Romford beaten by title rivals Welling
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 December 2018
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London Super League: Romford 2 Welling A 5
Romford slipped to second in the London Super League with a 5-2 defeat to Welling A, who took over at the summit.
Leading off proceedings at the Prince Albert was Steve Hardy (22.21), who struggled throughout for any consistency and soon found himself 3-0 behind.
His opponent then stuttered, allowing Hardy to claw his way back level before losing in a deciding leg.
Ian Gallagher (25.69) only needed the minimum four legs to get Romford off the mark.
A break of throw in the second leg gave him early control and he made full use of that by taking out 86 to win the third.
Rob Donat (22.64) got off to a good start, immediately breaking throw, but couldn’t hold in the next before trading with his opponent to leave the match finely balanced at the end of the fourth.
Donat had no answer to a 14-darter in the fifth, but held again in leg six to take it all the way before losing.
John Costigan (26.62) went toe to toe in a fine game, a brilliant 106 checkout came in the third leg as neither player could break the other.
This trend was reversed as legs five and six both went against the head to set up a thrilling decider, which saw a tremendous 11-darter from the Welling player.
Jason Geraghty (23.32) broke in the opener and then just about held in a very scratchy second leg.
Geraghty was always able to maintain the gap from that point on and he clinched things in the sixth with a solid 60 finish to give Romford renewed hope.
Dave Harris (21.43) never recovered from missing a chance to take the first leg on throw before being swept in minimum time, which would ensure that Welling A would be leaving with the spoils.
Steve Haggerty (28.86) was up last, in the knowledge that he could keep Romford joint top in the event of victory.
Despite throwing well, Haggerty was beaten by Conan Whitehead, who will compete in the BDO World Championships next month.
Romford are in action against Welling again next week as they make the trip south of the river to take on their B team, hoping to return to winning ways.
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