DARTS: Tight at the top as trio register cracking wins

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It’s hotting up at the top of Aron Moyses Spalding Town Darts League as just five points now separate the top seven teams.

Drayman’s Arms C, Birds A and Pied Calf all registered impressive wins in the latest round of fixtures, which also saw John Charlton throw the league’s sole 180 of the week.

Leading the way are Drayman’s C, who made it three wins from four games to see off Birds B on their own oche.

In what proved a tight tussle, doubles wins from I Forman and B Allison and N Glover and T Wood sealed a 5-2 success and sent the high-fliers onto a healthy 18 points.

Just two points behind are Birds A, who handed Royal Mail Cart A 6-1 home reverse.

Charlton set the tone with an impressive maximum, as he, M Worth, D Mackman and C Gelsthorpe all won singles matches to put the result beyond any doubt.

Pied Calf won by the same score to continue their impressive start and register a second success in three games.

Their victims were Fenway C, as Mal Munton (100 throw), Ted Howling (116 throw), Chris Sloan (two 140 throws) and Rick Harker (125 throw) got the job done in singles competition.

Elsewhere, Simon Juckes and Steve Gaughan both managed 17-dart legs as Fenway B edged a close contest with Lincoln Arms C 4-3.

• Dawn MacTavish nailed an impressive 180 maximum as New Saracen’s Head made a near-perfect start to the new Spalding and District Ladies’ League season.

The defending champions, who won all 14 of their Division One games last season, saw off Blue Bell 13-5. As well as MacTavish, Lindsay Wingell (125 throw), Pauline Hunt and Casey Horspool (140 throw) all grabbed individual wins.

Ship also began nicely in the top tier. They knocked off Horse and Groom A 13-5 away from home, with Sharon Boldy managing two 140 throws.

Her efforts were matched by Many Czura and Trudy Paul as Lincoln Arms edged out promoted Division Two champions Horse and Groom B 10-8.

• Bell B (Weston Hills) have had to withdraw from Division Two of the ladies’ league.