BOLTON darts star Lisa Ashton heads into her final group game at the Grand Slam of Darts tonight hoping results go her way.

The four-times women’s world champion has lost her opening two matches to Michael Smith and Krzysztof Ratajski in Coventry but still has a chance of making the next stage of the competition.

Ashton needs be beat Jose de Sousa 5-3 or better and hope that Ratajski loses to Smith by at least a scoreline of 5-2.

On Tuesday night, the 50-year-old was 4-1 up on Ratajski before seeing her lead evaporate to lose 5-4.

Ashton took advantage of 17 missed double attempts from Ratajski across the opening five legs to put herself on the verge of becoming the first woman to win a game at the Grand Slam since 2009.

However, Ratajski rallied and his relentless scoring didn’t allow Ashton a shot at victory as he reeled off four consecutive legs to end the match with a 104.18 average.

Ashton said on Twitter: “Gutted not to get the result against Krzysztof Ratajski this evening.

“Put everything into the game and just came up short.

“Looking forward to my final group match on Thursday evening, thanks as ever to my sponsors and everybody for the support!”

Some 24 hours earlier, Ashton had also found Smith in fine form as he averaged 102.51 in a 5-1 victory. The St Helens thrower followed that up with a 5-2 win over De Sousa to move a step closer to the knockout stages.