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DARTS TEAM FIXTURES 2004/05

APFSCIL 6-A-SIDE LEAGUE

          Glorious Winners
M Oct 25 Burnley
(A)
2-9
SueC (Doubles), SueC (Team/Beer leg).
Th Nov 18 Scunthorpe United
(H)
6-5
SteveC (Team), SteveC (Doubles), SteveC (Singles), SueC (Singles), SteveM (Singles), SteveC (Team/Beer leg).
Th Jan 27 Carlisle United
(H)
3-8
Gary (Doubles), SteveC (Singles), SueC (Singles).
Th Mar 10 Southampton
(H)
6-5
SteveC (Singles), SteveC (Doubles), SueC (Singles), Robert (Doubles), SteveM (Team), Rick (Team/Beer leg).
Th Mar 17 Burnley
(H)
4-7
SteveC (Team), SteveC (Doubles), SteveC (Singles), Gary (Singles).
W Apr 13 Scunthorpe United
(A)
2-9
SteveC (Doubles), SteveC (Team/Beer leg).
Th Apr 21 Blackpool
(H)
3-8
SueC (Doubles), Darren (Singles), Robert (Singles).
Th May 12 Southampton
(A)
4-7
SteveC (Singles), Gary (Singles), SueC (Singles), Rick (Singles).
W May 18 Carlisle United
(A)
3-8
SteveC (Singles), Richard (Doubles), Steve Musson (Doubles).
M May 23 Blackpool
(A)
4-7
TBA
All members and friends are welcome to join us on these darts/social nights. Anyone wishing to play in the side should email our organiser Rick Goby. The home venue is the City Retreat, 74 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ, between Fleet Street and Holborn Circus, Tel: 0207 353 7904.

RESULTS
 
Blackpool
Burnley
Carlisle
Chester
Scunthorpe
Southampton
Blackpool
7-4
7-4
7-4
3-8
4-7
Burnley
7-4
4-7
9-2
3-8
7-4
Carlisle United
2-9
2-9
8-4
4-7
2-9
Chester City
3-8
4-7
3-8
6-5
6-5
Scunthorpe United
6-5
7-4
6-5
9-2
w/o
Southampton
9-2
5-6
9-2
7-4
5-6
o/s = outstanding fixture. w/o = walkover to Scunthorpe. Scunthorpe 9pts, Southampton -5 points

FINAL TABLE P W L F A Pts
Scunthorpe United [promoted] 10 9 1 62 37 87
Burnley 10 6 4 60 50 72
Blackpool 10 5 5 56 54 66
Southampton 10 5 5 60 39 65
Carlisle United 10 3 7 44 66 50
Chester City 10 2 8 37 73 41

Match Report
Southampton 7 Chester City 4

The last opportunity for Chester to do a “double” over anybody in the division came at the Royal Star pub in the form of Southampton. Due to late arriving saints this match like the previous one did not begin with the team game – instead it was the singles that got the night started.

Defeats for Steve M and Robert saw City two down in the opening minutes. The scores were levelled when Steve C and Gary registered wins to keep an interest in the match. Everything was coming up Chester when Sue and then Rick fired home to send the Blues 4-2 up after 6 games. The fun stopped there however.

The re-scheduled team game went to Southampton making it 4-3 and then all three doubles went to the home side too – from two ahead to two behind Chester trailed 4-6 with one to play. There was no glorious beer leg to write about either as again Chester could not find a finish and lost 4-7.

With two games to play Chester could well finish bottom again this year and Southampton were a team that we really needed to beat. Onwards and upwards however as the season draws to a conclusion and we wait with baited breath for next season’s fixture list!

Steve Catherall
Match Report
Chester City 3 Blackpool 8

Chester returned from their hammering in the financial district looking to notch up some much needed points against a high flying Blackpool. A late arriving Blackpool caused a re-jigging of the format as the team game couldn’t begin the evening, so the night kicked off with a doubles match.

A frustrating affair that would by the end of the night result in Steve Catherall throwing away his darts (and missing)!! began with defeat in the opening doubles as 42 attempts at double 1 was unfortunately not enough. Chester levelled the score when Sue banged in a double 7 and edged in front when Darren showed he’d been watching the first leg and buried a dart into the mad house. The team game then followed the doubles and brought about Blackpool’s equalising point. On to the singles...

Steve Mansley opened the next session and was pipped to the double after a good leg of darts, Darren and Steve C also lost their singles and suddenly it was 2-5. Steve M throwing twice due to the draw lost the next and the dismal run continued with defeat for Sue. A whitewash in the singles then? Not a bit of it. Robert Evans fired in straight and true and leapt for joy along with the rest of the team as he made it 3-7 with the beer leg to go.

Chester often seem to pick up the beer leg even in games in which they are clearly 2nd best – nothing to do with the beer loving nature of the team I’m sure – but tonight Blackpool were not in generous mood. A convincing win finally achieved after closing time. final score 3-8.

Steve Catherall

Match Report
Scunthrope United 9 Chester City 2

In league 2 Chester away at Scunthorpe would be a home banker on the coupon, in the darts we would hope for a more even contest. Chester beat Scunthorpe earlier this season and arrived at the Arbitrager pub in the City hoping to complete a first ever double. 11 games later and the only thoughts of doubles were of the alcoholic kind needed to drown our sorrows!

