Both defences were on form in a goalless local derby between Hebburn and Jarrow in the EBAC Northern League Division Two on Saturday.

It was Hebburn who started the stronger of the two sides and should have taken an early lead when Glen Hargrave’s cross found Paul Chow but his shot was cleared off the line by David Smith.

On 15 minutes a nice through ball by Steve Graham released Grant Pressling but he dragged his shot and it didn’t trouble Steven Hubery in the Hebburn goal.

The game then went flat with little action at either end until just after the half hour mark when a cleared corner bounced to Jarrow’s David Smith, who unleashed an excellent volley destined for the top corner but Hubery pulled off an even better save to keep the sides level.

Just before half time Hebburn winger Gary Shaw had a few half chances blocked by Jordan Mellish and Nick Little in the Jarrow defence who were impressive throughout the game.

The game sparked into life on the hour mark when a scuffle broke out after Hargrave was unhappy about the late challenge by Jarrow midfielder Nicholas Quinn. Luckily the players were separated resulting in a booking for Hargrave and Quinn.

Hebburn pushed forward with a series of crosses into the box but could not find a way through the Jarrow back-line.

The visitors then threatened to steal the three points, ten minutes before the end, when substitute Sam Attewell was put through on goal, however, a last ditch tackle from David Coulson rescued the home side.

In the last minute it was Hebburn’s turn to be denied as Chow went one on one with Gary Frater in goal, only for Mellish to make a challenge and save the day for Jarrow.

Attendance: 332 (The highest in either Northern League division’s this weekend)