There was a double header at Parkside as Aveley and Grays Athletic competed in their final friendlies ahead of the new Isthmian North campaign.

Terry Spillane's Millers welcomed Harlow Town to the new stadium, which will host it's first competitive match when Bowers & Pitsea make the short trip to Aveley for the Isthmian North curtain raiser next week.

And the Isthmian Premier League side proved too strong for the hosts, as they sealed a 2-0 win.

The first half saw both sides struggle to create clear cut opportunities, but Harlow were able to grab two unanswered goals after the break to consign Aveley to defeat.

Shortly after both sides had left the pitch, Grays Athletic took on Sittingbourne.

But like Aveley, Jamie Stuart's side were unable to make home advantage count in their final pre-season clash before they meet Tilbury in their season opener next Saturday.

Grays suffered a 3-2 defeat despite having the better of the early exchanges.

Glenn Wilson was denied a debut goal early on thanks to being ruled offside.

Kieran Bishop, who was one of Grays' star players last term, converted a Kiernan Hughes-Mason cross to give the home side a 25th minute opener.

But a mix-up at the back allowed Sittingbourne to get back on level terms, against the run of play, just before half time.

The visitors got their noses in front just past the hour mark before Grays player/manager Stuart was shown a straight red card for hitting out at an opponent following a poor challenge.

Sittingbourne doubled their advantage with 10 minutes to play, but Hughes-Mason set up a nervy final few moments as he raced clear to slot home.

However, the away side held on to see off the 10-men.

On Friday night, Tilbury lost 4-2 to Brightlingsea Regent.

The Dockers took a seventh minute lead as Luke Hornsley found the back of the net to continue his promising start since his move from Heybridge Swifts.

But Brightlingsea, who were crowned Isthmian North champions last term to win promotion to the Isthmian Premier League, hit back just three minutes later to get back on level terms.

Tony Martin restored Gary Henty's side's lead after 27 minutes but, once again, Brightlingsea equalised just moments after going behind.

Aaron Condon hit the back of the net and doubled his tally for the evening 10 minutes after the interval.

Jake Clowsley completed the scoring with 20 minutes to play.