Romford suffer defeat to Plumstead A
PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 September 2018
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London Super League: Plumstead A 4 Romford 3
Romford were narrowly beaten 4-3 by Plumstead A in their latest outing in the London Super League.
Paul Barham (27.08) got the visitors off to the best possible start, sweeping aside his opponent in straight legs and picking up the match award in doing so.
Four of the matches on the night went the full distance, the first of which came in the second contest.
Steve Woodside (24.53) was unable to get the decisive break of throw in the final leg, despite hitting 15 tons in the match.
Steve Haggerty (24.47) went to seven legs for the second game in succession, but much like the previous week, he couldn’t get over the line in front as the reigning champions took a 2-1 lead.
Jamie Manchester (24.03) was making his debut for Romford in the fourth tie and restored parity by winning in six legs.
A fine 108 checkout was the highlight of a solid performance from Manchester on his debut.
Jason Geraghty (25.35) never got a chance to put Romford back in front, and was defeated in the minimum number of legs
Plumstead A were looking to reduce the four-point advantage which Romford held at the start of proceedings, and went further ahead in the penultimate encounter.
John Costigan (24.95) made sure that it went all the way, but didn’t have the advantage of throw in the final leg and became the third Romford player on the night to lose 4-3.
Romford secured what could prove to be a vital point in the last match, which again went the full seven legs.
On this occasion, Romford claimed the spoils as Steve Hardy (24.96) prevailed in another high-quality game, with both players hitting a ton-plus checkout.
With only one game in the league not finishing 4-3, there was little movement in the table.
Despite the narrow loss, Romford still hold a two-point lead over second placed Vauxhall.
Next up for the leaders is a home fixture when Southwark visit the Prince Albert.
And Romford will hope that fixture brings a return to winning ways.
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