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Top 2 versus bottom 2 in Division 2 this week

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Veterans League

Preview of the 6-Man League fixtures scheduled for Monday 13 May

Only two points separate the top three teams in Division 1 and of those, only the leaders Lindley Lib A can look forward to a home fixture this week. After a great 6-1 away win over the previous leaders, Slathwaite, they will be keen to confirm their leading status against fifth-placed Waterloo. Slaithwaite will be keen to bounce back to winning ways after that first defeat of the season and they have to go to lowly Paddock I&C who have won both of their home games this season.

Skel Windmill A remain well in the frame for honours but a trip to play the reigning Division 1 Champions, Marsh United A, will be a real test this Monday.

Two points separate the bottom four teams who all manage to avoid each other in this week's fixture programme and all four have home matches this week and all will be desperate to pick up points in their quest to avoid relegation. Lockwood Con and Crosland Moor are involved in a relegation scrap for a second successive season and know how important winning your home matches will be. This week they take on Netherton Con and Golcar C&BC respectively who could soon be dragged into the that foot of the table scramble should they suffer heavy defeats this week.

The top two teams in Division 2 take on the bottom two teams this week and both will expect to enhance their promotion prospects as a result. The leaders, Golcar Lib, go to Linthwaite Hall whilst Clayton West have a home match against an Elland C&BC side that has only collected 5 points from their previous 5 fixtures. The Hemplow v Milnsbridge BC B fixture involves two teams keen to divorce themselves from the relegation fight but the loser of this match will inevitably lessen their immediate chances.

The Holmfirth A v Marsh Lib match pitches two teams on the fringe of the promotion race. The winner of this match will improve their standing whilst the losers will drop out for the time being and maybe for all time. The two teams behind them also meet each other with Bradley & Colne, after a sluggish start, have woin their last three matches and they host Lindley Lib B who have lost both their previous away matches this season. A similar pairing follow on with Almondbury Lib in 9th and one place and three points behind Longwood go up against each other with that gap looking as a potential marker between the top half and bottom half of the division from here on.

The top two teams in Division 3 are in danger of opening up their own little competition for the title as they both remain unbeaten with Brockholes B top due to having played one more match than Denby Dale and the six points that it brings in separating the two contenders. The club challenge of Brockholes B v Brockholes C is unlikely to see any favours granted with club pride and local green knowledge to take into account meaning that Denby Dale will need to be on their toes for their longest trip of the season to play at Meltham who are still seeking their first win of the season.

The Meltham side are one of three teams locked together at the foot of the table on eight points and seven points behind the next team, Thongsbridge B. The other two teams in that stranded trio are Shepley B and Holmfirth B and both teams are in action on Monday. Shepley are at home to Marsh United B whilst Holmfirth B travel to play Greenhead Park B who have made a promising start to the 6-Man League with a top half position the reward for their efforts to date.

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