As the University of Sunderland darts team look forward to the challenge of three games this coming Sunday, against all three teams from York, captain Dan “Mighty Mackem” Kelly has stressed the need for his players to “concentrate and handle the pressure.”
Speaking to SportsByte, Kelly said: “We just need to make sure we focus and take our time, making sure we concentrate and handle the pressure.”
The trio of games on Sunday comes after a 7-4 loss to Durham on Tuesday gone, and the team will be looking to regroup and turn over a positive result this time around.
Looking back at the Durham result, Kelly said “I am very disappointed with the result. Too many mistakes cost us. The main problem was hitting the double, which we need to work on. There was too many legs where we couldn’t hit a double, very inconsistent.”
He admits that he himself did not play as well as he would have liked: “Though I eventually hit the double, I did struggle, but it’s all about pressure and experience, we’ve got to be able to handle it.”
Kelly wasn’t the only player to have these thoughts after the Durham defeat, Josh Carr was also unhappy with his performance.
“My game is usually struggle to score then hit the double first time but my doubling this week was horrendous so it was quite annoying after scoring well,” said Carr.
He reflected on the Durham result much the same way as his captain, adding: “We lost our last game 7-4 to Durham, but we were unlucky not to win it really.
“We were pretty much always first down to the double but our finishing let us down.”
Like Kelly, he looks forward to the challenge of this coming Sunday, saying: “We have all three York teams on Sunday so hopefully we can manage to win at least two of the three but all three would be ideal.”
With this optimism from the two of them, the three York teams, York 1st, York 2nd and York ladies will all be in for a tough challenge on Sunday, that is for sure.