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All change at the top of Division 5

Winter League

Review of the matches in Divisions 5 & 6 played on Thursday 4 January

As anticipated it is all change at the top of the Division 5 table with the leaders, Slaithwaite, having a bye week which saw them lose their 4-points lead over the chasing pack. Brockholes B go top after a convincing 8-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Netherton Con B and are followed by Jackson Bridge leaping from 5th to 2nd place after an 8-0 victory over Springwood C who they also passed along with Outlane on their way to the second promotion place.

Outlane stay 4th after a 6-2 win over the Recreation Club's B side but it was Springwood who were the big losers of the day as their defeat to Jackson Bridge saw them drop from 3rd to 6th which shows how tight things are at the top of this division. Ignoring the leaders, there are only 6 points separating the next 5 teams with Jackson Bridge and Slaithwaite having played one match less than all their rivals.

Almondbury BC B continued their revival when beating Mirfield A by 6-2 to make it 4 wins in their last 5 fixtures and they are very much of that chasing pack and only 4-points adrift of second place at present. Things remain tight in the relegation battle with Netherton Con B looking doomed and 20-points off a safe position. That leaves Huddersfield Recreation Club B and Mirfield A fighting it out to stay out of the second relegation place with the 'Aggregate For' total differences of 8 (475-467) separating them.

The Division 6 leaders, Linthwaite Hall, also had the day off and retain a healthy 10-points lead with a match in hand over all their prime rivals after New Mill C crept closer after a 6-2 win over Kirkheaton Con B. Huddersfield RUFC remain in contention for the second promotion spot after beating Lockwood Con B 8-0 who slip a place to 4th as a result.

A second win of the season for Mirfield B has resurrected their hopes of avoiding a bottom two finish as they saw off Golcar C&BC 6-2 this Thursday. Cowcliffe B made it three wins on the bounce when they had a whitewash 8-0 win over Broad Oak and they are now nearer (points-wise) to the top than the bottom of the table. Just a reminder to teams in the lower half of the Division 6 table that we expect to have Divisions 7 and 8 next year so teams finishing in the bottom two places can expect to be relegated. You have been warned.

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