GREAT Harwood Town went down 3-1 to Padiham at The Arbories last Saturday.
Veteran defender Neil Baron was ordered off as tempers became frayed late in the game.
Harwood, who had beaten their neighbours 3-1 in their previous meeting earlie in the season, were two down at half-time through goals from Padiham pair Ian Pilkington and Scott Gizon. They were thrown a lifeline on 52 minutes when John Eastham pulled one back with a header from a corner.
Harwood looked to have equalised when Liam Denning hit a free-kick into the top corner but a linesman's flag chalked the 'goal' off as someone had strayed offside. Neil Baron's protestations were so vehement that he received his marching orders.
But another goal from Carl Howarth a minute after Baron saw red for arguing with a linesman on 83 minutes sealed the win for the home side.
The defeat leaves Town on the bottom six of the North West Counties Division Two table.
Harwood Town are at home to third-from-bottom Leek CSOB on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). Manager John Hughes, likely to be without defender Russell Kay (injured) and striker Paul Mashiter (working) was hoping he may be able to introduce as many as three new faces, all of whom played in a friendly match at Rossendale United in midweek.