The big game of the day in the ChromaSports & Trophies United Counties League ended in stalemate as Division One promotion rivals AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Oadby Town drew 2-2 at the Dog & Duck.
A huge crowd of 827 were on hand for the clash, which was full of drama and saw Diamonds reduced to 10 men after just 12 minutes when Alex Deakin saw red for a challenge that handed the visitors a penalty, which was duly converted by Jon Stevenson.
But the numerical disadvantage made little difference to Mark Starmer’s men and they drew level through Alfie Taylor.
Stevenson’s free-kick put Oadby back in front 12 minutes into the second half. But there was another twist to come as Aaron King’s superb 40-yard strike earned Diamonds a share of the spoils.
The race for the promotion remains finely poised as leaders Sileby Rangers beat Harrowby 2-0 while Eynesbury Rovers were 4-2 winners over Bugbrooke.
Sileby are three points clear of Diamonds from a game less while Eynesbury are two points behind in third place, also from a game less. And Oadby remain firmly in the shake-up for one of the two promotion places as they remain eight points behind Diamonds with four games in hand.
The derby clash at London Road saw Rushden & Higham take the bragging rights with a 4-2 success over Whitworth, who took the lead through Cavell Jarvis.
Craig Harrower levelled for the Lankies before half-time and then Craig Lawman and Jory Mann’s penalty put the visitors 3-1 up in the second half.
Ryan Lovell gave Whitworth hope with a minute to go but Harrower wrapped it up for Aidy Mann’s side in stoppage-time.
Thrapston Town enjoyed a big 6-2 success at Wootton Blue Cross, just two days after they held Northampton Spencer to a 1-1 draw at Chancery Lane.
Thrapston raced into a 4-0 half-time lead thanks to David Sheridan, Luke Cummings (2) and Ben Sunderland before Callum Noble grabbed the fifth on 55 minutes.
The hosts did respond through Ryan Smith but Cummings completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot before the scoring was completed with Xennon Paul grabbing another consolation for Wootton.
Rothwell Corinthians found themselves 2-0 down at half-time in their clash at Bourne Town as Dan Smith and Tom Waumsley found the target.
But Tom Cardall’s own-goal gave Corinthians hope three minutes into the second half and a remarkable turnaround was completed when Jim Whitmore and Marvin Hill put the visitors 3-2 up.
However, there was one more twist to come as Bourne made it 3-3 with two minutes to go through Jim Currall.
First-half goals from Matt Long and Luke Stone proved decisive for Northampton Spencer as they beat Raunds Town 2-1. The Shopmates replied through Alex Wills seven minutes from full-time.
The misery continues, however, for rock-bottom Burton Park Wanderers as Potton United claimed their first win in 20 outings with a 2-0 home success.
Graham Tibbals gave them the lead in the first half and Steve Thomas made the game safe on 70 minutes.
There is a full programme of action in Division One on Easter Monday with the pick of the games being Whitworth’s home clash with next door neighbours AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
Raunds host Eynesbury while Corinthians also take on one of the high-fliers as Oadby are the visitors. Those two sides also meet at Oadby on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere on Monday, there is a derby at Chancery Lane as Thrapston host Burton Park Wanderers.
In the Premier Division, Desborough Town’s derby with Irchester United was postponed as was Stewarts & Lloyds’ home clash with Sleaford Town.
And Harborough Town’s 1-1 home draw with Peterborough Northern Star saw Irchester all-but relegated to Division One due to an inferior goal difference while that result also ensured S&L dropped into the bottom two, although they are just one point behind Harborough with two games in hand.
In the Easter Monday derby clashes, Wellingborough Town host Irchester at the Dog & Duck while Desborough take on Stewarts & Lloyds at the Waterworks Field.