ELLAND WMC will take a 12-point lead over Hill Crest into what promises to be the most important match of the Collett Halifax League season next Wednesday.
If Crest are to prevent Elland having things all their own way in their quest for a sixth successive title, the Sowerby Bridge team need a handsome win over the table toppers with home advantage.
They certainly need to make some inroads into the gap in the two meetings in eight days between the sides.
Crest will go into the match on a high, having made it nine wins out of 10 in Division One this season with a 7-5 win away to last year’s runners-up Crossroads this week.
County player Mark Regan showed the way with a 21-10 win over Scott Bairstow while Justin Harris had a fine 21-11 success over Mick Walsh.
The sides had five winners each but Hill Crest took the two extra points courtesy of a 179-168 scoreline.
Elland had their expected wide-margin success at home to bottom team Akroydon Victoria, Scott Leeming being their only loser in an 11-1 scoreline.
There was a rare away whitewash when Clayton Victoria strengthened their hold on third place with a 12-0 win over Hill Crest B. However, they are 19 points behind Elland WMC.
In Wednesday’s other top section contests there were handsome home wins for Asa Briggs, by 11-1 against Mytholmroyd BC, and Sowerby West End, by 10-2 against next-to-bottom Holmfield.
David Wright was a 21-1 winner as Mytholmroyd WM made home green knowledge pay against Todmorden Park, winning 8-4.