ACCRINGTON Stanley drew a blank in Scotland for the second game running giving manager John Coleman a minor headache.
The Reds boss has been praising the wealth of strike talent at his disposal but they were unable to break through against part-timers Arbroath on Thursday
night following on from Tuesday's goalless encounter with Brechin.
Arbroath had the first real chance when the Scottish side evaded the off-side trap and striker Bryan Scott lashed a shot against the upright on 20 minutes.
Lee McEvilly was the first Stanley player to test Gayfied Park keeper Scott Morrison but his 20-yard effort on the half hour fizzed into the goalie's arms.
Both new signings McEvilly and Roscoe Dsane started up front as manager John Coleman looks to find his starting eleven for the August kick off.
But they could not make a huge impact as Arbroath striker Scott was again the main threat coming close to breaking the deadlock just before half time. He burst through and Reds keeper Kenny Arthur took the pace off the shot while Robbie Williams raced back to clear off the line.
Coleman stuck with the same side after the break and McEvilly showed why the club re-signed him making a strike out of nothing but his effort was inches wide
of the upright.
Scott meanwhile continued to press the Reds' backline and broke through again only to finish with a weak shot as Mark Roberts tackled him.
Winger Shaun Whalley tried to find the breakthrough, chipping Morrison, but the defence cleared again while Morrison kept out a Rommy Boco blast.
The Scottish part-timers came close to beating Arthur when captain Barry Sellar's free kick sailed just over the crossbar while, at the other end, Reds defender Mark Roberts slotted the ball through the keeper's legs but the defence was back to clear.
Coleman put on Paul Mullin, Leighton McGivern and Andy Procter but, for the second game running, the Reds could not find the back of the net.
Team: Arthur, Bracnch, Roberts, Williams, Edwqrds, Miles, Boco, Carden (Procter), Whalley, McEvilly (McGivern), Dsane (Mullin).