Sedge promotion miss a 'blessing in disguise'

AFTER a last-day washout Liversedge cricket chairman Alan Trevitt laughed at the suggestion he may have spent Friday doing a ‘rain dance’ ahead of a game at Buttershaw that could have seen his side promoted to the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division.

“It is no secret that promotion would have brought its problems,” said Alan.

“You only have to look at the age of our side and the financial difficulties we would have had in trying to strengthen the team.

“We would have been going into the game to win it, that’s certain, but missing out this year is perhaps a blessing in disguise.

“At the moment a priority is running an under-17 side next season because this is where we hope our senior players will be coming from in the next few years.”

Batley had already secured the Championship title but third-placed Liversedge were due to visit Buttershaw St Paul’s for a game that would decide who finished runners-up – and with it promotion.

Northowram Fields were also in the frame but, in the end, it all came down to an afternoon watching the relentless rain as the season drew to the most frustrating of conclusions in this division as they finished joint-third with Liversedge on 61 points and Buttershaw took second place by default.

There were no games completed in any division but there is one game to go in the top flight this week, as the Premier Division title race goes to the wire with Methley and Townville neck and neck.

Methley, who go into their final game just a point ahead of Townville, are at home to fourth-placed Mirfield Parish Cavaliers while Townville take on a Hunslet Nelson side still battling to avoid the single relegation place allocated this season due to Scholes’ move to the Bradford League.

At the other end of the table bottom club Hopton Mills can still avoid the drop if they can pull off a shock win over at Wrenthorpe, and Townville beat Hunslet, while there is little but pride to play for elsewhere.

Amongst the other games on the final day Birstall, no doubt relieved after a season long battle to pull clear of the relegation zone, are at home to Ossett and Scholes take their Central Yorkshire League bow at home to third-placed Wakefield Thornes.

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