FC STAFFORD picked up a hard-fought point in a 2-2 draw at third place Warstone Wanderers on Saturday.
In a match that saw the hosts finish with nine players, FC Stafford shocked the home side by taking a 2-0 advantage in the first period.
Ryan Brown hit the bar for the visitors in the opening moments, as FC Stafford continued to dominate possession early on with Chris Hall and Warren Slater picking the ball in the defensive third and bringing the ball through the midfield.
It was not long before FC Stafford opened the scoring. Matt Rhodes linked up with Andy Willacy who in turn fed Duffy and he drove home.
Seven minutes later FC Stafford extended the lead when Willacy's positive work
saw him whip in a vicious cross which was connected by Brown who hammered home.
Warstone came out after the break with changes in personnel and shape and within the first five minutes had struck woodwork twice.
The home side pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left through Theo Brown.
But the game took a nasty turn after Tom Lane received a yellow card for a challenge. Warstone retaliated and manager Ryan McDonagh saw red for a challenge on Willacy.
Warstone, who had a second player second off, grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time, but not before both teams had been engaged in a mass skirmish. This Saturday, FC Stafford host Wolves Sporting at Rowley Park.