Scott Boden’s first goal in eight games was enough to earn FC Halifax Town a 1-0 win over Forest Green and move them above Rovers in the table.
This will go down as one of Town’s best results of the season no matter what is left to come; Rovers were unbeaten in 11 games before last night.
But the football was a bit of a side-show on an action-packed evening that saw James Norwood sent off and miss a penalty.
The drama did not stop after 90 minutes though, as a melee ensued upon the full-time whistle featuring most of the players and staff from both clubs.
From Paul Marshall’s excellent ball through to Boden, the striker kept his composure to hand Town a dream start after six minutes.
That would have been wiped out almost immediately but for a tremendous save at full stretch by Matt Glennon from Kurtis Guthrie’s header.
Elliott Frear embarked on a superb run and cross moments after the restart, but Guthrie headed over inside the six-yard box.
All Town’s work looked to have been undone when McManus brought down Norwood inside the box.
But goalkeeper Glennon saved Norwood’s penalty and Town breathed again.
Norwood’s night went from bad to worse only minutes later when he was given a straight red for a late foul on McManus.
Halifax: Glennon, K Roberts, M Roberts, Ainge, McManus, Smith (Peniket 54), Marshall, Maynard, Hatfield, Boden (Jackson 89), Dyer (Bolton 66). Unused substitutes: Senior, Jackson, Schofield.
Forest Green: Russell, Coles, Bennett, Guthrie, Sinclair (Kamdjo 81), Frear, Norwood, Wedgbury, Oshodi, Kelly, Parkin. Unused substitutes: Stokes, White, McGrory, Oliver.
Referee: S Rushton (Staffordshire).
Manchester United’s recent revival stretched to a fourth successive victory with a 2-1 win over Stoke City. Goals from Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata gave United victory, Steven N’Zonzi replying for City.
Burnley are out of the bottom three as they stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor with Newcastle.
George Boyd gave the Clarets the lead, but the Magpies levelled when Papiss Cisse kneed home the equaliser.
Liverpool eased the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers with a 3-1 victory at 10-man Leicester thanks to goals from Adam Lallana and Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson secured the points. Wes Morgan was sent off for Foxes.