By JOHN CHUBB
On a day which saw fixture lists decimated by the weather conditions the only Isthmian Premier League match involving one of our local sides was at Bridge Avenue, where hosts Hornchurch moved up to second place in the standings with a 2-1 win over Haringey Borough, thanks to two second-half goals from prolific striker Chris Dickson.
Haringey pulled one back in the final minute through ex-Braintree Town winger Roman Michael-Percil, but this proved to be a consolation.
The only game to survive in the Isthmian North was Heybridge Swifts‘ trip to AFC Sudbury.
The Suffolk side won 2-1 thanks to two penalties from Callum Harrison in the final quarter of an hour, after Alex Teniola had put Swifts ahead just after the hour mark.
But despite their defeat, lack of activity elsewhere ensured that Swifts remain in second place behind leaders and local rivals Maldon & Tiptree.
In the South Central Division only Harlow Town were in action locally, as they hosted Chalfont St Peter at Elizabeth Way.
The hosts slipped to a 1-0 defeat as the unfortunate JJ Da Cruz – making his second Harlow debut after rejoining the club on Friday – put the ball into his own net after 32 minutes.
This was the Hawks’ fourth consecutive league defeat, but they remain in 13th place in the table.