Two newcomers had their first head to head, Boroughbridge coming out on top with a 2-1 verdict against Catterick Garrison.

Wins by Joe Royle and Dave Flintoff tipped the scales Borougbridge's way.

The Boroughbridge side, which has won sponsorship from builders A V Styan and Sons of Minskip, Boroughbridge, have now won all five matches this season and are in second place on 54 points, just two behind leaders Harrogate Squash III in the race for Third Division silverware.

The only defeat suffered by Boroughbridge came when Stuart Rennison went down 9-3, 5-9, 9-6, 7-9, 9-6 to Jason Hughes.

This was Rennison's last match for several weeks. The Newby Hall Cricket Club player, whose side has built up a strong link with Australians, is taking a cricketing break Down Under.

Meanwhile Royle's win for Boroughbridge was a five game affair against Joe Rawthorne, Royle taking a 4-9, 9-5, 2-9, 9-4, 9-6 success. Flintoff, however, enjoyed an easier passage against J Batcka, 9-1, 9-0, 10-9.

There was a name's the same poser for Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough in Division Three when two Chris Robinsons turned up to play - one for each side.

And to add to the confusion the pair faced each other on court. Pateley's Robinson defeated Knaresborough's version 9-6, 9-0, 9-3, the Nidderdale player marking his first match in two years for the side with a comfortable win. But Pateley lost the match 2-1.

In Division One Bedale stay ahead of the chasing pack on 54 points, eight more than current title holders Harrogate Squash II in second place. Knaresborough are third on 43 points, Harrogate Squash first team fourth on 40.

Bedale's latest win by 2-1 at Northallerton was sealed by victories from Phil Martin and Dave Smiley.

Scores - Northallerton 1 Bedale 2 (Northallerton names first): Steve Hodgson lost to Phil Martin 7-9, 9-4, 4-9, 4-9; Keith Johnson lost to Dave Smiley 9-6, 6-9, 6-9, 7-9; Peter Pinkney beat Alan Peirson 10-9, 10-9, 1-9, 1-9, 9-6.

Division One: Otley 1 (Mark Drury) Harlow 2 (Nigel Chambers, Rob Cunningham); Wensleydale II 0 Harrogae Squash 3 (Dave Townsend, Paul Hotchkiss, Colin Wilding); Bedale II 1 (Dave Wheatley) Knaresborough 2 (James Lambley, Jon Evans); Squash II 2 (Martin Wickenden, Nicola Pratt) Wensleydale 1 (Nick Brown); Northallerton 1 (Peter Pinkney) Bedale 2 (Phil Martin, Dave Smiley).

Division Two: Harlow II 3 (Martyn Hall, Sophie Jacob, Peter Craddock) Bedale II 0; Wensleydale III 2 (Ian Garth, Paul Holmes) Pateley Bridge 1 (Ben Bolton); Knaresborough II 2 (Gary Hatch, Adrian Forge) Thorpe Perrow 1 (Tony Waldron); Bedale IV 2 (Andy Hawkswell, Mike Lumley) RAF Leeming 1 (Steve Grant); Thirsk 2 (Paul Goacher, Steve Lacey) Thirsk II 1 (Steve Whiteley).

Division Three: Catterick Garrison 1 (Jason Hughes) Boroughbridge 2 (Joe Royle, Dave Flintoff); Thirsk III 1 (Mark Fox) Harrogate Squash V 2 (Jamie Styring, Jamie Bartle); Harrogate Squash III 3 (Bruce Ramsey, Ian woodhead, Martyn Woodhead) Harlow III 0; Pateley Bridge 1 (Chris Robinson) Knaresborough II 2 (Phil Smelt, Phil Strong).

In the knockout cup Northallerton's 3-2 first round home success against Harlow has given them a plum home tie against holders Harrogate Squash.

The match will be played on December 12.

Hambleton Ales North Yorkshire Knock Out Cup first round

Group A: Northallerton 3 Harlow 2; Thirsk 2 Otley 3.

Group B: Catterick Garrison 5 Thirsk B 0; Wensleydale B 2 Harlow B 3; Boroughbridge 4 Bedale B 1.

Kall Kwik Harrogate and District League

Harrogate Squash won a key top-of-the-table clash in Division One.

They beat league leaders Adel 3-0, inflicting the first defeat of the season on their North Leeds rivals.

Adel are still hanging on to top spot by ther fingertips, just a point ahead of second placed Ilkley and two in front of Squash.

The top three sides, however, have already opened a sizeable gap. Fourth placed Collingham, who have lost two of their seven matches, are on 52 points - 17 behind third in the table Harrogate Squash.

Adel 0 Harrogate Squash 3 Scores (Harrogate names first): Adam Nowakowski beat Mark Ambler 6-9, 9-7, 9-10, 9-1; Martin Wickenden beat Steve Glynn 3-9, 9-4, 9-3, 6-9, 9-2; Nicola Pratt beat Jon Hodgson 3-9, 9-7, 9-3, 9-2.

Out of sorts Scott Hall, last season's champions, found their form with a 3-0 away win over Nomads.

Scott Hall dropped just one game but have a mountain to climb if they are to retain the title.

Nomads 0 Scott Hall 3 Scores (Scott Hall names first): Ian Cawthorne beat John Riley 6-9, 9-2, 9-6, 9-7; Mark Sellers beat Richard Leondard 9-4, 9-6, 9-4; Scott Wilson beat Jon Round 9-2, 9-3, 9-3.

Victories by Nick Brown and Anthony Kettlewell held former champions Moortown at bay with a 2-1 away win. Dave Lines was the Moortown winner.

Division One: Adel 0 Harrogate Squash 3 (Adam Nowakowski, Mark Ambler, Martin Wickenden); Collingham II 1 (Brian Manson) Otley 2 (Matt Wood, Steve Thackwray); Nomads 0 Scott Hall 3 (Ian Cawthorne, Mark Sellers, Scott Wilson); Ilkley 2 (Andy Hutchinson, Phil Maunsell) Harlow 1 (Tom Ellis); Harrogate Squash II 1 (Dave Townsend) Chapel Allerton 2 (Nick Morells, Mark Pinkerton); Moortown 1 (Dave Lines) Collingham 2 (Nick Brown, Anthony Kettlewell).

Division Two: Harlow III 1 (Dave Allenby) Harrogate Squash III 2 (David Dodsworth, Steve Whiteley); Knaresborough II 0 Moortown II 3 (Nigel Lister, Carl Knowles, John Kay); Knaresborough 0 Harrogate Squash IV 3 (Ian Berrill, Ken Hughes, Ian Woodhead); Harlow II 1 (John Graham) Ilkley II 2 (Jonty Hawkes, Roger Goodwin-Jones); Ilkley III 3 (Jon Pownall, Tom Songhurst, Richard Pugh).

Division Three: Otley II 3 (Paul Hickman, David Scarborough, Dave Barry) Army Foundation College 0; Moortown IV 2 (Martyn Wilkinson, Steve Holroyd) Knaresborough III 1 (John Brennan); Harrogate Squash V 1 (Brian Williamson) Harlow IV 2 (Paul Fairhurst, Dan Lupton); Bedale 2 (John Abbotson, Geoff Coles) Moortown III 1 (Phil Maher); Collingham IV 2 (Ed Dabrowski, Steve Widdison) Boroughbridge II 1 (Phil Strong).