Lancaster City picked up a hard-fought point at high-flying Scarborough on Saturday.
With Darren Peacock unable to travel, assistant boss Trevor Sinclair oversaw a resolute display in the latest of a tough run of fixtures for the Dolly Blues.
The hosts, fourth in table ahead of the match, had the game’s first chance with Steve Ridley curling a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide.
At the other end, Matty Poole headed narrowly off target twice, first from a Billy Akrigg cross and then a Sam Bailey centre.
A frantic opening continued on six minutes with Tom Kilifin firing a shot from 15 yards off Joe Cracknell’s left-hand post with the ball rebounding to safety.
Just before the quarter hour Kilifin then saw a curler from the edge of the box drift just wide.
City came close again on the half hour with Poole’s curling effort from the left again coming back off the woodwork.
The visitors continued to be in the ascendancy approaching the interval with a Kilifin flick going just wide and Ryan Winder seeing a shot blocked.
City, wary of a reaction from the hosts, could have taken the lead in the opening minute of the second half, with Poole racing clear to take Kilifin’s pass and score only see the linesman’s flag had been raised for offside.
Scarborough’s best early chance after the break was all of Lancaster’s own making as Neil Marshall inadvertently flicked a hopeful punt back toward his goal with Mike Hale having to tip the ball wide of his left-hand post.
Chances were few and far between in the second period with the tide turning in favour of Scarborough.
Substitute Ryan Blott hit Mike Hale’s right-hand post with a header that was ruled offside and then Tom Corner hit a volley well wide moments later.
City however could have nicked all three points on 78 minutes with their only real opportunity of the second half.
A long punt from Hale almost gifted Winder with a route one winning goal as the ball bounced back to him 25 yards out but he hit well over the bar with a right-foot drive when he perhaps should have done better.
City nearly saw a well deserved point escape from their grasp deep into injury time with Hale appearing to be fouled when coming for a routine catch. The ball went loose to Blott but he couldn’t divert the ball into the unguarded net from 12 yards.