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DARTS TEAM FIXTURES 2005/06

APFSCIL 6-A-SIDE LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

           
Th Nov 3
Blackpool
Match Report
(H)
5-6

First Pair : Steve Musson & Steve Catherall : Won by Steve Catherall
Second Pair : John Newsome & Cliff Mensforth : Won
Third Pair : Robert Evans & Steve Catherall : lost
Team One : Lost
First Single : Steve Musson : lost
Second Single : Steve Catherall : Won
Third Single : John Newsome : lost
Fourth Single : Cliff Mensforth : lost
Fifth Single : Robert Evans : lost
Sixth Single : Steve Musson : Won
Team Two as beer leg : Won by Robert Evans

M Nov 28 Burnley
(A)
3-8
Team One : Lost
First Pair : Gary Owen & Richard Walsh : Lost
Second Pair : John Newsome & Steve Catherall : Lost
Third Pair : Sue Choularton & Steve Mansley : Lost
First Single : Steve Catherall : Won
Second Single : Gary Owen : Won
Third Single : Darren Haydon : Won
Fourth Single : Steve Mansley : Lost
Fifth Single : Sue Choularton : Lost
Sixth Single : Robert Evans : Lost
Team Two as beer leg : Lost
Th Mar 2 Bolton Wanderers
(H)
2-9
Team One : Lost
First Pair : Steve Musson & Steve Mansley : Won
Second Pair : Robert Evans & Rick Goby : Lost
Third Pair : Sue Choularton & Ruth Musson: Lost
First Single : Steve Musson : Lost
Second Single : Steve Mansley : Lost
Third Single : Rick Goby : Won
Fourth Single : Robert Evans : Lost
Fifth Single : Sue Choularton : Lost
Sixth Single : Ruth Musson : Lost
Team Two as beer leg: Lost
M Mar 6 Derby County (Cup 1)
(A)
Won
Walkover.
M Mar 13 Blackpool
(A)
2-9
Team Game One : John Newsome, Steve Mansley, Robert Evans, Steve Musson, Sue Choularton : Lost
First Pair : Steve Musson and Steve Mansley : Lost
Second Pair : Robert Evans and John Newsome : Lost
Third Pair : Sue Choularton and Steve Mansley : Lost
First Single : Steve Musson : Won
Second Single : John Newsome : Lost
Third Single : Steve Mansley : Lost
Fourth Single : Robert Evans : Lost
Fifth Single : Sue Choularton : Lost
Sixth Single : Robert Evans: Lost
Team Two : as beer leg : Won
M Mar 20

Newcastle (Cup 2)

Match Report

 

(A)
1-10
Team Game One : John Newsome, Richard Walsh, Robert Evans, Steve Musson, Sue Choularton : Lost
First Pair : John Newsome and Richard Walsh : Lost
Second Pair : Robert Evans and Steve Musson : Lost
Third Pair : Sue Choularton and Robert Evans : Lost
First Single : John Newsome : Lost
Second Single : Richard Walsh : Lost
Third Single : Robert Evans : Lost
Fourth Single : Steve Musson : Won (on double 7)
Fifth Single : Sue Choularton : Lost
Sixth Single : Richard Walsh : Lost
Team Two : as beer leg : Lost
Th Apr 27 Burnley
(H)
1-10
Details to follow.
W May 10

Bolton W.

Match Report
(A)
4-7

Team Game One : Lost
First Pair : Steve Musson and John Newsome : Lost
Second Pair : Robert Evans and Cliff Mensforth : Lost
Third Pair : Robert Evans and Rick Goby : Lost
First Single : John Newsome : Lost
Second Single : Steve Musson : (Won on Double 8)
Third Single : Robert Evans : (Won on Double 18)
Fourth Single : Cliff Mensforth : Won (on Double 4)
Fifth Single : Rick Goby : Lost
Sixth Single : John Newsome : Won ( on Double 2)
Team Two : (beer leg)
: Lost

