A review of the 10-Man League matches played on Tuesday 12 July
Golcar Lib last won the 10-man Division 1 title back in 2005 and they are setting their stall out to
step back in time with another major assault on this honour this season. The latest step on that path was an away win at Rastrick which none of the previous six visiting teams this season had been able to achieve. Ironically the Golcar Lib team now hold the division's only unbeaten home record.
Lockwood Con's suffered a rarity this week with a League Double inflicted on them by Kirkheaton Con 'A' who added to their 6-3 April win by completing the feat with a 7-2 home win this week. The title holders have a game in hand over most other teams but suddenly find themselves in 5th place and 9 points behind the top spot where they resided just 2 weeks ago.
Elland C&BC 'A' were without a game this week and drop from 2nd to 8th to amply display what a tight scene we have at the top of the table. Waterloo jump from 7th to 2nd after their 9-0 white-wash win over bottom team Lindley BC 'A' and Cowcliffe drop from 5th to 6th after a surprise second home defeat of the season this time by 2-7 to lowly Lindley Lib 'A'.
Longwood defeated Clayton West 5-4 mainly due to a 118-117 aggregate advantage and Meltham took their winless away run to six matches after losing 2-7 at Marsh United 'A'.
Very different fortunes for the top two from Division 2 as the leaders, Milnsbridge 'A' collected a 9-0 home victory over 4th placed Bradley & Colne who slip to 5th as a result. Whereas Almondbury BC 'A' gave up second place to Lowerhouses who beat them 2-7 on their own green this week. Just a better aggregate total of 17 separating the two teams now.
Netherton Con 'A' move impressively into fourth place just 2 points away from a promotion spot, after a 6-3 home win over Broad Oak 'A'.
Thorpe Green and Lockwood Con 'B' both collected two points from their respective matches against Thongsbridge 'A' and New Mill 'A' to stay within a point of each other vying away from the second relegation place.
Netherton Con 'A' took advantage of the top four teams playing each other by beating their nearest rivals Broad Oak 'A' 6-3 to move up a place to third and very much in the promotion mix being two points off the runners-up place. One win in their previous 7 matches hinted of relegation form for Slaithwaite but such fears were countered this week with a good 6-3 home win over Shepley to keep them 10 points clear of the relegation scrap. Brockholes 'A' stay firmly rooted in bottom place losing their latest encounter 3-6 at home to Hemplow 'A'.
There was just one match outside that of two divisions this week and that was a catch-up fixture from Division 4. Outlane had a 7-2 home win over Almondbury BC 'B' and move 5 points ahead of them in the table although both teams still remain within the grasp of the three teams below them at present.