Queens still rule the roost ahead of the run-in

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - DARTS GLEN VALEN­TINE

QUEENS re­main top of the Mac­cles­field Mens 501 Darts League with six games left to play, after a con­vinc­ing 6-1 win over third-placed Spin­ners.

The high-fly­ers took a 3-0 lead with Neil Pod­more, Bryan Jones and Andy Jack­son on form.

Cap­tain Glen Valen­tine had the chance to close the tie out but Spin­ners’ Steve Sel­lars hit a brave 18-dart leg to give hope for the vis­i­tors with a 2-1 win.

But a su­perb 16-darter from Mark Turner en­sured vic­tory for Queens.

Si­mon Goda hit a fab­u­lous 17-dart leg to see off Spin­ners’ new sign­ing Rick Smith, and Valen­tine and Turner stayed firm in the dou­bles to com­plete a 6-1 win and put more vi­tal points on the board.

Bri­tish Flag slipped to a nar­row 4-3 loss at home to cur­rent league cham­pi­ons Bro­ken Cross.

Cross have had a mixed sea­son, find­ing the go­ing tougher than last term, but they got off to a flyer against Flag as they took a 3-0 lead.

But as Bro­ken Cross had the chance to close the match, Flag staged a valiant fight­back with Mark Whitehurst, skip­per Nigel Steele and Mark Bar­ber bring­ing it back to 3-3.

With ev­ery­thing hing­ing on the dou­bles, Mark Whitehurst and Nigel Steele had the show­down with Mark Cair­ney and Martin McDon­nell to snatch a 4-3 win for the vis­i­tors.

Lord By­ron earned a mas­sive re­sult, beat­ing Flow­er­pot 6-1, which keeps them in the ti­tle hunt and five be­hind Queens A.

The Nags A stayed in fourth spot and closed the gap to one point after a com­fort­able 5-2 win against Bruce A.

The Bruce’s small points in­jec­tion keeps them on the coat tails of Sport­ing B.

Rail­way View recorded a 5-2 vic­tory at Bruce B in the bat­tle for midtable.

An edgy start saw Ian Ar­mitt put Rail­way into the lead, be­fore cap­tain Derek Tuner made it 1-1.

But Rail­way pulled away from Bruce’s view to take the scor­ing to 5-1, be­fore Bruce kicked back in the dou­bles.

Sport­ing B came back from 3-1 down to run out 4-3 win­ners against Nags B, while Queens B closed the gap to five points be­hind Sport­ing A fol­low­ing their hard­fought 4-3 win.

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