A Cheltenham win would almost certainly have turned the tables. But the Hawks were too strong, charging into a 5-0 lead before their opponents registered a goal and then leading 8-1 after two periods. Jack Wilczyski-Wilkins led the Hawks scoring with six and there four goals from Cameron Richards. With a day to go, Manchester top the table with a 100 per cent record from six games and are guaranteed to finish as champions.
The other promotion places to Division 3 will be up for grabs on the final day tomorrow (11 March). Rotherham Metro boosted their prospects as Richard Leighton bagged seven in a 16-13 defeat of City of Birmingham. Otter stayed in contention after a 14-11 win against Bridgefield.