IT was another action-packed weekend of non-league football.

Billericay Town, Concord Rangers, Bowers & Pitsea, East Thurrock United, Basildon United, Canvey Island, Hullbridge Sports and Southend Manor were all in action.

And here are the five talking points of the weekend.

1 – Hallett continues to shine in cup competitions

Jason Hallett only made his return to Canvey Island last month, but the frontman has already scored four goals in cup competitions. After already bagged winners in FA Cup replays against Waltham Abbey and St Ives Town, Hallett went into the FA Trophy extra preliminary round tie at Welwyn Garden City having already clinched £11,250 in prize money for the Gulls. And Hallett helped to add another £1,500 to the prize pot as he claimed a brace of goals in the 4-2 win.

2 – Bees’ discipline called into question

Joe Turpin saw red early in the second half as Basildon United went onto suffer a 3-0 Isthmian North defeat at AFC Sudbury. As a result, the Bees have been shown red five times in their first seven league outings of the campaign. Adam Vyse, who joined in the summer, has been dismissed on two occasions, while Ayo Odukoya and Ernest Okoh have also been sent for early baths.

3 – Scopes giving youth a chance at Concord

Concord Rangers may have suffered a 3-0 defeat at Weymouth on Saturday, but it proved to be a day to remember for Ben Search, who made his first team debut. Search, who was named in the first team squad for the first time, came off the bench to replace Marcel Barrington in the 86th minute. Boss Danny Scopes also gave youngster Alex Hernandez an opportunity in the loss to Dartford earlier this month and the future appears to be bright at the Aspect Arena.

4 – Billericay debutants impress

Billericay Town player-manager Jamie O’Hara handed full debuts to Darren Oldaker, Odysseus Alfa and Arjanit Krasniqi in the 2-2 draw with Dorking Wanderers. Oldaker showed why he featured in the Football League with Gillingham as the attacking midfielder caused the visitors’ defence all sorts of problems, while Alfa put his pace to good use. Krasniqi, a Kosovo international, continuously got up and down the left wing having started at left-back and looked comfortable despite his move to the Steel Team Stadium only being confirmed less than 24 hours before kick-off.

5 – A change in fortunes at Southend Manor

Michael Walther took charge of Southend Manor with the club having only registered one win since the Essex Senior League season got underway. Despite an impressive victory at Hashtag United, Manor then crashed out of three cup competitions and boss Adam Peek resigned. Walther, following a spell on the coaching staff at Hullbridge Sports, has taken over and Manor have since recorded back-to-back triumphs following the 2-1 win over Ilford on Saturday.