Aire-Wharfe: Beckwithshaw hold slender advantage after washout at weekend

Beckwithshaw's Alex Lilly.
Beckwithshaw's Alex Lilly.
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A washout in the Airedale and Wharfedale League has left Beckwithshaw with a slim advantage with just one league game to go, writes James Field.

Every league game was abandoned at the weekend which sealed the fate of many teams and also gave others small advantages, none more so than Beckwithshaw whose title showdown match with Otley was abandoned, meaning Beckwithshaw will become champions if they take maximum points from their final fixture.

In Beckwithshaw’s way is bottom-of-the-table Kirkstall Educational whose relegation was finally confirmed following the weekend’s abandonments.

Otley also have a home fixture to finish off their season against mid-table Ilkley.

With the top two being separated by just two points even a win for Beckwithshaw might not be enough to secure the title if they don’t receive maximum points meaning it’s still all to play for.

Elsewhere in Division One, Steeton will be joining Kirkstall in Division Two next season after their relegation was also confirmed at the weekend.

They’ll be hosting Rawdon this weekend who are set for a mid-table finish. Burley-in-Wharfedale are set to finish third in another decent season for the club and they’ll wrap up their campaign with a home fixture against Collingham who just about avoid the drop.

There’s set to be a battle for fourth on the final day with Horsforth playing host to Pool. Horsforth had an encouraging start to the season whilst Pool have turned their season around remarkably after looking like relegation candidates earlier on.

In the remaining fixture, mid-table sides North Leeds and Bilton square off.

In Division Two there’s little to play for at the weekend with both promotion slots and relegation places already confirmed. Colton Institute will be promoted to Division One as champions but face a tough task on the final day as they travel to fourth-placed Addingham. Guiseley will be joining Colton in Division One next season and they’ll be looking to finish off their season in convincing fashion when they host Adel.

Harden and Illingworth will be playing in Division Three next season following their relegations.

Division Three may be the league to watch on Saturday with four teams still vying for promotion.

Horsforth Hall Park will be confident of sealing promotion as the league leaders know a win over lowly Alwoodley would book their place in Division Two.

The big match in Division Three this weekend will be second-placed Leeds Modernians hosting fourth-placed Green Lane.

A win for Leeds would confirm their promotion but a win for Green Lane could even see them promoted if Tong Park Esholt fail to win.

Third-placed Tong Park travel to Upper Wharfedale on the final day.

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