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THIS game was not one for the purists as the two teams battled it out to no avail.
A sluggish start by the home side saw Whitby Town put some pressure on the hosts with a couple of nearly chances.
Ducks striker Chib Chilaka had the first real effort on goal as his volley flew over the bar on eight minutes.
There was a big shout on 12 minutes for a penalty to the visitors as Matty Tymon appeared to receive an elbow from Kelvin Lugsden.
In the same incident a cry for handball by the Shaw Lane centre-back was also waved away by referee Conor Brown.
“Sometimes you see them given, sometimes you don’t,” accepted Whitby boss Chris Hardy. “I didn’t envy the referee’s task today. We are fighting to get these penalties in these cases.”
The one and only shot on target in the first half came on 39 minutes from long range. Captain Spencer Harris fired from 20 yards following an Alex Byrne pass.
It was held though by keeper Ryan Whitley.
Hopes of a better second period warmed up the supporters at half-time and the pace did improve.
Kiaran Weledji stormed forward for Whitby on 48 minutes and his fierce shot was deflected wide by Lugsden.
Harris made the Whitby stopper work again on 58 minutes as another long-range effort looked to be going wide, but Whitley took no chances and conceded the corner instead.
A flurry of bookings saw a total of eight throughout the game, referee Brown making the point that he was in charge.
What drama there was came in injury time as both sides recorded their second efforts on goal.
Andrew Monkhouse had a tame header collected by Ed Wilczynski while the hosts saw substitute Damian Reeves come close before his shot was deflected.
Shaw Lane manager Paul Quinn admitted: “In hindsight with a makeshift back four and with the conditions it’s another point in the right direction.
“We huffed and puffed in the first half and in the second half we picked the pace up and we’re disappointed not to get the maximum points.
“Kieran Lugsden played at right-back for the first time and Jake Picton only signed last night around six o’clock.
“We we’re not too disheartened, especially with players coming back next week to help out.” STAR MAN: Spencer Harris (Shaw Lane) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★
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