Full time report: Exeter City 0 Aldershot Town 0
Exeter City dropped to seventh in the League Two table after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Aldershot Town.
Intent on getting at least a point from the match, Dean Holdsworth's Aldershot set up in a similar fashion to the way they had played at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend, which had seen them almost claim a memorable draw against the Championship club.
They sat plenty of players in midfield and closed down the City full-backs in possession in a bid to disrupt the home's side creativity. At the other end they played to their height advantage and looked to nick a goal from a set-piece.
That goal almost came in the in the 20th minute as a free-kick from the right wasn't cleared at the near post and Danny Hylton clipped a cross in for Asa Hall to send a header crashing off the crossbar on his debut for the Shots.
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As City attacked, Anthony Tonkin had to get across the box quickly to stop Guillem Bauza's surging run towards goal and Jamie Cureton latched onto a good through ball from Alan Gow, but couldn't curl a shot around Jamie Young.
There was little goalmouth action in the second half as well. Bauza did manage to put the ball in the back of the net having delicately chipped a shot over Young, but the goal was ruled out by the offside flag.
At the other end Hall also curled a shot around Artur Krysiak and into the back of the net, but the referee's whistle had already long be blown for a push in the back on Kevin Amankwaah.
Late on Oliver Risser and Cureton both warmed the gloves of the opposite team's keeper with strikes from distance, but in the end the match petered out to a scoreless draw.
The result doesn't do either side any great favours in terms of their overall aims for the season, but both managers will have taken solace from the fact that the draw could well be viewed as a point gained when the final League Two places are sorted out in May.
Exeter City: Artur Krysiak, Craig Woodman, Scot Bennett, Pat Baldwin, Danny Coles, Matt Oakley, Alan Gow, Jamie Cureton, Kevin Amankwaah, Guillem Bauza (Jimmy Keohane, 82), Mark Molesley (Jake Gosling, 78). Subs: Rhys Evans, Steve Tully, Arron Davies, Tommy Doherty, Jordan Moore-Taylor.
Aldershot Town: Jamie Young, Ben Herd, Anthony Tonkin, Troy Brown, Danny Hylton (Craig Reid, 78), Peter Vencenti, Oliver Risser, Sonny Bradley, Asa Hall, Kieron Cadogan (Lionel Ainsworth, 73), Danny Rose. Subs: Glenn Morris, Michael Rankine, Anthony McNamee, Adam Mekki, Terrell Forbes.