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Honley's title hopes hanging by a thread

Veterans League

Preview of fixtures in the 6-Man League scheduled for Monday 22 August

Third-placed Honley Con play host to the Division 1 leaders, Golcar C&BC, this Monday and it smacks of the last chance for Honley rejoin the title race. They have lost their last three matches which has seen them lose top spot whilst the Golcar side have won their last three fixtures. A home defeat would surely be the end of Honley's challenge with only 5 matches left to play after this coming week.

Shepley 'A' are likely to stay in contention being only one point behind the leaders with a home match this Monday against second-from-bottom Lindley Lib 'B'. With 4th placed Netherton Con away at Brockholes 'A', where only Golcar C&BC have won this season, it looks increasingly likely that we will see a two-horse race developing after this round of fixtures unless Honley can conjure some magic and take the points to keep the race open.

Thongsbridge 'B' and Lockwood Con meet this week and the prize for the winner is that they should be able to put all thoughts of relegation behind them with Linthwaite Hall seemingly assured of one of the two drop places and Lindley Lib 'A' at Shepley then now would be the perfect launchpad to securing another season of top level bowling for next season.

In Division 2 Slaithwaite cannot afford to be short of a full team again this week if they are to remain in contention for promotion as the leaders, Marsh United 'A' are their visitors this week whilst 2nd placed Skel Windmill 'A' have won their last 6 league games but now have to face a Paddock I&C team who have won 6 of their last 7 matches although they seem too far adrift to move into the promotion place but could influence who does and who doesn't.

Bottom of the table Skel Windmill 'B' have to face the Julie Fuller Trophy winners in Clayton West at home this week whilst New Mill and Lindley Lib 'B' both remain in the drop zone but winning points for one this Monday could make all the difference to their hopes of avoiding relegation. Neither of the teams are in great form so it may come down to which team really wants to win this week.

Golcar Lib appear to be destined for promotion from Division 3 as they hold a 12-point lead at present and are away at lowly Marsh United 'B' this week. Three points separate the next cluster of three teams who all fancy their chances of moving up a level for next season. Only one of those three teams plays away this week with 4th placed Marsh Lib at Greenhead Park. Second placed Almondbury Lib will be confident of beating Thongsbridge 'A' having already beaten them 6-1 on their own green earlier in the season and Hemplow seem to have the easiest task on paper with strugglers Shepley 'B' as visitors.

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