Altona has jumped up to second on the Premier Bowls ladder following its comprehensive win over Lilydale on Saturday.

With Melbourne slipping to its first loss of the season, Altona took the chance to creep up the table with a solid 95 (18) – 56 (0) victory at Lilydale.

While it took out all four rinks, it was far from easy going for the visitors as the home side pushed them all the way in three of the rinks.

Brett Foley scored a huge 34-5 shot win in his rink, but Dane McKinnon (20-15), Bradley Peck (19-17) and Nathan Wilson (22-19) were pushed all the way. Wilson, Peck and Foley now hold three of the top four positions on the league skip ladder early in the year.

The win lifted Altona to 3-2 after five games, trailing just Mentone on the table.

In pennant division one, Altona endured an agonising one-shot loss to Werribee as it went down 73 (16) – 72 (2) on home greens.

While the loss leaves Altona’s seconds with just one win for the season, it has a score difference of just -12 after five rounds to show how close it has been in many games to date.

Elsewhere, Yarraville Footscray’s Premier Division side came away from its trip to Essendon with a strong victory to grab its third win of the year.

The 87 (16) – 60 (2) win was built on the back of Christopher Ball’s big 15-shot win in his rink, while Raymond Coulter and James Pearce also scored comfortable victories.

Wayne Roberts toiled hard but eventually slipped to a six shot defeat.

The win for Yarraville Footscray lifts it into the top four ahead of this week’s clash with ninth-placed Deer Park.

In pennant division two, Yarraville Footscray managed one rink win in a close six-shot loss to Altona Sports.

The 70 (2) – 76 (16) defeat puts Yarraville Footscray in sixth place on the table, with a trip to winless Melton to come this weekend.