Sheffield, double winners at Aldershot on the first weekend of competition, were totally outplayed in the men's competition. Within a minute and a half of the start of the second quarter, Manchester were 10-1 up - and they maintained the pressure all the way through, eventually triumphing 21-7. Andrea de Caro and Dan Paddon were the lead scorers, with five apiece.
Manchester's girls were almost as dominant, leading Coventry 9-1 after two periods on the way to a 13-4 victory. Coventry rallied in the third quarter, which they actually won 2-1 - despite having two penalties saved by Jade Smith. Maya Srinivasan made some good saves for Coventry in the later stages, but Manchester always had control. Annie Clapperton, the division's top scorer, claimed another five.
Sheffield Sharks edged a 6-5 win against Otter. The London side recovered from 4-2 down to level at 5-5 at the start of the last quarter; almost immediately, Amelia Peters' fourth goal proved the winner.
In women's Championship 1, Honour Grimes scored four for Tyldesley in a 13-6 defeat of Welsh Wanderers. Birmingham were 9-6 in arrears against Hucknall but salvaged a point at 9-9 as Erin Jones, Emma Buckroyd and Sancha Tonks scored.
Photos (Trevor Hyde): Action today from Ponds Forge, showing Manchester men (above) defending against Sheffield; and goalkeeper Annie Holt and the Tyldesley under pressure against Sheffield Stingrays in women's Championship 1.