Town draw a blank again

By Jamie Arrowsmith 26/03 Updated: 26/03 11:50

Buy photos » Craig Milligan gets his head to the ball on Saturday. Picture by Martin Pulley.

Beaconsfield SYCOB 0 Rugby Town 0

Southern League Division One Central

RUGBY'S play-off hopes were dented further on Saturday when they suffered a second successive goalless draw to make it two points out of the last 12 available.

Both sides ended up with ten men in what proved a forgettable contest after Yiadom Yeboah and Seb Hamilton were dismissed following a first half altercation.

With Tyrone Fagan still suspended and Luke Keen injured, Seb Lake-Gaskin returned to the starting line-up, however, manager Dave Stringer largely kept faith with the side that drew with Northwood last week.

A rock hard pitch did help either side in their efforts to play football and neither goalkeeper had a serious save to make throughout the contest.

Beaconsfield keeper Michael Power-Simpson smothered the ball from Richard Blyth’s cross, which proved the only effort of note before the major talking point of the game in the 25th minute.

Hamilton fouled the home side's Yeboah just inside the Rugby half but Beaconsfield's captain did not like the tackle and appeared to raise his hand to Hamilton. The striker retaliated by also raising his hand, leaving the referee with little choice but to send both men off.

With no recognised striker on the bench, Lake-Gaskin played as a lone striker but Rugby struggled to break through the home defence.

Defender Craig Milligan saw his effort fly over whilst Charlie Mpi shot wide for the home side just before half time.

The second half failed to bring an improvement with both sides failing to register an effort on goal.

Rugby had most of the possession but could not find the quality to engineer a clear opportunity.

Blythe saw his shot blocked after good work after Gary Moran teed up a fine ball for Richie Allen to cross into the box but the game drifted to a drab conclusion.

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