Mildenhall Town 0 Haverhill Rovers 0
Defences ruled the roost at Recreation Way in a drab Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division game that saw neither goalkeeper forced into a meaningful save on Saturday (February 23).
The home side were slow out of the blocks and Rovers pressed well to dominate the opening 25 minutes, with Dan Cornwell, as usual, proving difficult to handle up front.
However, despite creating some promising positions and a flurry of set-plays, the visitors were unable to carve out any clear chances.
Mildenhall made a change in an effort to shake things up, replacing defender Adarian Judge with winger Kris Thomas, who had scored a hat-trick for The Hall when they triumped 3-1 over Rovers at the New Croft earlier in the campaign.
However, the extra attacking intent failed to yield anything more than a half-chance which Andrew Wood poked wide.
Early in the second period, a break from Thomas ended with a cross to the far post, where home debutant Allicion Blake miscued when well placed.
Just past the hour-mark the best opening of the game fell to Wood, who rounded goalkeeper Elliott Anderson and struck goalwards, only to see Perry Moody pull off an outstanding goalline clearance.
At the other end, Cornwell still looked threatening and fizzed a volley over before teeing up Stuart Kingham to drive just wide.
Superb defending from Dan Hitching and Dave Werthmann ensured Haverhill were kept at arm’s length.
However, despite plenty of pressure in the last 15 minutes, the hosts could not break the deadlock and saw two vital points slip away in the title race as they slipped to fourth, having claimed just one win in their last five league games.
Rovers meanwhile saw their top six ambitions blunted as they remain tenth with no wins in their last four.
They next play at their bogey team, third placed Dereham Town, who they have taken just one point off in all their league meetings, on Saturday (March 2).
For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (February 28) Echo.
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