Caledonian Braves were held to their first goaless draw of the season at home to Gala Fairydean Rovers at the weekend.
The away side had plenty of chances to take the lead early in the first half, Alex Marshall in goal was forced to make good saves to keep the Braves in the game.
12 minutes in a Marshall was at it again, making not one but two great saves from point blank range to keep the scoreline at 0-0.
The Braves began to come back into the game with Serge Makofo again causing problems down the left hand side. The tricky English winger got the better of the Gala right back all afternoon. Makofo came closest to opening scoring after his effort from a wide angle somehow hit the bar, it fell to Neil McLaughlin on the penalty spot but he couldn’t find the target.
David Winters cracked the post from a close range header from a corner kick as the Braves continued their pressure.
Makofo was causing more problems, again beating the right back tight on the touchline, the winger was brought down by the defender but the ref waved away appeals for a penalty and gave a free kick for handball against Makofo.
Into the second half and a similar scenario, Gala should have taken the lead early on but that only sparked the Braves to create constant pressure as they knocked at the door to get a goal.
Top Goalscorer Ross McNeil came close on a few occasions while substitute Ben Daily directed a header just wide of the target after a greatly weighted free kick from David Sinclair.
It just wasn’t to be in front of the net for Braves today but a great performance from Marshall as he now has two clean sheets in his last two appearances.
Lowland League action at Broadwood Stadium next Saturday as the Braves visit Cumbernauld Colts. Saturday 23rd November, 3pm Kick Off