A move up into the top four in the BetVictor Isthmian League division north table was the reward for a professional job by Heybridge Swifts in their local derby against Witham Town.

Swifts made the game safe at the Aspen Waite Arena in a rather one-sided first half in which they scored three goals and could have added more.

Alex Teniola opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 15 minutes after Harrison Chatting had been fouled in the box and Teniola doubled his personal tally from close range on 34 minutes.

That second strike came after Manny Osei-Owusu had put Heybridge two ahead with 25 minutes on the clock and the home side held a commanding 3-0 lead at the break.

Witham had a chance to get back into the game just before half-time when they were awarded a penalty themselves, but George Bugg’s spot-kick was wide of the target.

The visitors came out with more purpose in the second half, but they were unable to make a breakthrough and when Matt Price finished off a flowing move on 76 minutes, it really was game over for Witham.

They did earn a late consolation when Swifts keeper Luca Collins allowed a Scott Kemp shot to go through his hands, but that’s all it was as Heybridge won 4-1 to move up a place to fourth.

Another local side moving up were Coggeshall Town, who returned to the top five after a 2-1 win at Aveley.

The Seedgrowers also took control of the game in the first half and held a two-goal lead at the break after strikes by Tyler Brampton and Rob Harvey.

Aveley did respond with a goal from George Sykes on 53 minutes, but the hosts were unable to close the deficit and Coggeshall moved up a place from sixth with a 2-1 victory.