It meant they join Manchester Comets, Exeter, Rotherham Metro and Liverpool Liver Birds in Championship 1 in the New Year. Marlins slipped to sixth, so they miss phase two but with the consolation of entry to Division 2 next season.
The bottom two teams, City of Bristol and Otter Lutra, have the option of taking part in the qualifying tournament in April involving the leading Division 3 teams, Watford and Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth. The top two there will fill the remaining places in Division 2 next year.
Tyldesley’s fightback against Marlins was led by Honor Grimes (Photo: Trevor Hyde), who scored six as her team battled to draw level at 10-10 by the end of the third period. The only goals of the final quarter were scored by Amelia Crompton from a penalty and – 48 seconds from the end – by Kelsy Evans. Holly Campbell scored six for Marlins.
The leading five positions were actually still not confirmed until the very last game when a win for City of Bristol against Liverpool Liver Birds would have produced four teams – Tyldesley, Liverpool, MSM and Bristol - on six points, leaving the mathematicians to work out which of those would occupy fourth and fifth places! In the event, Liverpool won, but only just - 7-6.
In women's Division 1 at Haberdashers, City of Manchester outplayed Penguin Emperors 19-7 to complete phase one with a 100 per cent record. Brooke Tafazolli and Izzy Howe both scorerd six.
Anna Motley (4) led the scoring for Sheffield Sharks, 14-9 winners against Otter.
Photo below (Trevor Hyde): No escape . . . Coventry's Hannah Ashley finds herself box in at Haberdashers today by Holly Rooney, of Liverpool Lizards. Liverpool won 13-6.