Week four of the Saturday League started with Mytholmroyd (Shaun Frewin, Mark Jeffries, Shane Greaves and Paul Fisher) sitting joint top having a thumping win over Moldgreen (Andy Hoult, Pete Wike, Andy Bairstow and Craig Wood) who have not yet reproduced the form of last year. The valley boys provided all four winners with Wood and Hoult best for the Huddersfield side both counting seventeen. 20-10 the final result.
The second early game had two mid table sides trying to close the gap on the leaders. Drighlington (Charlie Wood, Dave Billington, Ann Billington and Derek Goor) had a shaky start as Mirfield (Mel Stradling, Brian Scarth, Terry Varney and John Green) had the first two winners with Scarth putting one over Dave Billington, 21-16. While Ann Billington was going down 21-13 in her game with Stradling. The Drig second pair turned it round in the second half as Goor turned over Green 21-15 and Wood beat Varney 21-16, Drighlington 15, Mirfield 16, a result that did neither side much good.
Defending champions Hanging Heaton (Ryan Mitchell, Ian Smith, Steve Wainwright and Alan Mitchell) currently leading the table played Shipley Club (Chris Wilson, Dave Bland, Sharon Gadd and Paul Wilczynski) who were only a point behind. Ryan Mitchell got the leaders off to a good start as he ran out after being behind at 17-16 against Gadd. That was as good as it got for the leaders as Shipley provided the next three winners to take the spoils 18-13.
The final game in the Vase saw the bottom two on the ladder, Old Bank (K Terry, Kevin Morton, Dave Sharp and Duncan Terry) and Sowerby West End (Pat Skene, John Sharp, Baz Morgan and Geoff Price) drawn together. West End just edged it 18-14 with three winners, Sharp, Skene and Price, Morton the only winner for Old Bank and Terry carding twenty.
In the Saturday Trophy Coxenhope (Debbie Hosty, Gordon Cox, Lorraine Douglas and Alan Downing) were paired with high flying Luddenden (Claire Broadbent, Kay Lund, Brian Winrow and Mick Skwarek) who had Winrow on debut. The game went much as expected with Luddenden providing all four winners, Downing with fifteen was best for the losers.
What on paper looked to be the closest game to call was Hit & Miss (Lynn Hobson, Paul Lowery, Michael Briggs and David Avery) against King Cross (Terry Jackson, J Ashton, Gordon Dewhirst and P MacDonald) and so it proved. King Cross were off to a flier as Ashton beat Briggs to single figures but that was as good as it got for them as Hit & Miss provided the next three winners. MacDonald finished with twenty and the overall match result was 16-14.
The ladies that are the All Stars (Marie Lockwood, Linda Gledhill, Lynda Drury and Carole Harpin), all Yorkshire County players, played Drighlington 2 (Diane Hoole, Mark Smith, Dave Scott and Neil McPhail). All Stars had three winners and Lockwood carded twelve in her game with Scott. 17-8 the final result.
Another team with title ambitions, Cleckheaton Sports (A Walker, Dave Marshall, Jack Glazzard and Dave Griffiths) were matched with Shroggs Park (Peter O’Callaghan, Joshua Craven, Chris Meade Jnr and Mike Murray). Sports showed they mean business this time as they provided the first three winners, although Glazzard was turned over by Meade junior to stop the full house.