HARWICH and Parkeston were beaten 3-2 by Hackney Wick at the Gwinnell & Sons Royal Oak in Thurlow Nunn first division south, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

The Shrimpers mounted a comeback in the last half hour to provide a thrilling finish but just failed to get the point that their second-half performance deserved.

Hackney Wick took the lead in the tenth minute when a shot proved too strong for diving goalkeeper Brad Cook and he could only push the ball into the corner of the net.

Harwich equalised two minutes later when Mark Palmer's diagonal cross was met by an excellent header from Jamie Eades.

On the hour, Cook's first-time volley gave the keeper no chance and restored the Wickers' lead.

Hackney had been the better team in the first half and roared on by their band of supporters, deserved their interval lead.

Harwich were in trouble in the 54th minute when a thunderbolt shot from outside the penalty area again gave Cook no chance to save and increased the Wickers lead.

With an hour gone the Shrimpers comeback started when central defender Ben Hammond surged forward to narrow the arrears with a shot into the roof of the net.

Harwich piled pressure on the Wickers goal and with the home supporters urging their team on it became a cup-tie atmosphere.

For the Shrimpers, Hammond's overhead kick was inches over the bar, Eades had a header cleared off the line and Nathan Kioussis' back header was well saved.

Harwich luck was out when Alfie Smith's goalbound effort hit the post and Hackney Wick hung on to take all three points with their goals from Lewis Danquah (2) and Miles Peterkin.

Harwich have an important home match on Saturday when second from bottom Brimsdown visit the Royal Oak.

Supporters should note that as the start of the Shrimpers new floodlight installation has been delayed for a fortnight, the match will now be a 3pm kick off and be the last under the old lights.