WOODFORD United’s deepening disciplinary record took a turn for the worse when Nathan Liburd was sent-off and three players cautioned during the lone-goal defeat at Beaconsfield.
The fourth Reds’ player to see a similarly coloured card this season, striker Liburd got his marching orders early on to leave Woodford alongside Slough and Northwood at the bottom of the FA’s Non-League “Fair Play” table.
Top scorer Lee Barney netted the only goal of a nondescript game for Beaconsfield when flicking a header round his marker and running onto score in the ninth minute.
Beaconsfield then went back into their shell in the second-half and preserved a one-goal lead on the way towards a play-offs place albeit at a respectable distance behind pacesetters Slough Town and St Neots.
Slough are now back in the driving seat after a shock 1-0 win at St Neots witnessed by an amazing crowd of 1,060. Sean Sonner scored in the 36th minute for the Rebels while opponents St Neots moved on to Rugby on Tuesday night.
A bad-tempered encounter at Biggleswade saw the home team’s play-offs prospects further dented by a 2-1 defeat against Bedfont who picked up a couple of early goals.
Ashford’s fourth win in succession brought a lone-goal reversal for Rugby Town.
Two goals from Lewis Driver saw Burnham on the road to a comprehensive 5-1 home win over inconsistent Leighton Town while Chalfont St.Peter scored four times against bottom-markers Marlow.
Barton Rovers won 3-0 at North Greenford.
Uxbridge’s game with Bedworth United and the clash between Aylesbury and Chertsey both ended in 1-1 draws.
Fleet’s visit to Northwood failed to produce a single goal but spelt further misery for Daventry Town.