TENNIS: It’s advantage Dallington in Men’s Division One

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Dallington A lead the way in the Northampton Men’s Winter League Division One, in a title race that looks set to go down to the wire.

Dallington currently sit top, eight points clear of reigning champions County A, with County having played two games fewer.

Fascinatingly, half of County’s remaining fixtures are against Dallington sides, with two matches still to be played against fourth-placed Dallington B.

A date for the diary looks set to be March 3, where County A host Dallington A in what could quite possibly turn out to be a title decider.

It must be said that third-placed Rugby A cannot be ruled out of the title race just yet, as they sit eight points behind leaders Dallington, with both sides having played six matches. However, they’d be looking to beat Dallington A on Thursday to put pressure on the leaders and to realistically keep their title challenge alive.

At the bottom it isn’t as dramatic, with Northampton B’s relegation already confirmed due to them withdrawing from the division.

It is looking a similar story in division one of the Northampton Ladies Winter League, with Dallington and County both going head to head in the quest for the league title.

Both sides sit level on 51 points, having played the same amount of matches.

The sides can hardly be separated, with both County and Dallington having the same sets for and against record. In this case it is looking like a two-horse race, with rank outsiders Rugby A sitting third, eight points behind the top two having played a game more.

A crucial and potentially title-deciding fixture comes as early as Friday, with Dallington A heading to County for the biggest match of their respective seasons so far.

The scrap to avoid the drop from ladies division one looks equally as tight as the battle for the title, with Thrapston A and LMRCA A occupying the bottom two places. LMRCA sit bottom, three points behind Thrapston, who have a game in hand over the bottom side. The two clubs face each other in their final match of the season on March 21, in what could well be a winner takes all contest.