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Rastrick beat leaders who stay top

Veterans League

Review of the 10-Man League Divisions 1 & 2 fixtures played on Tuesday 16 May



The top two clash in Division 1 saw the leaders, Golcar Lib 'A', losing 3-6 away at Rastrick to reduce their lead down to 5 points to give the chasing pack some home of catching them. Marsh United 'A' now become a leading contender to challenge that lead as they are 7 points behind the leaders but with a match in hand. This week they had a very good 7-2 away win at third-placed Cowcliffe who drop two places to 5th as a result.


Meltham stay in 4th position despite losing 4-5 away at Kirkheaton Con where a 126-126 aggregate draw demonstrated the closeness of the match. Lockwood Con 'A' won the battle of the two fading giants of the Veterans League when winning 6-3 away at Longwood and another team with a great League history but now struggling, Elland C&BC, also had a good day when beating Waterloo 6-3. Last year the Milnsbridge v Lowerhouses encounter was a Division 2 fixture when Milnsbridge completed a double over their promotion partner. How things have changed as it is Lowerhouses that have settled better at the top level as shown in a 7-2 victory at Milnsbridge this week to leave Milnsbridge eight points adrift of safety with a quarter of the fixtures now completed.


The top four teams in Division 2 faced each other this week and the top two teams were both beaten although Lindley Lib 'A' managed to hang on to the top spot despite going down 4-5 away at Broad Oak 'A'. The Broad Oak side retained their 100% home win record but only due to a better aggregate score of 114-107 to edge the points tally. Second-placed Netherton Con 'A' were the other top two casualty as they lost 2-7 away at Shepley who leapfrog them into the second promotion place as a result.


A 6-3 home win for Lindley BC 'A' over Hemplow keeps them very much in the promotion mix in fourth place but with a match in hand over all their higher-placed rivals. That result did Hemplow no favours as they drop into the bottom spot as a 9-man Bradley & Colne side still managed to beat Holmfirth 'A' 7-2 to pass their opponents in the table and vacant bottom place as well.


Almondbury BC 'A' seem to be getting their season together after starting proceedings by losing their opening two fixtures. Since then they have won all their 4 matches by the same 6-3 scoreline, three of them being away from home. The latest being at Linthwaite Hall who have still to become settled at this level after their runaway Division 3 title success of last season. Their home record was key in that success last term but things have changed and they have already lost more matches this season than they did all last year.


The annual confrontation of the mid-table duo of Thongsbridge 'A' and Thorpe Green traditionally goes to the home team in each fixture and the first meeting of the teams this season continued that sequence as Thongsbridge ran out 6-3 winners to retain hopes of moving into a higher position that their match in hand over most rivals offers.





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