North Greenford United were held to a goalless draw by a committed, hard-working Horley Town on Saturday - the visitors clearly determined to pull themselves up from the bottom rungs of the Combined Counties Premier League.
It was the first 0-0 draw United have been involved in for more than a year but it was far from being a dull game.
Horley deserve praise for the way they closed down and put pressure on their opponents in all areas of the park. They forced United into playing a long ball game and prevented them taking control of the midfield.
This, coupled with strong performances from central defenders Anthony Jupp and Danny Guscott and a superb display by keeper Simon Lockwood, were the key features of Horley Town's game.
In the main, United were restricted to long range shots, in much the same way as they themselves had done against Ashford Town in midweek.
Apart from a fine Michael Murray effort on 30 minutes - brilliantly saved by Lockwood - and a Josh Woods strike just before half-time, which Lockwood saved comfortably, United's shooting was well off target.
Their best chances came either side of the interval. Ten minutes before the break, Liam Bird narrowly missed getting on the end of a lovely
Jack Bennett cross and in the second period James Shipperley, on for Bird to add extra height up front, failed to convert a long Sean Hillier ball played from the right into the danger area.
With a little over two minutes remaining, Greenford had a loud appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Dele Sotimirin when it looked as if Anthony Jupp had pulled strongly on Gary Senior's shirt.
Senior back in action after missing the start of the season with a back injury. He came on for Josh Woods for the last 20 minutes of the game - but not even he could prevent the loss of two points.
United will be aiming to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they travel to Surrey to play Chessington & Hook United.
* United are out of the EL Records Premier League Cup when they suffered a 2-1 second round defeat at Camberley Town - who currently lie fourth in the Combined Counties Premier League.
United played well in Tuesday night's tie and managed to string together a number of promising moves. But they were only able to find the back of the Camberley net when Andre DeLisser scored with just five minutes remaining.
On the plus side, United gave first team debuts to three youth team players, Ben Adams, Oliver Hawkins and Lewis Rose, all of whom were used as substitutes in the latter stages of the match and gave good accounts of themselves.
Camberley's opening goal came just after the half hour mark when full-back Darren Barnard delivered a well flighted free-kick into the Greenford box and midfielder Julian Sills made no mistake with a strong header past United keeper James Hannigan.
Ricky Pither, playing his first game under manager Steve Ringrose, was unlucky not to level the scores with a fine strike which ricocheted off the crossbar.
Within five minutes Camberley managed to extend their lead, after a fine run and finish from defender Tom McGarry.