The day began with four teams - Exeter, Penguin, Sutton and Watford - equal at the top with eight points. The drama unfolded like this:
Sutton recovered from four goals down to beat Manchester Hawks 10-9 - enough to guarantee them one of three promotion places.
Exeter then took on next-to-bottom Birmingham knowing that victory would give them the title. The pressure was too much for the Devon side - they lost 16-14.
And so to Watford's match with Penguin. This time, it was Watford who knew that victory would earn them first place. They lost 15-10.
It all meant that Sutton and London rivals Penguin finished equal top on points but, crucially, with advantage to Sutton - by virtue of a 7-6 win against Penguin at Gloucester last month after trailing 6-2 into the last period. It was that close . . . !
Sutton, now due to collect their trophy at Ponds Forge next weekend, will be joined by Penguin and Exeter in Division 2 next season. Watford, so close to success, miss out.