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Darts: Romford suffer heavy defeat to Downham

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 March 2018

Romford dropped from second to fifth place in the London Super League after being thrashed 7-0 at lowly Downham in arguably the shock result of the entire season.

John Costigan (24.19) was one of three players on the night who went the full seven legs before tasting defeat. Despite outscoring his opponent, hitting 12 tons, he couldn’t put him away though in what was to become the story of the night.

Next up was Rob Donat (22.70), who lasted until the sixth before the hosts doubled their advantage.

Ian Gallagher (22.58) was unable to put a point on the board, being on the receiving end of a league high 156 finish. Ian did hit 10 tons but that was not enough to prevent Downham going three up as he also lost in six legs.

The fourth game of the night was another that saw six legs played before the decisive double was hit.

Stuart Patt (21.56) couldn’t find the form of recent weeks and as a consequence the hosts were able to secure the overall win in minimum time.

Terry Goddard (19.87) ran into the darting equivalent of the icy blizzard currently hitting the UK, being swept aside in straight legs without being able to land a blow at any point in the contest.

Steve Woodside (22.96) fought hard in a high scoring encounter and with more clinical finishing could have secured a consolation point, but instead was taken the distance.

John Loeber (19.45) also went seven legs but struggled for any rhythm. The break of throw in the final leg secured a full complement of points for Downham, which meant a very long trip home for the vanquished reigning Champions.

Romford now have two weeks to dwell on the very poor performance, with the league pairs taking place next week. Although their next match is at home against runaway leaders Plumstead A, the last team they would have wanted to face in order to return to winning ways and restore some pride.

A much improved showing is vital to prevent a repeat of this week’s scoreline.

They only have eight fixtures remaining this season and they face an uphill battle to retain their crown.

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