The very last match proved crucial as Northampton beat Colchester 4-1. Colchester had looked odds on to progress after winning all three matches on Saturday. But, prior to the Northampton defeat, they also lost 6-3 to Chester - and this meant they missed out altogether along with Radcliffe and Bedford.
The women's qualifier at Walsall was also closely contested. Scottish representaties Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth started the second day by losing 1-0 to Liverpool Water Beatles. Later, however, they beat Sunderland 9-7 - enough to ensure a place in Division 3 next September along with Manchester Comets and Solihull. Sunderland and the Water Beatles lost out.