If Eastbourne Borough felt hard-done by the first time they met Dorchester this season, they would have been left equally as frustrated after their 0-0 draw at Priory Lane on Tuesday night.
For it was only a series of spectacular saves from visiting ‘keeper Jason Matthews that prevented Borough from taking the valuable three points that their endless efforts deserved.
They huffed and they puffed, knocking the ball about with a confidence not seen as often as desired at home so far this season as they sought revenge for the late 2-1 victory the Magpies snatched on the first day of the current campaign.
The opening stages were fast-paced and energetic, with both sides creating half-chances that were capably cleared by the opposition’s rearguard.
In just the 17th minute, Alex Wynter cleared off the line but from that point on, it was largely the home side who enjoyed the most clear-cut chances.
The best of those in the opening half fell to Gary Hart, who latched onto a Ben Adelsbury cross only to see his header pushed onto the bar by Matthews.
The Dorchester shot-stopper also leaped to keep out a Frankie Raymond free kick just moments earlier.
At the other end, Danny Potter produced a superb double save to deny Nick Crittenden and Kiefer Moore to keep the score level at the break.
Borough stepped up the pace after the interval, with Lok, Smith, Raymond and Hart all forcing further saves from Matthews, who was easily the opposition’s busiest member.
With ten minutes left to play, Aaran Pugh was dismissed following two yellow cards, swinging momentum further in Borough’s favour.
However, their charge was halted with just three minutes left to play as the floodlights failed, plunging Priory Lane into darkness for 15 minutes.
Borough picked up where they’d left off once the lights resumed full power but, as had been the case all evening, couldn’t find a way past the superb man between the sticks.
Borough: Potter 7, Adelsbury 7, Cole 8, Gorman 7, Wynter 7, Watts 7, Johnson 7, Smith 7, Lok 8 (Aldred 66, 8), Hart 8, Raymond 8. Unused subs: Uddin, Rowe. Attendance: 341