Cambridge City recorded their first 0-0 of the season as they had to settle for a point against Barton Rovers.
The Lilywhites went into the game on the back of 3 successive defeats and minus the services of Ben Robinson who joined Newmarket Town at the beginning of this week. In his place, Ross Paterson played at right back whilst Ryan Sharman played in a more familiar forward role.
In the Barton line-up were former City players Mason Spence and Andrew Phillips the latter the goal scorer when City last played hosts to the visitors in April last year.
City started the game brightly but without really troubling Gary Malone in the Barton goal. However, as the half went on the Lilywhites began knocking on the door and Josh Oyinsan was guilty of missing a great opportunity when he was played in but could only drag his shot wide of the target.
At the other end, Jimmy Hartley capitalised on a slip in the City defence but could only shoot straight at Jamie Head in the City goal. Meanwhile, there was a somewhat fortuitous ending to a cross that Keano Robinson fired straight at his own goalkeeper either side of him could have resulted in a bizarre own goal.
But it was Oyinsan who was the main threat for City and he had another effort from distance which went over the bar. Then, it was the turn of Ryan Sharman to find space but could only fire straight at Malone.
As has been the pattern for much of the season, the pace of Nathan Olukanmi was proving to be a real problem for opposing defences and the City winger was the provider for Sharman early in the second half to have a goal bound effort which was blocked. Oyinsan then headed over as he met a cross from Paterson.
Even though City were making the most of the opportunities, there was always a danger that Barton might steal the lead, and they almost did this when Steph Bailey saw his header from a corner hit the bar.
In the next attack, Olukanmi was again the provider as he picked out Oyinsan but this time he was denied by Malone who did well to tip his header over the bar.
Matty Baxter was introduced at the expense of Mikey Davis in an attempt to push on and force the breakthrough. However, it was Barton who had another great opportunity late on when Steph Bailey couldnt convert a chance from no more than 6 yards out.
So the run of 3 consecutive defeats comes to an end, but City will reflect on what might have been if all their chances were converted. If the Lilywhites can find that extra cutting edge, then the goal glut will become a distant memory. Next up for City is a trip to Yaxley next Saturday..
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