DAVID Lloyd York are not far off the Tyke Petroleum York Men's Tennis League division one summit after beating their Harrogate counterparts 79-29.

Third-placed David Lloyd Harrogate's away-day defeat was marred by the pair of Chris James and Carlos Homer having to concede their final two rubbers, costing them 24 games.

The victorious hosts' second pair of Dale Fawcett and Jack Bachelor were in sparkling form, beating Mark Coombs/Tommi Smith 10-2 and Sam Couchman/Tom Knapp 12-0.

Wigginton remain in pole position, winning 61-47 at 2017 champions Poppleton.

Steady scoring from the visitors - including a 22 from Ben Walker and James Shaw - was enough to overcome a 22 from the home side’s Nick Turnbull/Jack Hannah and 20 from Robbie Greenall/Josh Kent.

Sherburn and Racquets drew 54-54 in their basement battle.

York won convincingly 77-31 over visiting Copmanthorpe. A solid 27 from Pete Hall/Ryan Carrick backed up a barnstorming 29 from York’s Steve Smith and Graeme Campbell.

Division two leaders Boston Spa had a resounding 82-26 home win over bottom side Poppleton 2, who are 12 points adrift. All three home pairs of Matt Lewis/Paul Kaye, Simon Hughes/Dave Aspland and Glenn Williams/Danny Gannon registered scores in the high twenties.

Sutton-upon-Derwent went second in division three with a spectacular 74-34 victory in their match at bottom club Alne & Tollerton in division three. Two scores of 26, from Max Los/Zak Los and George Hobson/John Kay, helped the visitors on their way.

York 2 were in fine form, winning 64-44 at David Lloyd Harrogate 2. Consistency was the order of the day, with all three visiting pairs achieving on-par scores of 18 or above.

With division four leaders Wigginton 3 out of action at the weekend, their closest rivals Rowntree Park 2 took advantage to narrow the gap with a tense 55-53 win at Knaresborough. Steady scoring from all the visiting pairs proved enough to overcome the excellent 25 from Knaresborough’s top pair of David Hewson and Tony Graham.

Harrogate Spa 1 and Copmanthorpe 2 also enjoyed victories in the competitive division, beating Wetherby 2 and Starbeck 2, respectively.

Heworth 1 went top of division five with a fine 80-28 home win over Appleton Roebuck 2 thanks to excellent scoring from all home pairs.

York 3’s fine 65-43 win at Fulford 2 keeps the top of the table extremely tight. A superb 28 from the York pair of Dean Brazenhall and Finley Richardson was key to the York challenge.

Wigginton 4 won 62-46 at York 4 in division six, thanks in the main to a belligerent 26 from their first pair of Mal Pringle/Ali Clothier. A stylish 21 from first pair Pete Finlay/Barry Helstrip was the highlight for the hosts.

Boston Spa 2 continue to lead a very tight top four, while Bishopthorpe and Poppleton 3 look to be in a relegation dogfight, although the latter have several games in hand.

Harlow have stormed to the top of division seven following a convincing 69-39 win at Bubwith 2.

Harrogate Spa 2 beat Cawood by the narrowest possible margin of 55-53. Cawood are third, despite the defeat, but the gap between the chasing pack and second-placed Sheriff Hutton - who were not in action at the weekend - is a potentially insurmountable 11 points.

A majestic 34 games from Brad Triffit and Mike Triffitt was the weekend’s top score and helped Knaresborough 2 to a titanic 83-25 win at Bishopthorpe 2 in division eight. Heavy scoring from Nick Jackson/Gary Young (28) and John Forster/Alain Le Bourdon (21) completed the victory.

The win puts Knaresborough just one point behind second-placed Dunnington, who were themselves on fire with a 67-41 triumph at David Lloyd 4. A spectacular 29 from Paul Birch and Rhys Harrison was the highlight for the visitors.

The newly-formed Strensall 2 continue to lead the promotion charge. Their latest conquest, of the visiting New Earswick, gives them a nine-point cushion at the top. Steady scoring from all home pairs was enough to secure a 63-54 win, despite a splendid 26 from the visiting first pair of David Latimer and Antony Georgiou.