Watford Saxons were in the box seat before the action got under way, knowing that victory over Sedgefield would give them the title. But Sedgefield hadn’t read the script, racing into a 10-2 lead and eventually winning 14-8, including a seven-goal haul from Connor Keeble and five from Ben Stephenson.
In the process, Sedgefield did Bridgefield a huge favour. It meant that, if Bridgefield then beat Coventry – they duly won 12-5 - Bridgefield and Sedgefield would be level at the top with 12 points. The title was then decided by the narrowest of margins – Bridgefield's 6-5 victory over Sedgefield when the sides met at Bolton at the end of January. It was as close as that!
Bridgefield, Sedgefield and Watford Saxons all progress to Division 4 next season, with Caledonia Storm, 10-8 winners against Invicta Marlins today, Coventry, York, Invicta Marlins and Sheffield Dolphins in Division 5.
Photo: Bridgefield coach Ant McGuinness and his players celebrate their victory at Walsall today.