THE destination of the Division II championship looks to be a two horse race between Kingsmith Eng C and Marsh Con B.
Each however would appear to be certainties for promotion with only the name of the winning team the unknown factor.
Kingsmith C did their chances a power of good when this week they overcame a strong Woodfield Park B challenge by seven sets to three.
Three of the last five sets went the distance with a fourth going to four.
The victory gives Kingsmith C, on 103 points, a two-point advantage going into the final stages, each team having three matches to play.
Outstanding for Kingsmith was Gareth Stott with a trio of victories to his name, having beaten Janet West in three, Steve Knott in four hard hitting, but nevertheless highly tactical, games, and finally Mike Belk in a five game thriller.
The power of Stott’s backhand was at times quite incredible. .
For Belk it was a case of doing things the hard way.
He lost in five to Stott, but made up for it by beating Michael Jagger 11-2, 13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, and, also in five, he beat Brian Ruttle 14-16, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11.
It was a long time coming but after 13 straight defeats Marsh Con A have finally enjoyed victory, and their success must indeed have tasted sweet. With four more matches to play this season they will hope for yet another success – they deserve one.
A battle royal continues at the foot of Division Two with four teams vying to avoid the relegation spots.
With only six points separating the bottom four teams the melting pot is well and truly boiling.
Kingsmith FOB are the most precariously placed with Golcar Lib, The Terriers and Brooks C still on tenterhooks.
Kingsmith B 1 Woodfield Pk A 9 (Pugh 3, Wood 3, Skarz 3).
Almondbury Wes B 4 (Rawnsley 3 Cockayne) Brooks A 6 (Senior 2, Crosland 2, Rennison).
Marsh A 6 (G Normanton 2, Borcic, Hirst 2) David Browns A 4 (Fearn, Taylor 3).
Almondbury Wes B 7 (Rawnsley 2, Townend 2, Bowen 2) Kingsmith Eng B 3 (Adams).
Kingsmith FOB 4 (Kerr 2, Heywood, Wright) Marsh Con C 6 (Martin 3, Dunn 2).
Marsh Con D 7 (Dawson 3, Bailes 2, A Normanton 2) Kingsmith FOB 3 (Heywood 2).
Kingsmith C 7 (Stott 3, Jagger, Ruttle 2) Woodfield Pk B 3( Knott, Belk 2).
Golcar Lib 5 (Tattersley 3, Crosby, Chatterton) Scissett B 5 (Armitage 2, Clarke 2).
Scissett B 5 (Napier, Womersley, Clarke 2) Kingsmith Terriers 5 (Woodhead 2, Walker 3).
Kingsmith D 6 (Waring 2, Wood, Powell 2), David Brown B 4 (Davenport 3, Hodkinson).
Kingsmith E 6 (Cook 3, McGoldrick 2) Newsome A 4 (Hudson 2, Cooney, Lockwood).
David Browns B 7 (Davenport 3, Hodkinson 2, Shelton) Deighton LC A 3 (Powell 2, Senior).