It proved to be another hugely significant day in the battle at the top of Bostik League division north.

There were some notable results, in particular a dramatic finale to a key fixture in the title race, but there were some other memorable ones further down as well and one result stood out above the others as performance of the day out of our north Essex clubs.

Perhaps the most eye-catching result was the one at Maldon & Tiptree, where the second-placed Jammers were hosting leaders Bowers & Pitsea at Park Drive.

Both knew a win could go a long way to deciding where the title would head this year, but few could have predicted the drama that would unfurl.

Bowers took the lead on 18 minutes thanks to a David Knight strike, but that was cancelled out after the break as Laste Dombaxe levelled it with a 58th minute goal to set up a tense finale.

Unfortunately for Maldon, though, it was Bowers & Pitsea who extended their advantage at the top as a goal in the 90th minute by Max Cornhill gave them a 2-1 win and an eight-point lead at the summit.

Moving into second spot were Aveley as they drew 0-0, but the Jammers dropped to fourth as fellow promotion hopefuls Heybridge Swifts won 3-1 at Brentwood Town to jump up a place into the top three.

Matt Price's first-half goal was cancelled out before the break for Swifts, but goals in the last ten minutes from Kreshnic Krasniqi and Harrison Chatting saw Julian Dicks' side to an important win on the road.

It made them contenders for the display of the day, while another side in the top five having a fine win away from home also put themselves in the frame.

Coggeshall stayed fifth as they won 2-0 at Canvey Island thanks to goals in either half from Nnamdi Nwachuku, however, neither the Seedgrowers nor Heybridge get the top performance award on this occasion.

They were both significant wins, but a side towards the other end of the table picked up an equally important three points - albeit for different reasons.

That was Witham Town and their 2-1 victory against Great Wakering Rovers earned them top billing from the local sides.

Two superb second-half strikes by Kevin Coyle and Johnny Ashman meant Witham took the win as they held off late pressure from Wakering, who pulled one back on 84 minutes with a Matt Rush strike and ended the game with ten men after the sending off of Jake Gordon.

It was a win that pulled Witham closer to retaining their place in the league, but was so important as it ended a three-game losing run to get them back on track after a little sticky patch and made them our top performance of the day.

In the premier division, it proved no Jolly Boys Outing for Brightlingsea Regent as their play-off hopes were dealt a blow by a 1-0 defeat at struggling Margate.