FC UNITED extended their lead at the top of the North West Counties First Division to five points thanks to a 3-1 win over Formby.
Goals from Simon Carden, Jerome Wright and Rhodri Giggs saw the Reds edge a feisty affair at Skelmersdale which saw two players sent-off.
After a bright start, FC finally took the lead when a Stuart Rudd shot found its way in via Carden's backside.
However, the expected goal avalanche didn't materialise and the Squirrels equalised through a Paul Wardley lob.
The second-half erupted when FC's Rory Paterson was sent-off after a high challenge on the Formby keeper, with the hosts' Lee Mullen also seeing red after an ensuing melee.
Soon after, Wright netted to restore the Reds' lead before Giggs sealed victory.