The London side made a storming start, charging into a 4-0 lead with goals by Kimon Haralambous (2), Chris Brown and Liam Neill. Cheltenham rallied superbly, cutting the gap to 4-2 by the end of the opening quarter and eventually pulling level at 6-6 at the end of the second when Dan Day scored with a powerful shot from just outside 6m.
Poly have a strong South African contingent in their squad this season - Liam Neill (Photo: Trevor Hyde), top scorer at the Sheffield weekend, played for his country in the 2021 Olympics. They edged into a 9-8 lead at the end of the third period, thanks to a goal by Bence Kadar, and dominated the final quarter.
Penalty count: Eight penalties were awarded during the game, only three resulting directly in a goal. Credit goes to goalkeepers Sam Legge (Cheltenham) and Joe Shearer. The photo below (Trevor Hyde) shows Shearer making one of the penalty saves.
Penguin enjoyed a great day, beating Invicta 14-5 and adding an impressive 17-5 win against Cheltenham. At Matlock, Manchester outplayed Caledonia 23-4. Sheffield led all the way through against Lancaster - until the last 19 seconds, when a goal by Ryan Pinington snatched a 10-9 victory for Lancaster.