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Marsh United beat Elland to go top

Veterans League

Marsh United 'A' are the new leaders of Division 1 of the 10-Man League after seeing off Elland C&BC 'A' last Tuesday with a 6-3 scoreline. That was sufficient to depose Kirkheaton Con 'A' off the top of the division as they lost at home to Waterloo by 4-5. Golcar Lib 'A' hung on to third place despite going down 3-6 at Lockwood Con 'A' who move up one place to fifth as a result.

Rastrick also had a good day winning 7-2 away at Longwood to move up a notch to fourth place whilst Cowcliffe, on a bye week, drop from 4th to 6th.

Clayton West, Waterloo and Meltham were the three winners from the bottom half of the table which leaves Lindley BC 'A', Lindley Lib 'A' and Longwood in the bottom three places with just a single point between them after they all lost their matches 2-7 this week.

Division 2 leaders Milnsbridge saw off the threat posed by third-placed Lowerhouses this week with an emphatic 7-2 win to go 4 points clear at the top ahead of Almondbury BC who won 7-2 at bottom of the table Brockholes 'A'. A further 4-point gap to the chasing pack of four teams with just one point difference between them. Bradley & Colne lead that quartet with an 8-point better 'Aggregate For' total than Netherton Con 'A'.

That defeat for Lowerhouses sees them drop 3 places to sixth behind Slaithwaite who bounced back from a surprise home defeat last week to Netherton Con 'A' and so retain an interest in matters at the top end of the table.

The unpredictable Thorpe Green team turned up in top form this week to see off Broad Oak 6-3 who drop from 4th to 7th as a result. Thorpe Green remain third from bottom but now with a reassuring 5-point gap to the relegation places where Brockholes 'A' and Lockwood Con 'A' may have taken up permanent residence on current form. Hemplow 'A' and New Mill 'A' remain mid-table after their meeting this week where Hemplow's home advantage and a better aggregate saw them win 5-4 and build a 2-point gap over their opponents.

Before this week's fixtures the top three teams in Division 3 all had unbeaten records but by the end of the day only one of those records was still intact. That belonged to Paddock I&C who ended Linthwaite Hall's unblemished record with a 6-3 home win to go top of the table. That was enabled by previous leaders Holmfirth 'A' also losing for the first time going down 3-6 at Golcar Lib 'B'.

Denby Dale and the Huddersfield Recreation Club remain locked together on the same points total in 4th and 5th position after both logged 6-3 wins this week. Denby Dale winning at Springwood and the Recreation Club extending their 100% home record when seeing off bottom of the table Marsh United 'B' who will have been heartened by their performance this week and a repeat of that will surely see their losing record come to an end before much longer.

A good 7-2 home win for Skel Windmill over Almondbury Lib saw them move out of the relegation zone and leapfrog their opponents and Springwood who take over the second drop position. A 6-3 home win for Kirkheaton C&BC 'A' over Lindley Lib 'B' enabled them to pass their guests in the table but still remain nearer bottom place than top.

Ravensknowle Park lost their position at the top of Division 4 after losing at home to Primrose Hill Lib by 4-5 when the 129-126 aggregate score saw the the Pip Hill side pick up the majority of the points but still drop from 4th to 5th in the table. Elland C&BC 'B' clocked up a 7-2 home win over Thongsbridge 'B' to go a point clear at the top but the outstanding 7-2 away win for Outlane at New Mill 'B' elevated them from 7th to 3rd demonstrating the previous closeness of the teams which has been seriously damaged by this week's results.

Lindley BC 'B' moved up one position to 4th after a 6-3 home win over Milnsbridge 'B' but Meltham 'B' were surprisingly beaten 2-7 at home by the Rugby Club who have upped their game in the last fortnight after beating the leaders last week and are on an upward trend. Almondbury BC 'B' won the meeting of the bottom two teams by 7-2 lifting them out of the relegation places and leaving the Brockholes side 6 points adrift from safety and 5 defeats from their 5 matches to date.

The top two teams in Division 5 were without matches this week which allowed Marsh Lib to pass them both after a 6-3 win at Greenhead Park. Dalton also took advantage to go second after a 6-3 home win over bottom team Hemplow 'B'.

How the mighty have fallen as that idle Tuesday resulted in Broad Oak 'B' and Kirkheaton Con 'B' dropping out of the two promotion places to 5th and 6th with Netherton Con 'B' also moving above them and into the top half of the table. That came about as a result of a 6-2 (yes 6-2) win away at Holmfirth 'B' with both teams playing a man short so neither could claim the one missing point. A good day for David Brown Sports who moved up two places after beating Kirkheaton C&BC 'B' 7-2 who were, along with Holmfirth 'B', the teams they passed moving into 7th place.

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