A FOOTBALL team hope to be razor-sharp in front of goal next season thanks to the generosity of a nearby hairdresser.

Harwich and Parkeston manager Mike Wallace and assistant boss Gary Kioussis have had a free snip, to celebrate the club's new sponsorship deal with Sunkissed, in Main Road.

The club's players also have the chance to pop into the chair for a trim.

Zoe Martin, who runs the hair and beauty salon, wants to ensure the squad look the part when they start training again, ahead of next season.

She said: "I'm a big sports fan, especially when it comes to football and boxing.

"I’m from a sporting family and know how much time and effort coaches put in for their clubs.

"They do it for the love of the game and that's why I was so keen to support the Harwich boys."

Harwich, known as the Shrimpers, play in the Thurlow Nunn League Eastern Counties League and their ground is a goal-kick from the Sunkissed salon, in Main Road.

Mrs Martin added: "During lockdown I’ve probably been busier than ever.

"I took the positives out of it and managed to get certain things done that I probably wouldn't have had time to do, such as setting up a new computer system and refurbishing the salon and car park.

"We took several courses in covid awareness and became a certified covid-aware salon.

"We've taken extra measures in terms of hygiene and had a professional company come in the day before opening, on Saturday.

"They went through the salon with an anti-viral fogging system which eliminates the spread of covid and other viruses."

Harwich manager Mike Wallace said: "We're very grateful to Zoe.

"As a football club, it's great working with businesses in the community and hopefully we can help each other in the coming months."