A GOALLESS draw against Oldland Abbotonians was enough to keep Calne Town top of the Toolstation Division One table for another week.

Ben Redford’s youthful side had chances either side of half-time to poach a winning goal, but neither Calne nor Gloucestershire-based Oldland could snatch the three points.

Despite not scoring, Redford was encouraged by a seventh clean sheet for Calne in nine games – a record that has ultimately earned them top spot with a quarter of the season played.

At the same time, though, the Calne boss knows points were dropped against a strong Oldland Abbotonians side that has lost just two games out of 10 this season.

“I felt like we could’ve won it in the second half. Both teams had chances, although we had two clear-cut ones,” said Redford.

“One goal was always going to win Saturday’s game. Those games are brilliant to win but awful to lose.

“So, to take a point is a positive, and it’s another clean sheet.”

Challenging times no doubt await Calne as the winter months approach, which in turn bring boggy pitches unfit for a team that possesses a strong passing style of play.

Redford has also called on his squad to improve on their levels of physicality, although appreciates this might be a tough ask for of his squad’s younger players.

Redford added: “We can compete with any team on our day, we know that.

“It’s about keeping everyone fit and available – that’s what it will come down to in this league, I think.

“December and January will be a testing time for us. We try and play football as much as possible, but that’s not always possible on the pitches we play on.

“Hopefully we can adapt when the pitches go bad.

“We’re keeping clean sheets, though, and that’s pleasing.

“Physically, we have a young team and our midfield players are quite small.

“I hope we don’t concede many corners against some teams. We’re probably one of the less physical teams in the division.

“That’s our weakness, for sure. It’s an area to improve on for sure.”

Elsewhere Corsham Town won 2-0 at home to Welton Rovers to move up to 12th place in the table.

Alistair Mayoh and Rhys Talmash both struck in the first half at the Southbank o wrap up the points for Justin Flowers side.

However, there was no such luck for Warminster Town and Devizes Town.

Luke Banfield’s brace fired bottom club Bristol Telephones to a 3-2 success at Warminster.

Dhani Golding got their other goal as Jack Miluk and James Vincent replied for the home side, who also had Francois Allen sent off.

Devizes lost 1-0 at home to Ashton & Backwell United, with substitute George Jones getting the only goal of the game.