Division 1 reshuffle again on restart

Winter League

There are two areas of real interest in the Division 1 season with one being the two teams working desperately hard to avoid taking the 2nd relegation place and the other is the four contenders for the runners-up place behind the runaway leaders from Lower Hopton. Following this week's results, we have the 3rd different team in the last 3 weeks to claim the runners-up place.

Just before the Christmas break Lindley BC 'A' had taken over this spot from Clayton West who had moved into it the previous week after two wins in a day. All change again this week as Kirkheaton Con reclaimed second place with a tense but final 8-0 win over Thorpe Green. This was a very close affair with the pairs game going down to the wire at 20-20 before a close final end and then Kirkheaton Con's 'Crafty' Cooper coming from being behind until the final 3 ends to pinch it 21-18 and retain his top spot in the Averages.


With Lindley BC 'A' having a bye-week it means that they lost second place to Kirkheaton Con but it could have been worse if Clayton West had not been pegged back by a re-energised Milnsbridge 'A' side. The Milnsbridge team held the second relegation place before this week's fixtures and had a 4-4 draw with Clayton West to damage their opponents own ambitions but it could certainly have been much worse. The two singles games went to Clayton West, both being 21-20 scorelines but then a 21-5 pairs win for Milnsbridge saw them easily take the aggregate bonus points 61-47 and a share of the spoils.

New Millers retain an interest in matters at the head of the table courtesy of an 8-0 victory over Lowerhouses 'A' with the losers increasingly aware of the threat to their Division 1 status. But it was almost a better outcome as the Lowerhouses's pairs went down 18-21 after a see-saw battle and Nick Hirst also lost by the same score in one of the singles after holding a 15-9 lead at one point.

The top versus bottom clash didn't turn out to be the procession anticipated as the Rastrick 'A' team's pairs beat their Lower Hopton rivals to clock up two unexpected points although they remain firmly adrift at the foot of the table.

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