TWO results involving north Essex teams had a big bearing on how it looks at the summit of the division one south table in the Thurlow Nunn League.

Due to the weather and FA Vase commitments, only a handful of games were played but those that were combined to ensure that there are new leaders in division one south.

And one of them gives a side the Thurlow Nunn League performance of the day award.

It wasn’t Wivenhoe Town who were claiming that accolade, though, as the third-placed Dragons were frustrated by the wet conditions.

Their scheduled game at Newbury Forest was postponed on Saturday morning by a waterlogged pitch after heavy rain early in the day, but other sides did see action.

One of those were Brightlingsea Regent Reserves, but it wasn’t a fun day on the road as they were beaten at Benfleet.

Brightlingsea’s solitary goal came in the 73rd minute, but they were already four behind at that point and conceded twice more in a 6-1 defeat.

Benfleet’s win moved them into the top three as they went above Wivenhoe, who slipped to fourth.

The other two results involving north Essex sides also had an effect at the top and it was Little Oakley who profited most.

The Acorns have been in great form of late and another four goals saw their tally go to 13 from their last three games as they won 4-1 in testing weather conditions at struggling Fire United.

A Harry Mann double and one apiece from Shaun Kioussis and Joss Neale gave Oakley a third consecutive win and was enough to take them up a place to the top of the table.

They were able to climb to the summit thanks not only to the three points they earned themselves but also to their local rivals, Harwich & Parkeston, doing them a favour.

The Shrimpers did their bit by holding previous leaders Lopes Tavares to a draw at the R Gwinnell & Sons Royal Oak.

Sean Bartlett fired Harwich ahead from a cross by Kevin Coyle, but they were pegged back by Lopes Tavares as the game ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

It was an impressive result for Harwich, but the award for top performance caps a good day all round for Little Oakley.

Meanwhile, in the Thurlow Nunn League premier division, Brantham Athletic were in action but were beaten 2-0 as they made the long trip to Ely City.