Salford City’s 11-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Leamington at Moor Lane.
In front of crowd of 1,582, likely boosted in numbers by it being Non League Day, the campaign occurring during the international break designed to get more people to visit their local, lower league clubs.
The visitors, playing in blue, opened the scoring from the penalty spot through Rob Thompson-Brown after Salford defender Carl Piergianni pulled down his man.
It looked like a soft award, but it was converted by Leamington all the same on 20 minutes, hitting the ball low into the right corner, past the diving Max Crocombe.
Salford restored parity nine minutes later when Lois Maynard whipped in a dangerous cross that Mike Phenix prodded home.
However, Salford found themselves going into halftime 2-1 down when Leamington won a free kick centrally on the edge of the box.
Connor Gudger curled a good finish off the inside of the post. It was a stunning strike just before the interval.
Ugly scenes then broke out as the players left the field for halftime, with a mass brawl breaking out between the two sides.
Several players appeared to be directly involved in the altercation, though once separated the referee simply ordered each team to their dressing rooms. One yellow card was issued, to a Leamington player, before the second half started.
Some good pressure by Salford led to their second equaliser of the game on 65 minutes, when Mike Phenix rose to head in Anthony Dudley’s corner.
A second moment of controversy infuriated the home crowd in the second half when Leamington goalkeeper Tony Breedon appeared to clearly handle the ball outside the box, before quickly releasing it again.
Neither referee Benjamin Speedie or linesman Carl Rooney gave the decision, much to the anger of the Salford crowd.
Things got worse for the Ammies late on, when Leamington substitute Kurtis Revan tapped home on the line from Kieran Dunbar’s corner, much to the delight of the Leamington fans who spilled onto the pitch.
With the match ending 3-2 to the visitors, Salford saw their 11-game unbeaten run come to an end in a game in which neither side was particularly impressive on the ball.
It was an entertaining fixture, particularly for either the neutral or the Leamington supporter, and a good advert for Non League Day – containing in plenty all the chaos, drama and passion of non-league football.