FARSLEY Celtic remain at the summit of Division One North in the Evo-Stik League after an eventful 5-3 win over a Bamber Bridge side that sprung to life after going down to ten men.
The Celts seized the initiative with goals from Adam Clayton and Paul Walker inside the opening 11 minutes, but the visitors refused to crumble and battled throughout the remainder of the first half.
They were reduced in numbers when keeper Steve James brought Walker down just seven minutes after the interval.
The referee allowed play to continue, with Walker’s shot heading for the far corner.
But as Walker’s stabbed effort rolled just wide, the referee pointed to the spot and brandished the red card.
Brig's skipper and centre back Matt Lawlor donned the gloves but was easily beaten by Richard Marshall’s drilled spot-kick.
Far from allowing their heads to drop, the visitors hit back almost immediately as Alistair Waddecar glanced in a cross to cut the deficit.
The three-goal cushion was restored soon after the hour when Jordan Deacey rounded the stand-in keeper before slotting home.
Brig substitute Stuart Vasey netted following a 73rd-minute corner before Lewis Nightingale completed a superb move with a top-class finish.
The all-action game went right to the end as Vasey snatched another goal with an overhead kick into stoppage time.
They suffered a sucker punch, however.
Ben Wharton had given Paul Quinn’s men a first-half lead but Josh Draycott netted an 87th-minute leveller for Kendal Town.
Thackley missed the chance to reclaim fourth spot in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League's top tier after a 1-0 defeat.
Callum Lloyd’s second-half strike was enough for AFC Mansfield to take all three points.
Premier Division rivals Liversedge banked a home point as they played out a goalless draw with Wayne Benn’s Hemsworth Miners' Welfare.
It was a good day for the two local clubs in Division One, with Campion keeping their outside hopes of promotion alive with a 2-0 win at Teversal, Eli Hey and Jake Buchanan being on target for James Bicknell’s men.
Eccleshill United hit six of the best without reply as they romped to a home win over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Matt Waller claimed a hat-trick, while Matt Mathers and Charlie Flaherty weighed in, with the visitors’ Joel Singleton turning one past his own keeper.
Silsden suffered a single-goal defeat at home to leaders Litherland REMYCA in the Hallmark Security League Division One.
Lennon Whewell hit the game’s only goal on the quarter-hour mark.