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9 teams in Division 1 relegation mix

Veterans League

Review of the 10-Man League Divisions 1 & 2 fixtures played on Tuesday 12 September

Any 2 teams from the 9 teams in Division 1 above already relegated Milnsbridge 'A' could still be relegated as every result seems to muddy the waters even more. Longwood had a big setback to their survival chances when going down 2-7 at Cowcliffe on Tuesday. Losing to one of their main rivals at this stage of the season puts at severe risk their survival hopes with just two matches to be played. It is even worse for Meltham as a 3-6 defeat away at Lowerhouses was the penultimate match of their season and have to play their final match next week against Marsh United 'A' who are pushing for the runners-up position so will not be easing off the pressure.

As welcome as that win was for Cowcliffe it hasn't taken them out of the relegation battle just yet as their final two matches are away at Champions Golcar Lib 'A' who will be in party mood in their final home match of the season. Then on the final day of the season they play fellow strugglers Elland C&BC when the stakes could be very high. The two teams are currently level on points with Elland due to play Longwood next week with that result key in resolving the relegation quandry. One good win can elevate any team right out of relegation contention as Lockwood Con 'A' proved with a 6-3 home win over Clayton West this week lifted them from 9th to 4th position in the table but they could still, mathematically, be relegated.

Marsh United 'A' are steaming ahead in search of that runners-up position with a 7-2 home win this week over a fading Rastrick team has put them right back in the mix for honours. Level on points with second-placed Lowerhouses who only have one match left to play.

Division 2 leaders Netherton Con 'A' had a bye week and will have been delighted to see that only one of their rivals for the title won their match this week. That was Lindley BC 'A' who beat Bradley & Colne 6-3 to go level second with Shepley who lost surprisingly easily 2-7 at Hemplow 'A'. Lindley Lib 'A' are almost out of the running for promotion after a 4th consecutive defeat this time at Thorpe Green by 3-6 left them in 4th place with only one match left to play.

Nothing has been decided in Divison 2 yet although matters are growing to a conclusion at the foot of the table. Wins for Thorpe Green and Hemplow didn't lift them out of the bottom four places which are likely to be the relegated places with Linthwaite Hall being the real winner on the day. Their 6-3 away win at Thongsbridge 'A' means they only need a maximum of 4 points from their last two fixtures to be guaranteed avoiding an immediate return to Division 3.

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