Th May 18
Southampton
Match Report
(H)
6-5
Team Game One: Lost
First Pair : Steve Musson and Darren Hayden : Won by Darren
Second Pair : Cliff Mensforth and Matt Copplestone : Lost
Third Pair : Robert Evans and Sue Choularton : Won by Robert
First Single : Steve Musson : Won
Second Single : Darren Hayden : Won
Third Single : Cliff Mensforth : Lost
Fourth Single : Matt Copplestone : Won
Fifth Single : Robert Evans : Won
Sixth Single : Sue Choularton : Lost
Team Two : (beer leg) : Lost
  TBA Southampton
(A)
  Not played.
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 aptly named City Retreat, 74 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ, between Fleet Street and Holborn Circus, Tel: 0207 353 7904.

RESULTS
 
Blackpool
Bolton
Burnley
Chester
Southampton
Blackpool
4-7
8-3
9-2
5-6
Bolton Wanderers
7-4
7-4
7-4
5-6
Burnley
8-3
10-1
8-3
4-7
Chester City
5-6
2-9
1-10
6-5
Southampton
8-3
Lost w/o
7-4
Lost w/o

TABLE P W L F A Pts
Bolton Wanderers [Promoted] 8 6 2 43 34 62
Burnley [Promoted] 8 4 4 51 37 59
Blackpool 8 3 5 42 46 48
Southampton 8 5 3 39 27 39
Chester City 8 2 6 23 54 34
Carlisle United withdrew before the season started
Gillingham and Newcastle United are relegated to his division next season

MATCH REPORTS
Thursday 18 May 2006
Exiles 6 Southampton 5
JOY FOR CITY AT FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
One thing that a Chester supporter learns at an early age is how to accept defeat in a philosophical manner. As fruitless journeys to far-flung away fixtures merge into seasons of disappointment, youthful enthusiasm evaporates in a crucible of sporting mediocrity. But even the most hardened cynics shed tears of joy on Wednesday night, as Chester City Exiles darts team secured the first win of the season in their final fixture.

Opponents Southampton brought a 100% winning record into the fixture. They also included one of the division's strongest players, Simon McGuiness, in their line up. In the first team game, it was McGuiness who made the telling intervention, finishing on Double 4 after Chester had squandered opportunities of their own. Steve Musson and Darren Hayden replied immediately in the first doubles game, with Darren finishing on Double 2. Cliff Mensforth and Matt Copplestone, who was making his team debut, could do little to hold off McGuiness in their doubles game. But Chester moved into a commanding lead, thanks to an unprecedented display of 'power darts'.

Sue Choularton and Robert Evans won the final doubles game, with Robert finishing on Double 1. Then, Steve Musson and Darren Hayden won their singles ties. Cliff Mensforth, who had the misfortune to be paired with the excellent McGuiness, lost the third singles game, but Matt Copplestone brought Chester to the brink of victory with a clinical finish. What followed will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to witness it. Robert Evans, who had shown dangerous form last week, put pressure on his opponent with consistent scores of 50-plus to leave Double 7 for the match. In an apparently nerveless display of finishing, Robert sealed a famous victory. Defeats in the final two games were academic, as celebrations began.

Chester began the season with modest expectations. A series of heavy defeats, including 10-1 drubbings by Newcastle and Burnley, would have destroyed the morale of a younger or more ambitious team. But under the watchful leadership of captain Rick Goby, Chester have fulfilled every fixture and made a significant financial contribution to the British brewing industry to boot. We now look forward to next season, safe in the knowledge that Shrewsbury Town don’t have a darts team that will steal all of our best players

Steve Musson
Wednesday 10 May 2006
Bolton Wanderers 7 Exiles 4
CITY THWARTED BY THE TROTTERS
Chester City Exiles darts team were narrowly defeated by Bolton Wanderers, despite a much-improved performance. City started in familiar style, losing the first five games by narrow margins. But what followed was the most amazing return to form seen since Derek Asamoah’s bank manager asked him where he would be working next year. Steve Musson ended the rot, winning his singles game with a clinical Double 8 finish.

