Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chelmsford 2 - 8 Shotley Club

River Derwent, Ebchester [credit]

This was a very comprehensive and disappointing defeat for us, but we actually played a better game than in the Away leg last week. SC raised their game too though, and they were on great form.

We actually won the opening team game with Alan P finishing on 70 with his last two darts (T20, D5). From that point onwards though we didn't win another game until Willie R continued his run of great performances to snatch a Singles point. Any neutral would say the overall result was correct though.

I was a bit stunned by the emphatic nature of the defeat, but I can honestly say I played above my normal standard. This was just a reminder that there are some very strong teams in this League, and when you get a chance to take points (i.e. against them in last week's game) you've got to take them.

Footnote : We had a team practice night last night to try and get us back on the right track. 501 legs and "Golf" like we used to play a couple of years ago. Maybe my "no practice" approach only works when things are going well, and I'll hit the practice board tonight.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shotley Club 6 - 4 Chelmsford

River Derwent, Shotley Bridge

The break last week doesn't seem to have helped our game and we made a really poor start againstShotley Club last night. Losing the opening Team game and the first two Doubles game saw us 3-0 down and not looking steady at all.

Thankfully we pulled a few games back to make it look a reasonably close scoreline, but this was definitely our worst team performance of the season.

On a positive note there'll be times when we play better than that but win fewer points, so perhaps we made the best of a bad night.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Chelmsford 6 - 4 Moorcock

Despite the same scoreline as the away leg a fortnight ago Moorcock were in much better form and pushed us all the way for the points. We lost the opening Team game with some really disappointing shots spread amongst our team. This allowed doubt to set in, whilst our opponents really warmed to the game.

Simon from their team was probably the steadiest player of the night. Special mention must go to their youngest player, who showed good focus to win the last point of the night and prevent a 7-3 defeat which would have been somewhat false.

Willie played a great Singles game for us to win the the only impressive point of the evening for us. We have a break next week to take part in the Doubles Dominoes competition. I'm not too bothered about Doms, but I still want to see us go as far as we can in all competitions this year.