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Tennis: Fulford closing in on division one title
10:42am Tuesday 7th August 2012 in Tennis
Fulford need only one more point from their final two matches to secure the division one title in the IT Sports York Mixed Doubles Tennis League.
That equation was set up when nearest rivals York lost to last year’s top flight champions Dunnington .
Relegation from division one is still centred on a battle between three teams after York 2 secured their survival with wins against their third team and Dunnington 2.
As the final week of scheduled matches is being played, only two teams have the champagne on ice.
David Lloyd have captured the division three title to continue their rise up the leagues.
They had wins against Wigginton and Appleton Roebuck, with Andy Holmes in top form in both matches as he partnered Sarah Smelik to win 29 games and then Frances Mutter for 28 games.
Fulford drew with Wigginton to stay second.
Wigginton will be promoted from division two despite going down to relegated Copmanthorpe .
The title could now depend on their outstanding match against Rufforth .
Fulford are favourites to join them on the up after easing past Copmanthorpe.
Kevin Todd and Denise Bolam sealed promotion from division four for Dunnington as they beat Fulford and then York.
Relegation is a real threat for the six remaining teams in the division after Patrick Woodward and Michelle Hall led Riccall to a win against Fulford.
Division five is led by Heworth , who beat Rowntree Park as Helen Larkin made her winning seasonal debut with Nick Latchman.
They are just ahead of David Lloyd, who eased past Castlegarth, while York are two points behind the leaders after wins over Rowntree Park and Cawood .
Sutton-on-Derwent won promotion from division seven after victories over York and Fulford. They need one more point to secure the title.
Rosemary Littlefair rolled back the years but could not stop relegation-threatened York going down to Wistow.
Wigginton and Fulford have been relegated from division eight. Mark Williamsom and Kate Lewis won 31 games to seal Rufforth’s promotion as they beat Wistow in division nine.
Four teams are still vying for the division ten silverware, with Dunnington the favourites.
Division 11 champions are Rufforth 3 and they have one more match to negotiate as they protect their unbeaten record.