BILLERICAY Town moved back into the National League South play-off places after recording a 2-1 win over Hemel Hempstead Town.

Joe Kizzi handed Harry Wheeler’s side – who had dropped out of the top seven after St Albans City’s last gasp win over East Thurrock United 24 hours earlier – a first half lead.

But Hemel hit back through Arel Amu just two minutes after the break at the AGP Arena.

However, Billericay were not to be denied all three points as, just past the hour mark, Moses Emmanuel rounded Hemel goalkeeper Laurie Walker to score the winner.

There was still time for an Alfie Potter cross to deflect onto the post Billericay goalkeeper Mark Smith made a fine save before Michee Efete’s goal-line clearance in injury time, but Town had done enough to triumph.

Meanwhile, Bowers & Pitsea were handed the Isthmian North title after suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Heybridge Swifts.

Bowers went into the clash looking to increase their 15 match winning run, which started after a narrow loss to Julian Dicks’ Heybridge in the reverse fixture.

And captain Martyn Stokes put Bowers on course for a 16th consecutive win by putting the home side in front with 16 minutes on the clock.

Stokes then saw another header cleared off the goal-line soon after.

But Heybridge responded with Toib Adeyemi levelling matters just before the interval.

Former Southend United trainee Dan Walker turned the game on its head by netting Heybridge’s second goal of the afternoon with 58 minutes played.

Bowers pushed for a late leveller but the game was put beyond them as Kreshnic Krasniqi fired home an injury time penalty for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Canvey Island snatched all three points at the death as they won 3-2 against bottom side Mildenhall Town.

Adam Vyse, who was restored to the Gulls’ starting line-up, sent a header against the crossbar early on but Mildenhall broke the deadlock through Tom Debenham.

However, Canvey hit back immediately as Ryan Melaugh nodded home Frankie Merrifield’s cross.

Mildenhall restored their one-goal advantage thanks to substitute Matthew Hayden on 72 minutes, but there was to be late drama.

With 89 minutes on the clock, Merrifield netted from the penalty spot after being pulled back by a defender.

And Merrifield completed his brace with the winner in the fifth minute of injury time after rounding the goalkeeper.

Basildon United were unable to build on their win over Soham Town Rangers as they suffered a 1-0 loss to Barking.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom, who was with Concord Rangers in pre-season, scored the only goal of the encounter with four minutes remaining.