BILLERICAY Town maintained their place at the top of the Isthmian Premier League standings as they secured a 4-0 win over Brightlingsea Regent last night.

Glenn Tamplin's side went into the clash after securing a narrow win over Leatherhead, which saw Billericay play the majority of the match with 10 men following Paul Konchesky's sending off.

But Billericay got back into their free-scoring form at the AGP Arena.

Adam Cunnington put the hosts in front on 25 minutes, while a second half brace from Jake Robinson and a late effort from Jermaine Pennant sealed all three points.

Concord Rangers suffered their sixth successive National League South defeat when they lost 1-0 to local rivals Braintree Town.

The only goal of the game came after 11 minutes as an Amos Nasha clearance took a wicked deflection and the ball was eventually worked to Phil Roberts, who slotted the ball past the advancing Louis Wells.

Adam Flanagan’s side enjoyed an improved second half, but the Beach Boys were unable to force an equaliser.

Bowers & Pitsea overcame Grays Athletic in the Isthmian North.

Tony Stokes grabbed the only goal of the game, while it was also a pleasing night for manager Rob Small as it marked the return of David Knight to the club.

Meanwhile, Hullbridge Sports threw away a two-goal half-time lead in their Essex Senior League clash against bottom club Burnham Ramblers.

Hullbridge were made to settle for a 3-3 draw in an entertaining fixture which saw the visitors play the final 35 minutes with 10 men following Adam Brotherton’s dismissal.

The home side raced into a two-goal lead inside eight minutes, with player/manager Rob Hodgson and Yvan Kombi on target.

But Billy Howard got Burnham back into the game on 15 minutes.

Hodgson added his second of the evening just three minutes before the break.

However, Burnham hit back with two goals from Charlee Hughes, who had missed a first half penalty, to take a share of the spoils.

Two Essex Senior League teams safely negotiated cup encounters.

Basildon United saw off St Margaretsbury in their FA Vase replay, as the Bees notched a 2-1 victory.

Marcus Bowers found the back of the net with an impressive free kick just after the break.

And the striker went on to complete a brace before the hosts scored what proved to be a consolation effort.

Great Wakering Rovers booked their place in the second round of the Essex Senior Cup after securing a 2-0 win at Takeley.

Iain O’Connell’s side took the lead five minutes before half time as Sam Carter reacted quickest to Billy Johnson’s strike coming off the post.

And Franklin Craik gave Wakering the two-goal cushion they wanted when he squeezed a shot beneath Takeley goalkeeper Ronnie Yates on 72 minutes.