On a special afternoon of non-league football action, it proved a tough call to make the award for performance of the day from north Essex sides playing in Thurlow Nunn League action.

There were none having premier division games, so the spotlight fell on division one south sides on Non-League Day and a couple dished up some eye-catching results.

That can’t be said of Wivenhoe Town as the Dragons were frustrated by a postponement as an early pitch inspection ruled against their chances of seeing action at Newbury Forest.

However, Little Oakley had no problem in getting their game on against Burnham Ramblers at the Memorial Ground and patience proved a virtue for the Acorns.

Oakley were sat third at the start of the day and were being held 0-0 by their sixth-placed visitors at half-time, but they certainly found the scoring touch after the break.

A strike from Lewis Wood got things going, before Shaun Kioussis added a second from a free-kick and further goals from Luke Mayhew and Harry Mann rounded things off.

Ramblers did grab a late consolation to deny Oakley a clean sheet but their 4-1 win took them up a place into the top two.

There was also an impressive result for Brightlingsea Regent Reserves as they put the brakes on Wormley Rovers with a 3-2 win on the road.

It was a late goal that was the difference for the R’s Reserves against a side placed ten spots above them in the league table at the start of the day.

The evening before had also seen joy for Holland FC as goals from Steve Eaton, Bailey Barnard and Markel Greenidge gave them a 3-1 Friday night victory at May & Baker.

So with three strong contenders, it’s a tough call to hand out the top performance award, but just edging it – as they did their game – are Brightlingsea Regent Reserves as they defied league placings to earn an eye-catching result.