HARWICH and Parkeston were made to pay for missed chances after losing 1-0 at home to Diss Town in Thurlow Nunn League first division north, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

Playing some neat football, the Shrimpers created chances with early opportunities falling to striker Jay Eggerichs.

There were also two good headed efforts when defender Dan Keeble went forward, with his first attempt being well saved by Town goalkeeper Ben Self and the second going inches wide of the post.

Another Harwich defender Tyler Sullivan also had a header that went just past the upright but at half-time, the game was still goal-less.

Diss were much more threatening after the restart and in the 58th minute, Shrimpers goalkeeper Brad Cook was forced to dive full length to touch a shot out for a corner.

Five minutes later, Cook made a brilliant stop to turn a point-blank effort over the crossbar.

Substitute Elliot Johnson had Harwich's only clearcut scoring opportunity of the half but his first-time volley from a cross went straight into the arms of keeper Self.

Cook had enjoyed a quiet first half but as in the first game of the season, he was to prove Harwich's man of the match, producing further excellent saves to keep his team in the game.

Diss were proving to be well organised and strong opponents.

Cook was now somewhat hampered by an injury and following a corner, his defenders failed to give him sufficient cover and the unmarked Charley Webb headed Diss's all-important goal, with 12 minutes left.

Harwich tried hard to save a point in the closing stages but Diss ensured they got all their players behind the ball and a frustrated Shrimpers team were unable to get a clear sight of goal.