HOLGATE ‘C’ are the new leaders of division three in the York & District Northern Powergrid Table Tennis League.

To reach the summit, they inflicted an 8-2 defeat on previous leaders Shepherds ‘D’, who had won all their previous games.

Bob Young, who heads the averages, and Rob Farmery both excelled.

Matty Roberts was unbeaten but was unable to prevent his RI ‘G’ side going down to a narrow defeat at the hands of RI ‘H’, while Matt Ayres guided Bootham ‘E’ to a draw at BT ‘B’.

In division one, Martin Lowe remains undefeated at the halfway point of the season as clear leaders Coneysthorpe ‘A’ swept to an 8-2 win over Crescent ‘B’, Joel Wright also in good form.

Crescent also went down by the same score at RI ‘A’, whose Mick Wilcockson and Nathan Horsley did well.

Crescent ‘B’ also lost 9-1 to Holgate ‘A’ and look relegation favourites, John Farmery and Aidan Ranftler proving too good.

Jim Mills produced a top performance to beat league number two Filip Wojtkowiak in Bootham ‘A’s draw with RI ‘B’.

Jon Woodridge shone as Bootham ‘A’ followed up with a 7-3 win over University ‘A’ and a great 6-4 victory over RI ‘A’, Mills also surprising league number four Wilcockson.

Ian Williams helped Shepherds ‘A’ to a 7-3 win over RI ‘F’ in division two, while Rich Ingleby was in great shape as he helped Bootham ‘C’ to a draw with Bootham ‘B’.

In division four, Mike Dinsdale and Geoff Leafe saw RI ‘J’ to an 8-2 success over Hartrigg Oaks, who doubled their winning tally for the season as they edged out Bootham ‘G’, Roy Barker undefeated.

Trustmarque narrowly overcame a depleted RI ‘J’, who then crashed 9-1 to RI ‘I’, for whom John Stokes and Norman Smithson were unbeaten.

Players are reminded that the closing date for the York Closed Championships is January 14, with the event taking place on January 26 and 27.

Entry forms are in the middle of the league handbooks.