NEW Harwich and Parkeston boss Sean Tynan says he is confident he and his staff can get the results needed to lift them up the Thurlow Nunn League division one south table, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

The Shrimpers lie third from bottom in the table and are yet to record a league win this season, following their 2-0 defeat at title challengers Buckhurst Hill in their latest match.

Tynan pointed out that the team is being rebuilt and so current matches and training sessions are equivalent to a pre season.

But ahead of their home clash with Burnham Ramblers at the Royal Oak on Saturday, he is confident that they can rise up the table.

Harwich found championship challengers Buckhurst Hill too strong.

But 2-0 down at half-time and facing the possibility of a heavy defeat, the Shrimpers fought back after the break to keep the second-half goal-less.

The Buckhurst Hill groundsmen worked hard during the morning to drain a pool of water and the referee gave the go ahead, as kick-off time approached.

Harwich were without injured skipper Gareth Heath and Alife Smith filled the gap in midfield.

Buckhurst Hill started strongly and had the ball in the net twice but each time the assistant referee was perfectly placed and raised the offside flag.

The Shrimpers defence was pierced in the 20th minute with Liam Forster heading the home side into the lead.

Harwich's first scoring chance came in the 38th minute when Alfie Smith created an opening but substitute Declan Kama could not get his powerful shot on target.

Buckhurst Hill were quicker on the ball and dominated but it seemed that Harwich would hang on to keep the home side's lead to a single goal until Suleyman Zuhdu nipped in to score a second goal.

A good half-time team-talk saw Harwich come out to give a much-improved second-half display and hold their own against a very good Buckhurst Hill team.

For Harwich, Ben Hammond gave a strong performance at the centre of defence, surging forward to help in attack when the opportunity allowed, whilst Shrimpers goalkeeper Brad Cook pulled off some fine saves.

Harwich's Reserves visit West Bergholt on Saturday, while Harwich travel to play Coggeshall United in the Essex Premier Cup, next Tuesday.