DAVID LLOYD were sensationally swept off the top of the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League.

Harrogate teams fare well on carpet, and Academy eagerly showed a clean pair of heels indoors at Lloyd, proving superior from wall to wall.

Losing just a single rubber all match, and that by 7-5, Academy boasted two unbeatable pairs, with Richard Bancroft and former Starbeck player Tom Collyer the pick with 2½-25.

The 2014 champions, Rowntree Park, snatched top spot after an expectedly tough contest at Dunnington, while the returning Angus Bradshaw was splint to injured Ben Walker as Wigginton walloped captainless York at Clifton Park.

Harrogate Racquets’ Jon Smail and Malcolm Titchmarsh, with 3-26, blunted hosts Bubwith, but their local rivals, Starbeck, stayed clear at the top of division two as Doug Barker and Chris Noddings racked up 3-29 at home to perennial slow starters Sutton-on-Derwent.

Poppleton 2 won the rubbers but their visitors the games as a tough tussle was edged by Fulford.

Roger Fawcuss and David Woon, with 3-29, helped promoted Wetherby stay top of division three after a big win in their derby against Knaresborough.

Matt Waudby and Trevor Watson’s final-round 10-2 pinched the points for Wigginton 2 in a see-saw struggle at home to York 2.

Racquets 2 toppled Wigginton 3 in division four, after the visitors left themselves too much to do, despite a 21-15 final-round surge. Racquets’ Adrian Walker and Andy Chapman bagged an economical 2½ points from just 21 games won.

Staying the pace, Copmanthorpe 2 bagged 9½ points at Rufforth. Mark Blackburn and Dave Dearing hit the tape with three from 22.

With almost the maximum points from three matches played, Wilberfoss are the league’s invincibles so far this season.

Taking 10.5 points off hosts Alne & Tollerton without losing a single rubber, they’ve opened a huge lead at the top of division five.

Newbies Harrogate Spa made it four wins from four with a comprehensive win at Selby. Craig Chew and Martin Yates, hungry for success, chomped a 3-25 lump out of the former division six leaders.

Marking a great week for Harrogate clubs, Harlow’s Chris Reynolds and Mark Hooper were the day’s joint-top scorers with 3-32 at home to Bubwith 2.

Fulford 2’s Pat Herriott and Graham Cook aced 3-29 to end Pocklington’s unbeaten run at the top of division seven.

David Lloyd 3 hit the summit after a demolition derby at home to Heworth 2. With 3-28, Lloyd’s Paul Gowland and Al Heath proved juggernauts at this level.

Barney Baker and Phil Sinton joint top-scored with 3-32 for division eight leaders Poppleton 3 in a comfortable win at Wilberfoss 2.

Chasers Strensall lost just one rubber at Knaresborough 2. Wheldrake won all four of the contested rubbers as both they and visitors Bishopthorpe 2 each fielded two pairs. A diminished return of seven points to nil was the unusual result.