So close has been this season's competition that the table after the latest weekend of fixtures at Lancaster shows four teams - City of Manchester, Lancaster, Invicta and Solihull - level at the top on six points.
Durham Palatinates kept their Super 5s hopes alive with a dramatic 10-9 victory over Polytechnic. The London side led 9-6 after three periods but were then hit by a terrific Durham rally in which goals by Josh Brown, Matt Calvert and John Pratt (Photo: Trevor Hyde) brought the scores level at 9-9 - followed by the winner 1.03 from the end by Akos Sahin-Toth.
Cheltenham have work to do if they are to avoid missing out on the top five for the first time. They lost 9-6 to fast-improving Invicta, who scored three times without reply in the final quarter through Sean King, Jack Waller and Paul Cheetham.
Solihull beat Sheffield 9-5. And Manchester left it very late to defeat Lancaster 7-6, Lewis Daly's winner two minutes from the end giving his side the lead for the only time in the game.
At Matlock, Otter's second win of the weekend in men's Division 3 - 13-9 against Southampton - earned a move up to Championship 2 together with Worthing, Southampton, Manchester Hawks and Croydon Amphibians. Cambridge would have taken fifth position from Otter had they beat Cheltenham Spartans in their final match - but Cheltenham achieved their first win of the campaign, 15-10.