Sutton & Cheam were the only team to win their three matches during the first weekend of Championship 2 action at Matlock. After defeating Southampton 15-13 and Hucknall 19-16, they were involved in another close game before beating Birmingham 14-11.
Sixteen-year-old Jack Wilcynski-Wilkins starred for Manchester Hawks, scoring five times in a 13-5 win over Exeter, who conceded six in the last period.
Earlier, goals in the final period by Darren Heagarty (3) and Kameron Powell (2) clinched Exeter’s 15-12 victory over Penguin. The Devon side had trailed 11-10 at the end of the third period.
Castleford almost slipped up in men’s Championship 3 at Liverpool, conceding goals in the last period after building a 10-6 lead against University of Bristol but finally holding out for a 12-ll victory.
They were the only team to survive a weekend of very close encounters with a 100 per cent record from three matches.
Six-goal Chris Burns led York City to a 13-12 win against Ealing while Cheltenham Spartans had to rely on a last-ditch goal from Liviu Totolici – his fourth of the game – to grab a 12-12 draw with City of Cambridge.
Ealing beat London rivals Otter 9-8 in men’s Championship 3 after the final minute produced three goals at Liverpool.
Will Middleton put Ealing ahead at 8-7 only for Mate Nyaka to equalise. There were just 13 seconds remaining when ex-Sheffield player Tom Kelly claimed the winner.
Cambridge chalked up their second win, beating York City 8-6 thanks to goals in the last three minutes by Riccardo di Pietro and Nick Ludford.
In Championship 2 at Matlock, Exeter beat Watford 13-11 with late goals by Kameron Powell (2) and Andy Barry while a dominant third period, which they won 6-1, earned Sutton & Cheam a second victory – 19-16 against Hucknall.
There was no shortage of late drama as men’s Championship 2 got under way at Matlock today. In the first match, Birmingham came from 10-8 down to level at 10-10 only for James Warman to snatch a Watford winner two minutes from the end.
James Hadlow’s fourth goal earned Hucknall a point in a 10-10 draw with Manchester Hawks, for whom James Salt netted seven. Birmingham struggled in the latter stages of their second game of the day, Penguin scoring eight in the final period to win 17-11.
In Liverpool, Lee Cadwallader’s six goals set up Bridgefield’s 15-9 Championship 3 win against York City while Paulo Andrade was on target eight times in Cambridge’s 14-6 defeat of University of Bristol.