Catch-up time in 6-Man League

Veterans League


There were originally no Veterans 6-Man League fixtures scheduled for this Monday with the Julie Fuller Trophy semi-finals taking precedence but a number of teams are taking advantage of that blank day by rescheduling the matches lost to the heatwave.


There are just two Division 1 fixtures rescheduled and these involve away matches for the top two teams in the table. The leaders Honley Con have no easy trip to play fourth-placed Netherton Con and is the first in a run of three consecutive away matches which will test the mettle of the leaders.


Second-placed Shepley 'A' also have a difficult-looking fixture at Milnsbridge where the home side have only been beaten once this year and that was to the current leaders on the opening day of the season.


The two Division 2 matches scheduled turn the focus to the foot of the table with four of the bottom five teams involved. The two teams with the most to fear both have home advantage as New Mill host Holmfirth 'A' and Lindley Lib 'B' take on Meltham. New Mill have lost their last four matches and desperately need a win to revive their hopes of avoiding relegation. Lindley Lib 'B' have lost their last three fixtures all by the same 2-5 scoreline and the memory of a 0-7 opening day defeat at this week's opponents will not raise their hopes with any confidence of breaking that sequence.


There is a tasty top two tussle among the four Division 3 fixtures rearranged for Monday when the leaders Golcar Lib have to go to Almondbury Lib. The home side cannot afford to drop points if their bid for the title is to be maintained but with an unbeaten home record they will approach the match with some confidence.


Hemplow will go third if they win at Marsh United 'B' but that will no easy task as the home side have won their last two home games by 7-0 and Hemplow are on a run of three successive away defeats. Thongsbridge 'A' have won their last three matches so take that good form with them when they make the journey to Shepley 'B' who will be pleased to be back on home soil where they are proving to be difficult to beat. The final Monday match is almost a mid-table encounter as Holmfirth 'B' host Greenhead Park.


There is one more match rescheduled for this week and that takes place on Friday when two points would be sufficient to put Marsh United 'A' back on top of the Division 2 table but that is not a given at Clayton West who have a proud 100% home win record.


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