Castleford replaced Rotherham in seventh place and will now have the option of joining bottom team Cheltenham Spartans in qualification against the top sides in Division 4 – City of Birmingham and Bridgefield. That competition will determine which pair go forward to Division 3 in 2024/25.
One more place in next season's Division 3 is reserved for this season's sixth-placed team.
Who will that be? We can’t know that at the moment due to the fact that games at Haberdashers did not take place today as a result of the pool being closed for safety reasons caused by an air handling problem.
It's a conundrum for League officials to resolve.
Rotherham led in the early stages against Castleford. By the third period the advantage was 7-4, then 11-7, quickly reduced to 11-9 through goals by Luke Franks and Alex Hall. The final quarter saw Rotherham improve their advantage to 13-10 – goals by Neil Swainson and Dan Hunt – before Franks replied again with 2.46 to go. Alex Hall’s final goal for Castleford arrived 16 seconds from the end.
Sedgefield’s successful Division 3 season ended with a 16-10 victory over Manchester Hawks. John Pratt’s five goals took his seven-match tally to a remarkable 42.