HARWICH and Parkeston claimed an emphatic 4-0 win at Peterborough FC in their latest Thurlow Nunn League first division north clash, writes COLIN ROGERS.

After a couple of reverses, the Shrimpers needed a victory to get their season back on track and so this big win at Peterborough saw them bring home a welcome three points.

Harwich took a 17th-minute lead with a good move when Brandon Rusby knocked the ball over the Peterborough defence for Jamie Beecham's first time cross to be slotted home at the far post by Luke Mayhew.

The Shrimpers were on the attack and captain Alfie Smith fired in a shot which went just wide.

Peterborough had a opportunity when they were awarded an indirect free-kick ten yards from the goal.

But Shrimpers defender Dan Keeble prevented a certain goal by making a brave save when he threw his body in front of the ball to divert a shot over the crossbar.

Harwich's second goal came after 35 minutes when Mitchell Knight was alert to spot an opportunity to put the ball over the home defence for Harry Miller to run onto and net with a neat lobbed shot.

There was lengthy delay with both teams trainers coming on to treat a Peterborough player who sustained a nasty head wound. but half-time came with Harwich still holding a 2-0 lead.

Harwich started the second half in style with wing-back Reece Harte scoring a great third goal with a 20-yard free-kick placed over the defensive wall and into the far corner of the net.

And the Shrimpers added a fourth in the 52nd minute when a Peterborough defender, in attempting to play the ball back to his keeper, scored an own goal.

When called upon, Harwich had defended well with their back four impressive with Mitch Knight in their midst in dominant form.

Harwich entertain Haverhill Rovers at the Gwinnell & Sons Royal Oak on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

The day will be part of celebrations to mark the club's 125th anniversary playing at the Royal Oak ground and will include a reunion of past players.

At 2pm, supporters are invited into the Social Club where there will be a question and answer session with former star goalscorers Ian Brown and Matt Carmichael on the podium.