Both teams were slow to settle in the early stages, Manchester goalkeeper Jade Smith making a couple of excellent saves to thwart the Otter attack. Manchester led 2-1 in the second quarter thanks to long-range goals from Isobel Howe and Hannah Rudman but Otter hit back to take a 3-2 advantage - and improved this to 5-3 near the end of the third period.
Manchester countered once again and they were ahead at 6-5 with less than four minutes left following goals from Howe, Stephanie Whittaker and Emmie-Rose Eastwood. That's how it stayed until a Manchester exclusion offered another chance to Otter, Cutler scoring after a shot rebounded from the goal frame.
Later, Otter strengthened their position at the top of the table with a 12-6 victory over Liverpool Lizards, including four goals from Lily Turner. Coventry outplayed Caledonia 18-4, with Vick Hawkins contributing seven of their goals.
In women's Championship 1, Sheffield Sharks hammered Tyldesley 17-7, including four goals from Bernice Cowton. Leeds Sharks' 14-9 defeat of Liverpool Liver Birds featured five goals by Tegan Stanbach.
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Otter's Lily Turner battling with Emma Bartett, of Manchester, at Ponds Forge today.