It was also a good day for Polytechnic, the team Sheffield will face next month in the final match of the season. Goals by Michele Aureli, Chris Brown and Chris Icely enabled the London side to hit back from 5-3 down to beat Sutton & Cheam 6-5; they followed up with a more comfortable 16-7 victory over Exeter.
Poly's win against Sutton - Icely's winner came just a minute and a half from the end - was not the only close finish.
Portobello drew 7-7 with Exeter, pulling level thanks to a man-up goal from Ben Scott with 1.45 to go and an equaliser from James Scobie with 18 seconds remaining.
Welsh Wanderers were involved in a terrific battle with Caledonia, fighting back from 9-5 down to level at 9-9 and then from 12-9 in arrears to 12-12 only for Chris Campbell to hit a winner for the Scots at 13-12 less than two minutes from the end. Joe Jenkins-Delf (Photo: Trevor Hyde) was an unlucky loser for Wanderers - he scored seven.