HARWICH and Parkeston battled to a 1-1 draw at Norwich CBS in Thurlow Nunn League first division north, writes TERRY FRANCIS.

Fielding their strongest side so far this season, Norwich belied their position at the bottom of the league table with the result resting on a knife edge until the final whistle.

Shrimpers manager Sean Tynan was without unavailable players Gareth Heath, Reece Harte, Dan Keeble and also striker Harry Miller, who recently suffered a long-term injury.

Harwich created the first opportunity which saw Alfie Canning's shot curl inches wide of the angle of the crossbar.

They gradually got used to the artificial surface and as they began to string passes together mounted an attack featuring Jack Wood, Archie Corner and Elliot Johnson but Norwich defended well to stifle the danger.

After 18 minutes, Harwich created a golden opportunity for Tyler Sullivan to open the scoring but the home goalkeeper did well to save with his feet and later again impressed by tipping a goalbound header over the crossbar.

Norwich who had defended well but not threatened stunned the Shrimpers by taking a 35th-minute lead when Karl Horton unleashed a cracking 25-yard drive which defied the best efforts of goalkeeper Brad Cook and nestled in the corner of the net.

Harwich tried hard to get back on terms with dangerous crosses from Archie Corner and Alfie Smith which should have brought results but half-time came with them still behind and ruing missed chances.

The second half began with Jamie Beecham heading just wide from another Harwich opportunity but Norwich had their tails up now and were a dangerous attacking force.

Harwich were frustrated and their passing became ragged as Norwich sought to add to their lead.

But with 20 minutes left Harwich at last found space in the Norwich defence when Harry Tuck sent over an excellent cross and under strong pressure from Wood, a defender put the ball into the net for the Shrimpers' equaliser.

In a hectic finish, with nerves jangling, there were chances at both ends.

Cook twice saved Harwich, firstly when an attacker was clean through and then when in a frantic scramble he managed to claw back possession.

The Shrimpers also came close to scoring when Wood crossed but Alex Pryke was just unable to make the vital connection.

In the final minutes, Harwich were again indebted to Cook when he pulled off a magnificent diving save, hurling himself across the goal to turn away a fierce drive and seconds later when he reacted smartly to catch a rebound off the post, as the spoils were shared.