After a heavy defeat at the hands of Otter on day one, Worthing were a transformed team, racing into a 3-0 lead early on with goals by George Wood, Alexandru Georgescu and Ilias Tzeraisi. They were 5-3 to the good after two periods and 7-6 after three. And it wasn’t until Lorenzo Cacciola (Photo: Trevor Hyde) scored a breakaway goal two minutes into the last quarter that Penguin led for the first time at 8-7.
A thrilling match went to 8-8, 9-9 and then 10-9 in favour of Worthing. And there were just 12 seconds remaining when Worthing suffered an exclusion and Penguin called a time-out – summoning goalkeeper Elliot McHugh to join a seven-man attack which ended with James Salt equalising with a single, precious second remaining on the clock.
Manchester Hawks are in second place a point behind Penguin after staging a late fightback to beat Durham Palatinates 13-11 at Bolton. Durham were ahead for much of the game and it needed a Lewis Daly man-up goal at the end of the third period to put the Hawks ahead for the first time at 11-10. Daly and 15-year-old Harry Bentham ensured victory with further goals in the last period.
Otter, 17-7 winners against Bristol, and Birmingham, who beat Castleford 15-8, are among teams aiming for top three places and promotion to Division 2 next season when the Championship 2 finale takes place at Haberdashers on 7/8 March.