Deeping Rangers and local rival Peterborough Northern Star shared two late goals and three late red cards in a feisty encounter at Outgang Road on Saturday.
A largely dour ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division derby duel exploded into life in the final quarter-of-an-hour.
Billy Smith spectacularly fired Star ahead with a stunning blast from the edge of the box and the hosts were quickly reduced to 10 men as the already-booked Mitch Griffiths collected a second caution for dissent after nonsensically kicked the ball out of the ground. Griffiths had earlier been yellow-carded in the first half for a challenge on Kieron Davies which forced the Star man out of the contest with a cut and swollen ankle.
The numbers count was soon levelled as recent Star signing Phil Stebbing was dismissed for a petulant kick at an opponent and that dismissal proved costly as Deeping equalised from the very next attack courtesy of a deflected Scott Ginty drive.
That was not the end of the drama as Deeping full-back Craig Parker became the third player to see red following a crude challenge on Star man Matt Porter.
Earlier in the second half Deeping’s Stacy Cartwright had been highly fortunate to remain on the pitch after allegedly biting Star substitute Matt Sparrow. Instead referee Peter Moore chose to caution both players after Sparrow had initially caught home goalkeeper James Doughty while trying to reach a bouncing ball.
Deeping dropped to fifth place in the Premier Division after being held. They were leapfrogged in the standings by Yaxley who saw off bottom side Harborough to earn a fifth successive league win.