JAKE Plane was the two-goal hero as FC CLACTON came from behind to defeat neighbours WIVENHOE TOWN 4-3.

The sides met in a thrilling Thurlow Nunn League premier division derby at the Rush Green Bowl on Boxing Day.

Wivenhoe got off to a dream start after scoring within 90 seconds.

Jamie Hudson blocked an attempted clearance by goalkeeper Luke Avenell and the ball rolled into the back of the Seasiders net.

However, Clacton were level shortly before the half-hour mark when the in-form Plane headed home Kevin Coyle's throw.

The winger then added his second at the end of the first half, firing home after his initial attempt had been blocked.

Coyle applied the finishing touch to a sweeping second-half move, firing into the bottom corner, before the hosts added their fourth with a scrambled effort.

Wivenhoe gave themselves a lifeline when Henri Okosi beat the offside trap before calmly slotting past Avenell.

And they set up a grandstand finish after picking up the ball from a misplaced goal-kick and Billy Latto fired past Avenell.

The Dragons had gone into the game on the back of a positive result on Saturday.

Boss Chris Hudson celebrated his first point in the managerial hot-seat after a 0-0 draw at home to Saffron Walden Town.

Clacton had suffered a 2-0 defeat at Histon.

There was another Boxing Day derby of note as STANWAY ROVERS pipped BRANTHAM ATHLETIC 1-0.

After a goal-less first half, Stanway's Reuben Mudd scored the only goal as Kem Izzet's side bounced back from Saturday's 4-0 defeat at home to Stowmarket Town.

Brantham had continued their winning ways with a 3-1 success at Kirkley and Pakefield.

Peter Maina, Sam Newson and Terry Rymer scored their goals on the Norfolk coast.

Title-chasing COGGESHALL TOWN won 1-0 at Haverhill Borough on Boxing Day, thanks to a first-half goal from Luke Wilson.

The Seedgrowers had romped to a 7-0 victory at Gorleston on Saturday.

Ross Wall and Tom Monk both scored first-half doubles to put their side in the driving seat.

Wall then notched a couple more after the break, before an own goal put the cherry on the cake.

In other Boxing Day matches, HALSTEAD TOWN were pipped 1-0 at home to Cornard United.

The Humbugs had been without a game on Saturday.

Elsewhere at the weekend, LITTLE OAKLEY drew 1-1 at home to Norwich CBS.

Luke Mayhew gave them a first-half lead, but the visitors responded with a cool finish after the break.

HOLLAND FC’S scheduled home game against Swaffham Town was postponed due to a floodlight problem. It was called off on Friday night.

Oakley and Holland are due to meet in a derby at the Memorial Ground on Wednesday night (7.45pm).