It was a winning start for new Heybridge Swifts manager Julian Dicks as he led his team to a Bostik League division north victory, but it is in the Thurlow Nunn League that our non-league performance of the day lies this week.

That's not to take anything away from Swifts' achievement, though, and it was great to see them get life under Dicks off to a tremendous start as they won 4-3 at Mildenhall Town.

Dan Walker struck twice for Heybridge and goals from Matt Price and Kreshnic Krasniqi helped them to a valuable three-point haul.

That was the only win in division north for local north Essex sides as Witham Town were beaten 2-0 at home by Bowers & Pitsea and Maldon & Tiptree lost out in a 1-0 defeat by Aveley at Park Drive as the Jammers dropped from second to fourth.

Thurlow Nunn League premier division action saw FC Clacton have a familiar scoreline, but there were no points for the Seasiders.

They were involved in a 4-3 scoreline for the third time in their last four games, but this time Tom Austin's side were on the wrong side of it at Godmanchester Rovers.

There was a win in the premier division for Brantham Athletic, though, as they romped to a 6-1 home success against visiting Haverhill Rovers.

That was an impressive result for the Imps, but it is in division one south where our top performance lies.

It proved a tough day for Little Oakley as the Acorns were beaten 5-0 at home by Benfleet, while Braintree Town Reserves had a rough ride at Burnham Ramblers, where the Young Irons lost 5-1.

The home fans came away satisfied at Halstead Town as the Humbugs edged a seven-goal thriller against Newbury Forest to stay second in the table.

The two teams had shared nine goals in the reverse fixture a few weeks ago - that Halstead won 5-4 - and the Humbugs won 4-3 this time.

There were thrills until the final whistle as Newbury Forest had been leading 3-2 heading into the final stage of the game, with Tom Cook on target twice for Halstead, but the hosts had other ideas and two Callum Vincent strikes turned the game on its head in time added on at the end.

There was also home success for Wivenhoe Town as an own goal and an Aaron Donaldson strike in the first half gave them a 2-0 win.

Donaldson was sent off in the latter part of the first half, but the Dragons maintained their lead through the second 45 minutes.

That just leaves two games that are both contenders for performance of the day.

Harwich & Parkeston were heavily depleted in terms of personnel and had players arriving late at Frenford due to traffic problems, but they had a superb 3-1 victory that included two Kevin Coyle strikes.

It was a result that caught the eye, but just pipping the Shrimpers to star show were Holland FC, who won 4-2 against May & Baker.

May & Baker had won their last five games and had scored 27 times in that run, but Holland halted them in their tracks to earn the performance of the day award.

Holland's goals came thanks to Steve Eaton double and one apiece for Jimmy Webb and Chris Ribchester.