It was 13th time unlucky for Takeley as their 12-match unbeaten run was ended on Saturday.
After a three week break, due to the weather, Dunmow Rhodes Lions U18s were back in league action at High Easter on Sunday beating Springfield Youth 2-1.
Barnston went down 3-2 to second in the table Coggeshall Town Reserves in the Essex and Suffolk Border League Premier Division following the departure of their second manager of the season.
Takeley showed no sign of rustiness as they extended their unbeaten run to 10 game by storming to a 7-0 home win on Tuesday night in what was their first match for almost four weeks.
Takeley are set to return to Essex Senior League action on Saturday for their first game of the new year as they host Basildon United at Station Road.
Takeley boss Marc Das is delighted his side will enter 2017 in the top four of the Essex Senior League.
Free-scoring Takeley striker Charlie Cole is relishing life at Station Road.
Dunmow Rhodes U8 Lions rounded the year off with a fine display of passing football and resolute defending to ensure they kept their four-game unbeaten run intact going into the festive break.
Takeley FC recovered from 3-0 down to draw away at derby rivals Stansted on Saturday to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.
Takeley boss Marc Das has been left to weigh up the pros and cons of an enforced break on his high-flying Essex Senior League side.