Newcastle Town failed to ease their fears of being dragged into a relegation scrap after a 0-0 draw at home to fellow strugglers Loughborough Dynamo in Evo-Stik First Division South.
In a game of few chances, second-half substitute Harry Clayton had the best chance, but fired over from the edge of the box, whilst Tim Sanders forced Loughborough goalkeeper James Martin into a smart save from an acute angle.
Newcastle Town’s manager Ivan Lodge was absent, so it was up to Robin van der Laan, the club’s director to recall striker Neville Thompson to the starting line-up.
But with the majority of the game played in the middle of the park, both he and fellow striker Jordan Cole were somewhat isolated.
Both sides were keen to deny their opponents any momentum and with the match officials frustrating either side, tempers were surprisingly kept intact, as the game fizzled out in front of a less than enthusiastic crowd.
Van der Laan said: “It was a disappointing performance and a game that was not a spectacle for the fans, but a point edges us closer to securing our place in the division, and we have a chance to put that right in next week against Chasetown.”
Newcastle remain in 17th position, 11 points clear of the relegation zone but will still need to pick up points to ensure their safety.
They next play on Saturday, March 5, at home to promotion candidates Chasetown.