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Thorpe Green on the edge of claiming first title

Winter League

Review of the Divisions 1 & 2 results of fixtures played on Valentine's Day

Thorpe Green A are on the verge of claiming their first Division 1 Champions title after a Valentine's Day 8-0 massacre of their nearest rivals, New Mill A, put them out of the running. That win means that Thorpe Green only need 2 points from their final match of the season to clinch the title. That final match is in two weeks time as they have a bye week next week and could even win the title in their absence as anything less than an 8-0 win for Lower Hopton over Clayton West next Wednesday would ensure that they passed the title they have won for the past two seasons on to a new home.

Elsewhere the two points that Golcar Lib and Lowerhouses A picked up in their matches on Wednesday counted for nothing as relegation for both is confirmed. Golcar Lib went down 2-6 to Lower Hopton and Lowerhouses 2-6 loss to Clayton West sees them keep up their record of alternate year promotions and relegations. The meeting of Kirkheaton Con and Meltham was always likely to see the loser occupying the third from bottom position and so it proved. The Cons won 8-0 and Meltham drop into that slot which may eventually also result in relegation should the League move to 8-teams in a division which is their preferred model. It all depends on how many teams are playing in the League next season and if that number is divisible by 8 then that is the probably outcome. Watch this space.

In Division 2 the first of three clashes between the three teams challenging for the second promotion place took place with a shared outcome. Denby Dale and Lindley BC B drew 4-4 which saw Lindley Lib A close the gap to 4 points behind second-placed Denby Dale after they beat relegation-threatened Springwood A 6-2.

Cowcliffe A had the day off secure in the knowledge that the title and promotion targets have already been won with two matches left to play. Things remain tight at the bottom of the table with any combination of the bottom four in danger of dropping through the relegation trapdoor. Lockwood Con A were the only bottom-four winners as they saw off Brockholes A by 6-2 and they are now only 2-points away from the drop zone with only one match left to play. Huddersfield Recreation Club A took two points off Milnsbridge A but they remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table.

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