However, Sunderland and Cheltenham at least had the satisfaction of picking up their first points. Sunderland, boosted by five goals from Annabeth Pycroft (Photo: Trevor Hyde), beat the Comets 12-4. And Cheltenham held undefeated Rotherham Metro to a 6-6 draw. The teams qualifying for Championship 2 are Rotherham, Southampton, Sheffield Stingrays, Welsh Wanderers and Liverpool Water Beatles.
In men's Division 4 at Liverpool, York City claimed the fifth place in Championship 3 with a crucial point from a 13-13 draw with Rotherham Metro. Rotherham led 6-1 and 9-5 at various times but York were only a goal adrift at the start of the final quarter at 13-12 - and then claimed the only score of the final period, a man-up effort from Nick Boaz. Already qualified are Bridgefield, Tyldesley, Rotherham and Birmingham.