On a bitterly cold day DFC once again failed to deliver in a must win game against a mid table team and now enter the second half of the league campaign with a very tall challenge to retain their title from last season.
They opened brightly with Scott McCordick testing the home keeper on 10 minutes but St Mary’s should have scored themselves on 22 minutes when Matty Walker made a mistake on the left and the striker headed wide from six yards out.
Then on the half hour an Aaron Duke header from a McCordick cross was turned over the bar by the keeper and Richy Thompson nearly opened the scoring on half time but his effort went wide of the far post.
Michael Denver almost broke the deadlock on 55 minutes after a mazey run from Scott Adams but his shot went over the top.
Josh Norton and Andy McMath then replaced Duke and McCordick and almost immediately it was Denver who almost made it count but his header was cleared off the line.
Adams was then replaced by Nathan Lavery for the final ten minutes but it was St Mary’s who nearly stole the points with two glorious chances but amazingly both were wide of the target.
Overall a poor team performance with huge challenge ahead now for second half of the season.