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Top 3 stay at home

Veterans League

A preview of the 6-Man League matches scheduled for Monday 25 July

A return to action after the heatwave enforced break and this week's Division 1 fixtures finds the top three teams all playing home matches. Shepley appear to have the most difficult of that cluster of matches they take on fourth-placed Brockholes 'A' whilst their two nearest rivals both welcome teams from the lower half of the table. The one-point leaders, Honley Con host Thongsbridge 'B' and Golcar C&BC have Milnsbridge as visitors who haven't won any of their previous six matches away from home.

Foot of the table Linthwaite Hall may fancy their chances of clocking up their first win of the season with lowly Longwood as visitors who have only one away win on record and that was their first away match of the season at Lockwood Con in April.

Crosland Moor are not the greatest of travellers either with one win in six on the road and that was at Linthwaite Hall. This Monday they go to Lindley Lib 'A' who really need to get on a winning run to ease their increasing own relegation worries.

Skel Windmill 'A' have won more points at home (33) than any other team in Division 2 but that advantage will be nullified this week when they take on their 'B' side who are desperate for points to lift them off the bottom of the table.

New Mill and Lindley Lib 'B' are locked together on 24 points one place above the Skel 'B' side and both have difficult-looking fixtures lined up this week. New Mill are at home to fourth-placed Clayton West whilst Lindley Lib ;B' are expecting no favours at Holmfirth 'A' who have their own Division 2 status to worry about.

With leaders Marsh United 'A' without a match this week there is the opening for Slaithwaite to take over the top spot but they will need to collect six points from their trip to Paddock I&C to achieve that.

In Division 3 it is the foot of the table confrontation between Brockholes 'B' and Shepley 'B' that catches the eye. The Brockholes 'B' collected their first win of the season in their last home match against Greenhead Park so will be in good heart for Shepley's visit. All of Shepley's three wins this season have come at home so form seems to favour the home team.

Golcar Lib are the Division 3 leaders and they could extend that lead, currently of 4 points, when they take on Hemplow this Monday with their closest rivals, Almondbury Lib, having a bye this week. Marsh Lib will have to register a 7-0 away win at Thongsbridge 'A' if they are to pass the dormant Almondbury Lib team and go second but that seems unlikely. This is the final away game in a run of 3 on the road and having lost the previous two 0-7 and 2-5 will be grateful to end that losing sequence as a minimum.

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