BEN Hammond secured a point for Harwich and Parkeston as they drew 1-1 at Coggeshall United in their Thurlow Nunn League first division south match, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

The Shrimpers produced a storming second-half display against an in-form Coggeshall side who were unbeaten in their last five matches.

Harwich were without goalkeeper Brad Cook and also three regular midfielders and Coggeshall's attack was dangerous in the opening stages.

The hosts took the lead when Hayes Thomas scored with a low shot into the corner of the net.

Harwich's best effort of the half came when United's keeper made a stunning flying save to turn the ball over the crossbar.

Sixteen-year-old Jack Lines was making his Harwich debut in horrendous weather conditions for a goalkeeper and made an excellent block, with half-time approaching.

The Shrimpers' back four defenders afforded him excellent protection and the youngster went on to give a very creditable performance.

United deserved their half-time lead but Harwich are a very spirited outfit now and they came out after the break determined to put pressure on the home team with Alfie Smith forcing United's keeper to make a good save.

Harwich were rewarded for their efforts when Hammond equalised with a well-placed header, from Shaun Kioussis' corner.

Rob Pratt came on to cause problems for United's defence and Matt Geen was having a good game, with his shot causing the home keeper to pull off yet another good save.

Harwich piled on the pressure and Jamie Eades' header hit the crossbar.

In the final minutes United broke away to have a goal disallowed for offside but it would have been an injustice if the Shrimpers had suffered defeat after their fine second-half showing.

Harwich entertain Park View at the Royal Oak on Saturday and with the new floodlight installation now progressing there will be a 2pm kick-off.