A GOALLESS draw was perhaps an inevitable conclusion between fourth placed Highgate and fifth-placed Shepshed Dynamo in the Midland League Premier Division.
Neither side looked capable of breaking the deadlock in what proved to be a disappointing contest at Shepshed on Saturday which ended with the visitors being reduced to nine men following the dismissal of Trevor Edwards and Aaron Brown.
Highgate’s line up was dictated by a number of recent injuries to Shane Benjamin and Gavin Rodgers, with both players suffering following the exertions of recent weeks, and Karl King was also unavailable.
The still not fully fit Nathan Pulisciano remained on the bench while recent signing from Bromsgrove Sporting Ricardo Richards started up front and Nathan Edgington earned a recall.
Playing in the face of a gale force wind, an early Richards attempt at an overhead kick was blocked in a crowded box but it was the home side who made the better start.
The came close when when Bradley Catlow tipped Karl Whymark’s in-swinging corner over the bar.
Gate struggled to make any impact although Richards was not far off target with an angled drive following good build up play between Lei Brown and Connor Mooney.
Liam Read swept a gilt edged 20th minute chance high over the bar for the hosts and soon after Catlow had to save bravely to deny centre forward Theo Smith.
The first half ended with Shepshed having a slight edge but neither side did enough to make the all-important breakthrough.
Gate had to wait until the 48th minute for Dale Taylor to win their first corner but it proved to be a disappointed after Taylor hit it too long for Lei Brown at the far post before Tom Lacey was outnumbered by home defenders with a burst into the box off Brown’s pass.
Dynamo keeper Ryan Price held on to Lacey’s 57th minute free kick for what was his first touch of the game but it was Gate who were having far more of the possession without posing any real danger.
Richards failed in a one-on-one with Price and Aaron Brown was off target with a header from Taylor’s corner which should have troubled Price.
At the other end Shepshed’s Liam Read caused a scare with a ball over the goal mouth which required what had proved to be an elusive touch.
The first sending off came 15 minutes from time when Trevor Edwards received a red card for picking up what appeared to be a harsh second yellow and although the ten men had the ball in the net, a flag had previously been raised for an infringement.
In the dying seconds Aaron Brown was sent off in similar circumstances to Edwards but a much depleted Gate held out for the point which keeps them tucked in behind Hereford, Heanor and Alvechurch.
This Saturday Highgate are at home to Quorn (3pm) before on Tuesday evening Coleshill Town are the visitors to Tythe Barn Lane (7.45pm).