Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford took heart from his side’s scoreless draw with Newport IOW – despite the result ending the Dover Road side’s nine-match winning run.
The last time Moneys failed to pick up three points from a Wessex League premier division game came back on December 3 when they went down 5-2 against Winchester City.
But since then, Rutherford’s side have been on a tremendous run, winning their last nine and going undefeated in their last 11 outings.
That unbeaten record was stretched to twelve following last night’s draw with Newport – a result that keeps them fourth in the league table.
But with Rutherford having to make changes to his side, with many key players unavailable due to work commitments, he focused on the positives of a point gained on the Isle of Wight.
‘It didn’t happen for us and ended up a bit of a boring match,’ said Rutherford.
‘But at least we got a point.
‘At the end of the day, we were short of players.
‘These things happen at our level, and we just have to get on with it.
‘To come over to the island and get a point is far better than going there and getting nothing.’
With his options stretched, Rutherford handed a debut to youngster Sam Cowie.
And the winger was quick to repay the faith shown in him by setting up Steve Hutchings, who saw his shot saved by Newport keeper Cameron Farley.
On 15 minutes, Newport finally came to life and put together a neat move that set Tom McInnes clear.
However, his fierce drive hardly troubled Moneys keeper Dave Hook.
A rash challenge on Moneyfields’ Rob Evans led to a free-kick on the edge of the Newport penalty area.
Up stepped Conor Bailey to slam the ball around the defensive wall, only for Farley to get down at his near post and save.
Once again, Newport picked up some steam, and when Iain Seabrook found himself in the clear, Hook again came to Moneys’ rescue.
He blocked the striker’s effort from point-blank range to ensure a first half full of incident ended with neither team yet to make the breakthrough.
With Rutherford out of his dugout demanding more effort from his side in the second half, the response was immediate.
Jake Slater presented Hutchings with a chance to nip through and test Farley, but the keeper did well to block the effort.
Another quality move opened up the Newport defence again, but on this occasion Bailey blitzed his shot just wide of the target.
Yet more pressure followed and Bailey chose the wrong option when trying his fortune from distance, rather than pick out Hutchings, who had the goal at his mercy.
Pab N’Doye came off the subs’ bench to take over from the exhausted Cowie, and he immediately sent Hutchings scampering clear to bring a fine finger-tip save out of Farley.
Much of the play was now confined to the Newport end of the pitch by a Moneyfields side looking to extend their winning formula and boosting an unbeaten record on the island.
But try as they might, almost everything they created either broke down in the final third or was dealt with by a Newport defence who were rewarded at the final whistle with a share of the points.