COPMANTHORPE boosted their bid for survival with a 66-42 victory over Rowntree Park in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League division one.

Only James Denmark and Steve LeCornu showed signs of resistance for Park with 3-26.

In division two, Arran Tate and Govind Baker, with 3-27, eased Fulford past bottom of the table Bubwith but it was honours even against leaders Racquets. Josh Beavers and Tom Craddock with 2½-22 secured the lead but Fulford were pegged back with Mark Hinchliffe and Bill Brown scoring 2½-23 for Racquets.

It’s looking precarious for Bubwith who also lost to David Lloyd 2. Damian Galloway and Adam Smith, with 2½-22, were one of two Sutton pairs to remain unbeaten at home to Appleton Roebuck.

Wetherby extended their lead in division three with 18 points from two matches. Tom Warburton and David Woon sank strugglers Rowntree Park 2 with a 3-30 broadside. Chris Cheeseman and Trevor Watson found their range with 3-25 against Wigginton 2.

Boston Spa needed a final round rally to see off Starbeck 2 by 55-53. Sherburn are fourth after a heavy bombardment of Rowntree Park 2 and still have three matches in hand.

Academy 2 took a giant leap toward the solitary division four promotion place with a priceless derby against rivals Racquets 2. Marcus Hewlett excelled, partnering Sam Couchman to 3-23.

The six chasing teams fight it out for the three places to remain in the fourth tier. Appleton Roebuck 2 notched near identical wins, totalling 18 points, against the top and bottom teams of the division, namely Wigginton 3 and Sutton-on-Derwent 2.

Wilberfoss look odds-on to take the division five cup and the sole promotion spot thanks to a 100% record and the loss of just 11 out of 84 points this season. Four of those, however, were at Heworth, where Oliver Hicks and Baptiste Briu beat the best the leaders had to offer with 3-24.

Another solid performance from Mike Park and son Ollie with 2½-24 against division seven champions Riccall kept Wetherby 2 in second spot.

Strensall, Wilberfoss 2 and Fulford 2 occupy the three berths allocated for a division five start next year.

Division eight’s Strensall lead the likely trio, going all out with 97 games at home to Bishopthorpe 2. Joint top guns this week were Strensall’s Andrew Smith and Matt Stephenson and captain Ryan Gale and Clark Howard each with 3-33.

Selby boosted their chance of a division six start next year, by seeing off two local rivals. Cawood couldn’t better Selby captain Colin Fone and Aaron Clark with 2½-2 whilst Marc Hodgson and Darryl Young ensured the bragging rights with 3-30 for Selby at home to Bubwith 2.

Harlow captain Graham Mather scored a vital final round 7-5 with Dave Street to steal a narrow win at York 4.

After a promising start, Pocklington saw their division five hopes crumble as hosts Sheriff Hutton battled back to take the bonus with a 22-14 final round.

Wilberfoss 2 took 9 points in a tough 56-52 defeat of visitors Knaresborough 2 in division eight. John Huffington and Adrian Shakeshaft saved the day for the division five aspirants with 3-22.