Relegated Neston led Hounslow following a Richard Beswick goal in the 48th minute before three goals from the champions saw them home.
Philip McGuire scored all three goals as Cup semi-finalists Teddington beat Slough 3-0 but there was little joy for another, East Grinstead, beaten 3-1 by Bromley.
The battle for the second promotion place from the Second Division went almost to the final whistle. Indian Gymkhana secured it on a better goal difference - three more than Guildford. They finished with a 5-0 win against Doncaster. Guildford knew they had to go for goals but left it until the last 25 minutes before scoring at Cambridge City. Five goals from player-coach Ian Jennings, all from penalty corners, and one each by Dan Hall and Neil Berry gave them a 7-0 victory but it was not enough.Reuse content