Relentless Romford march on in two national competitions

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 July 2017

Romford's winning fours team at county championship semi finals Richard Bolton, Nigel Smith, Steve Mitchinson and Scott Reading

Romford's winning fours team at county championship semi finals Richard Bolton, Nigel Smith, Steve Mitchinson and Scott Reading


There is no stopping the Romford men on the green at the moment

Lee Chaplin (centre) with his county triples finalists teamLee Chaplin (centre) with his county triples finalists team

Romford are the team of the moment and they continue to make relentless progress after advancing in two national competitions in the last week.

Having booked their Essex places at Leamington in the men’s triples and fours at last week’s County semi-finals at Westcliff, it seems they may have two more chances to get there.

In the National Top Club, the Romford boys got the better of Grays Town in the Area semi-final.

Trevor Sayer got them off to a great start by winning the two-wood singles, only for Steve Mitchinson to surprisingly slip up in the four-wood singles to leave the score level.

The in-form Scott Reading skipped the pairs to victory to put them back in front, while Nigel Smith and his team confirmed the overall victory with a win in the triples.

At that point, Chris Bryan and his fours were in front and with the match already decided, Grays conceded.

Romford will now take on Great Baddow in the Area Final.

There was more good news for Romford in the National Two Fours competition against Essex County.

It was the Romford boys who started better as Smith and his team stormed into a 10-1 lead against Aaron Lyons and his boys.

On the other rink, Mitchinson took on Ed Morris and it was nip and tuck until the eighth end when the Romford skip rolled an Essex County wood out of the head to score a joyous seven!

Smith and his team of Craig Burgess, Frank Abbott and Reading turned the screw to stay well in front.

And when Mitchinson and his team of Sayer, Richard Bolton and Bryan grabbed another five count, it was enough for Essex County who shook hands to concede after just 13 ends.

In the next round, Romford will take on the winners of the match between Welwyn Garden City and Baldock Twon for a place in the last eight at Leamington.

This weekend it is back to Westcliff where Romford’s triple of Sayer, Bolton and skip Lee Chaplin take on a team from Silver End in the county final at 10am.

Then Mitchinson, Bolton, Reading and skip Smith look for the county fours title when they face a Wanstead Central team at 2pm.

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