THERE were two standout performances on a relatively quiet day in the Thurlow Nunn League.

With a couple of key postponements and other sides not due in action anyway, it was a curtailed fixture list in terms of the Gazette's sides.

FC CLACTON had another memorable day in the premier division, winning 2-1 at Haverhill Rovers.

Karl Andrade's penalty ten minutes before the break gave them the ascendancy at half-time.

Adam Hampson then added a second soon after the restart and although the hosts grabbed a consolation at the death, it was not enough to take the gloss off an excellent afternoon for Tom Austin's side.

The Seasiders return to the Rush Green Bowl on Tuesday night for the visit of leaders Histon.

In this form, they may fancy their chances of an upset.

Elsewhere, BRANTHAM ATHLETIC had no game and new boss Michael Brothers will take charge for the first time when Godmanchester Rovers provide the opposition at the Leisure Centre on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the adverse weather led to some postponements in first division south.

Among them was the Tendring derby between HOLLAND FC and HARWICH AND PARKESTON, which has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 26.

COGGESHALL UNITED'S intriguing match at home to fellow high-fliers White Ensign was another casualty while there was no scheduled fixture for either WIVENHOE TOWN or LITTLE OAKLEY.

The Dragons had been due to visit Hackney Wick but the game was switched to Wednesday (March 20).

Only three matches were played in the division and in one of them, HALSTEAD TOWN maintained their promotion push with a 2-1 victory at Lopes Tavares.

Chris Harris' well-placed effort gave them a half-time lead and although the visitors - who had been reduced to ten men following a straight red card - levelled after the break, it was the Humbugs who had the last laugh thanks to star man Harris.

The striker grabbed his second of the game in stoppage time, heading home a long ball forward by keeper Sam Kendle.

Halstead kept up the pressure on leaders Hashtag United, who won 4-2 at May and Baker.

BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT RESERVES succumbed to a 5-2 defeat at Frenford while BRAINTREE TOWN RESERVES drew 1-1 at home to Wormley Rovers.

The star performance award is clearly a straight fight between Clacton and Halstead.

However, the Seasiders just about take it.

Their victory left them tenth in the table with games in hand on all the sides above, apart from leaders Histon.

A top-ten finish would represent a best-ever finish in the club's guise as FC Clacton, as opposed to Clacton Town, and this latest result further emphases the great work being done by manager Austin.