In an incident-packed encounter at Heanor MW, the game featuring FC WELFARE 1925 and RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL had just about everything.
Striker Ross Keightley maintained his good recent scoring streak by latching on to a punt downfield before sliding the ball in to put the home team ahead.
His opposite number – the lively Steven Guilor – rammed home an equaliser before seeing his team mate Jerry Moran sent off after his retaliatory head butt into the chest of an opponent.
Further salt was rubbed into the wound when – within a minute of the resumption – Keightley scored again to give his side a half-time lead to add to their numerical advantage.
The introduction of second half substitute Matt Guilor gave Rainbow the midfield drive they had been lacking, but it was Welfare who increased their lead before the visitors came storming back and eventually found themselves in front, aided and abetted by defender Matt Coupland who powered a header from a corner kick into his own net.
The game ended 5-5, a tally that included a strike at each end that was worthy of goal-of-the-season status; the other goal scorers in a rollicking encounter were Karl Frost, Jack Scott and David Farnsworth for Welfare and Scott Swanwick, David George and Jake Watson for Rainbow.
In another high scoring game, ALFRETON VICTORIA stopped RAILWAY (Alfreton) in their tracks after the visitors had shown recent signs of a resurgence. Adie Whitmore grabbed a hat-trick and Brett Sharpe (2); the other goal coming via a Russel Jacques penalty kick in a 6-3 home win.
Leading scorer Jay Miles slotted home a hat-trick that paved the way towards a 5-2 win for SOUTH WINGFIELD who were up against LEABROOKS CORNER. Jay Fretwell and Scott Brown got the others while Clint Buckerfield and Drew Moseley were on the mark for the visitors.
In Division Two, DERBY ATHLETIC found themselves a goal down to a Daniel Prince effort against BULLS HEAD.
However, Martin Hardy levelled things up before the break and the home team bossed the second-half to run out clear 5-2 winners. Hardy added a second goal with Matt Roberts, Kev Morrew (penalty) and Andrij Kupranek getting the others. Matt McGinnis scored what proved to be a consolation goal for his side.
NEW WHITE BULL found themselves stuck in the mud when they made the trip to HAYLOFT. Conditions might best be described as atrocious. The home team adapted the better and goals from Matthew Byard and Alex Sheffield were enough to secure the points, despite having conceded an early goal to Andrew Flint.
A good old-fashioned, feisty Marlpool derby went the way of the form book as WHITE LION beat UNITED 9-2. Daniel Frederickson, Cory Bowler (3), Ashley Draper, Luke Meakin, Danny Henson and Adam Moss (2) helped themselves to the Lion goals; Danny Fowkes and Leon Ravenscroft replying.
DEVONSHIRE ARMS went down 0-2 in an open and entertaining game against ALLIANCE HEALTHCARE, while RIDDINGS ROVERS put five past AMBER ATHLETIC without reply to inflict on the visitors only their second defeat of the season.
Ibrahim Ashonsh scored a first half hat-trick for SEVEN STARS to put the skids under OUT OF TOWN. Although they had Liam Dolan sent off following a second yellow card offence, further goals from Tom Spencer, substitute Christian Taylor and Nathan Ball sealed a 6-1 victory margin; Tim Stone scoring for the visitors.