Quick start ruffles AFC

HARWICH & Parkeston surprised visitors AFC Sudbury by taking the lead after just four minutes before losing 4-1 in Saturday's pre-season friendly.

HARWICH & Parkeston surprised visitors AFC Sudbury by taking the lead after just four minutes before losing 4-1 in Saturday's pre-season friendly.

The home side's forwards caught the Sudbury defence napping and with goalkeeper Marcus Bier out of position, Matt Carmichael steered home a low shot.

Harwich continued to have the better of the early stages but the visitors, urged on by new manager Mark Morsley, gradually clawed their way into the game and were rewarded with a 44th minute equaliser. A low cross from the right eluded two Sudbury forwards but Neil Calver was on hand to connect with a powerful shot that gave Harwich goalkeeper Ben Quade no chance.

After Harwich had missed a couple of early second-half chances, Chris Howlett gave Sudbury the lead, ghosting in from the right to fire home.


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The visitors pressed again and were awarded a penalty when Tommy Noble was tripped in the box and David Head scored.

Sudbury put the result beyond doubt with yet another spot-kick when Andrew Claydon fell in the Harwich area and Head scored again.

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