Romford suffer defeat to newly-promoted Plumstead

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 September 2017

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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Romford started the defence of their London Darts Super League title with a shock home defeat against promoted Plumstead B.

The opponents performed well last season in Division Two and have improved their squad over the summer ahead of the test.

Leading off for the defending champions was Rob Donat (21.95), with the first six legs of the contest all going against the throw.

But Donat kept his composure in the decider and struck the winning double as Romford drew first blood.

Next up was one of Romford’s star performers in their title success, John Costigan (27.75) who continued in the same vein, claiming man of the match honours with a sparkling display of finishing to go with two maximums.

The third leg saw a superb 146 checkout, which was immediately followed with an 83 to leave him one leg away from the win.

Costigan’s opponent responded in the fifth leg with a 72 finish on the bull, before the Romford man took out 104 to give his side a 2-0 lead.

The third point swiftly followed, courtesy of Steve Woodside (23.86), who saw off his opponent with minimum fuss for a straight legs victory.

Steve Hardy (22.24) wasn’t as reliable in the doubles as he usually is and lost in six legs as the visitors got themselves off the mark for the evening.

The fifth contest saw the debut of Tommy Wilson (24.56), who got off to a flier taking the first two legs.

His opponent stormed back, taking the next three before Tommy levelled things up with both players producing some fine darts.

The crucial final leg went the way of his opponent as Plumstead pulled to within a point overall, despite Ian Gallagher (23.90) looking well in command at 3-1 up.

His opponent then pulled a real rabbit out of the hat with the highest finish possible, a 170.

The final match of the night saw Terry Goddard (22.55) to the oche, but he never really got into his contest and was defeated in five legs as Terry Rees’s side started off with a surprise loss and will now be looking to get their first win next Monday as they travel to take on Vauxhall B.

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