On a very cold, wet and windy evening Harwich and Dovercourt looked to build on their draw at Manningtree by beating a Clacton County High School team that drew with them in the final game of last year.
It was clear from the outset that Harwich were the better footballing side and dominated the early possession getting in behind the Clacton defence on numerous occasions without really threatening the away goalkeeper.
There were some big, strong tackles made by both sides but …Harwich throughout the first half still managed to play some good football in poor conditions.
On twenty minutes Harwich made the breakthrough as Charlie Guiezelar picked up the ball 20 yards out and smashed the ball into the back of the net. The keeer had no chance as the ball snaked through the air at venomous speed.
The second half begun with the Clacton boys pressing high up the pitch with obvious instructions for the manager to shut down and put Harwich under more pressure. This paid off quite quickly with Clacton scoring an equaliser as the striker slid the ball past the helpless keeper into the bottom corner.
Harwich couldn’t have wished for a better response as almost immediately from the kick off a shot was fired in to the Clacton goalkeeper who spilt the ball and the rebound was poked home by substitute Kebangu.
The Clacton team begun to get frustrated and some ill discipline led to a couple of enforced substitutions by the teacher. The game became more scrappy with the Harwich players showing great focus in concentrating on the task at hand.
With 2 minutes on the clock a long free kick was floated into the Clacton area and again the goalkeeper could only parry the ball and one of 5 on rushing Harwich players could have scored but it was Olly Wright that stabbed home the finishing touch from close range.
Man of the match was Cody Double who won his individual battle with a very physical winger.
3 sports personality points to Max Macdonald who replaced Yuki Jackson just before half time substitution and playing out of position in the middle of midfield was strong, hard working and assured
2 points go to Keenan Brown for his performance at right back. Keeping the left winger quiet and getting forward when possible to deliver some excellent passes.
4 points Cody Double
3 points Max Macdonald
2 points Keenan Brown
Harwich entertain Colne at Home next Tuesday looking to add to the 4 points they have from a possible 6 and will look to continue to play the passing football that has served them well.