AFC Sudbury’s play-off chase suffered a slight set-back on Tuesday after they could not find the breakthrough in a 0-0 home draw with Harlow Town (3rd).
It meant the Yellows have only taken one point from their run of three home games in seven days (Witham Town 2-1 defeat last Tuesday and Chatham Town 2-0 defeat Saturday).
With Witham Town in fifth losing 3-0 to fellow play-off chasers Thurrock, AFC gained a point to within five of the last play-off place, but lost ground on Thurrock and Needham Market, who hit a late winner at home to Soham Town Rangers.
Witham hold three games in hand on AFC.
Tuesday’s game at The MEL Group Stadium, watched by a below average crowd of 143, was one of few clear-cut chances with the bobbly hard surface not helping matters.
Harlow came closest in the first half, with Joshua Urquhart seeing his low long-range free-kick spin up off the surface and rebound high off Alex Archer’s right-hand post.
AFC captain Sam Clarke blazed over the angle of post and bar in stoppage time for the hosts, with only three shots on target between the sides during the whole match.
* For a full set of match stats and players ratings from Tuesday, plus a preview to a defining week which will see AFC play a cup semi-final before facing two of the top five sides, all away from home, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.