Darts: Romford cruise to victory against Woolwich

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 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 tightened their grip on second place in the London Super League with a 5-2 win at Woolwich as they continue to try and chase down leaders Plumstead A.

The victory puts the defending champions three points clear of third place, but the gap to Plumstead A has increased to 22 points after the leaders whitewashed Chiswick.

Steve Hardy (26.46) set the standard for the evening with what turned out to be a man of the match display, picking up 12 tons and a maximum in a dominant display.

The opening point made its way into the Romford win column in the fifth leg, but the hosts quickly responded, taking the next two games to turn the match around.

Rob Donat (21.88) was at the oche for the minimum four legs, never really being able to compete with his opponent’s steady scoring.

A closer game ensued in the third match with Stuart Patt (24.86) now starting to produce on a more consistent basis, firing in a league high 145 finish.

It went to the sixth leg before Woolwich took out the winning double.

From that point on, it was one-way traffic as Romford asserted their superiority.

Terry Goddard (20.10) was made to work hard for his win, being taken the full seven legs.

John Costigan (22.77) hit the second of three ton-plus finishes on the night, with his 110 checkout being the highlight of his win in straight legs.

Steve Woodside (21.29) kept the momentum going, although not quite at his best to win in six legs.

John Loeber (23.04) also went the duration in the last game of the night, taking out 115 on the way to victory in another tight match that could have gone either way.

Romford are back in action on Monday, with the big local derby against neighbours Chadwell Heath at the Prince Albert.

The visitors came from 3-0 down to defeat Bermondsey at the weekend and will be looking to overtake Romford with a big win.

The defending champions will be expecting a close and exciting match, with only have 12 fixtures remaining this season as they battle to retain their crown.

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