MID APRIL has arrived and still no divisional trophies have been handed out, but Kirkheaton Rovers have two chances to be the first recipients.
In Reserve Division One, Rovers’ two biggest rivals met last week and the 1-1 draw between Newsome Reserves and Diggle Reserves was good news for Rovers fans.
They played on Tuesday night and had a comfortable 5-1 win over Westend and now sit proudly at the top, four points clear of the other two with games in hand.
Mathematically, Kirkheaton need 12 points from their last seven games.
At the bottom of this division, Westend and Honley already know that they will be playing Reserve Division II football next season.
ŠKirkheaton Rovers A are locked in a four-way fight for Reserve Division III – along with Meltham A, KKS Sun and Skelmanthorpe.
Meltham and KKS Sun share top spot at the moment with Kirkheaton in third,Š a point adrift having played one fewer than the other two, but the outsiders are Skelmanthorpe who are eight points behind the leaders and have four games in hand.
Kirkheaton have five of their last six games at home and most of their opponents are in the bottom half of the table, but they must not make any slips like they did two weeks ago when they lost to bottom of the table Cartworth Moor.
In Reserve Division IV there was a surprise result when Holmfirth Town Reserves beat Meltham Ath B 1-0.
Meltham maintain their third position but now have to rely on the top two, Uppermill B and AFC Waterloo, to drop points.
Uppermill B are four points clear of AFC Waterloo and these are strong favourites to remain in the top two, but there is a ‘dark horse’ on the horizon.
Royal Dolphins Reserves have won six and drawn one of their last seven League fixtures, so with three games in hand of Waterloo but still 10 points adrift, they cannot be ruled out completely.
In Reserve Division II, there has been little between the top four almost all season, but was last week’s results significant? Two won and two lost.
The two that lost were the A teams of Netherton and Diggle and neither of the two can move up a division regardless of where they finish.
The two to take advantage were Shelley, who won 3-1 at Uppermill to record their fifth successive win, and Slaithwaite. Any of the four can win the title but Shelley and Slaithwaite are the sides that will be promoted.
Six points in the space of four days have put Slaithwaite Utd five points clear of Scholes at the top of Division II and with Holmbridge also claiming six points, they are only a point behind Scholes with a game in hand. These two will have been cheered by the fact that Scholes and Skelmanthorpe shared the spoils on Tuesday night and all the top three will be awaiting the outcome of a protest against fourth-placed Skelmanthorpe – the protest will be heard at the League Council’s meeting at the end of April.
Any loss of points will seriously damage Skelmanthorpe’s hope of both the title and promotion.
Division IV looks the most likely to be decided first as leaders AFC Waterloo have only one game to play. The worst that can happen to them is that they will be involved in a play-off for promotion.
Their only rivals are Holmfirth Town and Linthwaite, with the latter still having five matches to play.