Brockholes test for leaders this week

Veterans' League

We have a top-three clash in this week's Division 1 programme as leaders Honley Con welcome third-placed Brockholes 'A' to their Lowerhouses home green. Both teams have had good starts to the season especially the Honley team which is newly promoted to the top level and making an immediate impact. Home advantage could be key with Brockholes seeking their first away win of the season. A close outcome would be to Crosland Moor's advantage as they are squashed between these two opponents in the table but will need to show their best form to claim sufficient points at Golcar C&BC to worry the league leaders.

Longwood languish in 7th place but take the division's only unbeaten record to Lindley Lib 'A' this Monday having played a game less than all the teams above them and only two -points off top place. Linthwaite Hall will be hoping to open their winning account when they entertain Netherton Con this Monday and are already 6-points adrift of all the other teams.

In contrast to the congested Division 1 league table life in Division 2 is much more spread out with 6-points between the 1st and 3rd placed teams. That could be reduced this week as leaders Slaithwaite are without a match whilst 3rd placed Marsh United 'B' have home advantage over Skel Windmill 'B'. Second-placed Clayton West will also be looking to reduce the 4-point gap to the top spot but will have it all on to do that at Holmfirth 'A'.

The three teams at the foot of the table all have the same 5-point total and with New Mill standing down this week they will be expecting the worse. Lindley Lib 'B' are still reeling from failing to field a side on the opening day of the season and that impact on their points total could last for some while yet especially as they are away at Skel Windmill 'A' this week. Paddock I&C will be more confident in putting some daylight between themselves and the lower reaches of the table as they host mid-table Meltham.

In Division 3 it looks like which of the top three teams that can take the most advantage of playing at home this week will benefit most from this latest round of fixtures. It may require whitewash scorelines to preserve or improve league positions. The top two contenders host teams from the bottom three with leaders Golcar Lib playing Holmfirth 'B' and Thongsbridge 'A' welcoming Hemplow. Primrose Hill Lib will also expect to pick up the bulk of the points in their home encounter with Shepley 'B' who will be buoyed by picking up their first win of the season last week.

Fourth-placed Marsh Lib have won their opening two matches and will have no fears about travelling to play at bottom of the table Brockholes 'B' and as a result maintain close order on proceedings of the top three teams who have all played a game more than them.

Wherever and whoever you are playing this week make sure you enjoy it.

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