This was always going to be a tight encounter at Ardeer Quarry between two evenly matched sides. Both kept their table topping hopes alive in a keenly contested game in which neither side could fashion that vital cutting edge.
It was a first half of few clear opportunities as both sides fought for space in a congested midfield area. An early change did fall for Tass, as Jay Slavin headed just over the bar on 2 minutes.
The main danger at the other end was coming through the pace of Hurlford’s Denver Bolland. A good run through the middle on 5 minutes was halted only by the alertness of Cameron McDermid in the Tass goal.
The visitors went on to win a number of set pieces in dangerous areas of the pitch, without really testing McDermid. Adam Campbell fizzed a tight angle shot just over from the left, as the game went end to end.
Tass showed some good energy going through the middle Patrick Woods and Bradley Morrison. Ben O’Neill was linking up well with these two down the flank as the home side tried to find a way through.
But it was Hurlford who almost broke the deadlock on half time, as McDermid miscued a kick out straight to Bolland. His parried shot landed straight at Lyon Kerr’s feet but he fired just over the bar.