The teams were tied at 9-9 towards the end of the third period, but Hawks then scored three times without reply – through Adam Lecomber, James Blenkinsop and Harry Dunkerley – to take charge. Portobello rallied again and replied through Ed Grundy and Guy Broadhurst, but too late to avoid a 12-11 defeat.
After winning their first game, Otter came unstuck at Watford against City of Bristol, who rattled in eight goals in the final period in a 17-10 win. Top marksmen for Bristol were Will Thompson and Tom Whiting, both with four. Cheltenham Spartans fought back to draw 9-9 with Worthing, Rob Parker and Taylor Walsh scoring the only goals of the final period.
Durham Palatinates and Southampton both registered two wins in men’s Championship 3. In their only match, Rotherham Metro outplayed Birmingham 20-7, including five goals each for Ben Alderson and Neil Swainson.
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Joao Martins in action for Worthing at Watford today.