Frustration mounts for shot-shy Town
BLANK AFTERNOON: Draw at Whyteleafe makes it five away games without a win
TOWN’S away form continues to threaten to derail the club’s play-off push as the Nuts and Bolts made it five away games without a win at relegationthreatened Whyteleafe on Saturday.
Chances were at a premium on a Church Road pitch that bobbled everywhere, with the best falling to the home side’s Sean Rivers late on.
Manager Steve Lovell kept faith with the side that beat Merstham the week before, resisting the temptation to start with fit-again leading scorer Paul Jones.
Jones would eventually enter the fray, but his appearance did little to spark a goal-shy away attack into life.
The visitors did start the stronger, however, with Craig Wilkins testing Leafe keeper Robert O’Hara, but despite the dominance Town couldn’t find a goal.
Whyteleafe were also finding efforts on target hard to come by, with only Robert Smith’s close-range shot, and Rivers’ effort that hit the crossbar giving the visitors cause for concern.
The first half was entertaining compared with the rest of the match, as the second period saw both sides cancel each other out.
Smith shot wide for Town on the hour mark, before seeing his stabbed effort well blocked by Ali Reeve seven minutes later, as Town’s attempts to break down Leafe failed.
Then, 10 minutes from time, Seb Barton produced the save of the match to give Town a share of the spoils, as he tipped Rivers’ lob over the bar, when the ball looked destined to nestle in the back of the net.