Framlingham Town and Whitton United share a goalless draw

Framlingham's Chris Boardley with Whitton's Kieron Smith-Edwards

Framlingham's Chris Boardley with Whitton's Kieron Smith-Edwards - Credit: Archant

Framlingham Town and Whitton United played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Framlingham's Ryan Noy (11) and Whitton's Kieron Smith-Edwards vie for the ball

Framlingham's Ryan Noy (11) and Whitton's Kieron Smith-Edwards vie for the ball - Credit: Archant

No love was lost between these county rivals in a feisty encounter that saw a few chances created, but no goals scored.

Chris Boardley and Charlie Smith fired over for Framlingham in the first 15 minutes, while Franco Mallardo and Niall McPhillips missed the target for Whitton.

Framlingham goalkeeper, Gary Rose, made the first save of the match, in the 30th minute, getting down low to parry Mallardo’s well-hit free-kick, while opposite number Ross Welton punched Charlie Smith’s dangerous free-kick away from danger.

Two minutes before the break, Rose made a fine one-handed save to deny Josh Cheetham, who had almost started celebrating.

Whitton's Gavin Flurrie and Framlingham's Ryan Noy (right) in action

Whitton's Gavin Flurrie and Framlingham's Ryan Noy (right) in action - Credit: Archant

While Whitton might have just about edged the first period, Framlingham certainly posed the greater threat in the second.

Six minutes after the interval, the Whitton goal lived a charm life. After Welton parried Danny Smith’s free-kick, Boardley saw his follow-up blocked by team-mate Matt Aldis, before Whitton scrambled clear.

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Welton touched Simon Poacher’s free-kick over, before Danny Smith missed a golden chance for Framlingham when he rushed a shot, following Ben Porter-Hardy’s crossfield pass, as his effort fizzed wide.

Smith almost made amends for the miss less than five minutes later when he went on a fine solo run, but his fierce effort struck the crossbar.

Whitton's Ben Griggs (left) clears from Danny Smith

Whitton's Ben Griggs (left) clears from Danny Smith - Credit: Archant

Midfielder Poacher then missed another big chance for The Castlemen, in the 70th minute. After Cyrus Thorpe kept a Framlingham attack alive with a forward clip, Poacher saw his quickly-taken poke towards goal roll agonisingly wide of the post, with Welton in close pursuit.

Whitton threatened next. A swift break saw Camillo Douglas get a sight of goal, and he had his head in his hands after Rose kept his powerful close-range shot out with strong hands.

Poacher and Framlingham substitute Max Willett then saw two shots blocked in quick succession by Ben Griggs and Mallardo.

Mallardo almost stole the points for Whitton at the death, but his stabbed effort drifted inches wide.

Framlingham's Simon Poacher (left) slides ball past Whitton goalkeeper Ross Welton, but the ball hit

Framlingham's Simon Poacher (left) slides ball past Whitton goalkeeper Ross Welton, but the ball hits the post - Credit: Archant

Framlingham's Charlie Smith skips past Whitton United's Curtis Andrews

Framlingham's Charlie Smith skips past Whitton United's Curtis Andrews - Credit: Archant

Whitton keeper Ross Welton punches clear against Framlingham

Whitton keeper Ross Welton punches clear against Framlingham - Credit: Archant

Framlingham's Danny Smith with Whitton's Kieron Smith-Edwards and Ben Griggs

Framlingham's Danny Smith with Whitton's Kieron Smith-Edwards and Ben Griggs - Credit: Archant

Framlingham's Cyrus Thorpe and Whitton's Lewis Bell (left) jump for the ball.

Framlingham's Cyrus Thorpe and Whitton's Lewis Bell (left) jump for the ball. - Credit: Archant

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