Easington are nine points behind fifth place Billingham Town.

Easington Colliery moved into the top six despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Tow Law Town on Tuesday night.

Chances fell the way of Peter Jones, Jack Pounder and Luke Page for the Colliers but they couldn’t find a breakthrough.

The two sides shared the points in a goalless draw at the Welfare Park on a Thursday night in December and the same fate was to follow on Tuesday night.

With key players such as Aaron Croft, Reece Kenney and Chris Pearson missing, Easington were forced to make three changes with Chris Freeman, Dylan Nesbitt and Luke Page replacing the key three.

The Colliers started brightly and created a chance inside the opening minute when Jones passed to Pounder and his driven effort was deflected not too far wide.

Liam Adamson then fired over after good build up play but there wasn’t a great deal of clear-cut chances.

As the first half wore on, Tow Law grew into the game and a dangerous free-kick could have proven troublesome had it not been fired straight into the wall.

As the Green Army looked to play passing football on an incredibly bobbly pitch, Dylan Elliott combined with Nesbitt to find Page but he could only drag wide.

Kyle Donaldson was forced to save an Adam Nicholls volley just before the half hour mark while seconds later, at the other end, Elliott did well to pick out David Paul but his shot was deflected behind for a corner.

Tow Law had the ball in the net in the 35th minute only for an early call to rule it offside, and that was as close as the hosts came.

A minute before the break, Jones had Easington’s best chance of the first half. The former Sunderland youngster was played in by Pounder but a perfectly timed sliding challenge swiped the ball from Jones just as he was about to pull the trigger.

The Colliers looked brighter in the opening exchanges of the second period but were again failing to break down a stubborn Tow Law outfit.

Little action came in the first 20 minutes of the second period as Easington edged possession but couldn’t create any opportunities.

Big shouts for a penalty came when Elliott’s free-kick appeared to strike a Tow Law arm but the referee dismissed the appeals.

Elliott delivered a couple of inch-perfect corners as the game approached the final quarter of an hour but no one was on the end to bundle home.

Lewis Turnbull’s long-range effort in the 74th minute looked promising until team-mate Michael Bulmer blocked to relieve the goalkeeper of his duties.

Another Easington penalty shout was turned down when Pounder fell in the penalty area while a sweet 35-yard Tow Law free-kick forced Donaldson into a save in the 87th minute.

Despite plenty of effort, there was to be no breakthrough for the Colliers who climb to sixth place with the point.

 

Full-time: Tow Law Town 0-0 Easington Colliery

Tow Law Town: Anderson, Collinson, Oldfield, Whitworth, Caygill (c), Brown, Lee (Blades, 77′), Nicholls, Moffat, Thexton (Dixon, 88′), Baker

Unused subs: Nelson, Henderson, Ward

Easington Colliery: Donaldson, Freeman, Elliott, Nesbitt, Ball, Turnbull, Adamson (Graydon, 64′), Page, Paul (Bulmer, 69′), Pounder, Jones