Bostik League North leaders AFC Hornchurch suffered a defeat at AFC Sudbury on Saturday, but the gap between them and second-placed Bowers & Pitsea is still a massive thirteen points after a surprise defeat for the latter at a Cheshunt side who were bottom of the table at start of play.
A 74th minute penalty settled the game at the Wardale Williams Stadium as Joe Whight slotted home from the spot after Mekhi McKenzie had been taken out on the edge of the penalty area.
The runaway league leaders came to Suffolk with only one defeat on the road so far this season, but the Sudbury side were more than equal to the task.
Cheshunt moved off the foot of the table after beating Bowers 2-1 at Theobalds Lane.
And they had to come back from being a 21st minute David Knight goal down too, with Kyle Roberts equalising within 3 minutes and Jack Lampe scoring what proved to be the winner just shy of the hour-mark.
Canvey Island are third, six points behind Bowers but with two games in hand, after beating fellow play-off contenders Maldon & Tiptree 201 at The Frost Financial Stadium.
The hosts went ahead when James Walker scored an 8th minute goal and a second from Ryan Charles on the stroke of half-time gave them breathing space at the break.
Joe Ellul made sure there would be no chance for the Gulls to coast in the second half when he halved the deficit in the 48th minute, but that was as close as the Jammers got as Canvey held on to win.
Potters Bar Town and Dereham Town sandwich Canvey and Maldon in the top six, but neither managed a win on Saturday.
The Scholars were held 0-0 at Mildenhall Town, while Dereham shared a 2-2 draw with Aveley at Aldiss Park.
Rhys Logan gave the Norfolk side an early 7th minute lead that Alex Stephenson cancelled out on the half-hour mark.
Sam Borrer restored Dereham`s lead just before the hour-mark, and that looked like being the winner, until an Ollie Ebbage own goal in stoppage time salvaged a point for the Millers.
Haringey Borough are now just a point behind the play-off places after winning 1-0 at Hertingfordbury Park against Hertford Town, thanks to a 54th minute Lawrence Yiga goal.
Romford took over the unwanted bottom spot after losing 3-1 at Capershotts to Waltham Abbey, for whom Shad Ngandu netted a hat-trick on the 23rd, 25th and 90th minutes – Andrew Tiranhu replying after 34 minutes for a Boro side who had recent signing Kai Heather sent-off 17 minutes from time.
Another Essex derby took place at Aveley’s Parkside ground where Grays Athletic hosted Witham Town and won comfortably 4-1.
A three-goal burst in 5 first half minutes proved devastating for Witham as Grays striker Tommy Wade scored in the 34th and 37th minutes, before Kieran Bishop added a third on 39 minutes with a spectacular overhead kick.
Bishop made it 4-0 with 10 minutes remaining and while Shamido Pedulu scored for Witham in time added-on at the end, it was only a consolation for the visitors.
Lowly Norwich United and Ware swapped places near the bottom end of the table after the Planters triumphed 3-1 at Wodson Park.
Another hat-trick hero in this game as Adam Hipperson grabbed all three for Norwich in the 33rd, 42nd and then 64th minutes – the hat-trick being completed from the spot which is where Ahmed Abdullah`s response came from.
Heybridge Swifts completed a third successive win, beating Brentwood Town 3-1 at Scraley Road.
Luke Callander got them off to a good start with an opening goal from a penalty in the 6th minute and strikes by Ryan Henshaw and Harrison Chatting in the 5 minutes before the break put them in a commanding position.
Brentwood did pull one back in the 83rd minute through Luke Foster but it was only a consolation for the visitors.
Goals in the 45th and then stoppage time at the end of the game from Kurt Smith and Jack Carlile sealed Tilbury`s 2-0 Chadfields win over Soham Town Rangers, while Barking beat Bury Town 3-1 at Mayesbrook Park, Adem Ramadan, Abs Syemour and Kemo Darboe outgunning Tommy Robinson.