Harpenden Town beat Kensington Borough in a match that was good, bad and plain ugly on Saturday to go six points clear at the top of the Spartan South Midlands Division One.
It was good that Harpenden went ahead after six minutes when a Charley Humberstone cross from the left was flicked on by Charlie Gould for Ben Warren to fire into the corner for 1-0.
It turned bad when Kensington equalised just three minutes later when their No 10 Reanu Grossett turned a defender and placed the ball in the corner of the net.
But it turned downright ugly when first Kensington’s manager Mo El Bukkali was sent off from the bench for arguing with the referee then both their centre backs got red carded in the second half.
The Harps went ahead when Charlie Gould was brought down in the box. Striker Harry Hunt had a tense five minutes wait while the ref threw the visitor’s manager out but shot confidently into the corner for 2-1.
Harpenden sealed it after 71 minutes when a Hunt corner was picked up by Sam Jenkins who headed home for 3-1. Shortly after Kensington had no chance when they were down to nine men after their No 4 got a straight red for swinging a punch at Tony Golder who was superb in defence for Town.
Manager Danny Plumb said:”Kensington are a good team but their discipline let them down.
“We managed to rise above it and the players deserve credit for that. Again we were not at our best but got the result.”
The result means Harpenden has had six straight victories, five in the league, but were facing a crucial clash on Tuesday night against second placed Biggleswade who have games in hand.