Monday night proved to be magical for Waltham Abbey as they enjoyed a 3-1 Bostik League North Division win over Aveley.

The result leaves Abbey 10th in the table after nine games and they have a game in hand over a number of teams above them in the division.

After a run of two league games without a win, including a 4-3 loss to Dereham Town on Saturday, the win was a welcome one.

Abbey will hope to take the confidence gained from the win into a clash with Faversham Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

They return to league action on Tuesday night with a away match against Heybridge Swifts.

Elsewhere, Waltham Forest’s Essex Senior League meeting with Southend Manor ended in disappointment as they allowed a two-goal lead slip to lose.

Goals from Edgar Morias and Mohammed Sagaf left Forest 2-0 to the good at the interval, but a wretched second half meant they returned home empty handed.

Goals from Alfie Lindfield, Micky Hopkins and Lee Scott ensured the home side took all three points.

At the time of going to press, Forest were preparing to take on Burnham Ramblers ahead of a meeting with Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday.

Ramblers headed into the meeting with Forest on the back of a 1-0 loss against a Wadham Lodge side which has struggled this season.

The victory was only Lodge’s second of the season came via a 25th minute strike as they overcame their fellow strugglers.

In winning 1-0, Lodge also kept their first clean sheet of the season.

The Premier Division outfit could not carry that form into their midweek meeting with Redbridge FC where they were beaten 3-1 on Tuesday night.

That result too Redbridge up to second in the table and saw them build on a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Hullbridge Sports on Saturday.

They were in control from start to finish and Brian Moses got the ball rolling with a 14th minute goal.

Further strikes from Lindidipho Mtyanda, Jonathon Mbamarah, Billy Golledge, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao and a second for Moses completed the rout.

Finally, there was a heavy 4-0 loss for West Essex as they were comprehensively beaten by Basildon United in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy first round clash.