Shock Bistro exit for Golcar Lib

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On Tuesday Golcar Lib was making the headlines for beating Division 1 pacesetters Marsh United 'A' 7-2 on their own turf but come Thursday the roles are reversed as they are dumped out of the Bistro by Division 2 side Almondbury BC 'A'. Although the Division 2 outfit had an 8-point handicap advantage they didn't need it as they saw off the Division 1 third-placed team by 104-82 after winning 3 of the 5 pairs games played. Only one more of the other eight Division 1 sides involved in the competition failed to progress and that was the losing team in the all Division 1 clash between Lindley BC 'A' and Lockwood Con 'A' who won 102-78.

Although Division 1 sides escaped relatively unmolested the same cannot be said of a number of teams succumbing to lower-placed opponents in a series of surprise results. Not least of those being David Brown Sports whose poor league form sees them second to bottom of Division 5 but that counted for nothing as they knocked out Division 2 team Thorpe Green 104-103 in a match where the 36-8 handicap advantage was key to the outcome.

There were a number of other surprise results with teams beating higher placed opponents including Division 5 side Holmfirth 'B' seeing off the 8-men from Division 4 opponents RUBC at Golcar Lib. Kirkheaton C&BC 'A' from Division 3 knocked out Division 2 strugglers Brockholes 'A' 99-88. The Marsh United 'B' team left their Division 3 league form of no wins this season behind them to see off Division 2 top half team Lowerhouses 101-88 so not requiring the 8-point handicap advantage to clinch the win.

Division 2 leaders Milnsbridge 'B' went down 90-109 to unbeaten Division 3 side Linthwaite Hall who didn't need their 12-point handicap advantage to progress to Round 2 where they will meet Division 1 high-fliers Marsh United 'A'. It was a better day for the New Mill club as both teams progressed to Round 2 with the 'A' side edging it past fellow Division 2 side Thongsbridge 'A' 94-93 and the 'B' side beating previously unbeaten Paddock I&C 118-108 from a division higher than them.

The Bistro never fails to produce some surprise results with its unique format of 5 pairs of handicapped teams with matches decided by the aggregate total and this year was no exception and there are probably more to come from the matches upcoming.

One drawn tie with two mid-table teams from Division 2 on the same 8 handicap finishing dead level on 93-93. With Netherton claiming 3 of the 5 games it is they who progress through to Round 2 and Broad Oak 'A' who will sit the next round out.


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