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0-7 Thrashing for 6-man Division 1 leaders

Updated: Jun 15

Veterans League

Review of the Veterans 6-Man League matches played on Monday 10 June

Netherton Con returned to top form in demolishing Division 1 leaders, Skel Windmill A, by 7-0 in Monday's fixture programme. That was a first defeat in four for the leaders and a first win in three for the Netherton team. That outcome saw the leaders drop to 4th position which is now two points and one place behind the Netherton team and were also overtaken by Marsh United A and Waterloo. Both these teams enjoyed good away wins with Marsh United overcoming Thongsbridge A 6-1 and Waterloo making it seven consecutive wins when beating bottom-of-the-table Lockwood Con 5-2.

Slaithwaite arrested their fall down the table with a first win in seven when whitewashing Brockholes A 7-0 and moving up four places to sixth whilst Brockholes dropped two places into the bottom half of the table.

Crosland Moor collected a second win of the season when recording a 5-2 home win over Milnsbridge A but remain in the relegation places. That is due to third-bottom Paddock I&C also winning their match this week which was a bit of a surprise 6-1 home win over Golcar C&BC which was a setback to the Golcar team who were previously only three points off the leader but now find themselves 8 points adrift and down a place to fifth.

Identical 6-3 wins for Golcar Lib and Clayton West sees them still locked togther on the same points totals at the top of the Division 2 table. Whilst the Golcar team's win was at home over Lindley Lib B their rivals were winning away at Holmfirth A and taken their winning run into double figures. Wins for New Mill (7-0 at home to Elland C&BC) and Bradley & Colne (5-2 away at Almondbury Lib) saw the two teams merge together on the same points totals but nine points behind the joint leaders.

A 6-1 home win for Linthwaite Hall over Greenhead Park A has improved their chances of avoiding the drop although this second consecutive win didn't move them out of the relegation places it will have caused some panic amongst their lowly rivals. The five teams immediately above bottom-of-the-table Elland C&BC are now just separated by three points as things start to get interesting.

Marsh Lib bounced back from last week's surprise home defeat to Linthwaite Hall with a return to form and a 5-2 away win at Hemplow who are now deeply entrenched in the relegation fight. A 5-2 away win for Longwood over Milnsbrdge B saw them create a four points gap over their rivals and a bit of a cushion to the drop zone.

Denby Dale made it nine Division 3 successive wins with a 4-3 away victory at Marsh United B but needed an 85-80 aggregate advantage to nick the majority of the points. That puts them one point ahead of Brockholes A who were without a match this week.

Prior to Monday's fixtures three teams were locked together on 33 points stacked up behind the top two. None of the three really enhanced their chances of gate-crashing the promotion party with Skel Windmill B struggling to a 4-3 home win over Thongsbridge C. Thongsbridge B fared best of the three hopefuls with a 5-2 away success at bottom-of-the-table Shepley B and go third as a result.

The other member of that trio were Marsh Lib B who lost at home to Brockholes C by 2-5 which moved the visitors up two places to ninth spot. Fair play to Brockholes with their B team without a match they could have bolstered their C team for this match but didn't do that and retained faith in their regular C team bowlers and were rewarded with a good win.

A good 6-1 away win for Holmfirth B at Primrose Hill Lib saw the losing team drop three places to 11th place and the winners move up two to 7th spot. A 6-1 home win for Greenhead Park B moved them up one place to 5th and condemned Meltham to another few weeks in the bottom two places.

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