Lincoln United 0, Runcorn FC Halton 0: BATTLING Runcorn were relatively satisfied with this first point on their UniBond League Premier Division travels.
It came against a Lincoln side who were equally happy to likewise stop the rot after three successive defeats.
The Linnets dropped to second bottom despite the draw but belied their lowly placing with their tenacity at Ashby Avenue.
Assistant manager Paul Burns said: 'It was a very good performance from the lads.
'We'd have taken 0-0 before the game but, on chances created, we are probably a little disappointed.
'We created the best chances of the game by an absolute mile.'
Burns, who held his hands up for one of the three biggest misses, added: 'We needed some type of result after a few defeats and I have got to give praise to our defence because they have come in for a bit of criticism but stood up well to the job.
'Lincoln are a very big side and when they had free-kicks in dangerous areas, then we really did have to dig deep.'
Runcorn gave debuts to former Vauxhall and Waterloo Dock centre-forward Thomas Lamb, who held the ball up well in attack, and 19-year-old Steven Jones - the ex-Stoke City player providing balance and discipline on the left.
After a ponderous start, the game sparked to life midway through the first half.
Home skipper Brendan McDaid could have broken the deadlock either side of the break.
Lincoln's Sean Cann had a 49th-minute 'goal' ruled off-side while Robbie Holcroft had to make some good saves.
RUNCORN: Holcroft, Hunter, Ness, Potter, Robertson, Scott, Whalley (Taylor 56), Flood, Furlong, Lamb, S Jones (Burns 62). Sub: McInerney.