Wellingborough Town produced a fine fightback to claim a 2-2 draw with Deeping Rangers at the Dog & Duck and move a point clear of the relegation zone in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
They fell behind early on as Matt Heron put the visitors in front and it looked bleak for the Doughboys when Deeping doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half through David Burton-Jones.
The game’s turning point came just past the hour when Wellingborough’s Rashid Koriya saw red for a foul but Deeping goalkeeper James Doughty was also sent-off for his part in the fracas that followed.
Wellingborough reacted well and they pulled a goal back through Rob Parker on 84 minutes.
And the comeback was completed two minutes later when Parker grabbed his second from the penalty spot after Ciaran Holt was penalised for handball.
Desborough Town were undone with 10 minutes to go as leaders Holbeach United extended their lead at the top with a 1-0 win at the Waterworks Field.
Dan Flack scored the goal that sealed Holbeach’s 14th victory in their last 15 games,
The misery continues for Irchester United, who are closing in on relegation to Division One after they were beaten 4-0 at home by Sleaford Town.
Luke Hollingsworth and Liam Tunstall gave the visitors 2-0 half-time lead and Kris Jones and another from Tunstall sealed the victory after the break.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds picked up another victory as they maintained their promotion challenge in Division One with a 2-1 success at Bourne Town.
Jake Gillingwater put Mark Starmer’s side in front after 11 minutes and the win was sealed when Jake Newman kept up his recent good form in front of goal with the second after the break.
Tom Waumsley pulled one back for the hosts but they were sent to their first defeat in seven games.
Diamonds are attempting to chase down leaders Sileby Rangers but they made no mistake with a 4-0 success over NFA Junior Cup finalists Rushden & Higham United.
The hosts were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to Michael Byrne, Dan Spaughton and Rob Foster. And Foster rounded it off four minutes into the second half.
The derby honours went to Rothwell Corinthians as they claimed a 1-0 success at Whitworth, who are now without a win in five matches.
Jim Whitmore scored the decisive goal for the visitors on 16 minutes.
It was also a fine away-day for Thrapston Town as they claimed their first win in seven games with a 3-1 victory at struggling Buckingham Town.
Jedd Whiteman gave Thrapston a 1-0 lead at the break but Kyle Stimpson levelled 10 minutes into the second period.
But Gavin Callum restored the visitors’ lead five minutes later and Iain Blaikie finished the job late on.
Raunds Town were beaten 2-0 at home by Bugbrooke, who had Jamie Jollands and Chris Griffin on target.
And it was another tough day for bottom side Burton Park Wanderers as Joe Smyth’s team were beaten 4-1 at Olney Town.
Faud Ahmed’s double gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at half-time before Neil Walton and Sam Parrish added further goals after the break. Luke McIlroy grabbed a late consolation for Wanderers.