AFTER last week’s revival of form, Malton Lawn Tennis Club endured another difficult week with only three wins.

Malton ‘A’, lost 43-38 at Alne 'A' in Hovingham Mixed League division one. Katie Mitchell and Richard Midgley were on fine form, but for the third time this season, Malton rued falling a handful of games short.

In division two, Malton ‘B’ continued their good run with a 43-38 win at home to Crayke. Alex Ormrod and Marcus Lyon discovered some fine form to pick up 21 games, with strong support coming from Wendy Arnold and Ian Cicirko.

There was something of a mismatch for Malton ‘C’ in division three as they travelled to a particularly talented Wigginton ‘B’.

Elsewhere in the Hovingham Mixed League, Coxwold ‘A’ went top of division one after beating early leaders Raskelf ‘A’. Whichever of the top three win all their remaining matches will probably take the title.

Helmsley ‘A’ continue their unbeaten run at the top of division two. They maintain a four-point lead over Coxwold ‘B’, who also won.

Sheriff Hutton are unbeaten in division three with a game in hand over Alne ‘B’, who cling on at the top thanks only to alphabetical order. Raskelf ‘C’ scored their highest total of the season but just failed to clinch victory over Alne ‘B’, the result going down to the final rubber.

Malton vice-captain Di Carroll and Katie Mitchell put in the club's performance of the week, winning all three sets in a 5-4 home victory over Pocklington ‘A’ in Driffield & District Ladies’ League division one. The remaining decisive sets came from Becks Breese and Wendy Jackson.

In the Hovingham Ladies’ League, which is nearing its conclusion, Malton ‘A’ retained their unbeaten record with an 8-0 victory against Ryedale ‘B’, while Malton ‘B’ and Malton ‘C’ both lost out 6-2 to Sheriff Hutton and Alne respectively.

The return of Malt’s LTA-ranked junior Jude Dixon helped Malton ‘A’ to an emphatic win at Rudston ‘A’ in Driffield District Men’s League division three. At the mid-point of the season, with only match lost, under the captaincy of recently retired MLTC chair Sam Alasfar, the team is well placed to contend for the promotion places.

Malton ‘B’ lost 6-3 to visitors Rudston ‘A’ despite strong resistance from Terry and Louie Ellis.

In the absence of a Hovingham Men’s League for 2021, various friendlies are taking place over next few weeks.

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