County played out a hard fought 0-0 draw to keep North Ferriby United from holding on to top spot.
The Villagers, who went top of the table during the week carved out very few chances for themselves during the match with Alan Lord's team looking strong defensively to deny the promotion chasers much in the way of true chances. The game rested upon two defining moments, one for each team, which both failed to break the deadlock.
The impressive Ryan Kendall went the closest for The Villagers on 27mins when Nathan Jarman put the striker through on goal, his shot went underneath Ian Ormson but hit the inside of the post and came out to be cleared away by Stephen O’Halloran.
County showed a lot of steel at the back, and they were clearly bolstered by the return of Kyle Jacobs who has been fantastic for the Hatters this season. Ian Ormson also looked impressive with some good saves to keep County in the game, the most notable being when the young keeper tipped a stinging Jarman shot away from the goal with a great reflex save.
With 5 minutes of the match to go County had two very good chances to go ahead, the first started with Jacobs on the right cutting inside for Kristian Dennis who couldn’t quite latch onto the ball so left it for Jamie Milligan who’s powerful shot was blocked by the gang of defenders in front of him. The clearest chance came when Milligan found Iain Howard on the left to spring the offside trap with Dennis on his right, also able to hold back his run enough not to be offside. Howard squared perfectly to Dennis who was one-on-one with Ferriby’s Adam Nicklin but the striker's shot was straight at the keeper leaving the County fans in dismay.
At the end though a draw was probably a fair result and Alan Lord can reflect on a performance that shows his defenders are offering signs there is a platform to build on for next season.
Written by Sam Thompson