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Pressure telling as top teams falter

Veterans League

A review of the 6-Man League matches played on Monday 6 June

The Division 1 week started with three teams on 30 points at the top of the table and the pressure is starting to tell as two of those sides lost their matches this week. Crosland Moor lost 2-5 away at Netherton Con and Thongsbridge 'B' went down 1-6 at Milnsbridge.

That enabled Shepley to cement their place at the top after a good 5-2 away win at Longwood. However another threatening contender emerges from the week's results to draw level with them again as Honley Con won 6-1 at Linthwaite Hall to go level top on 35 points.

There is one result that remains outstanding as we pull this review together and that could also have a bearing on the top end of the table. If Golcar C&BC have won their match at Lockwood Con then they will certainly feature among the top three once again. Shepley treat all-comers with the same outlook as they continue to set the pace but can't shake off all the challengers as they queue up in turn to threaten the leaders making for a fascinating spectacle for the neutral observer.

Having teams level on points at the top of the table is not a situation reserved for the top division as that situation is replicated in both the other divisions as well. In Division 2 it is Slaithwaite and Marsh United 'A' that share the lead with both on 36 points. The difference being that these two have opened up a gap over the chasing pack and that gap was stretched to 8-points this week after the Marsh team beat Skel Windmill 'A' 6-1 and Clayton West were without a match. So whilst the positions haven't changed in the top four the points total has with a bit of daylight now to be filled if a two-horse race is to be avoided.

Slaithwaite retain their spot at the head of the table after a close 5-2 away win at Skel Windmill 'B' with only 5-points the aggregate difference clinching the points. So last week's one-point lead has disappeared and we are down to the better 'Aggregate For' total to separate themselves from Marsh United 'A'. New Mill collected their second win of the season to lift themselves above their opponents Paddock I&C after a 6-1 home victory and Holmfirth 'A' had a whitewash 7-0 home win over bottom of the table Meltham.

It was a very bad week for Almondbury Lib as they lost the lead at the top of the Division 3 table after caving in to the Hemplow onslaught and a 1-6 reversal outcome. Not only did they lose 1-6 at Hemplow to concede the top position but they plummeted down to fourth place with their conquerors one of three teams to pass them. Golcar Lib collected their 6th successive win by overcoming Thongsbridge 'A' by 5-2 on their own green to be rewarded for the League's only 100% win record and go top of the pile but only on a better 'Aggregate For' total.

Marsh Lib share the lead after a 6-1 home win over Holmfirth 'B' but have harder games lined up over the next two weeks with Almondbury Lib (a) and Golcar Lib (h) on their schedule. Primrose Hill Lib move up two places to 5th after extending their unbeaten home record to three matches after a 5-2 win over Greenhead Park. A good week for Shepley 'B' as they beat fellow strugglers Marsh United 'B' 5-2 to lift themselves up a place in the table and halting a four-match losing sequence.

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