A hard fought draw away at East Thurrock leaves the Saints in third place – just a single point off of the top spot.
The Saints had the first real effort on goal in the 10th minute when Rhys Murrell-Williamson fired an effort from 25 yards that home `keeper Lukas Lidakevicius tipped away.
But, just 2 minutes later, the Saints did grab the opener when Murrell-Williamson raced in behind Reece Harris and beat Lidakevicius low to his left.
Little had been seen of the home side`s attack, but they gradually got a grip on the game and caused problems for the Saints defence.
And they equalised 9 minutes before half-time when Marvin Ekpiteta’s shot was deemed to have hit Layne Eadie on the hand and a penalty was awarded which the reliable Sam Higgins duly converted.
East Thurrock made a good start to the second period and Dean Snedker did well to save from Montel Agyemang and Lewis Smith and Lee Burns also had presentable chances which they missed.
But, in the end, the points were shared.
The Saints are next in action on Saturday 30th September 2017 when they welcome Bridport FC to Clarence Park in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup. Kick off 3.00pm.