APFSCIL Darts – Division 1 2015/16.


After our move of pubs to the Old China Hand last season we faced another dilemma over the summer; whether to remain at the OCH or move to the Horseshoe which was now being run by Rob who was the final manager at the Sekforde Arms. Having mulled it over (as it turned for too long) we decided to switch to the Horseshoe which is a darts centric pub and also home to a number of the other APFSCIL teams and is the venue for the Singles and Pairs competitions.


After last seasons surprising 3rd place finish I was hopeful we might yet again survive although the 2 sides (Sheffield Wednesday & Scunthorpe United) coming up from Division 2 were both fairly strong sides so it would still be tough going.


Our first match v Sunderland ended in an 8-3 defeat which largely set the tone for much of the season as our second game v Scunthorpe (home) was even worse losing 9-2! Our next game was Scunthorpe (away) and a eclectic mix of players featuring an American and a New Zealander managed to secure a 6-5 win. The run didn’t last and just four days later we lost to Rotherham 6-5 to end the first part of the season. The second half didn’t fare any better with a narrow (6-5) 1st round cup defeat to Nottingham Forest followed by two defeats by Leicester 7-4 and 6-5, a 6-5 loss to Sunderland and another 9-2 defeat this time to Nottingham Forest. Our last four games resulted in 2 narrow 6-5 wins over Sheffield Wednesday but in between those we lost 6-5 to Nottingham Forest and 8-3 to Rotherham.


We ended the season in last place 3 points behind Sheffield Wednesday and 11 points from safety.


Despite playing 2 games less than last season the season felt much longer. We struggled for a settled side and in the end we ended up using 15 different players many who had never played for us before. If it hadn’t been for Rob and Lesley’s (Horseshoe) contacts we would have seriously struggled to get games played in a timely manner. Apart from the final game we did manage to field a full team in the other fixtures.


There was only one player who played in all 13 games (I need my head looking at) followed by Ian Wood on 11, Len Watt 10 and Dave Parker 8.


A telling statistic this season was the leading finishers were Nick Brooks and Len Watt (17 last season) both on 10 followed by Dave Parker with 7 (22 last season).


Highest finish was 100 by Dave Bateman closely followed by Len Watt with 96. One strange statistic was that we only had 4 double 1 finishes compared to 14 last year.


There were no 180’s during the although Dave Parker hit one in the Pairs Knockout.




As always we are on the look out for members to come forward and join in so if there is anyone interested in playing then please come forward. Without sufficient players the team may not be viable and cease to exist.

























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