RUGBY BOROUGH produced a scintillating first half performance to ease past title rivals Allexton and New Parks 3-0 as their opponents finished the game with eight-men.
Lewis Commins struck twice for the visitors at New College Leicester with Ryan Palmer also on target before Allexton imploded in the final 10 minutes.
The home side received three red cards as tempers flared with Borough also having a man sent off in an ill-tempered affair.
And the result means Borough sit second in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division, just one points behind Allexton with five games in-hand.
After Rugby were forced to make an early goal line clearance, Commins slotted home following a goalmouth scramble at a corner on 11 minutes to hand Borough the lead.
And the visitors were soon two goals to the good when Palmer produced a fine finish into the bottom corner from Commins’s pass.
Borough all but sealed the win shortly before half time when Commins headed home from Halim Halim’s cross to round off a perfect half of football.
Despite Allexton applying plenty of pressure early in the second period, Rugby stood firm led by captain Sean Castleton and managed the game well in the latter stages.
However, the game ended with Allexton receiving three red cards in the final 10 minutes with Rugby reduced to 10-men as tempers boiled over prior to the final whistle.
Rugby are next in action at home to Friar Lane and Epworth on Saturday, February 12 with kick-off at 2pm at Kilsby Lane.
Elsewhere, Borough Reserves secured a 3-0 win at home to Bottesford to move back into third place in the Division Two table.
Borough were in control throughout at Kilsby Lane, forcing the visiting goalkeeper into three early saves to keep the scores level.
And Rugby eventually took the lead when Kyle Locklin slammed the ball home from a corner to score his first goal for the club.
Borough soon doubled their lead when Josh Turton finished smartly after good work from Tom Ford and Adam Roberts down the wing.
And the game was put to bed before half time when Locklin’s quick feet saw him upended in the penalty area which allowed Turton to score his second from the spot.