Lewis Morgan was dismissed as ten-man Harrogate Railway played out to a goalless draw against Kendal Town.
Much was anticipated with both side’s free-scoring reputation in Evo-Stik First Divsision North, however, the game was evenly contested, with neither side able to seize an advantage in a scrappy encounter.
Rob Youhill came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a driving run at the visitors back line, only for his shot to be just wide to the right of the goal.
The second half saw an improved performance from both sides. Lewis Morgan’s brilliant curling effort from outside the box was met by an equally impressive save from Town keeper Danny Eccles. Eccles managed to tip the shot onto the bar and behind.
Mid way through the second half, Morgan was given his marching orders by referee Helen Conley for a second bookable offence.
With the man advantage, the visitors continued to press. Railway showed an impressive defensive display towards the end of the game to keep the game even.
Home keeper Tom Goodwin produced a strong save after a shot from Craig Carney. The ball was heading into the bottom right hand corner until Goodwin managed to palm the effort wide.
Jordan Armstrong also managed to cut out a golden opportunity for Town substitute Zach Clark. Clark was unmarked in the centre of the Railway penalty area before being dispossessed by Armstrong.
Jordan Connerton had the chance of the match to seal all three points for the visitors. After edging past Armstrong in the 73rd minute, the forward managed to blaze the ball over the bar despite only being a couple of yards out.
Railway assistant manager, Lee Ashforth, saw the positives from a game in which neither sides could be separated.
He said: “It’s the most points the clubs had in a season at this level, the top 6 may be looking out of reach, but we’ll look to get every point we can between now and the end of the season”.
Railway will be travelling to Mossley next weekend as they look to improve on their best points tally in a season.