Thurrock’s hopes of ending their best-ever season with a place in the end-of-season play-offs would appear to be coming to an end.
This goalless draw at bottom club Weymouth leaves Hakan Hayrettin’s men down in seventh spot.
But, with just six games to go, they trail a Dover side filling the vital fifth place by six points.
Victory tomorrow at Bromley is vital if Fleet are to maintain even a passing interest in the end of term promotion mix.
The visitors launched wave after wave of attacks, but were unable to beat top-form home goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe, who rightly collected man-of-the-match honours.
Kenny Clark’s header and Fola Orilonishe’s point-blank effort produced the most memorable saves by the home stopper in the opening half.
Thurrock were not quite so dominant in the second period but still controlled proceedings, with Matt Bodkin firing just wide and Jamie Doyle forcing Sandercombe to produce his best stop of the afternoon when he pushed over the Thurrock man’s drive which looked a goal all the way.
Sandercombe also thwarted Reiss Gilbey late on, but as so often in these one-sided affairs, the home Terras might have amazingly pulled off a late against-the-odds win in the closing seconds when a driven effort from Shane Evans was blocked.