ANDOVER New Street drew 0-0 with visitors Fareham Town last Saturday.

It was a scrappy and tense affair, amid very windy conditions.

The Street started slowly and on the back foot. However, defender Matt Scott, who was outstanding all afternoon, saw off any attacks from Fareham.

New Street were without their usual goalkeeper George Baxter, instead relying on the steady hands of Mike Horne. After a half time team talk, New Street came flying out the traps and attacked Fareham from the get go.

Ilyas Warshow's run of good form almost put the home side ahead, had his header not been narrowly wide of the mark. Street's Shane Lock was fouled inside the box, with just five minutes left, but the referee did not point to the penalty spot.

Midfielder Zac Hine was on the receiving end of a poorly timed tackle from the away side which resulted in an instant red card.

All in all, it wasn't a good game to watch for the neutral fan. New Street however, came away with a vital point in the bag.

John Smith said after the game: "It was a deserved point. Staying up is still in our hands. We have eight games left. We must win five of those.

"We've got a couple of players coming back from suspension and injuries next week which will strengthen our team."

New Street are away on Saturday to Christchurch, where they fancy their chances of getting three points.