Updated: Sep 12, 2021
Veterans 10-Man League
Review of matches played on 7 September
What a time for any team to record their first 9-0 whitewash win of the season than against your closest rivals for the Section title with three matches to go, only a one-point lead and having played one match more than them. That is what Huddersfield Recreation Club achieved in their Section 4 top-of-the-table clash with second-placed Denby Dale. That gives the Recreation Club a 10-point lead having played one more match than their challengers and everything still to play for. It definitely is a two-horse race for the title as no other top half of the table recorded a win this week and the gap to third place is now 16 points. The battle to avoid relegation gathers pace and at the time of writing the result of the match between 2 of the bottom 3 teams remains outstanding but the current table shows Kirkheaton Con 'B' are off the bottom for the first time this season after a 7-2 home win over Ravensknowle Park despite being 2 men short.
Section 1 leaders Lockwood Con 'A' lost for the 3rd time in their last 6 matches when going down 3-6 at Cowcliffe to reduce their lead to 3 points over Elland C&BC 'A' who had a comfortable 7-2 home win over strugglers Netherton Con. Longwood has suddenly emerged from the chasing pack as new challengers to the top two after an impressive 9-0 away win over Crosland Moor and with a run-in of 3 home matches from 4 remaining, including a Friday home encounter with bottom team Thongsbridge 'A', they are a potent threat. The win for Thongsbridge came too late to save their season as they are now 12 points from safety with 4 matches to play including 2 away games at top 5 teams. That heavy defeat for Crosland Moor has brought them back into the relegation mix as one of 3 teams within 5 points of the second relegation place. Meltham 'A's 2-7 away defeat at Marsh United 'A' ensured that they still feature in that battle but have the advantage of 3 of their final 4 fixtures being at home.
The competition for the second promotion place in Section 2 continues to ebb and flow but now looks to be between two teams, Lindley BC 'A' and New Mill 'A', who both logged 7-2 wins this week. Second-placed Lindley BC 'A' have a 2-point lead over New Mill 'A' who extended their winning run to 11 matches at Hemplow 'A'. The momentum may be with them and with 3 of their remaining 4 fixtures being at home they could still overhaul the Lindley team although one of those matches is against runaway leaders Kirkheaton Con 'A' this Friday. The Kirkheaton derby match went the way of the visiting Cons team with a 7-2 win which means that the Cricket Club's stay in Section 2 could be mathematically over by the weekend.
Section 3 leaders Slaithwaite ended the 6-match winning run of their nearest rivals Golcar Lib 'B' in clocking up a 6-3 home win this week. That means that they are no longer their nearest rivals as Lowerhouses step back into the frame after a resounding 8-1 home win over Skel Windmill. Outlane won the meeting of the section's bottom two teams with a 7-2 away win at Brockholes 'B' and moved above Meltham 'B' who lost 2-7 at Holmfirth 'A' and now occupy the second relegation place. It is any two from three and next week's meeting of Meltham 'B' and Brockholes 'B' could be decisive.
The top four teams all having home matches this week brought the predictable 4 home wins but that still resulted in a change at the top of the table. New Mill 'B's 6-3 home win over Holmfirth 'B' wasn't enough to hold back the Rugby Club as their 8-1 win over Kirkheaton C&BC 'B' saw them nudge their rivals aside to assume top spot. Marsh Lib remain well in contention after their first 9-0 win of the season saw them take closer order on the two leaders. Broad Oak 'B's 6-3 away win at mid-table Greenhead saw them move off the foot of the table and up two places above Kirkheaton C&BC 'B' and David Brown Sports who take over the bottom place.
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