OSSETT Town failed to find their cutting edge in front of goal as Harrogate Railway Athletic held Phil Sharpe’s men to a 0-0 stalemate at Stade France on Tuesday night.
Both sides found chances at a premium in the Evo-Stik Division 1 North clash and the chances they did carve out went begging.
Railway edged the opportunities in front of goal in the first half but Robert Tonks wasted a good chance for Town, without suspended striker Neil Towler, midway through the half when he headed a Leon Henry cross wide.
The visitors started the second half brightly and Ben Parkes saw his header come crashing back off the woodwork following good work by David Ward.
Harrogate substitute Paul Beasley sliced an effort wide just after the hour mark, while at the other end Luke Richardson sent a long-range effort wide of Craig Parry’s goal.
Ossett’s best spell of pressure came with 20 minutes to go. Substitute Darrell Young added some spark to Town’s attack and his neat turn forced the Harrogate defender to foul him in a dangerous position at the edge of the box.
Patrick McGuire saw the resulting free-kick deflected wide and from the corner, taken by the same player, the ball drifted across the face of goal and the visitors struggled to clear the danger.
Town’s best chance came with three minutes to go but Young could only fire straight at the Harrogate stopper, who turned the ball over the bar.
The result stretches Town’s unbeaten run to three matches since the turn of the year but Sharpe will have highlighted the clash a potential three much-needed points for his men.
Ossett Albion’s seven-match unbeaten run came to an end in dramatic fashion last night with a 3-2 reverse at Radcliffe Borough.
The Warehouse Systems Stadium club were leading 2-1 with eight minutes to go thanks to goals from Richard Tracey and Joe Fox, from the penalty spot.
But a brace of strikes from David Sherlock, the second coming in the fourth minute of added time, turned the game on its head and left Albion travelling back to Yorkshire with nothing to show for their efforts.
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