Darts: Romford battle hard to beat Woolwich Ferry

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 February 2018

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 remain in second place in the London Super League following a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Woolwich Ferry.

The reigning champions currently sit 25 points behind leaders Plumstead A with nine matches left.

The hosts got off to a good start as Rob Donat (24.97) produced a steady display of scoring which kept in the ascendancy throughout before sealing the deal in the fifth leg.

John Loeber (21.09) needed a win to restore some confidence and although still some way short of what he can produce, the doubles didn’t elude him and he was able to register Romford’s second point in straight legs.

Steve Hardy (25.79) was embroiled in a real battle, being taken the distance before breaking his opponent in the decider.

He took out 100 in an earlier leg, and would have won more convincingly had he been a bit more clinical at the business end of each leg.

Romford were well in command, but the Ferry produced a fine comeback.

This started in the fourth tie of the evening when neither Stuart Patt (25.83) or his opponent could take advantage of throw, as the first five legs of the contest all produced a break.

Normality was restored in the sixth leg which consequently put the visitors on the board in a game which produced a combined total of six maximums.

John Costigan (24.25) has been finding the wins hard to come by recently, and the barren spell continued when seen off in the sixth leg.

Parity was then restored, Ian Gallagher (19.94) never got going at any stage in the match and wasn’t able to land a blow of any significance in the four legs played.

Steve Woodside (23.71) had the task of both stopping the tide and losses and bringing home the win.

He did exactly that, producing the goods in a quality display that was rounded off by a superb 107 to clinch the victory in the sixth leg, in answer to a 126 earlier in the contest.

Romford face one of their longer trips next week, as they take on Downham before the next round of county fixtures.

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