DIGGLE A are still on course to win the Reserve Division II championship following a 4-2 win over title rivals Westend Reserves.
Jamal Simpson put the Salendine Nook side in front seconds before the break and, five minutes into the second half, he made it 2-0.
It looked likely that Diggle were about to lose their unbeaten league record but they fought back well.
Firstly, within two minutes of going two down, Jason Stone latched onto a long ball to reduce the deficit.
No more goals came along for another 20 minutes and then, just like buses, two came at once.
On 70 minutes it was 2-2 courtesy of an Adam Fitzgerald header and then two minutes later, Diggle A took the lead for the first time when Craig Brown scrambled one home.
The match was sealed when, four minutes from time, Brown scored his second to give Diggle victory.
The teams are still in second and third in the standings but both have the chance, if they win their games in hand, to catch leaders Honley Reserves, who beat Slaithwaite United Reserves with a goal from Booth.
While Honley and Westend are chasing this title, they both have the consolation of finishing second and still gaining promotion.
That’s not the case for Diggle A as no matter what position they finish, promotion will be denied them as their Reserves are in the division above and no club can have two sides in the one division.
Come the end of the month, league clubs will decide whether they wish the format to remain as it is, that is with two sections – one for first teams and the other section for reserves.
This has been the format since the 1978-79 season. The alternative is to return to pre-1978 system of just one section when divisions could and did include a mixture of first and second teams.
Either way, it wouldn’t help Diggle A as still no club would be allowed two teams in the same division.
Newsome WMC are still the club to catch at the top of Division I. Goals from Liburd, Robshaw, Jordan and two from Haigh ensured a comfortable 5-0 win at the expense of Moldgreen.
Shepley won their fifth consecutive league match to remain three points adrift of Newsome from the same number of games. However, Lepton can draw level with the leaders if they win their three games in hand.
Second bottom Heywood Irish drew for the second time in two weeks and this is an improvement on their early-season form.
Had they won just one of these, they would have moved up two positions. The clubs above them have played a few games fewer than them, but recent form suggests that the escape from relegation is no forlorn hope.
At the top of Division II, it’s a case of as you were as all the top four won.
The measure of the competitiveness of this division is that of the top four, two of them won by two goals while the other two had single-goal victories.
Netherton and Berry Brow currently hold the promotion places but a single slip will allow Lamb Inn and Scholes an opportunity.
In Division III, Upperthong, Brook Motors and Grange Moor are all on the heels of leaders Holmbridge and Royal Dolphins.
Last Saturday was certainly a good day for the top two. Holmbridge took care of Brook Motors by a 3-1 scoreline, while Upperthong and Grange Moor shared the points in a 1-1 draw – a result that was no good to either.
With the Dolphins winning 3-0 at Dalton Crusaders, the top two seem to be certain to put daylight between themselves and the chasers very shortly.