Lancaster’s Super League season starts with big win at Castleton

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Lancaster travelled to Rochdale on Sunday to take on Castleton in the first game of the 2014-15 season.

Graham Rawes got the new season underway but was unlucky to lose to Peter Rothwell by three legs to one.

Jordan Robson, Lancaster’s brightest prospect for many a year, got his side’s first point on the board as he beat Alex Lodge with consummate ease.

Legs in 23, 19 and 17 darts gave him what proved to be a man of the match winning average of 76.42.

Captain Chris Stobbart kept the momentum going as he too won in straight legs with a creditable 71.57 average.

Kev Beare then made it three whitewashes in a row as he put Lancaster firmly in the driving seat.

Phil ‘The Tower ‘ Raby made it 4-1 at the interval taking the first leg in 17 darts against Howard Priestley.

Priestley hit back and made it 2-2 in legs hitting a 180 in the fourth, but ‘The Tower’ stood firm and took the decider in 19 darts.

David Coulton got the second half going and on his way to a 3-1 win he hit a maximum 180.

Mark Ashwood pulled a set back for the home side as Billy Kirkby battled hard but lost out 3-2.

Billy‘s brother Steve was next to the oche and making his debut for Lancaster proved to be a very astute signing.

Steve made sure of the second bonus point by beating Alan Fitzpatrick 3-0.

In the best game of the day Fitz never let Steve settle and he matched him score for score all the way, but Steve managed to hit the doubles when it mattered.

Lancaster welcomed former England U21 captain Chris Dean back into the fold, but after an absence from the game of more than two years, he proved to be a little ring rusty but despite losing by the odd leg in five he showed signs of his old self.

And so, it was left to Dave Speak to round off the match, which he did in style to make the final score 7-3 in favour of the visitors.