GRAYS Athletic and Tilbury notched valuable Isthmian North wins, while Aveley conceded a late equaliser to settle for a point and Thurrock were defeated.

Grays were looking to get back to winning ways after conceding late on in the derby with Aveley, on Boxing Day, to come away with just a point.

And they were able to claim a 3-1 win at play-off chasing Potters Bar Town.

Following a goalless first half, Grays went ahead seven minutes after the break thanks to Jack Fowler's towering header.

Just 10 minutes later, Billy Adcock was shown a straight red card to give Jamie Stuart's side a one-goal and man advantage.

And they made the most of their neumerical advantage as Boreham Wood loanee Bradley Sach doubled the visitors' lead with 74 minutes played.

Four minutes later, Adeyinka Cole found the back of the net.

Although David Sota scored a last minute goal for Potters Bar, it proved to be no more than a consolation.

Meanwhile, Tilbury secured a 1-0 win over Cheshunt.

Having not played on Boxing Day, the Dockers were looking to make the most of their extended break from competitive action.

And Adam Vyse netted the only goal of the game with 11 minutes remaining to give Tilbury the win against the Isthmian North strugglers.

Elsewhere, Aveley drew 1-1 with 10-man AFC Sudbury.

Alex Teniola headed home a corner to give the hosts a 17th minute lead.

The away side were reduced to 10-men just three minutes after the break as Reece Dobson was shown a straight red card for dissent.

Teniola missed the opportunity to double his and Aveley's tally as he sent a spot kick against the underside of the crossbar, before the attempt bounced clear, after Lewis Gard had been taken out by Billy Holland.

Freddie Gard then saw an effort ruled out for offside and despite being down a man, AFC Sudbury levelled in the dying moments.

Mekhi McKenzie found the back of the net to leave Aveley to rue their missed chances.

In the Isthmian Premier League, Mark Stimson's Thurrock lost 2-0 at Dorking Wanderers.

Fleet made the trip following a narrow defeat to Billericay Town on Boxing Day, in which Thurrock had positive moments.

But they fell behind after 34 minutes as James McShane grabbed the opener.

And McShane put the game beyond the visitors with an effort just before the hour mark.