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The cycle of change at the top of Division 1 continues this week with Lower Hopton 'A' taking over top spot but by the slightest of margins. Level on 56 points with Thongsbridge 'A' but with a 9-point better aggregate score after both won this week. Whilst Thongsbridge were engaged in knocking Pudsey off the top perch with a 9-3 home win, Lower Hopton were only dropping 3 points when overwhelming bottom of the table Ossett Flying Horse 'A' 10-2. The title chase could easily find a new leader next week when the top four teams clash including Pudsey hosting Lower Hopton. With Ossett Flying Horse losing for the 5th consecutive week attention in the lower half of the table turns to the three teams immediately above them and they all lost this week.

The top 4 teams in Division 2 all won their matches this week including leaders Kirkheaton Con 'A' who made it 7 out of 7 with an 8-4 away win at Pudsey 'B'. Alverthorpe 'A' made up some ground with an 11-1 home win over Whitkirk whose eyes then turn to the relegation battle rather than the top of the table. They are now closer to the bottom than the top with 5 teams within 5 points of each other above bottom of the pile The Harold Club. Only Brighouse Sports won in the bottom 6 teams and that 9-3 home win over The Harold Club lifted them out of the relegation places sending Spen Victoria 'A' into the drop zone.

Dodworth stretched their lead at the top of Division 3 to 8 points after beating Milnsbridge 'B' 10-2 but having played a game more than all the teams around them they are going to need that insurance over the next couple of weeks if they are to retain the upperhand in the race for the title. It was a good day for Ossett C&AC for as well as winning 9-3 against Cleckheaton Sports 'A' a result that took them above their opponents in the table, they also leapfrogged Shipley into 3rd place. Bottom of the table Horbury won 6 of the 10 rubbers against visitors Shipley but missed out on the aggregate for a 6-6 draw but they remain firmly anchored to the foot and 18 points from safety.

Thornhill C&BC owe everything to their home form for being top of Division 4 and their latest result made it 4 double-figure home wins from 4 matches after a 12-0 whitewash win over Ossett Flying Horse 'B'. They are still to win a match away from their own turf and with a blank week coming up followed by 2 away fixtures their tenure on top spot looks very shaky. Second-placed Lowerhouses have the away day shakes as well and are still looking to register their first away win after another failure this week at Mirfield Old Bank this time by 3-9. Kirkheaton Con 'B' moved level with them on 41 points, 10 behind the leader, following their 9-3 home win over bottom of the table Denby Grange 'B' who will look at the latest set of results with dread as the two teams above them both won and they are now 11 points behind both of them.

Morton House's unbeaten season-long run in Division 5 was seriously tested at 2nd placed Heckmondwike but they were up to the challenge although needing a 3 point aggregate advantage to clinch the points 6-4. That enabled them to stretch their lead to 11 points with Heckmondwike now coming under pressure for the second promotion slot from Cleckheaton Sports 'B' who beat bottom of the table Marsh United 7-3. Longwood eased their own relegation concerns with a 6-4 away win at Lockwood Con with Cowcliffe now in real danger of claiming a permanent hold on the second relegation place.

Netherton Con's hold on the top place in Division 6 lasted 7 days as a blank week this week enabled both Golcar Lib and Thorpe Green 'A' to pass them. Both had home 9-1 wins against Rastrick and Bradley & Colne respectively. Grange Moor's challenge appears to be faltering as a 2-8 home defeat at the hands of Thongsbridge 'B' dropped them 2 places to 4th having played a match more than the teams around them. The battle at the bottom saw Almondbury BC use home advantage to an 8-2 victory over bottom team Milnsbridge 'B' with a 20 point gap between them although the Almondbury side remain in the second relegation spot.

Springwood 'A' made it 5 wins from 5 Division 7 matches when beating Dalton 8-2 but are still 10 points behind leaders Shepley who have played a game more. The leaders recorded a third 9-1 win (the first at home) with the Springwood 'B' side being on the receiving end this time. Well done to Thorpe Green 'B' who recorded a 2nd successive 5-5 draw but this time took the aggregate honours by one point at Cleckheaton Sports 'C' which saw them move within touching distance of the two teams immediately above them.

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