WINSFORD were made to pay dearly for their wastrel finishing - and it could have been even worse at the Barton Stadium on Saturday.
What was a hugely disappointing draw erupted with three sendings off in the final few minutes.
The hosts might have scored six times in the first half-hour, but only had Rob Hopley's 10th minute opener to show for their dominance.
Scott Taylor and Dave Hanlon cut their way through the Gabriels' de-fence in the opening minutes, when the resultant misses of Chris Melia and Hopley did not seem to matter.
And especially so when Taylor crossed for Hopley to head the Blues in front.
Three minutes later they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Taylor but Melia's spot kick was turned on to the bar by Mark Canning and the striker could not master the rebound.
But so much in command were Winsford more goals seemed certain to follow so even the penalty miss did not appear crucial.
Yet half-time drew nearer without the score being improved and in the 42nd minute Castleton scored a shock equaliser. Craig Robinson failed to control the ball and Brad Barrington stepped in to slide the ball past the advancing Jamie Mottershead.
The second period saw Castleton play with much more confidence but Winsford still looked the likelier to score. Phil Porter, Hopley, Hanlon were all luckless, but it was only a saving tackle by Dave Chambers on 82 minutes that prevented Castleton going in front.
The game descended into farce near the end when the visitors had two players dismissed, both for twice kicking the ball away and Chambers was given a straight red for expressing his opinion too vehemently to the referee. UNITED: Mottershead; N Booth, Chambers, Marsh, Robinson; Taylor, Porter, Quinn, Hanlon; Hopley, Melia.