DUNNINGTON have made a mixed start to the season in their quest for a third successive Yorkshire Premier League squash title.

The York club won 14 of their 18 games last season, but Chris Simpson was their only winner against Queens Club of Halifax in the opening round, going down 4-1 (17-6).

15-year-old Finnlay Withington got Queens off to the perfect start, setting the tone for their overall display against the champions.

Dunnington did however recover the following week by defeating Pontefract firsts 4-1 (17-5), with England international Chris Simpson leading the way with victory over the talented Patrick Rooney.

Woodfield Squash Club’s debut season at this level began with a 4-1 (19-7) defeat at home to Abbeydale of Sheffield.

Abbeydale then saw off Hull and East Riding 4-1 (18-3) in round two to put themselves at the top of the table.

Last year's runners-up Chapel Allerton 1 edged past their seconds 3-2 (16-6), while in the night’s other ‘derby’, there was a shock for Pontefract 1 as they fell 3-2 (14-9) to their second team in an early setback to their hopes of regaining the title.

Barnsley, who finished third last season, came away with a 3-2 (15-6) victory from the short trip to Hallamshire 2.

Hallamshire 1 were the opening night’s other victorious side with a 3-2 (16-7) victory at Hull and East Riding.

The victors followed that triumph up with a 5-0 (20-2) thrashing of Chapel Allerton 2.

Also after week two's results, Barnsley are just two points further back in third after they too made it two wins from two by defeating Queens Club 4-1 (19-5).

Premier League newcomers Woodfield celebrated their first ever top-flight win after a 4-1 (19-7) victory at Pontefract 2.

And, Chapel Allerton 1 lost a thriller 3-2 (14-11) at home to newly-promoted Hallamshire 2.