Photo gallery: Evo-Stik Division One South: Coalville Town 0, King’s Lynn Town 0
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The destination of the Evo-Stik Division One South title remains in the balance after Lynn drew at the league leaders.
In a game of few chances, Gary Setchell's men more than held their own but couldn't find a winner to take control at the top of the table.
The draw leaves Lynn one point behind Coalville with just four games left in a championship race which looks set to go right to the wire.
The league's top two needed little introduction to each other having met in a two-legged FA Vase semi-final in 2011, which the Leicestershire club won.
But the Linnets gained some sort of revenge earlier this term when they ended the Ravens' unbeaten start to the term with a thrilling 3-1 win at The Walks.
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Having clawed back a 17-point deficit, to now sit just one point behind Coalville having played the same number of games, it was always going to be a tense affair with so much at stake.
The early exchanges were littered with the usual crunching tackles and hurried exchanges befitting of a top-of-the-table clash. It took until the 12th minute for a shot to be fired in anger, which the hosts' Jerome Murdock pulled wide.
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With Callum Woodward and Lynn's Dan Quigley snapping into anything that moved in the key midfield engine room, the football wasn't pretty. But it was full-blooded, committed and incredibly quick.
Ryan Robbins had a shot deflected wide by Phil Gulliver before fast feet from the visitors' George Thomson created a sniff of an opening. However, he tried to beat one man too many in the box and nearly paid the full price for it.
Coalville broke at breakneck speed with pacy frontman Murdock brushing aside Jason Lee to create the best chance of the game. It had taken 25 minutes to come, but the Ravens' number 10 couldn't keep his composure and slashed horribly wide.
The table-toppers turned the screw a little with Lewis Dodd forcing Lynn 'keeper Danny Gay into a decent stop before Ash Way shot over, and wide, in quick succession. At the other end, Ross Watson – playing in a holding midfield role – stung the palms of Sean Bowles.
Robbins' scintillating pace saw him break into the box twice but he was foiled by Gay, and then by his own poor finishing, to leave the teams deadlocked at the break.
The second half started in a similar vein with little separating the two sides. Way pulled an effort wide before Gay's poor handling created a chance for Murdock – which he spurned while shooting on the turn.
The visitors remained right in it and Thomson drove a decent hit inches wide, something which Steve Spriggs done minutes later from an even better position. It was incredibly tight. And when there was an opening, the defenders on show – who like Gulliver and Lee were excellent for much of the night – were quick to see out the danger.
Substitute Danny Beaumont tried his best to produce a bit of magic in the closing stages by bursting into space. Yet, not for the first time, the end product didn't match the build-up play as the stalemate continued until the final whistle.
Coalville: Bowles, Jenno, Stuart, Carline, Hill, Kay, Woodward, Dodd, Way, Murdock, Robbins. Subs not used: Leigh, Powell, Maddison, Everitt, Gibson. Booked: Jenno.
Lynn: Gay, Fryatt, Gulliver, Lee, Yong, Spriggs (Mulready, 85), Watson, Quigley, Thomson (Beaumont, 63), Jacob, Dunkley. Subs not used: Butt, Jepson, Tolley. Booked: Watson.
Referee: C. Ward