WINS for Harlequins and Deeside Demons have helped the top two sides to open up a gap at the top of Division One of the NEWNA Winter League.

League leaders Harlequins kept their unbeaten record intact as they battered a lowly Deeside Deuce 72-20 in a result which keeps them four points clear of the Demons.

The second placed Demons kept themselves within touching distance of the table toppers after they recorded a 57-44 victory over Mold Dragon in fourth.

Although the Demons were unable to narrow the gap between them and a seemingly unstoppable Harlequins, they were able to move seven points clear of the Deeside Devils who narrowly lost out to Clinton James.

Clinton were 13-10 ahead after the first quarter before extending their lead to four points with a 25-21 scoreline at half time.

Their victory looked certain when they went nine points clear of Deeside at one point in the third period, but the Devils struck back to narrow the difference back down to five going into the final quarter.

And while the Devils won the last period 13-11, it proved to be too little too late as Clinton James held on for a 51-48 success over the side who beat them convincingly by 20 points earlier in the season.

Elsewhere in the division, Colwyn Sports beat Holywell Hawks 50-26, while the Hotshots got the better of North East Eagles in a 56-45 victory.

In Division Three of the NEWNA Winter League, top of the table Holywell Hurricanes won their derby clash with the Highfliers 38-32 to keep themselves one point clear.

Firebirds kept up the pressure on the league leaders, though, as they thumped third placed Mold Swift 59-14.

Mold Hawks slipped to a 47-26 reverse to the Holywell Highlights, and Ruthin Ladies picked up their second win of the season as they beat a winless Holywell Hustlers in the only other game in the league.