MORETON Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by Devizes last weekend as they were denied a third win of the 23/24 Hellenic League Division One season.

Moreton remain second-bottom with just nine points from their 16 games but three points on Friday evening would have seen them jump up ahead of third-bottom Kidlington Reserves.

But despite an encouraging display, they were unable to convert their dominance in the game into a vital victory in their fight for survival.

After chances at both ends in the opening stages, Moreton's Felix Robertson opened the scoring with a lobbed finish over the visiting keeper in the 28th minute.

Devizes were without 16 first-team players due to injuries and personal reasons and so were always going to be up against it on the road.

But Harvey Swain levelled soon after Roberton's opener with a superb low finish.

Moreton pushed in the second-half as the visitors tired but they were unable to make the breakthrough and were forced to settle for a point.

On the face of it, a point against mid-table Devizes is a positive one for the home side but with their position in the league, they need to be picking up some victories sooner or later.

Before last Tuesday's defeat to Stonehouse Town, Moreton had picked up four points from a possible six to inject some life into their bid to avoid relegation. A 4-3 win at Southam United was a valuable three points.