Romford have lead cut after Wood Green loss

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 October 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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London Super League: Romford 3 Wood Green 4

Romford saw their lead at the top of the London Super League cut to just a point after a 4-3 defeat at home to Wood Green.

Ian Gallagher (28.04) made a welcome return to the Romford side in the opening contest, where he took on PDC Tour player George Killington.

Gallagher was unlucky to be 2-1 behind as he was finding the treble 20 with ease before legs four and five saw two fine finishes – a 91, followed by a superb 116.

This high-quality game was destined to go all the way, but the decider went the way of Wood Green after Gallagher had a chance to take the spoils.

The second game also went the distance, with Romford’s Steve Haggerty (26.01) eventually coming out on top.

John Costigan (24.14) flew out of the traps in match three to take the opening leg with a 76 finish, before going on to triumph in straight legs.

Rob Donat (24.14) also hit the ground running, banging in a maximum en route to a 14-dart first leg which set the tone for a winning display.

Romford were looking poised for the overall victory, but the visitors drew on their vast experience to come back.

Jason Geraghty (23.39) soon found himself two in arrears and though an 80 finish broke throw in the third, it offered only a brief respite as the Romford man lost.

The final two games both required all seven legs. Paul Barham (21.47) was soon embroiled in a match where having throw as of no advantage.

An untimely bust on 140 in the final leg summed up Barham’s evening and meant it would all boil down to the final game of the night.

Steve Hardy (25.88) looked to be on the winning pathway with a great 100 finish in leg four followed by an immediate break to leave him one away from the win.

The game, though, went to a decider where Hardy could not quite get the decisive breakthrough as Wood Green came away with the overall win.

Romford will be disappointed to lose having been on the verge of victory,.

However, the team will be looking to return to winning ways in their next fixture when they travel to face Bethnal Green.

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