HARWICH and Parkeston claimed a morale-boosting 2-0 win over May and Baker at the Gwinnell & Sons Royal Oak, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

The Shrimpers were victorious in their Thurlow Nunn League first division south clash, bouncing back with a fine win over their seventh-placed opponents to overcome the disappointment of losing to the bottom two teams.

Harwich were determined to put to bed their recent setbacks and took a 15th-minute lead.

From a free-kick on the halfway line, Mark Palmer laid the ball off to Alfie Smith who swung a cross to the back post where Jamie Eades out jumped the visitors' defence to net with a powerful header.

Harwich continued to have the edge, creating a couple of opportunities which were cleared at the expense of corners.

They also looked composed in defence with goalkeeper Brad Cook handling the ball confidently and deserved their interval lead.

Harwich doubled their lead in the 50th minute.

Shaun Kioussis curled a fine 20-yard free-kick around the defensive wall and into the corner of the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Shrimpers target man Eades was a thorn in the visitors' defence. winning aerial battles whilst also holding the ball up and formed an excellent partnership with fellow striker Jordan Heath.

There was still time for May and Baker to come back but Harwich refused to let that happen, fighting for every ball to ensure that they retained their two-goal advantage and deservedly gained three morale-boosting points.

Harwich remain third from bottom in the league table but have regained their nine-point advantage over the club below them and with games in hand, have the opportunity to overtake the two teams above them.

Shrimpers management team Sean Tynan and Gary Kioussis were delighted with their team's reaction in this match and deserve credit for their part in the result.

Harwich have no match tomorrow (Saturday) but the Reserves entertain Mersea Island, kick-off 3pm.

Harwich's first team host to AFC Sudbury Reserves at the Gwinnell & Sons Royal Oak next Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.