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Greenhead Park plummet 5 places after first defeat

Veterans League

Review of the 6-Man League fixtures played on Monday 15 May

A whitewash 0-7 away defeat at Holmfirth 'B' for Greenhead Park saw them plummet from top spot in the Division 3 table down to 6th place as they tasted defeat for the first time this season. Only 6 points now separate the top 7 teams so as proven by this week's results, it only takes one bad, or good, result to drastically alter league placings. That win for the Holmfirth side saw them slide into second slot, one point behind the new leaders.

Marsh Lib take over at the top after benefiting from reversing their Friday fixture against Thongsbridge 'C' to rack up a 5-2 win. That contributed to a scenario where none of the top eight teams retained the same positions in the table that they held prior to this week's fixtures.

The bottom three teams are all still looking for their first wins of the year although Brockholes 'B' came close to leaving that handicap behind them only losing out to Primrose Hill Lib by a 87-90 aggregate reversal to go down at home 3-4. Those three points proving sufficient to move them off the foot of the table, a position now taken by Shepley 'B' after their 1-6 home defeat to Marsh United 'B'.

There was only one losing team from the top five teams in Division 1 of the 6-Man League this week but that defeat saw Skel Windmill 'A' slip three places to fifth position. A 1-6 defeat at rivals Netherton Con having a devastating impact on their title push and enabled Marsh United 'A' to extend their lead at the top to three points. A 6-1 home win for the leaders over Golcar C&BC matched the best Division 1 scoreline of the day and leaves the top two teams with unbeaten records.

Despite that they aren't shaking off the efforts of Brockholes 'A' and Shepley 'A' who both had solid 6-1 away wins this week to be very much in contention as the season progresses. Brockholes 'A' winning at Milnsbridge 'A' and Shepley 'A' at Longwood to keep their hunt for honours very alive.

Crosland Moor was the only bottom five team to score a win this week as they saw off fellow strugglers Elland C&BC 5-2 to send their points total into double figures and create a gap over the bottom four teams. Three of those teams are still waiting for their first wins of the season and Lockwood Con and Longwood tasted home defeats this week to Thongsbridge 'A' and Shepley 'A' respectively.

Paddock I&C retained top spot and their unbeaten Division 2 record but only by scraping through with a drawn 84-84 aggregate score away at Golcar Lib for a 4-3 points haul. That enabled the chasing pack to take closer order and there are now only 3 points separating the top four teams. Lindley Lib 'A' jumped from 5th to 2nd place after a 7-0 drubbing of Holmfirth 'A' overtaking the club's 'B' team and Slaithwaite in the process although both these teams won as well. Slaithwaite beating Clayton West 6-1 and Lindley Lib 'B' winning 5-2 away at Skel Windmill 'B'.

Almondbury Lib won for the first time this season with a 7-0 home win over fellow strugglers Linthwaite Hall although that scoreline may be the start of a recovery after a modest points total so far this season. That result left Linthwaite Hall two points ahead of bottom of the table Denby Dale who lost 2-5 at home to Milnsbridge 'B' and they are now the only team in the division without a win to date.

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