HOLMBRIDGE have gained promotion for the second successive season after snatching second spot in District League Division II.
The prize was at stake when Holmbridge played at home to Scholes, with the visitors needing only a point to go up.
Holmbridge completed the double over their neighbours, however, with a 5-1 win to enjoy another promotion party.
The only other issue to be settled in this division was which one side was to be relegated and, with a defeat at Skelmanthorpe, the axe fell on Wooldale.
In Division III last Saturday, Heyside travelled to HV Academicals and came away the necessary three points which enables them to join Shelley in Division II next season – the third time in succession that these clubs have moved up and down together.
In Division IV, Linthwaite could afford no other than a win on the last day of their season, but they were expected to do so as they were up against joint-bottom AFC Lindley.
The match went completely to form with a 8-1 win for Linthwaite, who are promoted along with champions AFC Waterloo.
In Reserve Division I, Kirkheaton Rovers Reserves travelled to Uppermill Reserves to face the only side that could prevent them winning the title.
It was a close affair but Rovers won 2-1 and so the title.
On inspecting the records, its amazing that a club with the tradition of Kirkheaton have not won many League trophies recently. The previous was in the 1996-97 season, when their “A” team won Reserve Division VIII and, prior to that, it was the Reserves that did the Reserve Division I and Richardson Cup double way back in 82-83.
In Reserve Division III, Britannia Sports A were unable to raise a team on Tuesday which makes Skelmanthorpe Reserves task easier, not that they needed any help as a 4-0 win on Thursday ensured the divisional title.
The Division I title is the one that’s lasting longest, but Netherton have dropped away to leave it as a straight contest between Hepworth United and Newsome. With games coming thick and fast, matters at the top can change quickly.
Hepworth’s recent record shows three wins in six games while Newsome dropped two points in their 3-3 draw with Moldgreen. At the bottom, Meltham and Cumberworth now know they’ll both be in the Second Division next season.