FOOTBALL: Duo fail to deliver in dull derby duel

Close quarters: Keith Gray battles with Moulton's Jon Ball at Broad Lane, while (below) Dan Woods skins Steve Mastin. Photos by MIKE DAVISON

Close quarters: Keith Gray battles with Moulton's Jon Ball at Broad Lane, while (below) Dan Woods skins Steve Mastin. Photos by MIKE DAVISON

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MOULTON HARROX 0 PINCHBECK UNITED 0: STALEMATE reigned supreme in a feisty Broad Lane derby on Saturday.

Neither Moulton or Pinchbeck quite did enough to deserve all three points in this Peterborough Premier Division clash, but the hosts will certainly be the happier of the two with a point.

football action'14/01/12'Harrox Field, Moulton'Moulton Harrox v Pinchbeck Utd.

football action'14/01/12'Harrox Field, Moulton'Moulton Harrox v Pinchbeck Utd.

For United, a draw sees them drop points for the first time since day two of the season and they drop to third in the table. In contrast, Harrox halt a three-game losing streak but stay way off the pace in tenth.

After a largely even start, what turned out to be the best chance of the game fell to Pinchbeck player/boss Ian Dunn on 20 minutes.

The ball fell kindly for the usually lethal hitman, but his casual side-footed effort from six yards was easily saved.

Dunn was denied another chance soon after, as the referee inexplicably pulled back play for a United free-kick when he was clean through.

With Moulton second best, they were throwing some physical challenges in. Dan Woods was on the receiving end of a number of them, but he twice went close with flashing efforts across the face of the goal.

On the stroke of half time Harrox’s Jon Ball made a hash of a presentable chance, which just about summed their half up.

Woods and Andy Law both went close after the interval, but it was ex-Pinchbeck skipper Bobby Patterson that went closest to breaking the deadlock. The centre back rose highest at the back post, but headed over Lee Drury’s bar from close range.

United’s Matt Hocking got away with a potential red card offence ten minutes from time, before the away side were denied a couple of decent penalty shouts in a frantic finale.

But a draw was fair in what proved an instantly forgettable encounter.