Liam Dolman scored twice as AFC Rushden & Diamonds moved 10 points clear at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division with a 2-1 success at Deeping Rangers.
Central defender Dolman opened the scoring when he headed home a corner after 12 minutes before the hosts equalised through Jordan Avis to make it all-square at the break.
However, another set-piece proved decisive as Dolman put his team back in front and this time they held on after Deeping’s Scott Ginty had been sent off.
Diamonds were able to move further clear at the summit thanks to Wellingborough Town’s superb 3-2 victory over second-placed Yaxley at the Dog & Duck.
Jake Newman put the Doughboys in front and then set up the second for Mark Pryor soon after the break.
Nathan Adams pulled one back for Yaxley but Adam Randall restored Wellingborough’s two-goal advantage with what proved to be the winner as Rob Hughes grabbed the visitors’ second of the game with a minute to go.
Thrapston Town picked up their fifth win in six matches in Division One with an impressive 5-2 victory at Olney Town.
The visitors went 2-0 up thanks to Leigh Chapman’s brace before Liam Carter made it three.
Tom Van Der Bergh got Olney on the scoresheet in the second period and they were right back in the game when Aaron Murrell headed home.
But their hopes were quickly extinguished as Jack Wisniewski made it 4-2 before Chapman had the final say when he completed the scoring and his hat-trick in the final minute.
The comeback of the day came at Sergeants Lawn as Rothwell Corinthians scored three goals in the last 10 minutes to beat Bugbrooke 3-2.
The visitors looked to be cruising towards an away win after Brad Janes struck just before and after half-time.
However, an 80th-minute penalty saw Bugbrooke’s Steve Botterill sent off and Cameron Starsmore converted from 12 yards.
And Corinthians didn’t look back. Dan Cooper equalised on 87 minutes and Jordan Henson completed a sensational fightback with the winner at the death.
Burton Park Wanderers competed well against high-flying ON Chenecks but a 34th-minute goal from Elliott Muddiman proved to be enough to secure a 1-0 win for the visitors.
Irchester United also suffered a home defeat as third-placed Potton United ran out 2-0 winners at Alfred Street.
The visitors left it late, however, as Steve Muggridge put them in front with just 13 minutes remaining before Jamie Risebrow rounded things off.