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Milnsbridge are first team to be relegated

Veterans League

Review of the 10-Man League Divisions 1 & 2 matches played on Tuesday 29 August

After being promoted to Division 1 after taking the Division 2 title last year hopes were high in the Milnsbridge camp about re-establishing themselves at the top level. That hasn't worked out as on Tuesday their immediate return to Division 2 was confirmed after a 1-8 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Longwood. The maximum number of points they can gain from their remaining four fixtures is 36. To win all of those 9-0 would give them a total for the season of 75 points which is already 10 points behind the nearest other team.

Four of the 5 teams above Milnsbridge won their matches this week with Cowcliffe being the odd ones out when going down 3-6 away at Waterloo. That puts them deep in trouble and occupying one of the guaranteed relegation places and on the same number of points as Longwood.

Elland C&BC had a good away 7-2 away win at Lockwood Con 'A' which lifts them above the second relegation dotted line which shows the third relegation place that will come into play if the League goes ahead with their rebalancing of the divisions exercise as promised. Meltham did themselves a huge favour as well when beating the table leaders Golcar Lib 'A' by 5-4 but they know they need to build a points hoard having played one more match than any of their other opponents. Lowerhouses and Marsh United 'A' move into the top three after big home wins, Lowerhouses 7-2 versus Clayton West and Marsh United 8-1 against Kirkheaton Con 'A'.

A big boost to Netherton Con's hopes of clinching the Division 2 Championship after winning away 5-4 at their nearest rivals Lindley Lib 'A'. That extends their lead to 13 points with only 3 fixtures left for both teams. Shepley still features in the promotion race and are level with Lindley Lib 'A' and have a game in hand over them and don't write off Lindley BC 'A' who also remain very much in the frame for that second promotion place despite losing 3-6 away at Almondbury BC 'A' this week.

Holmfirth 'A' did themselves a favour by beating Linthwaite Hall 8-1 to keep their hopes alive of avoiding the drop and sending the Linfit team down instead. Thorpe Green lost 3-6 at home to New Mill 'A' to hamper their own survival plans whilst Hemplow's 5-4 home win over Broad Oak 'A' has come too late to save them from the inevitable relegation. Bradley & Colne's 3-6 defeat at Thongsbridge saw the gap to the teams above them widen to 13 points and surely all hopes of survival going with them.

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