DAVID SMITH - Monday, October 10, 2011
Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen fought to a point on the road against second-place Ham-Kam while Steve Clark and Hønefoss had the weekend off thanks to a late cancellation.
Ham-Kam 0 - 0 Mjøndalen IF
Kyle Helton played the full 90 minutes in the midfield for Mjøndalen on Sunday, as they held their high-flying hosts Ham-Kam to a scoreless draw.
Ham-Kam right back Jonathan Borrajo was a late scratch from the home lineup due to injury, with Truls Jevne Hagen taking his place.
Ham-Kam were on the front foot for vast stretches of the game, holding possession but having no luck to break down the resolute Mjøndalen defense.
They were close in the 28th minute when Pål Kirkevold's diagonal cross found early substitute Atle Tronsmoen in the area, but his shot was less than a yard wide.
Their best chance of the game came two minutes before the hour when Kirkevold ran onto a through-ball and beat the keeper to have shot at a seemingly open net, but Mjøndalen right back Kristian Høvring made a clutch clearance to preserve the draw.
Mjøndalen remain in tenth place, six points clear of the drop zone with just three games to play. They will next host Asker on Sunday.
Ham-Kam remain second place, still in the second of the Adeccoligaen's two automatic promotions spots, although with Ranheim, Sandefjord and Bodø/Glimt all breathing down their necks two points behind.
With three games left to go, they face the first of three crucial games on Sunday with a trip to already-relegated Randaberg IL.
Steve Clark and Hønefoss were granted a postponement of their crucial trip to Asker originally scheduled on Sunday, due to absences for international play.
Colin Burns and Sandefjord had the weekend off after their scheduled trip to Kongsvinger for Sunday was postponed until October 19.