5 table-toppers consolidate their leads

Veterans 10-Man League

Lockwood Con 'A' responded to two consecutive Section 1 away defeats by claiming an 8-1 home win over Crosland Moor which pushed them 6 points clear of the opposition. With the 2nd and 3rd placed teams meeting and Elland C&BC 'A' coming out on top 6-3 over Golcar Lib 'A' in that meeting which enabled the Champions to open up a 6-point lead at the top of the table. Waterloo also recovered from consecutive defeats to return to form when beating Clayton West 7-2. The defeat suffered by Crosland Moor was matched by defeats for Thongsbridge 'A' and Meltham 'A' to bring the Moor back into the relegation dog-fight brewing at present. Netherton Con contributed to that tightening situation by collecting their 3rd win in their last 4 fixtures with the latest a creditable 6-3 home win over Longwood. Thongsbridge still languish at the foot of the table but then 2 points separate the next 3 teams who seem destined to find the second relegated team from within their ranks.

Kirkheaton Con 'A' continue to set a hot pace at the top of Section 2 and show no signs of slowing down with the latest an 8-1 home win over Lockwood Con 'B' with Broad Oak matching that score to retain 2nd place but then there is a group of 4 teams no more than 7 points behind them all with sights on the second promotion spot. Wins this week for New Mill 'A', Thorpe Green and Lindley BC 'A' means that the deciding action in this skirmish is still to come. Home defeats for Paddock I&C and Kirkheaton C&BC 'A' hit any hopes they had of mounting a recovery for another week at least.

Lowerhouses and Slaithwaite continue their own competition at the top of Section 3 with both winning again this week to keep it tight at the top. In fact 4 of the top five teams all won and the gap to the rest appears too much for most although Skel Windmill would argue against that after their 9-0 home win over Brockholes 'B' will stimulate their chase to join the leading quartet. Springwood stopped Holmfirth 'A' in their tracks with a 7-2 win which means that they have lost their last 4 away games yet beaten the top two in their last two home games. Outlane were the only winners in the bottom four with a 5-4 away victory at Meltham 'B' ensuring that their opponents remain within their striking range.

Huddersfield Recreation Club logged an 8-1 away win at Primrose Hill Lib to ease slightly further ahead of Denby Dale at the top of Section 4 with the Dale clocking up a 6-3 home win over Ravensknowle Park and with a game in hand over the leaders they will not be greatly perturbed by the current 3-point gap. There were no winners from the bottom half of the table to preserve the status quo and one can see the present positions prevailing for the rest of the season.

The top two teams in Section 5 went head-to-head this week with leaders the Rugby Club emerging with bragging rights and a 5-point lead over New Mill 'B' who lost for the first time in 7 matches. Marsh Lib extended their own unbeaten run to four games winning 7-2 at David Brown Sports and increasingly they look like serious contenders for the second promotion place. A notable 6-3 home win for Broad Oak 'B' over Hemplow 'B' lifted them off the foot of the table and ended a 5-match losing sequence. That left Kirkheaton C&BC 'B' in bottom place although they were far from disgraced in going down 4-5 at Holmfirth 'B' where the aggregate score went against them as the deciding element of their defeat.


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