Ship and Mitre B claimed back to back wins for the first time this season after a 6-3 win at home to fellow strugglers O.D.V.A.
The victory lifts B off second bottom and above the Bootle pub and The Glasshouse in Vauxhall in what was one of their most ruthless performances of the campaign.
Mark Plumley, featuring in his first game of the season in place of Steve Dobby, played against Jimmy Gibson. After some brilliant arrows, which included a 95 and a 64, Plumley was able to take out 30 on D15 with his first dart.
The ruthless finishing continued into the next game as Hywel Jones took on Colin Banner. Despite failing to get off the mark first time around, consecutive scores of 82 and 95 put Jones into a fantastic position. He continued his form to take out D8 with his first dart.
John Gibbons was then just as ruthless in his next match against Colin Spencer. Gibbo missed nine darts at his starting double but scored 83 and 79 to get him onto a finish before he ruthlessly took out 98 on D19 for a 3-0 Mitre lead.
Rob Warbrick was showing signs of his best as he beat Ian Sinclair to put Mitre at matchpoint. He slowly but surely ate into his score and then an 85 set up D16 which he took immaculately.
However, the celebrations were put on hold as O.D.V.A. pulled a game back through Gary Jones. He beat Mike Coates in what was a really tight affair. A score of 80 and 48 had left Coates on D16 but he was thwarted after Jones took out D13 to keep the game alive for the Bootle pub.
It only delayed the inevitable as the win was confirmed after Ged Lofthouse got the better of Vinny Coley. Despite missing 18 darts at his starting double, Lofthouse was able to claw his way back into the leg. And with Coley missing 18 darts at his finishing double, Lofthouse was then able to complete victory for Mitre on D18.
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With the win confirmed, Mitre took their foot off the gas ever so slightly and allowed O.D.V.A. back into the contest. Paul Kelleher was unlucky to lose his game against Ryan Wooder. An 86 from Kelleher set up tops but he couldnt take it and Wooder was able to pounce on D9.
Chris Ruddy’s recent good run of wins also came to an end after he was beaten by their skipper Jimmy Wooder. He slowly ate away at his score but left himself on D16, allowing Wooder to take out D10 to narrow the deficit to two games.
Skipper Peter Mylchreest added some gloss to the scoreline as he beat Fred Walsh in the final game of the night. It followed a very similar pattern to Ged Lofthouse’s, with Mylchreest also missing 18 darts at his starting double, whilst Walsh also pulled 18 to finish. But Mylchreest was able to take the game on tops and confirm a 6-3 victory.
It’s now two wins in a row for Mitre, a good way to follow from the 8-1 drubbing at Village Inn to start the year.
It is the Ship and Mitre derby next week, you can spread the word about it by using the hashtag ‘MitreMonday’ and the game will be next Monday at nine o clock in Dale Street.