Thurlow Nunn League

division one south

HARWICH were again well-supported with a gate of 150 at the Royal Oak.

The Shrimpers were without captain and leading scorer Jordan Heath but new signing Billy Coe made his home debut in midfield.

The first half was contested mainly in midfield, with defences on top and scoring opportunities scarce.

Harwich's best effort came with a 20-yard shot from Jake Kioussis which skimmed the crossbar.

With half-time approaching, the action hotted up with Frenford central defender Chris Beaupierre handling a goalscoring opportunity and being sent off.

Callum Griffiths gave Harwich the lead with a well-taken kick from the resultant penalty.

A few minutes later, Harwich were also reduced to ten men when Joe Knight retaliated to a foul and was dismissed.

Harwich had the edge in the first half but, after the break, Frenford came out determined to get back on terms and Harvey Cowler saved the Shrimpers by heading off the goalline.

Griffiths had a great chance to give Harwich more breathing space when he was clean through, with Frenford appealing for offside in vain.

However, the Shrimpers striker attempted to lob advancing goalkeeper Luis Silver, who easily saved his effort.

Larry Asare was a source of danger to Harwich and, with 15 minutes remaining, he was rewarded when he scored Frenford's equaliser with a well-taken shot.

Both teams looked for a winner in a tense finish but a draw was a fair result.

Harwich remain in fourth position and Hackney Wick, who beat Halstead Town last week, this week beat Coggeshall United to continue their good form.

On Friday, Harwich travel to meet Brightlingsea Regent Reserves (kick-off 7.45pm).

The reserves were forced into several changes and went down 5-1 to Tavern, with Ross Purll their scorer.

On Saturday they go to Colchester to meet Shrub End.