HARWICH and Parkeston played out a fourth successive Thurlow Nunn League first division south after a goal-less stalemate with Wormley Rovers, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

When reduced to ten men early in the match, Wormley reorganised themselves into a solid defensive unit determined not to be beaten, at the Gwinnells & Sons Royal Oak.

They got these tactics spot on so that Harwich could not take advantage.

The defining moment of the match came in the 12th minute when Shrimpers striker Freddie King broke clean through and the Rovers goalkeeper came out of his area to handball.

It was a clear goal scoring opportunity resulting in the referee sending the Wormley keeper off.

However the Wormley player taking over in goal immediately proved himself by turning Gareth Heath's resultant free-kick over the crossbar.

In the second half, Harwich pressed forward with Harry Miller shooting inches over the crossbar and the keeper again saving well from King and Heath.

With time running out and Wormley dangerous in breakaways there was a danger that they would snatch a goal and Harwich could lose all three points.

There should be a good crowd when Harwich entertain neighbours Wivenhoe Town on Wednesday night, at the Gwinnells & Sons Royal Oak (7.45pm kick-off).

The Shrimpers will also be hoping to turn their draws into a win when they visit Aveley-based May & Baker, on Saturday.

Harwich and Parkeston Reserves gained their first three points of the season after beating Felsted Athletic 1-0.

They are at home to Stanway Pegasus Reserves, this weekend.