HARWICH and Parkeston were beaten 1-0 by ten-man Newbury Forest, at the Gwinnell & Sons Royal Oak, writes TERENCE FRANCIS.

The Shrimpers are still looking for their first Thurlow Nunn League Division One South win, following their defeat against unbeaten Newbury.

Harwich thought that they had taken an early lead when from Charlie Lindoe's cross Karl Andrade was sure that his close-range shot had crossed the goal-line before being retrieved.

Forest goalkeeper Ollie Bessex made a fine diving save from Andrade and Harwich went close again when Wayne Blackman's shot looked as though it might trickle over the line.

In the 40th minute Newbury Forest were reduced to ten men after Ian Thompson had been sent off for throwing a punch and the first half ended goal-less.

Passing the ball accurately, Harwich were well on top in the second half.

It was therefore against the run of play when from wide on the right flank Calvin Porku gave Forest the lead with a shot into the far corner of the net.

Harwich won a string of free-kicks and corners but lacked the aerial power to make them count.

Working hard with impressive approach play the Shrimpers continued to apply constant pressure and it seemed that they must score.

However, they were denied in part by keeper Bessex's fine form.

When he was beaten, Harwich luck was out with Les Lewis's fierce drive striking the crossbar.

So it was a tale of disappointment for Harwich, whose dominance should have made them comfortable winners.

But credit to Newbury Forest who had held out for 50 minutes with ten men and snatched victory.

A fixture change means that Harwich are away to Athletic Newham tomorrow (Saturday).