Manchester trailed 4-3 after the first period but were comfortably in command after that, Aaron Winstanley claiming four goals and Charles Booth and Dan Paddon two each.
Invicta and Sheffield shared the points in a 12-12 thriller. Towards the end of the third period, Sheffield were 10-7 up and looking good. But Invicta hit back to 10-10 before Sheffield briefly went 12-11 up - only for Ed Govier to salvage a draw for Invicta with a fine goal 27 seconds from the end.
One of the best games of the day saw Penguin edge through 12-11 in men's Division 2 against Welsh Wanderers. The game could hardly have been more even (5-5 after two periods, 8-8 after three, then 9-9) before Penguin finally opened up a 12-9 lead with goals by Riccardo Spadafora (2) and Claudio Bagnali. Wanderers rallied again, Dan Laxton notching his sixth with 1.08 remaining and Charlie Hinder netting with 20 seconds to go.
Ryan Symington scored three for Sutton & Cheam, who allowed Croydon Amphibians to recover from 3-0 down to 6-5 before Sutton eased clear in the last three minutes to a 9-6 win. John Pratt was on target four times for Team Northumbria in a 12-8 defeat of Bristol while Watford held on for an 8-7 victory over Exeter, losing a comfortable 8-4 lead in the last period.
In men's Division 5, also at Ponds Forge, Mike Cousins (4) and Connor Keeble (4) led the Leeds scoring in a 14-9 victory over Watford Saxons. Newcomers Chelmsford went down 12-10 to Warwick, for whom John Dyer and Jack Crump shared the goals - six each!
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Michael Cousins scores a late goal for Leeds against Watford Saxons.