Haverhill Sports Association 2 Harwich & Parkeston 0

HSA returned to winning ways in the Essex & Suffolk Border League’s Premier Division with a much improved team performance, helped by a superb strike from Craig Cutts.

After five minutes Harwich had the first chance of the match, Palmer’s low shot forcing Liam Cutts to tip the ball round the post.

HSA responded and should’ve taken the lead in the eighth minute when Aaron Forshaw put Craig Cutts through on goal, however the powerful forwards effort cannoned back off the crossbar and away to safety.

With the Harwich threat being primarily from set pieces HSA dominated the half with efforts from Simon Newnes and Paul Hunt going close.

The lead came on the half hour mark when a high ball into the area from Newnes was brought under control by Forshaw who teed the ball up for Cutts to curl an inch perfect 20 yard effort into the top corner.

The second half began with HSA constantly attacking, Tom Lock and Ross Elkins both hit the woodwork whilst Forshaw and Harry Halls saw efforts saved by the visiting keeper.

As the half wore on HSA couldn’t find the crucial second goal and Harwich had a good chance to equalise from a ball driven across the HSA six yard box.

Both sides thought they should’ve been awarded a penalty in the last ten minutes before HSA finally sealed the points in injury time.

Ben Bradley dispossessed the Harwich centre half and fed Forshaw who drew the keeper and calmly slotted home.

Manager Ben Cowling said: “This was a good win for HSA who need now to go back on a winning run to put pressure on those above them in the league.”