Darts: Romford ready to start title defence
PUBLISHED: 17:11 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 31 August 2017
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Romford begin the defence of their London Super League title when a new campaign gets underway on Monday evening.
The club celebrated their first crown in May and retain the bulk of their squad from last season.
Tommy Wilson replaces Shaun Lovett in the only major change, with team manager Terry Rees confident of another good winter.
However, Rees knows his side will have to step up on some of last year’s displays in order to repeat as champions.
Plumstead A should again be Romford’s main rivals and are many people’s favourites to regain the title they held for the previous two years.
Lewisham and West Ham have strengthened well this summer to set up a potential four-way tussle for honours.
Chadwell Heath, Wood Green and Plumstead B are more than capable on their day and will look to cause a few upsets along the way.
A total of 16 teams will compete in one division instead of two, as Plumstead C, Welling A, West Ham B and Dagenham have all departed, while Chiswick join.
Romford start their defence with a visit to the Prince Albert from Plumstead B, who were were much improved in Division Two last year and boast two of the current London County squad.
The following week brings Romford visit wooden spoon favourites Vauxhall B, followed by another home fixture after the first county weekend as they entertain Woolwich, who were bottom of Division One last time.
The first three fixtures have been fairly kind to Romford, before their first real test in the derby at Chadwell Heath.
On the county scene, London again take their place in BICC Division One, hoping gain promotion to the top flight after missing out last season by the narrowest possible margin.
Long journeys to Cornwall and Durham await, as well as the mouthwatering prospect of successive local derbies against Essex and Surrey at the start of 2018.
They open proceedings with a trip to Northamptonshire, a game they should expect to win, but the last two meetings between the teams were both drawn, so it would be no surprise if there was another close encounter.