WHITBY Town upped their unbeaten run to nine matches as a top rearguard action secured a goalless draw at Rushall Olympic.
It was a third consecutive Evo-Stik League premier division share-all for the Blues but it was still a good point, ending Rushall’s six-game winning streak.
The home side had the better of the first half, but Whitby had the better of the second and were full value for their point which keeps them in 10th position in the table. Rushall are seventh.
On Saturday, Whitby host FC United of Manchester who sit just one place above them on the same number of points but with four games in hand. It is expected to bring the biggest crowd of the Blues’ home campaign.
Meanwhile, Scarborough Athletic produced a poor display on Saturday as they fell 2-0 at Coalville in Evo-Stik League division one south.
Boro offered little throughout the game, allowing Coalville to complete a league double and further bolster their promotion hopes while denting the Seadogs’ play-off chances.
Rudy Funk’s men remain only four points off the top five and should expect to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they visit lowly Bedworth.
Against Coalville, Funk brought defender Paul Foot back after suspension, and switched to a 4-5-1 formation in the absence of Gary Bradshaw, with Ryan Blott ploughing a lone furrow in attack – and getting precious little support.
Reece Lester hit a post in the first minute as Coalville gained immediate ascendancy.
Boro full-back Joe Lamplough, twice, and centre-back Andy Milne both cleared off the line, before the Seadogs briefly threatened, handball appeals following a Blott header from a corner being waved away.
Tom Davie also saw an effort brilliantly tipped away while the returning Matty Plummer headed wide.
If those chances had gone in, it could have been different. As it was, Coalville broke quickly and opening the scoring in style – Jordan Hempenstall curling home a superb effort from distance.
Hempenstall also missed an open goal, but Coalville killed the game when Rob Evans smashed in a volley.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Beadle has rejoined Scarborough from Pickering.
As reported on the Back Page, Beadle, who began his career at Scarborough before having spells with York City and Whitby Town, scored 11 league goals after signing back at Boro in December 2012 to help them lift the Northern Counties East League premier division title.
The midfielder, 25, has scored eight goals in 13 appearances for the Pikes since moving to Mill Lane.