Hednesford Town earned a point from their long midweek journey to Suffolk after playing out a goalless draw against relegation rivals Lowestoft Town.
Lowestoft have good recent form at home and the 400 mile round trip with 10 hours on the coach can take it’s toll on players.
Frank Sinclair made a number of changes to the team, resting skipper Ben Bailey, bringing Matt Regan in on the left of the midfield and bringing Kyle Perry back into the team after his three match suspension. Tom Thorley was also rested for the games ahead.
After an even start to the game it was the home side that almost opened the scoring in the 15th minute as Rossi Jarvis saw his header fly just wide of the upright.
Four minutes later Kyle Perry forced the Lowestoft goalkeeper into a smart save before Jake Reed shot straight at Dan Crane in the Hednesford goal.
Right on the stroke of halftime Adam Thomas created half a chance for himself but the Hednesford man saw his effort blocked away.
At the start of the second period the visitors had the best of the early possession but failed to test the goalkeeper with the home side defence looking in good order.
In a game of few chances the Pitmen continued to press for an opening and almost found it after 65 minutes only for defender Jack Truelove to see his effort comfortably saved.
Two minutes later Sean Williams saw a free-kick with the follow-up from Matt Regan being blocked away.
The Pitmen continued to press forward and were nearly punished in the 78th minute when Chris Henderson broke clear for the home side and as he pushed the ball past Crane but saw it roll inches clear of the far post for a goal kick.
As the clock ticked over to second half stoppage time the best chance of the night arrived for the home side with Crane making a great save from Harvey Hodd to keep the scores level.
Hednesford still sought to get a late winner and, as the added time ticked away, Bailey was brought on to hurl a long throw into the heart of the Lowestoft defence but could not find Perry on that occasion.
Overall it was a good performance by the Pitmen and a useful point earned, although sharing the points probably suited the home side more at this moment.
Lowestoft Town: Killip, Barker, Spillane, Kyprianou, Smith, Hodd, Rossi Jarvis, Fisk, Henderson, Ryan Jarvis, Reed (Bammany 63)
Subs not used: Eagle, Crow, Deeks, Putnins
Hednesford Town: Crane, Fitzwater, Truelove, Trainer, Digie, Cleet, Thomas (Glover 86), Williams, Perry, Obeng (Bailey 90), Regan (Peers 72)
Subs not used: Ransome, Ennis
Entertainment Rating: Three Stars
Star Man: Kyle Perry