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Thongsbridge clawback leaders in title hunt

Veterans 6-Man League

Review of league fixtures played on 13 September

Tension mounts in the race for the Section A Championship title but none of the four contenders showed any hint of conceding their places with all recording emphatic wins this week. Leaders Shepley 'A' clocked up a regulation 5-2 away win at Crosland Moor to retain their lead but saw it reduced as their prime rivals had bigger home wins this week. Thongsbridge narrowed the gap to 2 points after a 6-1 home win over Longwood and Netherton Con had the best win of the day a whitewash 7-0 victory over Lindley Lib to retain their interest in the title outcome. Fourth-placed Milnsbridge had a 5-2 win over bottom team Oakfield T&BC but appear to have too much to do to threaten the destiny of the title despite recording their sixth consecutive victory. That doesn't mean that they cannot be influential in where it does eventually end up as their two remaining fixtures are against the top two teams - Shepley 'A' at home and Thongsbridge 'B' away, a match that has been brought forward to this coming Friday. No change in the order of the bottom four teams with Paddock's hopes of climbing out of the bottom two relegation places hanging on two remaining fixtures against the top and bottom teams in the Section.

Honley Con and Golcar C&BC remain locked together on the same points totals at the top of Section B after both clocked up 5-2 away wins on Monday. Both now need 2 points from their remaining 2 games to guarantee promotion but both have their eyes on the bigger prize. At the foot of the table, Primrose Hill Lib are relegated despite collecting 3 points from their home fixture with Clayton West and they will be joined by Golcar Lib unless a strange combination of results materialises over the last 2 weeks of the season. The 2 points that Skel Windmill 'A' collected from their trip to play Golcar Lib guarantees their Section B status for another year but Clayton West or Meltham could swap places with Golcar Lib in the drop zone if things go totally wrong.

Slaithwaite claimed the Section C title in style with a 7-0 away win over 3rd-placed Almondbury Lib. With 2 matches still to be played Slaithwaite cannot be caught by their nearest challenger, Holmfirth 'A', who now find themselves needing 2 points from their final 2 matches to clinch the second promotion place. However they would be well advised to get both of those points in their next match, at home to lowly Thongsbridge 'A' as their final match is away at Holmfirth 'A' and they would want to rely on collecting anything there.


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