But better was to follow as Robert Evans stunned the Trotters with scores of 118 and 111 to race into a huge lead before finishing on Double 18. The opposition still required 135, as Robert celebrated in trademark style. Cliff Mensforth kept the comeback going by winning his singles game, reducing City’s arrears to 5-3. But Bolton wrapped up the match in the crucial 5th singles game, as team captain Rick Goby came agonisingly close in a tight finish.

There was still time for John Newsome to avenge his earlier defeat in the final singles game, to make the final score Chester City 4-7 Bolton Wanderers.

Steve Musson
Monday 20 March 2006
Newcastle United 10 Exiles 1
The Chester City Exiles 6-a-side darts team suffered a shock second round APFSCIL Cup exit on Monday night, following a narrow 1-10 defeat at the hands of Division 2 giants Newcastle United.

Undaunted by their opponents matching darts flights, City started brightly. The 801 team leg was lost by fewer than 250 points. More was to follow, as all three doubles games were conceded in similar style. Following reversals in the first three singles clashes, Chester were still in the game at 0-7. And they moved to within touching distance with victory in the fourth singles tie. But it was all downhill from there, with defeats in the remaining three games. Of particular concern was an uncharacteristic loss in the final ‘beer leg’. Club Chairman Rick Goby will surely launch an inquest, after his usually thirsty team made their way to the bar with heads hung low.

We would like to thank the Newcastle United team, who were warm hosts and gracious victors. Of particular note was the excellent buffet, including ‘the worst onion rings I have ever tasted’, which were later identified as calamari.

Newcastle United move on to a mouth-watering third round tie against Sunderland, while Chester must now concentrate on their league form. Club captain Steve Musson said: “If we can just take the lead in one of these games, I am sure our early season confidence will come flooding back. But the training facilities were an absolute joke, so I am going home now to count my money”.

Steve Musson
Thursday 3 November 2005
Exiles 5 Blackpool 6
After a number of postponements Chester finally kicked off their darts season with a home match against Blackpool. The team improved throughout last season and this match further highlighted the progress made since we started competing again two years ago. Indeed the blues roared into a two leg lead when the game began with a re-shuffled order due to a late arrival from Blackpool (the team not the place I presume)!

The first leg of the night was a doubles and Steve Musson and Steve Catherall powered to a conclusive victory with Steve M checking out a 92 finish in two darts! In the second doubles game debutants (at this high level) John Newsome and Cliff Mensforth doubled City’s advantage to 2- 0. The run ended there however as Blackpool won the third doubles leg and the delayed team leg, 2-2.

Steve Musson was then the victim of a darts crime when a great individual leg resulted in defeat – absolute robbery and Blackpool were ahead for the first time in the match. Steve Catherall levelled the scores with an individual win and it was certainly all to play for. The ever amiable Blackpool team then edged two legs ahead with both John and Cliff unlucky to fall foul of the dreaded double-itis. In the next 501 leg Robert Evans came back from 200 points down to throw at a double but unfortunately could not find the requisite finish and the match was Blackpool’s as they reached the winning score of 6 legs.

Every point counts in this league however and of course the final "beer" leg is as important as any so there was plenty of interest left in the match. Steve Musson earned his 2nd point of the night with a singles win to make it 4-6 and set the scene for one of the most popular sights in sport. The beer leg was won by the blues when Robert Evans powered home his double and bounced down the oche to receive the congratulations of his team mates. The final score of 5-6 was probably fair reflection of a match that could have gone either way. The aim of not finishing bottom this season is realistic and most teams will know they’ve been in a match when after playing us.

Steve Catherall
Darts friendly
An enjoyable night was had by all at a recently held darts friendly at The Sultan in south Wimbledon. The game beween the regular darts team and other Chester fans was closely fought all night with the team finally running out 5-3 winners.


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