COGGESHALL TOWN had cause for celebration after winning an incredible eight-goal thriller at fellow high-fliers Romford.

Graeme Smith’s side prevailed 5-3 in the Bostik League division north contest to move to sixth in the table – just one point and one place behind Saturday’s hosts.

There were goals galore and at one point it looked like being a more comprehensive victory for the Seedgrowers as they charged into a 4-0 half-time lead at East Thurrock’s FutureFuel Stadium.

Ross Wall and Sam Bantick both scored twice with the goals coming in the 13th, 30th, 43rd and 45th minutes.

Ayo Olukoga (71) pulled one back before Bantick (72) scored again to complete a hat-trick on his league debut and make it 5-1.

Nick Reynolds (76) and Olukoga (90) then netted for the hosts to give the score a more respectable look.

However, given the nature of the victory, and the fact Romford are sitting in the play-off zone, there can be few arguments that this was the performance of the day among the Gazette’s Bostik League sides.

That said, it was also a winning weekend for HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS, MALDON AND TIPTREE and WITHAM TOWN.

Swifts notched their fourth victory of the campaign as goals in either half from Harrison Chatting and substitute Nicholas Brown gave them a 2-0 division north success at home to Bury Town.

The Suffolk side made life hard for themselves after being reduced to ten men as early as the 19th minute, following a red card for Ollie Fenn.

BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT were in premier division action and salvaged a last-gasp point at Whitehawk.

They found themselves playing catch-up after Ky Marsh-Brown’s 34th-minute goal at the curiously-named Enclosed Ground.

And time was clearly running out until the referee pointed to the spot deep in stoppage time and Billy Hunt fired home to spark wild celebrations among the Regent faithful.

Tom Rothery’s side are back on their travels on Tuesday night when they head to Enfield Town.

Maldon and Witham both played in the FA Trophy.

The Jammers won 2-0 against Chalfont St Peter, with Matthew Briggs and De-Carrey Sheriff scoring their goals in the preliminary round tie at Mill Meadow.

Witham travelled to AFC Dunstable on Friday evening and won 1-0, thanks to a second-half winner from Sam Ashford.