The new look Leighton Town started the new Evo-Stik Division 1 Central season with a 0-0 draw at home to Godalming Town.
After the trials and tribulations of a turbulent pre-season campaign, which saw new manager Mark Eaton piece together a squad from nothing, Town’s opening day point is nothing short of remarkable.
While neither side were worthy of all three points, both managers left Bell Close happy with their share and to avoid defeat in the curtain raiser.
Godalming started the livelier of the sides but were not able to create any chances.
For Leighton, it was returning favourite Ben Gallant who carved out the home side’s first opportunity as his curling effort went close.
Godalming’s George Frith had a couple of chances the second of which was well saved by Aaron Bufton in the home goal.
Both sides had half-chances, but more often than not left the keepers to watch the ball sail high or wide without really testing them,
In the second period, Godalming, prompted by midfielder Steve Laidler, had a good period of possession but George Frith should have done better for them but was denied again by Bufton.
The home side responded and a great run by Nathan Olukanmi almost produced a goal but he was denied by Ossai in Godalming’s goal .
Gallant again went close before Roberts and Rushie had half chances for Godalming, though the game was heading for a stalemate.
Afterwards, Eaton said he was pleased with the performance, but is counting on the return of a few experienced heads to give Leighton the boost they need.