Nathan Trott on hand to help Nancy claim hard-earned point on the road
Nathan Trott kept his first clean sheet of the season as ten-man Nancy claimed just a second point of the campaign after a goalless draw away to fellow strugglers Dunkerque.
Trott, on loan at the French second division side from English Premier League side West Ham United, played the entirety of the match as the visitors held on for a share of the spoils despite being a man down from the 34th minute after defender Giovanni Haag was shown a red card.
Despite the hard-fought point, Nancy remain at the bottom of the table after seven matches — three points adrift of Valenciennes, who sit one place outside of the drop zone — as the wait for a first win of the season goes on.
There was also a clean sheet for Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve as Spennymoor Town strong start to the new Vanarama National League North season continued with an emphatic 6-0 victory at home to Farsley Celtic.
Eve was a relative spectator for much of the game as the home side dominated proceedings throughout. A Rob Ramshaw double was added to by Jamie Chandler to put Spennymoor in firm control at the interval, before Glen Taylor struck a second-half hat-trick to wrap up the victory and lift his side to fourth in the table.
Nahki Wells came on as a late substitute as Bristol City were left frustrated by Preston North End, after being held to a goalless draw at Ashton Gate in the Sky Bet Championship to extend their wait for a home win.
Sean Maguire twice came closest to breaking the deadlock at the end of the first half for the visitors, as he hit the underside of the bar, before shooting wide a few minutes later.
City had the better opportunities in the second half, with Han-Noah Massengo and Andreas Weimann among those who saw chances go awry, but neither side could produce the end product.
The result means Nigel Pearson's side, who sit in eleventh place, have gone 13 matches without victory at home.
There was also a late introduction to proceedings for Justin Donawa, as Solihull Moors claimed a first victory of the National League campaign, with a dramatic 2-1 win away to Aldershot Town.
It was the home side who took the lead on 26 minutes, as Giles Phillips got on the end of Lewis Kinsella’s corner to powerfully head home the opener at the front post.
Solihull responded and got themselves level on the stroke of half-time as Kyle Storer picked out an unmarked Lois Maynard to head home into the bottom right corner.
Donawa was brought on with 15 minutes remaining and just moments later the visitors should have taken the lead but Joe Sbarra failed to capitalise on a glaring opening.
However, with just two minutes of normal time, he made amends. A fortunate ricochet on the halfway line released Andrew Dallas through on goal, but instead of shooting, he instead opted to roll the ball across to Sbarra for a simple tap in to snatch all three points.
Reggie Lambe helped Stowmarket Town to claim a share of the spoils with hosts Brentwood Town in a 1-1 draw in Isthmian League North.
Brentwood got off to the ideal breaking the deadlock after three minutes through Tom Richardson’s strike. However, to their credit, Stowmarket responded superbly to the early setback and levelled four minutes before the interval through Josh Mayhew.
Kenni Thompson was introduced as a second-half substitute but could not prevent London City Lionesses suffering a first defeat of the FA Women’s Championship season after going down 1-0 away to Lewes.
The Lionesses went into the match on the back of successive victories over Liverpool and Crystal Palace but saw their perfect run of form halted as Ini Umotong’s fourth-minute strike proved the difference.