ALL three divisions in the Huddersfield Table Tennis League are being keenly contested as the half-way point in the season is reached.
Woodfield Park A hold anarrow lead at the top of Division I, and if they can consistently turn out their key players then they should be hard to overtake.
Current champions Brooks A suffer from the regular absence of Tim Dyson and do not have the same strength in depth, especially since Russell Senior developed a hernia problem which is proving restrictive.
This was proved when he lost to Tomas Pietrzyk in the recent match with Deighton B.
Neil Crosland also lost twice in Brooks 7-3 victory, Tim Dyson proving his value in being unbeaten.
In Division II, some daylight is opening for Marsh D at the top as they remain the only unbeaten side in all three divisions, but they have four teams from Kingsmith in hot pursuit behind them as well as their own C team.
In Division III, Scissett WMC have opened up a healthy lead over Deighton D and these two already look difficult to catch.
Marsh E may influence matters as they try to catch up on their fixtures after an unfortunate injury to long-serving John Schofield.
Huddersfield’s Veterans sides had disappointing results.
The Third team travelled to Dewsbury where they came up against Ian Teale and Ian Fothergill, both of whom played in the Huddersfield Leagueseveral seasons ago. Dewsbury proved too strong winning 9-1 with the only Huddersfield winner being Francis Cioffi, who beat Teale 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.
The Fourth team fared little better at home to a strong Keighley second team, losing 8-2.
Peter Walker and Brian Armitage both won games and Mike Belk came mightily close in the best match of the day, against Pete Johnson, eventually losing in deuce in the fifth game – 12-10, 7-11, 18-16, 14-16, 10-12.