The first team game went to Scunthorpe as Chester took time to get used to the rather odd set up at this venue. The dartboard stands no more than 4 and half feet from the floor however the oche is two steps below this floor making it the correct height. Knowing that it is at a normal height however doesn’t always convince the brain and a natural adjustment takes quite a while to overcome. Chester managed an equaliser in the first of the doubles as Steve Catherall hit double 2 following good scoring from Darren Haydon but it would be a long time before Chester hands rose in celebration again. Defeat in the final two doubles legs made it 3-1 to the hosts going in to the singles.

For the second time this season (the opening match with Burnley being the other) Chester lost all 6 singles legs. Although difficult to defend a 9-1 scoreline it must be noted that almost every game saw Chester with a throw at the double and it truly was a case of the score not reflecting the nature of the match.

When going in to the final leg so far behind it really does concentrate the team as it is still a nice feeling to leave a fixture with a free drink and Scunthorpe most definitely had the edge taken off their victory when they had to put their hands in their pockets to buy the visitors a drink for the second time this season. Consistent scoring throughout kept the 801 leg close and Steve Catherall finished on double top to cheer up the Blues. As ever with Scunthorpe it was an enjoyable evening – they are a team that take the darts seriously enough to offer a good match but not so serious that they forget the social aspect. They have a huge pool of players to pick from and are always a fun team to play against.

Chester return to home territory next week as we play host to Blackpool. This will be a keenly contested affair as in two fixtures last season they edged both matches 6-5. Anybody wishing to come along and have a throw is more than welcome.Steve Catherall
Match Report
Chester City 4 Burnley 7

Saint Patrick’s night in the City Retreat, Guinness flowing and darts being thrown. Oh to be a Chester Exiles Dartist! Old Foes Burnley were the opposition and undoubtedly confident of victory having beaten the blues 9-2 earlier in the season. Chester have triumphed over Burnley twice in all competitions and on the back of last weeks victory over Southampton could easily make a case for themselves to be favourites on the night. An unspecified number of pints later only one team would leave with the win.

It was another good start for Chester who have a good record in the opening team leg of 801. Steve Catherall threw the winning double to put City up one – nil. This became two nil minutes later when Gary Owen left Steve Catherall on a double which he duly finished. Burnley were forced to dig deep and they showed some classy darts taking the remaining two legs of doubles to level the match. An exhibition 501 from Steve Catherall for his third win of the evening put Chester back in front and a gutsy finish after some great scoring saw Gary Owen regain a two point lead as Chester celebrated four – two. Steve Mansley allowed himself to fall almost 200 behind in his singles match before finding some Power-esque darts, he roared back into the leg but was denied by a good Burnley out-shot, four – three. Continuing her inspired form from the Southampton match Sue Choularton was very unlucky in the next singles as the wire proved a harsh enemy. Burnley had levelled the match again and sensed that they were close to getting the upper hand. Robert Evans’ scoring was fine but he couldn’t find a double to finish as Burnley went in front for the first time in the match. So all eyes turned to Darren Haydon making his debut and needing to win to keep the game alive. Despite outscoring his opponent regularly the double proved elusive and Burnley were two up with one to play.

The fact that the final leg is often called as a beer leg means that regardless of score there is something to play for ... namely beer. The losing team buys a drink for their opposite number, it can make or break an evening! Burnley were in no mood to put their hands in their pockets for us as they sealed victory 7 – 4 following a tough decision Chester faced on double 13. The resulting miss into the single bed meant that a finish was too hard a task.

On current form Chester are able to give anybody a worthy game and even if the wins aren’t coming too regularly the general performance is certainly improving. We were lucky to get two the last time Burnley were the opposition and now we felt annoyed with four – how’s that for progress.

Steve Catherall

Match Report
Chester City 6 Southampton 5

Already with a win under their belts the Chester City Exiles darts team are playing with a new level of confidence and expectancy this season, and it was largely due to this attitude that Chester edged a thriller against Southampton at the City Retreat last night.

The opposition arrived later than planned, which forced a re-arrangement of the playing order, but were a jovial bunch and very good company. The match began with a series of six singles legs and City got off to a flyer when Steve Catherall checked out a ‘60’ to give the home side the early advantage. Good scoring in the next two legs from Steve Mansley and Robert Evans unfortunately didn’t yield victories and Southampton went ahead two – one.

Sue Choularton then blitzed the fourth leg before hitting double 9 to level the match. Rick Goby got stuck in the ‘mad house’ of double one in the fifth leg having double figured attempts at the elusive bed, this practice would make perfect later in the night however. Southampton then took a four two lead after Steve Catherall missed out on a bullseye finish leaving the blues up against it in a best of eleven fixture. The first team game came next and Chester turned round a deficit of 250 at the halfway stage giving Steve Mansley the opportunity to chalk up a point, he duly obliged by hitting double 6 and putting the team just one behind.

The scores were levelled when Steve Catherall threw the winning double in the first leg of the doubles as his maths skills proved quicker than those of the scorer. Robert Evans got a huge ovation after powering home a winning double 15 in the next leg – The Archer putting Chester one up with two to play. A tense final leg would be required however as Southampton made it five each in the final doubles leg.

And so to the eleventh and decisive leg – a team game of 801. Southampton had the throw and good scoring saw them throwing for the match with Chester back in the low one hundreds. Under the match winning pressure though neither side could find a player to grab the glory as agonisingly close misses were the order of the day. Cometh closing time, cometh the man and Rick Goby the oft non-playing captain got the biggest cheer of the night as he closed out the game and the night with a victory for the blues. His earlier frustration in the madhouse that is double one was forgotton as City celebrated an epic victory.

With two wins from four matches Chester have a real chance of improving on last seasons final league position and the dream of mid table obscurity lives on!

Steve Catherall

2003/04 Results and final table (Don’t let this put you off though!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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