By Liam Chronnell
FC UNITED moved five points clear at the top of the NWCL Division One in an ill-tempered clash at struggling Formby.
Simon Carden grabbed a fortunate opener when Stuart Rudd's shot struck the midfielder to hand the leaders a first-half lead.
Paul Wardley equalised after the break for the Merseysiders before both teams were reduced to 10 men. The Rebels' Rory Patterson was sent off for a lunge at the goalkeeper and, in the ensuing melee, Formby's Lee Mullen also received his marching orders.
Jerome Wright put FC back in front with a fine solo effort before substitute Rhodri Giggs wrapped up the points late on for the breakaway club.
In Division Two, Daisy Hill drew 1-1 with Holker Old Boys at New Sirs.
Danny Williams fired the home side into a 19th-minute lead but Danny Keenan equalised just eight minutes later to ensure honours finished even.