Division 1 merry-go-round keeps turning

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The weekly rotation of the Division 1 leadership continues with Lower Hopton 'A' vacating the top spot and Thongsbridge 'A' taking their turn on the merry-go-round despite having a losing draw at Crossgates 'A'. Pudsey's 8-4 win over Lower Hopton ensured that they continue to feature in the title race with 3 points separating the top three teams. as we approach the halfway point of the season. Ossett Flying Horse 'A' continue to flounder at the foot of the table with a 4-8 away defeat at Dearne Sports the latest setback to their hopes of a sixth successive season at the top flight. It is an intriguing tussle for the second relegation place between four teams who played each other this week with the two lower teams coming out on top to tighten the situation even further. Lower Hopton 'B' and Denby Grange 'A' both had 7-5 wins with the former overcoming Littlemoor 'A' and the latter away at Crosland Moor to drag those opponents back into the drop-zone mire.


Division 2 leaders Kirkheaton Con 'A' hold one of only two remaining unbeaten records in the League and that was never under threat when they demolished Crossgates 'B' 11-1 on their postage stamp green this week. With the 2nd and 3rd placed teams confronting each other at Woodlands Park who beat Alverthorpe 'A' 9-3 to swap places but the gap widens to 14 points between them and the runaway leader. All 5 home teams won in this Division including double-figure totals for Spen Victoria 'A' and Whitkirk both at home but that only consolidated their mid-table positions.


Dodworth continue to lead the way in Division 3 with a comfortable 9-3 home win over Ossett C&AC the latest step on their way to promotion but double-figure wins for Littlemoor 'B' and Cleckheaton Sports 'A' helps them retain an interest in future glories. A 1-point aggregate advantage (172-171) enabled Elland C&BC to see off Shipley 7-5 who slipped a place to fourth as a result.


Division 4 leaders Thornhill C&BC were interested spectators in their bye week as the teams immediately below them merged into a mass of 5 teams separated by 2 points. Farsley moved into 2nd place after beating Kirkheaton Con 'B' 9-3 and Lowerhouses were also deprived of second place after surprisingly losing 5-7 away at bottom team Denby Grange 'B' who were the only winners in the bottom three and they re-energised their bid to avoid the bottom place in their first season in the league.


Heckmondwike's bid for the Division 5 title is just about over on the back of 3 consecutive defeats with the latest away to Cowcliffe by 2-8. That keeps them in the second promotion place by 1 point from Alverthorpe 'B' but 17 points behind the runaway leaders Morton House who retained their unbeaten record with a comfortable 8-1 home win over Cleckheaton Sports 'B'. The win for Cowcliffe kept them off the bottom of the table with Marsh United staying down there despite them winning as well. In a topsy-turvey week of results in this Division Almondbury Lib won 6-4 at The Harold Club meaning that 3 of the 5 bottom half teams tasted victory this week whilst only 2 of the top 5 did the same.


There are new leaders at the top of the Division 6 table this week as Netherton Con go 2 points clear courtesy of a 7-3 home win over Grange Moor. Close behind them are Thongsbridge 'B' who had a tremendous 9-1 home win over Thorpe Green 'A' to pass their opponents and Golcar Lib who were on a bye as well. Milnsbridge 'B' claimed their first win of the season when beating Bradley & Colne on their own turf by 6-4. Only one other team in all the divisions has still to win their first match and that is Milnsbridge 'A' so the 'B' team will be well satisfied that they have beat their team-mates to that first milestone.


Another team hitting a milestone was Springwood 'A' but it was an unwelcome one when they lost for the first time this season surprisingly at home to mid-table Broad Oak 'B' by 4-6. That allowed Shepley to stretch their lead at the top of the Division 7 table to 15 points following their 9-1 win at third-placed Royds Park. A 5-5 draw between Dalton and Cleckheaton Sports 'C' completes the day's reporting.


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