Action between sides at opposing ends of the table were the order of the day for north Essex sides in Bostik League division north as front runners and strugglers battled for points and the right to take the performance of the weekend honour.

The form book wasn’t always followed as those pushing for play-off positions didn’t have it all their own way in the division north action.

Where the form book was observed, though, was at Mildenhall Town, where the Suffolk side, who sat fourth from bottom in the standings, were beaten 4-2 by Coggeshall Town.

The Seedgrowers had to come from behind to get their win after falling behind in just the third minute, but Curtis Haynes-Brown put them ahead 12 minutes later and Sam Bantick gave them the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Ross Wall added a third after the break and while Mildenhall made it nervy at the end with an 86th minute strike, Tom Monk scored a fourth goal in the final minute for Coggeshall, who finished the day sat third in the division north table after their win.

There was also a victory for Maldon & Tiptree as they moved into the play-off positions with a 1-0 success at home against rock-bottom side Soham Town Rangers.

The Jammers had to be patient to get themselves in front during the first-half, but patience paid off on 45 minutes when George Sykes fired home to put the hosts 1-0 up at the break.

That was how it stayed in the second half as Maldon held on to their lead, although they did end the game with ten men after the sending off of Michael Brothers ten minutes before the end.

The star performance need not always be from a side that secures a win, though, and that’s the case this weekend as the Bostik League star award goes to Witham Town for their display against Heybridge Swifts.

A crowd of 273 turned out to watch the Friday evening action between the near neighbours at the Village Glass Stadium and there was nothing between the two despite them occupying places at different ends of the table.

Both Witham and Heybridge saw division north runs ended by a 1-1 draw between the local rivals.

The fourth-placed Swifts came into it on the back of four straight wins since Julian Dicks had come in as manager, while second-from-bottom Witham were looking to end a run in the league that had seen them lose their previous five games.

And that’s why the star performance honour has headed to the Village Glass Stadium as Town secured an invaluable point from a game that many would have had down for an away win.

The point they took was thoroughly deserved by Witham and they belied their bottom-two positioning in the league by matching their high-flying visitors and there was perhaps an element of frustration that they didn’t take all three points.

Witham got rewarded for some positive play on 19 minutes when Johnny Ashman drilled a ball low across the Swifts area and it was met by Andrew Tirivanhu, who rammed it into the net from close range.

The lead was short-lived for Town, though, as they conceded on 25 minutes.

A Heybridge break down the right was ended by a superb delivery into the Witham box by Kreshnic Krasniqi and Harrison Chatting showed enough desire to get to the ball and head home under pressure.

That was it for goal action as the sides shared a point apiece, but the fact that it ended their five-game losing run meant it was an important result for Witham and one that earned them the star performance award.

Meanwhile, Bostik League premier division, Brightlingsea Regent did not have a day to remember at North Road as they were beaten 2-0 by visiting Carshalton Athletic.