A perfect return of four wins from four games has made sure one of our north Essex sides in the BetVictor Isthmian League has claimed the performance of the day honour from the latest round of action.

There were mixed fortunes for local clubs in division north, with Heybridge Swifts and Witham Town both going down to disappointing defeats at home.

Although they had Harrison Chatting on target on 62 minutes, Swifts were unable to come back from a two-goal deficit against Grays Athletic, who scored either side of half-time in a 2-1 victory.

Witham, meanwhile, looked set to get something as their game against visiting Tilbury approached the final stages at the Simarco Stadium.

However, the Dockers ensured a second successive loss for Marc Benterman’s team with goals coming in the 89th and 90th minutes in a 2-0 defeat.

There were better fortunes on the road for Coggeshall Town and Maldon & Tiptree, though.

Coggeshall won 1-0 at Brentwood Town thanks to an early Nnamdi Nwachuku striker on ten minutes and Maldon also had first-half strikes to thank for their win at Aveley.

The leaders had headed to an Aveley side that was looking to impress new manager Keith Rowland after the former Braintree Town assistant boss had taken charge a couple of days before.

However, the Jammers made sure it wasn’t a comfortable opening under the new regime as Joseph Wicks’ 14th minute strike gave Maldon the lead and it was doubled on 40 minutes when Danny Parish fired in for a 2-0 half-time advantage.

That lead stayed the same through the ensuing 45 minutes and Maldon wrapped up a professional job on the road to stay top and maintain their perfect start to the league campaign.

They have now won all four of their opening games and, with another three points and a clean sheet, have picked up the day’s star performance award in the process.

Meanwhile, in the premier division, there was also joy on the road for Brightlingsea Regent.

The R’s picked up their second win of the season in the league as a solitary strike by Ace Howell saw Tom Rothery’s side win 1-0 to move to 11th in the top-flight table.