

Steve Woodside and Ian Gallagher have taken over the running of the team, but the defending champions have slipped to third in the table, 11 points behind leaders Plumstead A.

Lewisham are now in second place, just a point ahead of Romford, who saw John Loeber (24.58) lose the first match of the night in straight legs.

The visitors soon doubled their early advantage as Rob Donat (24.80) struggled to hold throw throughout his contest, and only the fourth leg of the five played saw the man going first take the honours.

Donat’s opponent produced the highest average of the week to put Green 2-0 up, but Steve Woodside (23.30) reduced the arrears, despite a scratchy start, as a crucial break in the third leg gave him an advantage which he did not relinquish on his way to victory in six legs.

John Costigan (28.28) has endured indifferent form of late, but he found his range with a vengeance in the only game that went the full seven legs, topped off with a superb 15-darter that typified a fine display.

Romford were now finding a bit of momentum and Terry Goddard (25.37) kept things going in the right direction with arguably his best performance of the season. A 76 checkout in the first leg set him on his way to a straight legs victory.

Steve Hardy (29.92) took the man of the match honours with a brilliant six-leg win, highlighted by a classy 121 finish. The last two legs were taken out in just 12 and 13 darts respectively, and the final average could easily have risen to the low 30s.

The visitors had the final word, though, as Ian Gallagher couldn’t get going in a scrappy encounter where neither player dominated, losing in six legs.

The first singles event of the season, the Mick Coonan 1001, takes place at Plumstead this weekend, before Romford return to action with a trip to Bermondsey.

London play their next county match this weekend and will be hoping to have the beating of bottom side Dorset.

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