BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT secured an eye-catching point against BetVictor Isthmian League leaders Folkestone Invicta.

Kem Izzet's side shared the spoils thanks to an impressive goalless draw against the pacesetters, at the Taydal Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Regent had lost seven of their last ten premier division matches, slipping to second from bottom in the table.

However, this was an encouraging point against high-flying opposition who dropped to fourth, leapfrogged by Worthing, Carshalton Athletic and Leatherhead.

Folkestone's Alfie Paxman saw red in the latter stages, shown a second yellow card five minutes from time.

Regent have no midweek fixture and head to Enfield Town on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the R's will now host Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday, January 21 (kick-off 7.45pm).

The original match should have gone ahead on Saturday, December 21.

However, the referee deemed the pitch unplayable.

Elsewhere, in division north, MALDON AND TIPTREE stretched their lead at the top of the table after a 3-1 victory against second-placed Aveley.

Jorome Slew notched either side of the break, to put the Jammers in control at Park Drive.

Wyan Reid halved the deficit early in the second half before Ryan Charles added a third for Wayne Brown's men.

Maldon have now won five in a row and the match was watched by an impressive crowd of 438.

Third-placed Bury Town lost 1-0 against Canvey Island but HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS are fourth after an entertaining 3-2 victory at Grays Athletic.

Manny Ogunrinde put the hosts ahead but Evans Kouassi, Odei Martin-Sorondo and Harrison Chatting gave Swifts a 3-1 advantage.

Ogunrinde scored again midway through the second half but Karl Duguid's side, who have now won back-to-back games, were not to be denied, taking their points tally to 33 from 18 games.

COGGESHALL TOWN'S play-off hopes suffered a dent after losing 1-0 at home to Brentwood Town.

Rene Batlokwa notched the only goal early in the second half.

George Cocklin saw red for Coggeshall after 62 minutes.

The Seedgrowers are now without a win in five games, having drawn their previous four.

WITHAM TOWN bounced back from their 5-0 defeat against Maldon by putting another point on the board, drawing 1-1 at Tilbury.

Declan Nche put then ahead but Eljay Worrell soon equalised for the Dockers.

In National League South, BRAINTREE TOWN crashed to a 6-0 defeat at Dulwich Hamlet.

Quade Taylor, Shamir Mullings (two), Jeffrey Monakana (two) and Danny Mills were on target at the Champion Hill Stadium.

The Iron have now lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.

They are 16th in the table and next up for them in Saturday's home match with Tonbridge Angels.

The Kent side are two places and three points behind them.