Robert Thornton climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone after enjoying a fantastic night at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Thursday evening. The Scot appeared to be a relegation certainty prior to tonight’s action, but he secured three points from his double-header to climb out of the elimination places.
‘The Thorn’ had just one point when he arrived in Merseyside, but he claimed his first victory of the season with a narrow win over Michael Smith, before earning a precious point against Michael van Gerwen in the evening’s curtain raiser.
Thornton kicked off the evening’s proceedings with a hard-fought win against Smith, who is now staring down the barrel of relegation. Thornton led 5-2 at one stage, before ‘Bully-Boy’ launched an admirable fightback, drawing level at 5-5, before the Scot upped the ante to win the final two legs.
It was an attritional battle, as expected given the repercussions of a defeat for either player. However, Thornton’s finishing was the decisive factor. He hit fine shots of 78 and 112 in crucial junctures of the contest, as Smith was punished once again for profligate finishing.