BOWERS & Pitsea, Canvey Island, Basildon United and Great Wakering Rovers enjoyed a weekend to remember as they registered Isthmian North wins.

Rob Small's Bowers saw off fellow high-flyers Coggeshall Town to extend their lead at the division's summit, while Canvey Island's fine run of form continued at Barking.

Basildon United recorded their first triumph since September as they beat Brentwood Town and Great Wakering Rovers came from behind to overcome Romford.

Meanwhile, in the National League South, East Thurrock United were held to a goalless draw by Dulwich Hamlet.

Bowers & Pitsea 3-2 Coggeshall Town

Bowers & Pitsea overcame Coggeshall Town in a titanic tussle at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Bowers went ahead twice through Callum Leahy and Lewis Manor but were pegged back each time by Nnmadi Nwachuku.

Manor’s second of the afternoon put the hosts ahead for the third time in the Isthmian North match and this time Bowers were able to hang on.

The hosts began the game brightly and opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Having already caused problems for the Seeders’ defence, David Knight swung in another deep corner which evaded Danny Sambridge and Leahy was on hand to head Bowers ahead.

Bowers continued to control the game and were denied a second by a sensational save from Sambridge. Manor found Quentin Monville and, after skipping inside Curtis Haynes-Brown, the winger unleashed a left footed drive which the Coggeshall number one somehow tipped onto the post. Sambridge was on hand again a few minutes later as he got down to deny Brad Warner.

Coggeshall’s main threat came through the aerial threat of Ross Wall and he created the visitors’ first chance of the game, heading down for Connor Hubble, but his acrobatic effort fell kindly into the hands of Andy Wilton.

Within two minutes of the restart Leahy squandered a massive chance to score his and Bowers’ second as he volleyed over Warner’s pinpoint free-kick when he seemed certain to head home.

The miss proved pivotal as only a few minutes later Coggeshall equalised. The Seeders broke quickly from a Bowers corner and Michael Gyasi picked out Nwachuku, who took a touch before bending a beautiful shot into the top corner.

Coggeshall were now on top and Gyasi forced Wilton into tipping his header over the bar and from the resulting corner Ross Wall saw his header flash wide. Bowers skipper Martyn Stokes was then fortunate to remain on the pitch, his elbow catching Wall in a clash but referee Karl Sear handed him only a yellow card.

Bowers retook the lead in the 66th minute, again scoring from a corner. Warner was the corner taker and this time it was Manor who peeled away before heading into the top corner.

However, the lead did not last long as Nwachuku scored his second of the game. The Coggeshall forward’s strike had appeared to have been saved by Wilton, but the Bowers goalkeeper had taken so much out of it, the ball fell in the corner of the net.

Bowers continued to press and again put themselves ahead from a set-piece. The goal was a carbon copy of the hosts’ second as Warner swung in the corner and Manor powered his header into the net.

This time Bowers were able to hang onto the lead to secure a massive three points as they remain top of the table.

Barking 1-3 Canvey Island

Canvey Island moved up to eighth place in the Isthmian North standings after claiming a comfortable win over Barking.

Although Tobi Joseph got on the scoresheet late on for the hosts at Mayesbrook Park, goals from Adam Vyse, Frankie Merrifield and Martin Tuohy had already done the damage.

Marlon Agyakwa was denied an early goal as former Gulls goalkeeper Tim Brown turned the winger’s half volley away, while the custodian also thwarted Vyse soon after.

However, Vyse opened the scoring with 22 minutes on the clock as the frontman’s strike nestled in the bottom corner.

And Canvey doubled their advantage seven minutes later as Tuohy’s pinpoint cross found Merrifield unmarked at the back post and the midfielder steered his header into the top corner.

Merrifield was denied a second goal when former Gull Jack Edwards headed the attempt onto the underside of the crossbar before the danger was cleared.

The points were sealed on 66 minutes when Vyse found Tuohy, whose first touch allowed him to turn the defender before finishing expertly.

Vyse struck the base of the post before Barking netted a consolation goal in the 88th minute, with Joseph’s ferocious effort giving goalkeeper Harry Palmer no chance.

Basildon United 2-1 Brentwood Town

Basildon United recorded their first win since September as goals from Jeffrey Cobblah and Matheus Santos proved to be enough to overcome 10 man Brentwood Town.

Tony Stokes got his name on the scoresheet for the visitors, but Jed Smith’s late red card ended Brentwood’s hopes of claiming a positive result at the Ho Ho Stadium.

Brentwood had two early chances cleared off the line and post before Cobblah pounced on a defensive error to open the scoring with nine minutes on the clock.

And Santos doubled the Bees’ advantage to put the hosts in the driving seat inside 18 minutes.

Ernest Okoh was kept at bay by Basildon debutant Joshua Strizovic, while Alfie Hilton fired wide before the break.

Brentwood halved the deficit eight minutes after the break as former Concord Rangers and Bowers & Pitsea dangerman Stokes found the back of the net after fine work by Okoh.

Strizovic, who started the campaign on the books of Billericay Town and has joined on loan from National League side Maidstone United, frustrated Kojo Apenteng before Okoh rattled the crossbar.

The visitors continued to search for a leveller but they found Strizovic in inspired form as he turned a Stokes volley away.

And Smith’s dismissal ended Brentwood’s hopes of picking up a point, allowing Basildon to leapfrog them in the Isthmian North standings.

Great Wakering Rovers 2-1 Romford

Great Wakering Rovers came from behind to register a valuable win over Isthmian North strugglers Romford.

Reece Hewitt had put Boro on course for victory at Burroughs Park, but goals from Josh Wiggins and Billy Johnson turned the game on its head and ensured Garry Kimble’s side picked up the three points.

Following a goalless first half, Wakering fell behind as Hewitt found a way past Southend United loanee Harry Seaden six minutes after the interval.

But Wakering levelled matters through Wiggins.

Wiggins, who came off the bench at half-time, fired beyond Romford goalkeeper Harry Aldridge after 67 minutes.

Wakering pushed for a winner and it came eight minutes from time as Johnson was on target.

East Thurrock United 0-0 Dulwich Hamlet

East Thurrock United and Dulwich Hamlet played out a goalless draw as both sides finished the National League South encounter with 10 men.

Rocks suffered a numerical disadvantage inside the opening four minutes as Rickie Hayles, who moved to Rookery Hill after a short stint with local rivals Billericay Town, saw red.

However, Dulwich could not capitalise and Jay Rich-Baghuelou was given his marching orders before the half hour mark for a forearm smash.

Neither side could find the back of the net before the break.

Danny Harris replaced Alex Osborn as East Thurrock looked to break the deadlock, while Sam Higgins made a welcome return off the bench.

Jonathan Nzengo also entered the fray but, despite some late chances, Rocks could not find a way past Dulwich goalkeeper Preston Edwards.

As a result, Dulwich were able to keep their first clean sheet on the road this season.