ONLY six teams remain unbeaten as the second half of the IT Sports Mixed Tennis League season gets under way.

Two of those teams are Copmanthorpe and Rufforth in division seven. Copmanthorpe still lead the way after their defeat of visitors Wistow, with only one game separating all 32 couples.

Rufforth are hot on their heels after a win against Stillington thanks to a 10-2 second round win for Dan Russell and Judith Evans at Wheldrake.

Stillington eased out of the relegation zone after a high- scoring first round against Tadcaster, which the visitors were unable to overhaul.

The two matches still to be played between champions Poppleton and York look to be the key to the division one title.

Poppleton won at Wigginton, who are in one of the relegation places as Rufforth secured another win against David Lloyd.

Poppleton’s Paul and Belinda Turnbull had a 12-0 win to outscore son Nick and his sister, Bex.

Division three has split in half after the latest matches as leaders Heworth finished with a high-scoring round to push Stillington into the bottom section.

Zak Los and Lucy Collier won 27 games for Sutton-on-Derwent as they beat Copmanthorpe, then Chris Hobson and Goldie Cosby were the match-winners against promotion hopefuls Cliffe.

Ellie Page and Jamie Winspear ensured Bishopthorpe’s continued interest, finishing with a 12-0.

Division four’s Appleton Roebuck had the biggest win of the week and they stayed top as Geoff Bullock and Emma Cashmore won an impressive 31 games.

David Lloyd and Wilberfoss played both matches in a week and shared the points, with both teams making the most of home advantage.

York look favourites for the division five title after beating Wetherby, led by unbeaten Reg Favell and Margaret Whitehead.

Riccall have taken over second spot after a win against Poppleton and a draw with Rowntree Park. They then lost to Wetherby.

Fraser Davies and Liz Boville kept Cliffe top of division eight on games difference after they beat Riccall.

They are just ahead of David Lloyd, who overtook opponents Bubwith.

Division nine is wide open after leaders Bishopthorpe 3 lost their first match and are replaced at the top by opponents Poppleton, for whom Andy Greenall and Margaret Evans were unbeatable.

Paul Walker and Katie Lewis eased Bishopthorpe 4’s relegation worries in a good win against Dunnington.

New Earswick continued their dominance in division ten with a win at Appleton Roebuck.