Darts: Romford shoot down Southwark in Super League
PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 October 2018
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Romford defeated Southwark 5-2 at the Prince Albert to stay top of the London Super League table.
First up was Steve Hardy (26.82) who broke throw in the third leg with a great 14-darter.
The following two legs also went with the player going second, before Hardy took control to claim the opening point in the sixth.
Rob Donat (22.20) got off to a good start, hitting a 78 checkout in the first leg.
And a 76 finish saw a crucial break in leg four which paved the way for the win one leg later.
The third game of the night saw Steve Haggerty (28.46) frequently bang in the tons as he claimed the man of the match award.
The first three legs seemed to indicate a straight legs victory, but his opponent had other ideas with two straight ton-plus checkouts.
The sixth leg saw another dominant scoring display, but this time Haggerty hit his second 16-darter of the contest to put the hosts in a dominant position.
Southwark then struck back, winning the next two matches to give themselves a glimmer of hope.
Steve Woodside (23.08) had chances in the second leg to square matters early on, before an 80 finish in the third got him back in the contest.
That was as good as it got, though, as two decent finishes saw the visitors win in five.
Paul Barham (27.59) roared into an early two-leg lead, but then found himself on a four-leg losing streak.
A 13-dart sixth leg sealed his fate and suddenly Southwark were right back in the match.
The penultimate game saw Jason Geraghty (27.02) really find his range on the 19s and his scoring, allied to quality finishing, saw a deserved win in six legs, three of them taken out with finishes of 92, 95 and a game-clinching 68.
John Costigan (23.80) ensured Romford signed off on a good note with a solid display to win in five legs.
Terry Rees’s side stay four points clear going into their next match, the local derby at Chadwell Heath.
But the Heath will come into the game full of confidence after beating champions Plumstead A 4-3 this week, and a close game looks in prospect.