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Promotion fight hots up

Winter League

A preview of the Division 5 matches to be played at Netherton Con on Thursday 12 January

The top four teams in Division 5 play each other this Thursday in what could prove to be the turning point in the season for more than one team. With 10 points between the top four teams there is a lot at stake.

Thorpe Green 'C' are the table leaders and they face third-placed Milnsbridge 'C' on Thursday. The team most vulnerable to being passed are Almondbury BC 'B' who occupy the second promotion place and they face 4th placed Springwood 'C' this week. The gap is only four points to the two teams immediately behind them and one or both of those teams could overtake them if they suffer a defeat this week.

If we make an assumption that there will be a Division 6 next season then the two teams that finish bottom of Division 5 this season are likely to end up there next season. The Rugby Club and Golcar C&BC currently occupy those two positions. Huddersfield RUBC are firmly anchored to the foot of the table and desperately need a win this week against Golcar C&BC who sit one place above them. Anything less than a win is likely to signal a relegation place finish for them this time around. Netherton Con 'B' and Brockholes 'B' are both within the range of Golcar C&BC so will be looking to build up their points total when they meet each other on Thursday. That means that all 8 teams in this division cannot relax as they are all involved in a promotion or relegation fight at present. It is going to be intriguing to see how it all plays out.

All four matches start at 11.30am on the Netherton Con green. All spectators are very welcome with hot drinks and food available throughout the 3-hour session.

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