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Lowerhouses stretch their lead at the top

Veterans League

A review of the 10-Man League matches played in Divisions 1 & 2 on Tuesday 14 May

The Division 1 table started the week with just 4 points separating the top seven teams with four of those teams in straight competition with each other. The results helped stretch those margins a little with the leaders, Lowerhouses, the major benefactors after beating Waterloo 8-1 to open up a 3 point gap at the top. Waterloo drop from 4th to 6th as Longwood and Lindley BC A move up from 5th and 6th to take the two slots behind the leaders. The Longwood result being a very impressive 8-1 away win at Lockwood Con A. They don't lose many matches by such a scoreline especially at home although they did do that last season to Marsh United A.

Longwood flirted with relegation last year but seem to have learnt their lesson, They have strengthened their team and look to be on the move up. Lindley BC A continue to consolidate their Division 1 status after promotion and a 7-2 home win over a slow-starting Kirkheaton Con A team pushed them back into the top three. Netherton Con A are still seeking their first win of the season but only a better aggregate score enabled Golcar Lib A to snatch the win when the teams met on Tuesday.

Clayton West lost to Cowcliffe for the second time in 5 days adding a 3-6 home league match defeat to the early exit from the Team KO suffered at the same hands on Friday. Marsh United A made it three losses on the trot when going down at home to Rastrick by 3-6 and both teams are wary of events at both ends of the table whilst the margins remain so tight.

Lindley Lib A inflicted a first Division 2 defeat of the season on Elland C&BC with a close fought 5-4 scoreline but failed to benefit from that win by dropping a place to fourth. They were overtaken by Milnsbridge BC A who recorded an 8-1 home win over Almondbury Lib which sent their opponents to the foot of the table. That came about as Linthwaite Hall got a first win of the season under their belt after a 7-2 home win over Shepley to move up two places and out of the relegation places.

Meanwhile Meltham A bounced back from their first defeat of the season with an emphatic 8-1 home win over Thongsbridge A which, when coupled with the Elland defeat saw them stretch their lead at the top to five points. Golcar Lib B continue to show promise after their promotion with a third straight home win this time by 8-1 over Broad Oak A who are struggling to show the same form that has made them a Division 2 regular mid-table team over the past two years. New Mill A made it 4 wins from 5 matches when condemning Almondbury BC A to a bottom two position after beating them at home by 7-2.

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