Darts: Romford begin with win over Welling
PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 September 2018
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Romford beat new boys Welling B in their first match of the new London Super League season at the Prince Albert.
Steve Hardy (26.64) was first to the oche, taking the first two legs before his opponent drew level, with both players regularly hitting the big trebles.
Hardy was more solid at the business end of the legs however and took the next two to claim the match award, getting the hosts off the mark with a 67 finish.
Steve Woodside (23.44) had trouble shaking off the early season rust, scoring well but only in patches before losing in five legs.
John Costigan (23.86) was able to ease back in gently, never being pushed in his straight-legs win which started with a 114 checkout.
The next three games were all close contests, each going to the deciding leg.
Jason Geraghty (20.08) found himself 2-0 up without hitting any real rhythm, and could have added to the lead in a long drawn out third leg.
But he was then on the receiving end of a 100 finish before going back in the front in the fifth courtesy of a superb 116 finish. He had chances in the sixth to finish the job before holding throw to put Romford 3-1 ahead.
The fifth game of the night saw debutant Steve Haggerty (25.96) taken all the way, but on the balance of play the win should have come earlier.
Haggerty hit a league-high 18 tons in coming back from an early 2-1 deficit to put the hosts well in control.
Romford kept up their momentum in the penultimate game as Paul Barham (23.15) made his return to the side after a year away and made full use of throw in the last leg to put another point on the board.
The visitors performed creditably all evening and could consider themselves unfortunate, but they did grab a further point by way of consolation in the final encounter, with Rob Donat (21.60) always playing catch-up before succumbing in the fifth leg.
Romford will be happy with the result, but manager Terry Rees will be looking for a more solid performance in their next fixture on Monday when they take on Bermondsey, who were thrashed 6-1 at Welling A.