East Thurrock 0 Swans 0…

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A superb battling display saw Staines Town earn a first draw in 22 matches as they held second-placed East Thurrock United to a 0-0 stalemate in Essex.

The great British public were still contemplating whether to put their Christmas decorations up at the beginning of December last year when Swans last shared the points in a Ryman Premier clash, in a 1-1 home draw with Tonbridge Angels .

Johnson Hipployte ‘s side thoroughly deserved their result too as they ran themselves into the ground, though they were missing flu victim Pat Cox and the killer instinct to dump their hosts on the seat of their pants. East Thurrock were desperate to win and keep the pressure on leaders Hampton and came close to opening the scoring after eight minutes.

James Walker took a long throw down the left and when Sam Higgins cut the ball inside it seemed certain Tom Wraight would score. But after composing himself, he shot left-footed only for Swans’ keeper Jack Turner to deny him in brilliant fashion.

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