Penguin led 9-7 early in the final period. But goals by Ali Wakeling and Ashley Castle brought Sutton level – and it was Toby Hook (Photo: Trevor Hyde) who hit the winner just 1.45 from the end.
The eagerly-awaited clash between champions Polytechnic and Manchester did not take place – Manchester arrived too late after suffering a long hold-up on their motorway journey. What will happen now? That’s a decision for the League committee to debate.
After drawing 10-10 with Penguin, Cheltenham were involved in a second 10-10 draw – against Welsh Wanderers. The Welsh side led 7-2 in the second quarter, but Cheltenham levelled at 7-7, then 9-9, only to fall behind again when Dan Laxton claimed his fifth goal for Wanderers.
The final equaliser, 42 seconds from the end, was scored by George Davies – his third goal of the action-packed final period.
Sheffield scored six in the final quarter to ensure a 12-8 victory over Lancaster.