APFSCIL Darts – Division 1 2014/15

 

Last season we ventured into the unknown of Division 1 following our promotion as runners up. Due to the uncertainty of the situation at the Sekforde it was decided we would move home and base ourselves at the Old China Hand. It is not your run of the mill pub and boasts a “crazy landlady”, so crazy that she jumped on a train from Bath at 5pm to play darts for us in a cup game!!

 

We weren't sure what to expect with higher standard and were the bookies favourites to be relegated at the end of the season!

 

We started off with an unexpected home win (7-4) v Derby County but followed that up with a 9-2 away defeat at Leicester City and 8-3 home defeat to eventual runaway champions Nottingham Forest. We then got back to winning ways with a shock 6-5 home win over Leicester City which signaled the start of a 7 match winning run including 1st round and Q/F victories in the Cup. The run came to an abrupt end with a 6-4 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Cup S/F and was followed up with narrow 6-5 loss to eventual bottom club Bolton and another 8-3 loss to Nottingham Forest. We then concluded the season with 7-4 wins over Sunderland and Rotherham.

 

The season ended with us comfortably in 3rd place and only 4 points behind runners up Leicester City. Europa League next season!!

 

It was a long season with 12 league games and 3 cup games being 4 games longer than previous 2 seasons and we only played the final game last Monday!

 

Stricter rules regarding player numbers and forfeiting legs made for added complications in trying to arrange games although when we only had 5 players only one side asked us to forfeit a singles leg.

 

We used 10 players last season and 5 of those made their debuts. Brian “I'm going to have to send these new darts back as they must be faulty, they keep going into the 1 and 5!” Green played 5 games, Rowena the crazy landlady from the OCH played twice, Rob and Lesley the current landlords of the Sekforde played 5 of the last 6 games and without their help we would have struggled to fulfil those fixtures …. and Rob was also responsible for our 2 180's of the season – both scored in the game v Sunderland!

 

Woody and myself were the only players to play in all 15 games closely followed by Dave Parker with 13 and Len Watt on 12.

 

Dave Parker led the finishes with 22, followed by Len 17 and Woody 14.

 

Highest finish was 117 by Len Watt.

 

NEXT SEASON

As ever we will be in desperate need of some new players able to play fairly regularly. Unfortunately we had to resort to “Ringers” to get us through the season. Rob & Lesley may well be unable to play as Rob is thinking of joining the league with an Everton team!!!!!

 

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.

 

Results

 

Table

 

Player Statistics