Two first-half goals were enough to secure Conwy Borough a 2-1 home victory over Rhyl which lifted the Tangerines above the Lilywhites into fourth spot in Cymru North.
The visitors’ Ben Nash hit the post with a header in the fifth minute but defensive frailties cost the Lilies shortly afterwards.
The ball was lost in midfield and Craig Whelan was able to advance towards goal and score past Keighan Jones to put the hosts 1-0 up in the 11th minute.
Things went from bad to worse for Eddie Maurice-Jones’ men in the 22nd minute.
What appeared to be a foul on Rhyl’s Cai Owen was deemed a free kick to Conwy by referee Mark James.
Corrig McGonigle stepped up to go for goal close to 30 yards out and keeper Jones was unable to react to the shot as it sailed past him.
The main talking point came in the 36th minute when with the ball going out of play, Boro defender Tomos Clarke appeared to force opponent Arek Piskorski into the spectator barriers.
Piskorski then crashed down onto the concrete perimeter hard standing.
With blood streaming from the Rhyl man, the referee decided Clarke’s actions were only deserving of a yellow card.
After playing with 10 men for seven minutes whilst the Polish attacker received treatment, his injuries were considered bad enough for him not to continue and Ross Stephens replaced him.
However, Rhyl were soon back to 10. Steve Thomas appeared to win the ball cleanly and when challenged by Conwy’s Iolo Hughes, the Rhyl wing-back fell to the floor clutching his leg.
Most Lilywhites supporters presumed the free kick had been awarded to Rhyl for the challenge from Hughes, but the referee showed Thomas a straight red.
After the break, Boro went close with a McGonigle header. Rhyl’s Tom Creamer was played through in the 63rd minute but from a tight angle was unable to beat advancing keeper Ben Heald.
Rhyl thought they were back in the game in the 73rd minute when Nash ghosted past the Conwy defence to head home at the far post, but the assistant referee flagged offside.
The Lilywhites were eventually rewarded in the 81st minute when Sam Molyneux’s cross from the left provided Creamer with the simplest of tasks to make it 2-1.
More frustrating decisions denied the visitors a chance to grab an equaliser.
Prestatyn Town maintained their 10-point lead at the summit with a 5-0 home thrashing of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.
Zebb Edwards, Jack Kenny (2), Kai Edwards and Rob Hughes shared the Seasiders’ goals.
Robbie Parry’s 35th minute net-finder sealed Llandudno a 1-0 success over visitors Ruthin Town, while Adam Jenkins and Sam Litchfield struck for Guilsfield in a 2-0 triumph at Bangor City.
Dale Davies scored twice against his old club to earn Corwen a 2-1 win at Porthmadog, who hit back through John Owen.
Flint Town United saw off Penrhyncoch 3-1, Callum Bratley (2) and Richie Foulkes with the Silkmen’s goals, Jonathan Evans having brought the Roosters level in the first half.
Postponed: Buckley Town v Gresford Athletic – waterlogged pitch.