Coneysthorpe ‘A’ are closing the gap on leaders Sessions ‘A’ at the top of division one of the NEDL York and District Table Tennis League.

The Ryedale side closed the gap with a whitewash of struggling Railway ‘B’, with Martin Lowe, Joel Wright and Ian Stansfield successful.

Railway ‘A’ are close up in third and they hammered Coneysthorpe ‘B’ 9-1, with Paul Robertson and Richard Crowther were undefeated.

Shepherds ‘A’ look like making it successive divisional titles as they only dropped one set in beating BT ‘A’. Dave Lamb and Keith Webster led the way in the division two clash.

Bootham ‘B’ are a team on the march and they underlined their progress with a fine 7-3 win at Holgate ‘C’ as Jimmy Mills was unbeaten.

Holgate ‘E’ picked up only their second victory of the season as they surprised Sessions ‘B’, winning 7-3 with John Temple collecting three singles wins.

They moved off the foot of the table and then had a draw with fellow strugglers BT ‘A’.

The most exciting title fight is in division three where a powerful Bootham ‘C’ sent leaders NEDL Bootham crashing to their first defeat of the campaign, winning 8-2. Richard Ingleby is still unbeaten and Bob Plant also had a fine night.

BT ‘B’ remain in third after edging out Bootham ‘D’ 6-4, with Jim Stevenson unbeaten.

Holgate ‘F’ need to find some form if they are to avoid the drop to the basement after losing twice.

They were dismissed 8-2 by Railway ‘D’, who had Tim Griffiths as their star, before a Steve Long inspired Shepherds ‘C’ took a close contest 6-4.

The joint leaders in division four had contrasting fates, with Chris Armstrong and John Graham unbeaten as Shepherds ‘D’ overcame bottom club Railway ‘F’ 9-1.

Norwich Union ‘A’ went down 7-3 to third-placed Railway ‘E’, with Chris Megone in terrific form.

Howard Lewis has had an injury-hit season but, playing in only his second game of the campaign, he helped Norwich Union ‘B’ to a 7-3 win over Railway ‘G’.

They had earlier proved no match for Holgate ‘G’, losing by the same score with Keith Hood the top player.

Despite Ray Holroyd once again showing his quality, Hartrigg Oaks were held to a draw by Railway ‘G’.