THERE were high fives all round as FC CLACTON made it five straight victories - and celebrated by scoring five goals against Whitton United.

Jordan Lartey was their hat-trick hero in a 5-3 Thurlow Nunn League premier division victory at the Austin Arena.

Jake Clowsley scored twice and Clacton's win meant they leapfrogged Whitton, climbing to eighth in the table, with two games in hand on the Suffolk side.

The victory came hot on the heels of Saturday’s brilliant FA Vase success at Risborough Rangers and Clacton will have been keen to discover the result of Tuesday's replay between Saffron Walden Town and Biggleswade United.

The teams needed to meet again after drawing 4-4 on Saturday.

Clacton were handed a trip to the winners in Monday’s draw and it was Saffron Walden who triumphed 5-1, meaning the Seasiders will visit the Essex Senior League side on November 2.

Elsewhere, in Thurlow Nunn League division one south, WIVENHOE TOWN had a home date with buoyant COGGESHALL UNITED.

The latter went into the match on the back of Saturday’s Vase upset against premier division Brantham Athletic.

Both sides went into the match with 12 points, although the Dragons had played nine games compared to the Weavers’ eight.

But it was Wivenhoe who finished as comfortable 3-0 winners, with two goals from Ross James and one from Dean Merrett.

Elsewhere, there were two eye-catching League Challenge Cup ties.

Both were in the first round.

BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT RESERVES and STANWAY ROVERS met at the Taydal Stadium and it was Rovers who cruised to a 6-0 victory.

HOLLAND FC, meanwhile, played host to Ipswich Wanderers but crashed to a 5-1 defeat.

Stanway will now be at home to May and Baker in the second round while Wanderers face a trip to Clacton.

Other second-round ties of note include Brantham against Harwich and Parkeston and Halstead Town against Little Oakley.