The teams were locked at 9-9 after three periods and it was Manchester who stretched ahead at the start of the last. Dan Paddon scored first; then Harry Dunkerley broke up a Wanderers attack and swam the length of the pool to make it 11-9.
Wanderers' recovery was inspired by Dan Laxton. He converted a man-up chance, and then smashed in a penalty after Lewis Gilmour had been pulled back while facing goal. With 56 seconds left, Laxton struck yet again - a brilliant snap shot under heavy pressure five metres out - which took his match tally to seven. Even then, there was time for Manchester to set up the chance of an equaliser - which they missed.
In their second match, Manchester were pushed all the way by Cheltenham before Jordan Elliot's late goal - a simple push over the line after the ball rebounded from the goal - gave Manchester the points at 13-12.
Reigning champions Polytechnic beat Sutton & Cheam 8-4, a game which both goalkeepers - John Lewis (Poly) and Matt Holland excelled.
In the women's Super 5s, also at Aldershot, Liverpool Liver Birds fought off a late rally by Sheffield Sharks to win 13-12, including six goals by Molly Boniface-Ashton. Later, Lizards dominated the final period to beat Coventry 12-7. Lucy Blenkinshiip, Brooke Tafazolli and Harriet Dickens all scored four in City of Manchester's 18-4 drubbing of Otter.
How's this for a goalscoring feat?
In women's Championship 1 at Bolton. Cheltenham's Amelie Perkins scored TWELVE in her team's 18-8 defeat of Liverpool Liver Birds. Remarkably, she improved on that performance in Cheltenham's second game, scoring THIRTEEN as her team walloped Exeter 30-13!
A late goal by Rachel Bull - her sixth - clinched Penguin Emperors 15-14 win against Exeter.