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Table-Toppers Denby Dale & Springwood spring clear

Veterans League

Review of the Divisions 3, 4 & 5 fixtures played on Tuesday 2 May

In Tuesday's Division 3 preview posting I said that Denby Dale and Springwood could go clear at the top of Divisions 3 and 4 and that proved to be correct as both collected good home wins. Denby Dale are proving to be a real force this season and their latest 8-1 home win over Skel Windmill propelled them four points clear of a chasing pack of three teams. Two of those retained their own unbeaten records as Almondbury Lib were 7-2 winners away at Meltham B and they overtook Brockholes 'A' who won 6-3 at an 8-man Slathwaite.

Good away wins for both Paddock I&C and Outlane as well with Paddock inflicting a third consecutive defeat on Lockwood Con 'B' where a 117-113 aggregate scoreline proved to be the closest of any 10-man match on the day. Outlane won their first match of the season when beating Kirkheaton C&BC 'A' 7-2 and moved 3-points clear of the relegation places.

A good 7-2 home win for Golcar Lib 'B' over Huddersfield Recreation Club keeps them very much involved in matters at the top end of the table.

Springwood continue to set the pace at the top of the Division 4 table and a 6-3 home win over third-placed Kirkheaton Con 'B' enabled them to establish a 5-point lead although the Rugby Club look poised for a challenge being 6 points behind the leaders with a match in hand after a bye week this time around. Lindley Lib 'B' won the day's second Lindley derby match and avenged their 'A' team's defeat at Lindley BC when beating their neighbours 7-2 and jump from 6th to 2nd as a result.

On a day when all five matches in this division were won by the home teams there were wins for Marsh Lib (5-4 over Thongsbridge B), Ravensknowle Park (7-2 over Primrose Hill Lib) and Marsh United 'B' inflicted a first defeat of the season on Almondbury BC B with a 6-3 scoreline.

A first Division 5 defeat of the season for Brockholes 'B' by visitors Dalton 7-2, saw them knocked off of the top spot and overtaken by the two remaining unbeaten teams of Broad Oak 'B' and Milnsbridge 'B'. Both had away matches. Milnsbridge were the top scorers of the day collecting 8 points from their trip to play Holmfirth 'B' leaving them 3 points behind the leaders Broad Oak 'B' with a game in hand. The Broad Oak side won 7-2 at New Mill 'B' and go four matches unbeaten.

Hemplow 'B' were the only home team in this division to win their match this week when they saw off Kirkheaton C&BC 'B' 8-1 and along with the resting Greenhead Park side remain handily placed in mid-table with a match in hand of the teams above them and within catchable range.

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