Yorkshire golf: Tight at the top in the Lawrence Batley Seniors League's elite division

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CROSLAND Heath and Marsden head the Lawrence Batley Seniors League Section A with Woodsome Hall just a point behind.

The battle at the top continued as Crosland Heath’s narrow home win over Woodsome Hall enabled them to edge in front.

But both clubs subsequently lost heavily away with Crosland Heath’s conquerors, Marsden, moving up to share the mantle of leaders.

Bradford Moor followed a creditable 5-3 loss to Crosland Heath with a 6-2 home victory against Halifax and they lie seven points back of the joint leaders.

Halifax had previously enjoyed an 8-0 away win at South Bradford.

In Section B, Crow Nest Park went through a gamut of emotions as they defeated West End in a rearranged fixture to resume the lead only to suffer a whitewash at Silkstone, resulting in their conquerors moving five points clear.

Branshaw and West End both won 8-0 to move level on points with Crow Nest Park, whose delayed match at Outlane, to be played soon, takes on a greater significance.

Only 12 points cover the top seven teams in the section.

Hanging Heaton are clinging on at the top of Section C although Ryburn’s two home wins coupled with Hanging Heaton’s 6-2 loss at Meltham reduced the gap to a single point.

Lowly Bradley Park enjoyed a thumping 8-0 home win over Oldham.

As in the section above them, there are only 12pts separating the first and seventh clubs.

Huddersfield produced a huge statement of intent in Section D, inflicting an 8-0 defeat over Blackley at their Fixby fortress.

Blackley then dropped further valuable points with a home draw against Lightcliffe, allowing Huddersfield to pull five points clear at the top.

Bradley Hall and South Leeds both enjoyed 8-0 home wins, although both lost their next fixtures away from home.

Queensbury produced two home wins to continue an encouraging season.

The Lawrence Batley Seniors League held its second annual over-75s Stableford competition at Hanging Heaton where home golfers held sway.

The hosts' Peter Barlow triumphed with 41pts, three clear of Ryburn's Richard Bell, and four clear of club-mate Mick Ingham, with another Hanging Heaton player, Peter Early, fourth on 36.

The over-80s prize went to Peter Wood (Ryburn) with a hugely creditable 35. Nearest the pin at the 16th - sponsored by the host club - was Frank Duffy (Calverley).