A WEAKENED Chapel Allerton side just about out-punched Dunnington in squash's Yorkshire Premier League - despite heavy lower-order defeats for captain Paul Allen and late stand-in Henry Duncanson.

Second-placed Chapel Allerton are just about hanging on to table-toppers Queens’ coat-tails, while former champions Dunnington sit fifth.

At number three, Matty Powell pulled out what was reckoned by spectators to be his best performance of the season in wearing down Cai Younger in a pulsating four games.

Top string Richie Fallows won a rather error-strewn tussle with Chris Simpson in which the sound of a clanging tin was a little too regular.

Meanwhile, Declan Christie’s 3/0 win over Julian Tomlinson on the neighbouring court brought home the five bonus points for Chapel A and a 14-8 overall scoreline.

Queens stretched their lead at the top of the table to 33 points while Woodfield brought out the heavy artillery to grab a much-needed victory down at the bottom.

Hallamshire lurk just four points behind Chapel Allerton in third after they also whipped out a couple of trump cards in the form of world no.34 Greg Lobban and three-time world champion Nick Matthew.

The hosts’ fifth string Jack Smith got an early 3/1 win over Dominic Pegg and, although opponents Pontefract 2 hit back through Billy Hawes and Tom Bamford, Hallamshire’s top two always looked likely to bring home the bacon. Indeed they did with respective straight-sets wins over Adam Taylor and Matt Godson.