BANESWELL’S Paul Linwood turned back the years to produce a dominant display in his victory over Pontnewydd’s Andy Poole, but the Newport outfit went down to a narrow 4-3 loss at home to the defending Gwent Super League champions.

Linwood, 48, the 1988 World Youth Masters runner-up, threw 14, 15 and 18-dart legs (32.08 average), including a 131 checkout, in a victory which moved him to fifth in the league averages.

Team-mate and former Gwent player Andy Miller’s experience showed as he overcame Welsh international Mark Blandford 3-1.

However, his efforts were also in vain as the evergreen Peter Johns, Nathan Treadgold and Jesse Heal secured valuable points to see the visitors move into second place.

Runaway leaders Chepstow FC’s players produced the goods once again, winning 6-1 at the Dodger to open a nine-point lead on Nick Kenny’s Pontnewydd, who have a game in hand.

Jon Worsley, Lee Harris, Ryan Palmer and Steve Swallow all continued their outstanding seasons for the visitors, with Darron Crawford winning the solitary point for the home side.

Gilfach ran out 6-1 winners against Pontypool at home with Andrew Ashcroft having the standout performance for the home side.

Abergavenny beat Talywain 5-2 on home soil, Gwent’s Chris Jones shining for the visitors with a 28.90 average.

Team-mate Kieron Parfitt showed his capabilities to maintain a 100% record after his debut for the visitors last week. Shane Havard and Tom Rutter picked up valuable wins for the hosts to secure victory.

Elsewhere, fifth-placed Aberbargoed won a close encounter with Hafodyrynys at the George 4-3, with Corey Burton returning to form to beat Stephen Cake.

Cross Keys’ old heads proved the difference at Tredegar Cons as Dean Lee led them to victory, while Brynmawr had Justin Cross to thank for hitting the winning double in the final match of the evening against Cwmbran’s Brian Evans.

Some talented teams go head-to-head on Wednesday night as Hafodyrynys welcome Gilfach in the standout fixture, Abergavenny visit Cross Keys in a mid-table clash, and leaders Chepstow FC entertain Brynmawr.

Ladies’ league leaders Golddiggers emerged victorious in the battle of Brynmawr where the table-toppers hosted defending champions Legends.

Golddiggers made the perfect start with Jade Hickey and Lei Manley taking the first pairs point, before Brynmawr evened the scores through Rhian Griffiths and Kaye Paul.

Griffiths then continued her winning streak, backing up her superb 30 average for Gwent with victory over Hayley Matthews (19.39).

Not only did Griffiths hit consecutive 180s but she finished with an outstanding 25.47 average.

Golddiggers’ Sarah Adams, Jade Hickey and Tracey Hickey won their singles games to give the hosts a 4-2 advantage.

With the match lost, Rachael Parnell made sure of the last point for the defending champions.

Debbie Ham, Megan Vodden, Mandy Cosslett and Dawn Needs gave Newport the perfect start against Ebbw Vale to lead 2-0.

Vodden and Cosslett (18.79) both secured singles points to double the lead.

Ebbw’s Gwent veteran Dawn Phipps won her side’s first point, before Newport duo Ham and Cheryl Vodden added to more points for an emphatic 6-1 triumph.

Julie Moxham, Sharon Morgan, Chelsea Thomas and Trisha Thomas gave St Joes an early advantage against Garndiffaith.

Garndiffaith’s Sharon Scourfield clinched their first singles point, only for Moxham and Chelsea Thomas to extend St Joes’ lead to 4-1.

Gemma Greeney then got a point back for the Garn, but Trisha Thomas took the final singles to make it 5-2.