HARWICH and Parkeston bowed out of the FA Vase when they were beaten 3-0 at West Essex, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

A depleted Shrimpers side were knocked out by a pacey home team, in Walthamstow.

Shrimpers manager Sean Tynan was without key players for the tie and was forced to rejig his line-up.

Harwich held their own for the first 25 minutes but then a 20-yard shot into the corner of the net gave goalkeeper Brad Cook no chance.

This was the signal for West Essex to take control of the game and two minutes later, they scored again with a looping header.

Harwich briefly came back forcing two corner kicks which came to nothing but with 35 minutes gone, the home side scored their third goal.

West Essex were so much quicker on the ball, dominating in midfield and sharp in attack, that there seemed to be no way back for the Shrimpers.

And when half-time came, there was the real prospect that Harwich might be facing a heavy defeat.

However the Shrimpers gave a gutsy performance in the second half, defending well against what was often sustained West Essex pressure.

Harwich were only able to mount sporadic attacks with perhaps the best chance coming when Dan Keeble headed just wide with a header following a corner kick.

Harwich man of the match was stalwart Nathan Kioussis, who came in for his first game of the season to fill the breach in the centre of the Shrimpers defence.

He grafted for 90 minutes and typified his team's efforts against the odds in the second half, which prevented West Essex adding to their goal tally.