COLM McAdden recorded his first league clean sheet of the season, as Basingstoke Town drew 0-0 at second placed Taunton Town.

Basingstoke boss Jason Bristow made two changes to his side which beat Gosport last Monday, with Ben Wright and Harry Philby coming in for Sam Argent and Dan Bayliss.

It was the home side who had the first chance as Taunton’s captain Matt Wright found Ryan Brett and his volley went just wide of the post.

On the 15-minute mark, McAdden was called into action to deny Dan Sullivan and soon after Basingstoke’s George Bennet from distance crashed a shot off the crossbar.

On 33 minutes, the visitors then went even closer to opening the scoring.

Zidane Akers made a great run down the wing and his shot was pushed away by a super stop by Lloyd Irish in home goal.

However, it was only as far as Sam Smart, but he denied by a goal line clearance from Shane White.

Taunton had the final chance of the opening 45 minutes from Ollie Chamberlain, but again McAdden made the save.

After the interval, Sam Deadfield’s header from a Dean Stow cross went just wide of the target.

Basingstoke then hit the bar for the second time in the contest this time from Sam Deadfield.

The game ended 0-0, but It was another good away performance from the Dragons but the draw saw them slip from fourth to fifth in the table.

Next for Basingstoke is an away trip in the FA Cup first qualifying round, to Paultons Rovers on Saturday.