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Top 3 all draw their Division 1 matches

Winter League

A review of the Division 1 & 2 results from matches played on Wednesday 11 January

The top three teams in Division 1 all drew their matches 4-4 this week to mean that there is no movement in positions at all at the top of the table. They are followed by 4 teams all on 44 points and just 3 points behind third-placed Clayton West whilst Lindley BC 'A' remain adrift at the bottom.

Lower Hopton retain their one-point lead at the top after drawing with 3rd placed Clayton West with Lower Hopton needing the aggregate advantage of 57-54 to share the spoils. Thorpe Green failed to take advantage of the leader's stutter as they were held to a draw by Lindley Lib 'A' who edged the aggregate 57-55.

A very congested pack of four teams all on 44 points follow the top three and they will be looking downwards rather than upwards as the most likely next move with the second relegation place beckoning one of them. Lindley Lib ''A' had a most commendable draw with Thorpe Green 'A' but that still left them in the drop zone.

Kirkheaton Con managed some revenge for an earlier season whitewash defeat by New Millers by beating them 6-2 this week and with only one defeat in their last six matches have high hopes of finishing the season with a bit of a flourish. Whereas the New Millers have logged only one win in their last six fixtures and their next two matches are against the two teams on either side of them in the table so crunch fixtures coming up for them.

Meltham are the fourth member of the quartet of teams on 44 points and they achieved that after beating bottom team Lindley BC 'A' 6-2 who are now 18 points adrift of safety with only 3 matches (and a maximum of 24 points) left to save their position. Two of those three matches are against the top two teams in the division so excellent results along with some opponents faltering will be required to save their bacon.

Lindley BC 'B's start of the month 10-points lead at the top of the Division 2 table continues to be whittled away with the gap now only 4 points ahead of second-placed Lowerhouses 'A'. Lowerhouses had a four-point swing in their favour whilst the leaders were losing 2-6 to Jackson Bridge they clocked up a fourth successive 6-2 win to move threateningly closer to the leaders with a win over Lockwood Con.

Jackson Bridge are making a determined move to retain their Division 2 status and are unbeaten in their last six matches to raise hopes of a great escape. Denby Dale are their immediate target to pass and the gap closed to 4 points after the Dale went down 2-6 to Milnsbridge 'B' this week. Next week sees Jackson Bridge and Denby Dale going head-to-head in what inevitably will be key in determining which team drops through the relegation trap door at the end of the season.

A good second win of the season for Rastrick 'A' has probably come too late to provide a real change in fortunes but it was welcome all the same. The 6-2 win over Springwood 'A' kept their season alive but a match against the leaders next week may prove to be their undoing. Springwood are in free-fall without a win in their last 5 matches and teams closing in on them all the time and the three teams below them all in better form than them so they have to be worried. They will not welcome a match against title chaser Lowerhouses 'A' next week.

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