Hilton aids Planters' fine win
Harwich & Parkeston 0, Norwich United 4 The Planters bounced back in fine style, seeing off a troubled Harwich & Parkeston side with a convincing victory - with Damian Hilton having a hand in every goal.
Harwich & Parkeston 0, Norwich United 4
The Planters bounced back in fine style, seeing off a troubled Harwich & Parkeston side with a convincing victory - with Damian Hilton having a hand in every goal.
With Tom Jeal, Neil Bugdale and Paul Atkins all joining the long-term absentees there were recalls for Chris Squires and Gavin Frost and Ben Nower returned after a lengthy injury, while Under 18 midfielder Adam Brundle was on the bench.
Harwich had problems of their own, having only picked up one point this season they were further hampered with the resignation of their management team earlier in the week.
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Harwich started the stronger and a seventh-minute Liam Springett free kick flew across the face of goal. This sprung the Planters into life and Gavin Frost's shot was saved by Craig Rulton after good work by Lee Hunter.
The Planters turned the game firmly in their favour with two goals in two minutes. An excellent tenth minute move down the right saw Damian Hilton and Jordan Blyth combine to release Hunter down the right and his cross to the far post was headed home by Matty Robinson.
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Hilton was involved two minutes later his touch releasing Blyth who crashed home a shot off the underside of the bar from the edge of the area.
The pressure was mostly one way now and Blyth saw his shot saved by Rulton after a corner caused problems for the home defence. Darren Coe saw his shot hit the bar from Robinson's free kick, but on this occasion the offside flag was up.
Harwich's best chance of the half came five minutes before the break when Harry Schofield fired over from inside the area.
Any doubts about the destination of the three points were sealed two minutes after the break when Frost's corner from the right was flicked on by Hilton to the far post where Jamie Wilson side footed home from close range.
Hilton saw Rulton save a shot, Blyth headed wide after Frost's free kick was fumbled and Frost saw his shot blocked before Hilton scored the Planters fourth in the 57th minute.
Robinson's free kick found Hilton at the far post and he rose to head home a goal he thoroughly deserved.
Hilton, Blyth and Frost all went close to extending the lead before Blyth was unlucky to be shown a second yellow, neither really deserving a card, in the 73rd minute.
With the Planters down to ten men and the excellent Hilton having to be replaced by Tom Youngs Harwich came into the game more and Nower had to make two good saves late on and the ever improving Jake McCabe made an important defensive tackle to ensure the deserved clean sheet.
Adam Brundle made his first team debut late on when he replaced Squires.
Harwich & Parkeston: Rulton, Palmer, King (Baker 54), Holman, Sibbons, Armstrong (M Springett 66), Barrett, L Springett, Manning (Collins 77), Coombes, Schofield. Unused Sub: Neale.
Norwich United: Nower, Shipley, McCabe, Frost, Wilson, Coe, Hunter, Squires (Brundle 84), Hilton (Youngs 77), Blyth, Robinson. Unused subs: Claydon, Pauling.
Referee: N Cooper, Assistants: A Dale & E Goodman.