Boston United and Histon had to settle for a point each in goalless draw.
In a contest that was more of a Christmas turkey than a festive cracker - neither team managed to really impose themselves in the game.
After United old boy Michael Clunan and Pilgrims midfielder Ben Milnes tested the two keepers with speculative efforts from distance, United began to edge control of the contests.
Milnes’ effort rattled the Histon crossbar after he had cut inside from the left flank, while Marc Newsham’s low side-footer was palmed away from danger by Calum Kitscha.
Newsham then thought he had bagged his 100th goal for the club - but after his header hit the net, his effort was ruled out for a shove by Netan Sansara in the build up.
And at the end of the half, United keeper Lewis King had to be acrobatic to force away a powerful drive by Lewis Taaffe.
The second half offered less in the way of goalmouth action.
But Stutes defender Peter Grant saw a header rattle the United crossbar after a long throw was allowed to bounce in the penalty area.
At the other end, Boston sub Jake Hall saw a volley held by Kitscha.
The final 10 minutes were the most exciting of the contest.
Kitscha forced Liam Marrs’ cross over his own bar before United’s Rene Steer was sent off for a second bookable offence, a cynical fould on Taaffe as he loomed in on goal.
At the death Kitscha parried Ross’ low drive but Charley Sanders scuffed the rebound way off target.
UNITED: King, Marrs, Steer, Marshall (Hall 75), Garner, Piergianni, Ross, Milnes (Galinski 88), Fairclough, Newsham, Sansara (Sanders 65); Subs (not used): Aujla, Sanders, Vince.
HISTON: Kitscha, Mills, October, Clerima, Grant, Roberts (Hicks 85), Taaffe, Dowie, Sheppard (Phillips 85), Clunan, Day (Hoban 85); Subs (not used): Beckles, McLaughlin.
Ref: Wayne Porter.
Att: 1, 361.