It meant that Sutton had to defeat Worthing in their final Division 2 match to leapfrog the Welsh into the vital fifth place behind Solihull, Polytechnic, Worthing and Croydon Amphibians.
They trailed early on but were only a goal behind near the end of the third period when 15-year-old Jack Watt reduced the Worthing advantage to 5-4. Another youngster, 17-year-old Tom Kane, made it 6-4 at the beginning of the last period, before Stephen Bayles replied for Sutton to make it 6-5. The tense final minutes saw the teams take three time-outs - but without producing another goal.
Later, Solihull beat Croydon 14-9, which meant they finished the first phase of the season with a 100 per cent record. At the other end of the table, James Salt netted six as Manchester Hawks picked up their first point with an 8-8 draw against Penguin. Salt's last two goals levelled the match after the Londoners led 8-6 deep into the final period.