King's crown slips as record ends
A CLUB record 12-match winning streak ran out of steam in this goalless deadlock at Park Hall as spirited Airbus returned with a share of the spoils.
It proved a frustrating afternoon for the Saints, who lacked any real cutting edge despite their possession, but at least Ken McKenna’s men remain top of the table on goal difference.
Their plans were not helped when defender Chris King was red-carded for foul and abusive language to referee Paul Thomas three minutes before the break.
King had earlier forced a good save from Airbus keeper Chris Doran, while Carl Lamb headed just wide from a Scott Ruscoe cross.
But the visitors almost snatched the lead on 14 minutes when Paul Hallows saw his header from a Rees Darlington cross tipped onto the bar by Paul Harrison, who also saved when Phil Molyneux broke through one-on-one later in the half.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, TNS were generally on top in the second half, but only the late introduction of Luke Holden threatened a goal.
His first touched fizzed just wide of Doran's upright, while Alfie Carter lobbed both keeper and crossbar.
In a frantic finale to an otherwise lacklustre contest, Harrison saved well low down in injury time from Airbus sub James McIntosh and Carter summed up the Saints' frustration as his header from Holden's cross hit the bar in the dying moments.