IN A match between the two village sides honours were shared as Hartley Wintney drew 0-0 at Blackfield and Langley.

Throughout the 90 minutes defences dominated with very few chances offered to either side.

Both sides probed in the early stages but neither side was able to fashion a chance.

On 22 minutes Hartley built up a decent attack creating a chance for Ty Smith to shoot from distance.

However, his effort brought out a comfortable save from Lewis Nice who was well positioned in the Watersiders goal.

Two minutes later, the home side had a presentable chance when Fatah Makhloufi created space for a cross which found Lerone Plummer which the striker was unable to control.

The home side had a spell of pressure and on 30 minutes a free-kick from Makhloufi was cleared to Charlie Gunson who saw his effort blocked.

A minute later a long ball found Makhloufi who shot over when well placed.

The Row came close to taking the lead on 38 minutes.

A corner on the right from Josh Webb found the head of Alex Albert who saw his effort go just over the crossbar.

Defences remained firmly on top for the first half of the second period.

Then on 70 minutes a corner from Gunson found Sam Griffen who headed over for the Watersiders.

Three minutes later, a misplaced pass in midfield by the Row saw Plummer race away for a one on one with Hartley keeper Luke Williams.

The Row goalkeeper did well to tip the strikers effort just past the post.

Hartley had a better spell with the introduction of Steven Duff and Mitchell Rooke who both looked lively.

However, they were unable to test Lewis Noice in the Blackfield and Langley goal.

In the last minute the home side almost won the game when Griffen managed to play in Luke Rae who shot across the goal.

With the defences so dominant throughout the match as a spectacle provided little in the way of action and both goalkeepers had very quiet afternoons. The point keeps both sides around the middle of the table.

This Tuesday, Hartley, 12th in the table are at home to third placed Chesham United.

Hartley manager Anthony Millerick said: “Overall I feel this was a good point against a decent side who beat Weston Super Mare a few days ago.

“We are feeling a bit down and negative sometimes when things do not go right. However, in this league we have no entitlement to win any match.

“We clearly have problems which we must address and we hope to do that in the weeks ahead.

He added: “The team is showing good character at the moment and battles hard even when they are not at their best.

“Over the past three matches we have picked up seven points which is a good return.”