Victories over Invicta and Manchester on day one left the London club strongly positioned to make the top five. But it still meant that their final match against Sheffield could be viewed as a winner-takes-all meeting for a guaranteed top five spot.
Poly won 12-6, always leading after building a 4-1 lead in the first period. Chris Brown and Giacomo Cupido were the chief scorers with four apiece.
It meant that, in the end, Polytechnic finished as runners-up and qualified with Solihull, Manchester, Lancaster and Cheltenham. Sheffield, who started the Lancaster weekend in second place, drop to Championship 1 with Invicta and Caledonia.
Lancaster avoided a possible slide in the Championship with a 9-6 victory over Cheltenham, who will also be relieved to have survived by a single point. The teams were locked at 6-6 with five minutes left, but then Lancaster went clear with goals by Alex Parsonage (2) and Stefano Cossutti.
Photo (Trevor Hyde): Four-goal Chris Brown demonstrates his defensive qualities for Polytechnic. The goalkeeper is Matteo Gaspari.