HARWICH and Parkeston's under-11s took an invitational squad to Ipswich Town’s Portman Road stadium.

The young Shrimpers played a match against the Blues' Player Development Centre squad.

It was a great experience for the team against quality opposition and they came away with a very creditable 5-2 defeat.

Every player raised their game and did both themselves and the club proud.

It will hopefully be the first of many matches against Football League Academy teams for Harwich sides.