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The 2nd half of the season opens for Veterans

Veterans League

With the teams in Divisons 3, 4 and 5 involved in the Sub-Team KO competition again on Tuesday that just leaves a full fixture programme in Divisions 1 and 2 of the 10-Man League to pontificate over.

The second half of the Division 1 League season begins with teams playing the reverse fixture against their opening-day opponents. That included the only win for Elland C&BC in their first six games of the season and was against Rastrick who they meet away again this Tuesday. Since then the Elland team has recovered their form to win their last six matches but a visit to play second-placed Rastrick will be the ultimate test as they have won all six home League games to date.

The leaders are Golcar Lib 'A' and they will be looking to extend their current 5-match unbeaten run when they host Waterloo who, despite holding down 4th place, have only won one away game in the first half of the season. A big home win for Lowerhouses over 3rd-placed Cowcliffe could see the teams swap positions in the table

With the bottom two teams, Milnsbridge 'A' and Longwood, both having away fixtures this Tuesday it is difficult to envisage any change in the running order. Marsh United 'A' might welcome the day off so that they can regroup and look towards recovering their early season form but they need to end their 6-match losing run as soon as possible before becoming too entangled in the relegation rumble.

With the two Lindley teams locked together on 69 points at the top of the Division 2 table and with the Liberal Club 'A' team having home advantage over relegation-threatened Holmfirth 'A' it would be no surprise to see them usurp the Lindley Bowling Club 'A' side from the top spot. The current leaders have to travel to play Thorpe Green who are a strong opponent at home with a 5-1 win record this season so could struggle to better the Liberal Club's scoreline.

Consecutive 4-5 defeats for Shepley have set back their promotion hopes but a home match against lowly Linthwaite Hall should reignite their hopes and keep them in touch with the leaders. Almondbury BC 'A' are in the middle of a three-match run of away matches against teams above them in the table. They won the first of those with an impressive 5-4 win at Shepley and next up is a trip to play 4th-placed Netherton Con who have a 5-1 home win record but the Almondbury side has won more away games than at home so an intriguing encounter in prospect.

Broad Oak 'A' could benefit from the top four watching other targets as they entertain bottom-of-the-table Bradley & Colne who once again are struggling to field a full team being short of a full complement in 3 of their last 4 matches. In the other fixture 7th-placed New Mill will expect to retain, if not extend, their 5-point lead over 8th-placed Thongsbridge 'A'.

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