Defending champions Moulton Harrox and title rivals Pinchbeck United shared four goals at Broad Lane on Tuesday night.
The hosts were 2-0 down inside five minutes as Chris Shipley and former Moulton player Tom Panton scored.
But Harrox hit back when Joe Townsend halved the deficit and new signing Corban Oldham levelled.
Pinchbeck were reduced to 10 men as Tony Edwards was dismissed and they picked up another red card for Ash Murrell after the final whistle.
Moulton assistant-boss Paul Crowson said: “We were still in the changing-room for the first five minutes.
“It wasn’t the best start to a local derby but then we upset their rhythm of play and in my opinion we were the better side for the remainder of the game.
We are disappointed not to have won but on the balance of the game, they deserved at least a draw.Ian Dunn
“Pinchbeck goalkeeper Joe Ashton was the man of the match and they were on the back foot.
“Overall we were pleased with a point after a poor start but we should have won it with the chances we had.
“Hopefully we can get a better start on Saturday away to Ketton who are on top of the table with four wins.”
Pinchbeck manager Ian Dunn said: “I thought we were the better side for 20 minutes but we didn’t play particularly well after that.
“We are disappointed not to have won but on the balance of the game, they deserved at least a draw.
“For the second game in a row we went 2-0 up and took our foot off the gas when we should have kept the pressure on to dominate the game.
“We allowed them back into it so that’s our own fault.
“I thought both red cards were very harsh as Tony had turned around to walk away but the referee stepped across him and then he caught him by accident.
“After the game there was a crowd of people and I don’t know why Ash got picked out for something that was said.
“We’ve got another tough game against Peterborough Sports Reserves on Saturday in our first home game.
“We’ve come through four away matches unbeaten but we probably should have four more points.
“We have a better squad than last year but we haven’t clicked into gear yet and we can only look at ourselves.
“We have shown patches of good form but we need to make sure we are better for 70 or 80 mintes rather than just 20.”