Stewarts & Lloyds were on the wrong end of a stunning fightback from Long Buckby as a remarkable game in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division as the two teams eventually shared the points in a 4-4 draw.
Kevin Byrne’s team looked to be cruising towards three points as they held a 4-1 advantage at the break.
It was actually the hosts who took the lead through Liam O’Neill but four goals in six minutes put S&L in control.
Jamie O’Neill levelled, Billy Shepherd put them 2-1 up and then O’Neill and Shaun Goodall looked to have finished the job before the break.
But Dan Bucciero pulled a goal back before Joe Power made it 4-3 with six minutes to go. And Buckby’s comeback was complete on 88 minutes when Todd Sawko struck.
Elsewhere, it proved to be a very good day for the other local Premier Division clubs.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds finally returned to league action and warmed up for next week’s FA Cup showdown at Dover Athletic with a 3-1 success over bottom side Harborough Town at the Dog & Duck.
It wasn’t always straightforward for Mark Starmer’s side but they broke the deadlock early in the second half thanks to Fazel Koriya’s penalty and Aaron King doubled the lead just before the hour.
Ben Easson gave Harborough hope when he scored from the spot with three minutes to go but Lance Allen secured Diamonds’ fourth win in five league matches when he struck in stoppage-time.
Wellingborough Town sit in the top 10 after they won a fixture at Boston Town for the fifth successive season.
One goal was enough and it came from Jason Turner in the first half as he intercepted a poor back-pass.
And it was also a very good away-day for Desborough Town as they returned from Peterborough Northern Star with a 2-1 success.
Steve Walker’s side went in front in stunning style as Mark Forbes’ long-range free-kick found the top corner. But the hosts got back into the contest in the second half thanks to Nick Davey’s header.
However, it was Ar Tarn who sealed the points with 14 minutes to go when the prolific Michael Byrne latched on to a long ball, held off a challenged and fired home.
Irchester United’s wait for a first league win of the season is over as a late Ryan Lovell goal secured a 2-1 success at Blackstones in Division One.
Martin Brown put the Romans in front after just three minutes but the hosts levelled through Sam Strange before half-time.
The game looked to be heading for a draw but Lovell had the final say as he struck the winner in the 89th minute.
Rushden & Higham United returned to winning ways as they edged out Bourne 1-0 at Hayden Road.
Lewis O’Dell was the hero as he struck the only goal with just three minutes to go as the Lankies moved into seventh place.
The local derby at London Road went the way of Whitworth as they halted a long losing run and picked up their first home win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Rothwell Corinthians.
Theo Alcindor’s 14th-minute strike proved decisive as the Flourmen took all three points.
It was a bad day for Thrapston Town as they fell victim to Olney Town’s Sam O’Neill.
He hit a first-half hat-trick while James Wardell was also on target as the hosts went into half-time with a 4-0 lead.
Cory James pulled a goal back for Thrapston from the penalty spot on the hour but O’Neill had the final say as he grabbed his fourth to complete the scoring five minutes from full-time.
Raunds Town’s fine season continued in the first round of the NFA Junior Cup as the unbeaten Shopmates claimed a 2-0 success over Peterborough League side Netherton United at Kiln Park.
A goal in each half proved enough as Alex Wills struck before the break while Liam Bulmer wrapped things up on 70 minutes.
Raunds will now take on last season’s runners-up Cogenhoe Reserves in the second round.