RED Goat York & District Table Tennis League division one leaders Topspin 'A' whitewashed Shiyi Ling 'B' 10-0 to strengthen their grip on the title.

It needed a treble from Mikey Arnold for Shiyi Ling ‘A’ to prevail 6-4 against a battling Shiyi Ling ‘B’, while Copmanthorpe ‘A’ defeated a two-man York RI ‘B’ by the same margin.

Calum Goodwin and Peter Cowburn excelled as University ‘A’ beat Copmanthorpe ‘B’ 7-3.

In the week’s key second division relegation battle, a maximum haul from Gary Bunce proved decisive as Clarence ‘D’ emerged with a 6-4 victory over Poppleton.

Bootham ‘A’ beat table-toppers Clarence ‘C’ thanks to braces from Jo Suchecki and Ian Hilton.

Despite an unbeaten effort from Graham Hatfield, Clarence ‘C’ suffered a 6-4 reversal against York RI ‘D’, with Mike Robison and Dave Quinlan contributing two wins each for RI before teaming up to clinch victory in the doubles.

Michael Connolly starred as University ‘B’ beat Ryedale ‘A’ 7-3, and Richard Harrison led the way as Bootham ‘B’ picked up a solid 7-3 victory over Wigginton & Haxby ‘A’.

Division three leaders Wigginton & Haxby ‘B’ thrashed third-placed BT ‘A’ 9-1, with Sam Crutchley and Mark Hodgson undefeated.

Dave Burnham and Ed Wardman contributed two wins apiece as Ryedale ‘B’ secured a fine 6-4 victory over Clarence ‘E’, for whom Bob Plant recorded a brace.

A treble from Mark Antrobus was the highlight as York RI ‘E’ beat South Bank 7-3.

Division four leaders Wigginton & Haxby ‘C’ continued their superb run, whitewashing University ‘D’ 10-0 while a treble from Nigel Baker made the difference as Shepherds ‘C’ edged out York RI ‘G’ in a tight encounter.

Andrew Male was on top form as second-placed Wigginton & Haxby ‘D’ defeated their ‘E’ team 8-2.