Corinthian-Casuals started 2019 with a clean-sheet and a point after grinding out a 0-0 draw against ten-man Harlow Town on Saturday.

The Hawks were reduced to ten men after just seventeen minutes when Taylor Hastings denied Gabriel Odunaike a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

However, Harlow’s defensive resilience coupled with Casuals inability to create clear-cut chances meant this match was only ever destined for a scoreless draw.

Positives will be taken from the result, with James Bracken’s side claiming their first clean sheet in nine games and a point that ends a four game losing streak.

“Deeply frustrating to only get a point,” said a disappointed Bracken following the match. “We give everyone in this league respect but when you look at the league table, we had earmarked this for three points.

“They went down to ten men and you get that added pressure, where you should be taking advantage. However, there are no givens in football. We did what we could by penning them in, controlling the majority of the play, and had plenty of 2-on-1 opportunities out wide.

“We had 26 touches in their box but I can’t remember their keeper having to make any meaningful saves. Our final ball let us down too often and we made poor decisions in and around their area. We need to get that right more often. Our attacks fizzled out into nothing and we couldn’t find the quality required. We sustained pressure, kept the tempo up and didn’t let them off the hook but just couldn’t get the goal that surely would’ve won it for us.

“Positives are that it stops the rot. We’ve got a point which ends the losing streak. It gives us a clean sheet with which we can build upon next week.”

Casuals host Leatherhead on Saturday.