WILBERFOSS have claimed the first silverware in this year's Tyke Petroleum Men's League, lifting the division five trophy before July is even out.

Foss needed better than five points at their Riccall – their sole rivals –- but with both youth (average age 21) and ability (a 100 per cent win rate), Wilberfoss swept aside last year's unbeaten division seven champions to score 24 games in each round, claiming all but a point to finally secure finally the title they narrowly missed out on last year.

Ironically, the point dropped means they can't now match the all-time points record of 152½, held by Riccall.

Foss though have managed to win their trophy two weeks earlier than Riccall managed last season.

Dunnington's Brad Swainston and Greg Ashcroft, with an unbeatable 2½-24, seemed the only winners at home to title hopefuls Academy.

The loss confirmed Dunnington's relegation from division one, while Academy's modest 8½ points in a double-pointer* has all but ended their title hopes for this season.

Chasers David Lloyd bumped into the unsinkable Angus Bradshaw at Wigginton, who edged 3-23 with Ben Walker.

Jan Dyl and Dale Fawcett threw Lloyd a lifeline with a 9-3 final rubber for a wafer-thin win.

Still in the swim, Lloyd really needed more than to tread water to catch leaders Poppleton, but Wigginton's five points keeps them high, dry and away from danger.

A rousing 3-24 from captain Rob Jackson and Liam Moore at home to Poppleton-2 in the second tier earned Bubwith their first win of the season, breaking their duck in the men's league across two divisions.

With five matches to play, Jackson is hoping the 2008 champions now have the belief to avoid an ignominious drop into division three.

In his final men's league match (before moving south), Doug Barker bid a handy farewell to Starbeck, returning 3-24 with Chris Noddings at promotion rivals Fulford.

Beck now jostle for second spot, but they're a match to the good over their opponents.

Sherburn won again in division three to send Wetherby a warning, despite a determined effort from Starbeck-2's Gary Saunders and Jordan Harrison with 3-25.

Two late-season debutants earned Sherburn points across the card.

Brian Borrowman scored 2-26 with Steve Duree, while newbie Max Semenovski fought hard for two drawn rubbers with Emilis Vastakas.

Winless Rowntree Park-2 are half a point away from relegation to division four, after handing fellow strugglers Knaresborough a get-out-of-jail walkover.

'Where've you been?', wondered Sutton-on-Derwent-2 captain Mark Pryce as late-back-from-college brothers Louis and Zak Los proved unbeatable in their 2017 debut against title-chasing Copmanthorpe 2.

Sutton are already relegated to division six for next season.

Jason Clarke was the only consistent performer as Selby and Wilberfoss-2 traded wins in their inter-divisional matches.

Clarke couldn't be beaten in either match, notching 2½-24 with Darryl Young in their home fixture, only to better that the following Sunday with 3-23 partnering captain Colin Fone at Wilberfoss.

Matt Jones and Richard Hart, with 3-28, humbled division eight's mighty Strensall to boost Pocklington's chances of a division five start next year.

* Academy were due to have any points over 7½ doubled in this match because Dunnington had conceded the earlier reverse fixture, but scored only one point over the 7½.