Cheltenham, it seemed, were cruising to victory when they led 9-6 in the final period. The score stayed that way until Andrea Tuli scored with 1.54 to go. No need to panic . . . until Tilemachos Passas reduced the lead to 9-8 with 44 seconds remaining. Penguin attacked again and equalised through Tulli - with just two seconds remaining on the clock!
Polytechnic launched the Super 5s in dramatic style, defeating champions City of Manchester 12-10.
Victory repeated Poly’s success against Manchester in the first phase of the season. Once again, there was little between the sides for much of the game. Manchester were actually a goal ahead on five occasions before the match progressed to 7-7 midway through the third period.
The London side then took over, charging into a 12-8 lead with goals by Kimon Haralambous, Giacomo Cupido, Tim Rezelman (2) and Jordan Rumbelow. Joe O’Regan scored five for Manchester.
Later, Poly eased to a second win - 23-7 against Lancaster. Leading scorers were Liam Neill (5), Sergio Schiaffino (4) and Kimon Haralambous (4).
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Andrea Tulli lines up a shot against Cheltenham. The Cheltenham defender is Tom Hunt.